Celestial Capital Peak (Tian Du Feng)

Celestial Capital Peak (Tian Du Feng)

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David H
Union City, CA8,054 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Did not do enough homework to realize how challenge and somewhat dangerous this hiking is. It is an ultimate hiking especially with strong wind. Tian Du Feng is due to close for five years after Dec. 1. Took us almost 2 hours to complete the hiking. The views from the top of mountain is second to none. Ten of 16 us completed the challenge. Three of us gave up right before reaching the top around the turning because it was very strong wind. In addition to the gorgeous views, we were so lucky to see the “Buddha light”. My friend who had been Huangshan 39 times, only saw it once (twice including this trip. The tour guide only saw twice in his 20 some years professional career. It’s a huge challenge and definitely worth hiking to to top. However, don’t push yourself. After all, safety is the #1 priority.
Written 15 November 2018
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
Climbing this peak is most challenging in Huangshan. We came from Yuping cable car station, which already requires 40 mins of hiking up and down to the base of this peak. There is a stall for drinks and snacks at the base.

Highly recommend to climb and descend the peak in the morning with better sunlight. Be warned that the climb is rather steep. Fortunately, there are side ropes and chains. Hence bring along gloves and use your arm power to assist the climb. Allocate 2 hours for it. I took about 40 mins to arrive at the lower peak. Spent about 20 mins to rest, enjoy the magnificent view with many photos. Another 10 mins of climbing will arrive at the higher peak. Spent another 20 mins to appreciate the beautiful landscape. Descending to the base took just 30 mins, relaxing but tough on the knees. Suggest you descend sideway down for safety and less strain for the knees.
Written 1 October 2018
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Ishimiagi
Malvern Hills, UK152 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
This peak is definitely one of the more challenging ones. I would suggest climbing on the southern side because its stairs are more vertical and will be more challenging to go down, especially on the knees. Plus, decending on the northern side will place you close to the hotel for refreshments after the climb. The view from the top is magnificent all around. You will also have to cross the Fish back which puts your fear of heights and nerve to the test. Must do for your Huangshan visit!
Written 20 June 2018
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t16mytm
Singapore346 contributions
Aug 2017 • Family
The climb is hard but the hardest is that each climb is on steep dangerous rocks. For the brave heart, there is many climbs on edge. Strong wind
Written 20 August 2017
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Zoely B
Los Angeles, CA11 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
You can hike to this peak in a few hours from the bottom - and break off on a different path to see the other side of the mountains.
Written 20 June 2017
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Mark C
Washougal, WA3 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
Tian Du Feng (Celestial Capital Peak) is fantastic, if you're ready for it. We were already in the park, but we climbed the peak as the last leg of a 14-mile day that included more elevation gain and loss than I've been able to calculate so far. It's hard to find accurate, detailed maps of this place. Even if you start from the end of the Yuping Cable Way, just getting to the base of the ascent takes some effort. The first thing you do is go *down* along, long set of stairs. Make sure you get there with enough daylight to climb and descend the peak. They actually shut the gate to prevent people from going up if it's too late. The climb starts with a bang: a 75-degree staircase cut into the granite itself. Take your time; it's a climb. The stairs only go UP from there until you get to a more complicated section that threads around and under garage-size boulders, finally opening out to an airy, one-lane ridge traverse that puts you in line with the summit. The trail is not hard to follow. It's well laid-out and obvious. In many places, there is a heavy rope "railing" but--again--you're climbing, so it's up to you to stay safe. In some places, you have nothing to hold onto while people pass in the opposite direction. Take your time. The people we met on our hike were generally pleasant and courteous. The climb is tough enough that most tourists don't attempt it, especially when they see the first set of steps. Clouds blocked half of our view from the summit, but we could see Lotus Peak and environs pretty well most of the time. It's an exciting climb, lots of work, with a great payoff. Then you have to climb down, which is JUST as hard in some ways. Oh, and then you have to climb UP again to get to either the hotel or the cable car. We were wondering which route to take back up to the Welcoming Tree, but the monkeys decided for us by blocking the path to the right. We wisely left it to them. About an hour after my wife and I were done for the day, one of the hotel staff asked me if I had climbed the peak. I said I had, to which she replied: "Did you know that is the most dangerous mountain in the whole park?" I can see why. The mountain is unlikely to suffer fools. By the way, the peak will be closed for trail maintenance sometime in the Spring of 2018. They were working on Lotus Peak (the highest point), so we couldn't climb that one. Apparently, they alternate between Lotus and Celestial Capital (Tian Du Feng) each year, so you can never tag both peaks. Still, as long as the weather's good, you'll get either one or the other. Again, this is an excellent hike if the weather is amenable, you're in good shape, and you don't mind heights.
Written 12 June 2017
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Stewart I
33 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
Not for the faint of heart the incredible views are matched only by the at times dangerous decents (heading down towards the west gate). A lot less crowded at the top than the others due to the steep climb! Well worth the effort!
Written 13 September 2016
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Lennart J
Tenerife, Spain13 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
A big climb only for fit people but there is a bridge to heaven and that is really amazing. Not for people that are afraid of heights
Written 23 July 2016
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Herbert L
New Jersey316 contributions
Apr 2015 • Solo
You can see it from Yu-Ping-Lou. Second highest peak of Huangshan. High stepped cliffs. Roads get slippery in rain.
Written 23 January 2016
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Adam T
Eindhoven, The Netherlands23 contributions
Oct 2015
This is one of the most terrifying places in Yellow mountains. Hike to this peak is really steep and every step might be your last. However the feeling after conquering the mountain is great!
Written 21 October 2015
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