Hike up 2.5 hours from Mianxuling Ridge to the Golden Peak through Hei Alley and Guoran Temple. Afterwards, you can either hike 8,000 steps down for 2-3 hours to the foot of Mount Fanjing or board cable car down.
For those with more time and energy, we recommend to hike through the West Route where there are relatively less crowd. From here, you will pass through a couple of scenic stops surrounded by mountains and fleecy clouds before arriving at the Golden Peak, where you can appreciate iconic landmarks such as the Red Cloud Golden Summit and the Mushroom Stone.
The hike up is slowly rising and less strenuous compared to the South Route, making it easy to appreciate the beauty of your surrounding. Walking down the 8,000 steps are rewarding with its stunning sceneries, however if you are feeling strenuous, there is always an option to board the cable car down instead.