The start of the hike lulls you into a sense of ease. You know there is a temple way up at the top, and you know you have to make it there, but it is a covered forest area, there are nice steps, some birds, a few people playing music, etc. Not too bad yet. Nothing to freak out about.
Then you start to go above the treeline and things get brutal. Sun. Heights. Walking. More damn stairs. A dog passes you. It reminds you that you are out of shape. Seriously, it just runs up the path that you want to die on. I am pretty sure that dog looked at each person on the way up, wondering just how much salt it could lick off of our bodies before they got rolled off the trail.
Sure, I am being a bit sarcastic, but I was told it would be a quick hike, a short trip.
It was well worth the trip up, but by no means was it quick or super easy.
If you end up in Shaoxing, I would certainly add this to a must-do list. It is well worth the half of a day that it takes, just remember to take water, bring 15rmb for the ticket, and take a lot of photos. There is at least one place on the way up to buy more water, but God-only-knows what they are charging.
Honestly, I thought have living 6 floors up with no elevator and doing Wat Thom Suea twice I was the sort of person who could look at the equivalent of 100 flights of stairs and laugh. I am going to drink more water and go back to sleep. Pretty sure the stairs are the ones laughing tonight. You win this round Xiang Lu Feng.