I have been hearing about the mountain for years. I heard that if I went, I must stay overnight on the mountain in order to witness the sunset and next morning's sunrise. So that's what I did in the spring of 2018 with a group of students. The scenery was breath-taking and the sunset and sunrise were as spectacular as legend had promised.
This is not a hike for the faint of heart. We took the cable car up and down the mountain and yet we still had a five hour hike up and up and up to our hotel. And after that, the 15 minute hike to the sunset point was agony. Then a short sleep and a 4:30 alarm for the ten minutes up to the sunrise point. Those ten minutes were brutal, after the previous day's hike, but not as tough as the seven hours that we did after breakfast.
I think I was slightly delirious with the soreness of my muscles. I attributed this to age and lack of exercise. However, the high school athletes on the trip were suffering right alongside me. The muscles used to hike up and down stairs are different from those used for running. Not to mention the fact that those athletes ran for maximum an hour with breaks here and there. This was far longer.
The hike was tough, but I think we all agreed well worth the effort and pain. After coming down the mountain, we all felt accomplished, not to mention the fact that we had witnessed some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in China.