I'm planning to go to Dali soon to hike in the Cang mountain range. I've read some reports online about different hikes, but was wondering if anybody good give me some firsthand knowledge. I'm interested in doing the huadianba hike and hiking along the ridge. Is the path to huadianba pretty easy to find? Is it possible to go from huadianba up to the ridge and head towards the TV station, and if so how long would it take? I'm thinking about camping at huadianba and then at the black and yellow dragon ponds before heading down to Dali. Does anyone know if the gondola up to the horse washing pond is running now?