Mount Huashan in Huayin City, Shaanxi

Why is Mount Huashan So Special?

  1. Mount Huashan is one of the famous Five Mountains in China; Top Ten Tourist Destinations in China.
  2.  Mt. Huashan is in the first batch of national key scenic spots in China. As China’s top ten famous mountains, it was rated as the AAAAA National Scenic Spot by the National Tourism Administration in 2010.
  3. This mountain is celebrated for its majestic breath-taking crags, steep paths, beautiful scenery and it is said to be the most precipitous mountain in the world. 

Brief Introduction of Mount Huashan in Huayin City

Situated in Huayin County, Mt. Huashan is some 120 kilometers (about 75 miles) east of Xian City in Shaanxi Province. This mountain is celebrated for its majestic breath-taking crags, steep paths, beautiful scenery and it is said to be the most precipitous mountain in the world. Mt. Huashan is huge complete granite. Its history can be traced back 120 million years before.

Mt. Huashan is known as “The Number One Precipitous Mountain under Heaven” (天下第一险). The mountain is one of China Five Sacred Taoist Mountains, and has a long history of religious significance. The mountain has five main peaks, of which the tallest is the South Peak at 2160 m. This peak also had a well-deserved reputation as having the World most dangerous hiking trail.

It is a common saying that “Mt. Huashan has only one path since ancient times”. Only one narrow and zigzag path, 15 kilometers long and stretching from south to north, is available in Mt. Huashan.

Main Attractions of Mount Huashan

There are mainly five peaks of Mount Huashan.

East Peak (Facing Sun Peak) 

It is 2096.2 m bove the sea level, as one of the main peaks of Mount Huashua, seated at east. There is a platform on the summit of the peak, where is a good place to see the sunrise, with wild field of vision. People name the terrace “Chaoyang Terrace” or “Facing Sun Terrace”, and the East Peaks was name Chaoyang Peak, or Facing Sun Peak.

South Peak (Landing Wild Geese Peak)

The altitude of South Peak is 2154.9 meters. It is also the highest peak among all the Five Mountains. On the south peak there are Laozi peak, Chinese alchemy and eight-trigram pool, these sites are associated with the legend of Lao tzu. And there is “heavenly southern gate” in the cliff to the east. On the south peak also there is the golden temple built in the Ming dynasty, also known as the Baidi temple to worship Mount Huashan god.

West Peak(Lotus Flower Peak)

It seated at west with an altitude of 2082m. As the giant rock on the peak looks like petals of lotus, ancient literati also called it Lotus Peak and Furong Peak.

North Peak (Cloud Terrace Peak)

It is 1614.9 meters high above the sea leave. The North Peak is solitary and imposing to the sky. As there is a Ruoyun Terrace, it is also name Cloud Terrace Peak. Located at the north part of Mt. Huashan, the North Peak has White Cloud Peak at north, Liangzhang Hill at east, approaches East Peak, South Peak and West Peak and connects with Thousand-Foot Precipice, Hundred-Foot Crevice and Laojun Plough Ditch. The summit is joint by several groups of rocks. On the tiptop, there is a terrace, Yiyun Pavilion, which is a great place to see the other 3 main peaks and Black Dragon Ridge. 

Middle Peak(Jade Maiden Peak)

The peak is 2037.8 m high above the sea level. It is a small peak at west side of the East Peak. In ancient time, it was a part of East Peak, but now, people rank it as one of the main peak of Mt. Huashan. Heavenly Stairs in the north of Middle Peak, and was built in 1984, is the shortcut from the Yinfeng pavilion to the East Peak via East Stone Building, and has become a new risk Mt. Huashan road. Heavenly Stairs are more than 10 meters high, vertical to the ground in an angle of 90 degrees, protruding in the upper cliff. Three ladders are suspended for visitors to climb in line, and because the body can’t get close to the walls, with the rope swing it is easy to shake, making people feel like sailing clouds and fogs in the heaven therefore it is called Heavenly Stairs.

Mount Huashan Climbing Route

Traditional route: First day, enter from Huashan Gate at 9 o’clock, passing Qianchichuang, Baichi Valley.
The second day, climb to the Chaoyang Platform on East Peak to watch the sunrise. And then from East Peak to Yaozifanshen, Xiaqi Pavilion, and to the other side of East Peak. Hiking to South Peak, and passing South Gate to see the Sky Plank. Back from the Sky plank and walk down South Peak to West Peak. And then, from West Peak to Middle Peak, climb down. On the way, you will see many spots. At about 4 o’clock in the afternoon, you will back to Huashan Gate.

Passing through the ticket office of Huashan Mountain, you will see the scenic spots one by one:
walking about 30 min to Fish Stone – 20 min to Five-Mile Pass – 15 min to Stone Gate – 10 min to Shaluo Terrace – 10 min to Maonv Cave – 10 min to Qingke Terrace – 10 min to Mind Changing Stone (Huixin Stone) – 10 min to Thousand-Foot Precipice – 15 min to Hundred-Foot Crevice – 15 min to Taoist Temple of A Group of Immortals – 15 min to Laojun Furrow – 10 min to Ear-Touching Cliff – 5 min to Heavenward Ladder – 5 min to Black Dragon Ridge – 25 min to Golden Lock Pass – 10 min to Five-Cloud Peak – 15 min to Sunshine Welcoming Cave – 5 min to East Peak.

How to get to Mount Huashan in Huayin City, Shaanxi

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Independent Traveler

  • By Bullte Train
    Visitors should take Xian-Zhengzhou bullet trains (also known as Xian-Zhengzhou High-speed trains) from Xian North Railway Station and get off at Huanshan North Station (located in the town of Mengyuan). After get out of the railway station, there are many minibuses in green, which will pick you up outside the station and take you directly to Mt. Huashan. This train trip takes about 30 minutes. Below is a time table for your referance.
Depart Arrive First Train Last Train Frequency Duration Fares
Xian North Huashan North 06:26 19:44 About 40 min 38 min 55-100 CNY
  • By Bus
    Buses (coaches or minibuses) leave from the East side of the Xian Railway Station’s southern parking lot. Buses leave regularly during daylight hours. During peak season there are buses starting at 6am. Look for a sign saying 华山 (Huashan). If you not sure then just ask the other buses and they will direct you. The bus will drop you off at the foot of the mountain. The standard buses are mixed in with buses to the Terracotta Warriors, and other destinations. So make sure you get on the right bus. Or Take Tourism Bus Line 1 at Xian Railway Station and arrive at the foot of Huashan Mountain.

    Or Visitors can go to Xian Cheng Dong Coach Station and take the regular bus to Huayin (Mt. Huashan). The bus departs every 15 minutes between 07:00 am to19:15 pm. It will costs CNY 35 and the bus journey takes about 2 hours.

Useful Travel Tips

  1.  Tip on Easy Climbing by Cable Car

    Visiting Huashan Mountain by cable car is another good choice for visitors. On the east side of Yuquan Temple, there is an about 8 kilometer (5 miles) long concrete road leading up to Wamiaogou where you can take a cable car directly to the North Peak of Mt. Huashan. The top station is located on the east cliff of North Peak. The whole ride is more than 1,500 meters (0.9 mile) long and takes seven or eight minutes. The other cable car line starts from Donggoukou to West Peak with a stop at White Sparrow Temple. The whole ride is about 4,211 meters (2.6 miles) long and takes about 20 minutes. It is easier to get to the South and East Peak from West Peak compared with the North Peak.

  2. Entrance Fee
    Mar. – Nov.: CNY 160; Dec. – Feb.: CNY 100
    1. It includes the main peaks scenic area, Jade Spring Temple, Xianyu Scenic Area and Xiyue Temple.
    2. The ticket is valid for two days.
  3.  It takes about 24 hrs to hike all the five peaks and about 5 to 6 hrs by cable car. There are hotels on the East Peak.
  4. Cable Car Service

    Service Hours

    Mar. – Nov.: 07:00-19:00
    Dec. – Feb.: 08:00 – 18:00
    Donggoukou – White Sparrow Temple – West Peak Mar. – Nov.: CNY 280 for a round trip; CNY 140 for a one-way trip
    Dec. – Feb.: CNY 240 for a round trip; CNY 120 for a one-way trip
    1) Wengyu Tourism Bus runs between Tourist Service Center and Donggoukou, the lower station of West Peak cable car.  It costs CNY 40 for a one-way trip and CNY 80 for a round trip.
    2) Visitors can get off at White Sparrow Temple. After visiting the temple, continue to take the cable car to the West Peak.
    Wamiaogou – North Peak Mar. – Nov.: CNY 150 for a round trip; CNY 80 for a one-way trip
    Dec. – Feb.: CNY 80 for a round trip; CNY 45 for a one-way trip
    Notice: Huangfuyu Tourism Bus runs between Tourist Service Center and Wamiaogou, the lower station of North Peak cable car. It  costs CNY 20 for a one-way trip and CNY 40 for a round trip.

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Edited by Bella Ren/任新月