Mount Songshan in Dengfeng, Zhengzhou

Why is Mount Songshan So Special?

Mount Songshan is known as the central mountain of the Five Great Mountains of China. Its summit is 1,500 metres (4,900 ft) above sea level. In Taoism, Song Shan symbolising earth among the five elements and occupying the axis directly beneath heaven. Despite this Taoist persuasion, the mountains are also home to one of China’s most famous and legendary Zen Buddhist temples: the Shaolin Temple.  Mount Song area is not only the original place of Chinese culture, full of all kinds of historical sites, but also houses stunning natural sceneries, magnificent peaks, serene forests, splendid waterfall, etc.

Where is Mount Songshan?

Mount Songshan lies in Dengfeng city, in the heart of Henan Province and about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of its capital, Zhengzhou.The lies about 82 km from Zhengzhou Railway Station, and about 100 km from Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport.

How to Get to Mount Songshan?

Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)

If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Mount Songshan with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.

Independent Travel

For independent travelers you can 

By Bus:
Take a bus from Zhengzhou Central Bus Station to the scenic area directly, and the buses depart at 7:00, 8:00, 8:50, 9:40 and 11:00. It takes about 40 minutes and costs CNY 20.
Take a bus from Zhengzhou North Bus Station or General Bus Station to Dengfeng city, and then take Dengfeng Bus 2 to Songyang Academy in Songshan Mountain Scenic Area. Or, visitors can take a taxi to reach there after arriving in Dengfeng.

Main Attractions in Mount Songshan

Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple is located in the north of Shaoshi Mountain in Mt.Songshan area. It was originally built in 495. This temple is traditionally considered the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and Chinese martial art. Tourists can see Kungfu Performance in the temple, even learn some Kungfu here.

Zhongyue Temple

Zhongyue Temple, which is sitting at the foot of Taishi Mountain, is the core part of Zhongyue Scenic Area. First built in Qin Dynasty (221 BC ~ 207BC), Zhongyue Temple is the holy land for Quanzhen Taoism in China, and it’s the largest and best preserved ancient architectural complex among the Five Famous Mountains in China.

Songyang Academy

Songyang Academy is a famous institution of higher study in ancient China. It is one of the four major academies in ancient China. It has a history of about 1, 000 years. Many emperors came here in a tour of inspection. The ancient academy is a must see place in Mount Songshan.

Recommended One Day Route:

Recommended One Day Route: Shaolin Temple – Pagoda Forest – Sanhuang Village Scenic Resort.

Recommended Two Days Route:

Day 1: Shaolin Temple – Pagoda Forest – Sanhuang Village Scenic Resort
Day 2: Songyang Academy – Dafawang Temple – Songyuesi Pagoda – Zhongyue Temple

Useful Travel Tips

  1. Before hiking, you should pay close attention to the weather change and don’t hike in rainy days.
  2. Don’t bring kindling into the mountain area.

Nearby Attractions

Edited by Emily Wang/王海玲