Mt.Huashan, or Mount Hua is one of the five sacred mountains in China. The other four are Taishan in Shandong, Songshan in Henan, Hengshan in Shanxi and Hengshan in Hunan. Don’t be confused with Huangshan or Yellow Mountain, another world famous mountain in China. For more information on Huangshan, check out Huangshan tour.
Mt. Huashan is reputed as the most precipitous of the five. Then how to visit Mt. Huashan?
Mt.Huashan is easily accessible by highspeed trains from the five cities – Beijing ( 5 hours), Xian ( 35minutes), Luoyang (one and half hours ) and Shanghai ( 10 hours) .
With Beijing Xian Zhengzhou Luoyang high speed trains completed, it is faster and more comfortable to travel from Beijing, Xian or Zhenzghou (Luoyang) to Mt.Huashan by highspeed trains. Of course, you may take a long distance bus of renting a private vehicle from Xian to Mount Hua, but visiting Mount Hua by train is the best choice for individual tourists who prefer to travel on their own.
The Huayin City (where Mt.Huashan is located) has two train station, namely Huashan North Railway Station and Huashan Railway Station. Huashan North Railway Station is a new station used for bullet trains and high speed trains. If you go to Huashan by high speed or bullet trains from Beijing Xian and Zhengzhou (Luoyang), you will arrive at Huashan North Railway Station. For taking other trains, you will arrive at Huashan Railway Station.
Huashan North Railway Station is located in the north of Huayin City and Mt.Huashan.
Selected Xian – Huashan Train Timetable
D652 (Highspeed) Xian North Railway Station – Huashan North Railway Station (07:53 – 08:25)
G672 (high speed) Xian North Railway Station – Huashan North Railway Station (09:06 – 09:46)
G2006 (Highspeed Xian North Railway Station – Huashan North Railway Station (10:25 – 10:57)
G824 (high speed) Xian North Railway Station – Huashan North Railway Station (10:49 – 11:22)
G2003 (high speed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (13:16 – 13:50)
G853 (highspeed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (14:18 – 14:59)
G655 (high speed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (15:03 – 15:39)
G2007 (highspeed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (15:17– 15:50)
G833(highspeed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (15:35 – 16:16)
G1003 (high speed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (17:22 – 18:05)
G663(highspeed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (20:56 – 21:29)
Bullet Train: First Class RMB60; 2rd Class RMB35
High speed train: First Class RMB90; 2rd Class RMB55
Highspeed trains to Huashan from Beijing, Luoyang and Shanghai
Beside Xian, there are many daily highspeed trains from Beijing and Luoyang; one bullet train from Shanghai.
Beijing West Railway – Huashan North Railway Station ( 4 daily high speed trains )
Luoyang Longmen Railway Station – Huashan North Railway Station ( over 10 daily high speed trains )
Shanghai Railway Station – Huashan North Railway Station ( one daily train )
Today I make an excursion from Xian to Mt.Huashan by train, Please follow me into the sacred mountain – Mount Hua. Last night I bought the train ticket for Train G672 for Huanshan from the ticket office at Xian Railway Station though the train starts from Xian North Railway Station instead Xian Railway Station.
Xian North Railway Station is located about 15km from Bell Tower in the north of Xian, taxi fare RMB 35, or you may take the newly opened Subway Line 2 from Bell Tower to Xian North Railway Station, ticket price RMB 3.
My bullet train leaves Xian North Railway Station at 09:06am
Within 40 minutes, we arrive at Huashan North Railway Station which is located in the north of Huayin City.
I take a cliched picture of the exterior Huashan North Train Station
Related fees at Mt.Huashan
Entrance ticket fee ( valid with 48 hours ) :
RMB 180 (April – November);
RMB100 (December – next March).
Shuttle Buses going from the tourist center to the cable car station: RMB 40 (two ways)
Cable car ticket: RMB 80 (two ways Dec – Feb); RMB150 (two ways March – November).
Basically people with strong legs would climb up to the North Peak before reaching other four peaks. There are two walking trails leading to the North Peak.The most popular is the traditional route in Huashan Yu (Huashan Gorge) starting from Yuquanyuan Temple (west gate); the second trail is the Huangpu Yu (Huangpu Gorge) starting from Huashan East Gate.A cable car is set over the Huangpu Yu (Huangpu Gorge) trail.On the top of the North Peak, people would climb from North Peak respectively to Mid-Peak, East Peak, South Peak and West Peak，then take cable car down from West Peak. Of course, it is difficult for you to hike all the five peaks in a day. If you don’t have strong legs, you may retrace to the north peak, take cable car down.
Cable Car Stations on the Mountain
There are two cable car stations – one at the North Peak and the other at the West Peak. You may take the cable up to the north peak, then hike to the West Peak and take the West Peak’s cable car down.
You don’t have to retrace to the North Peak. Of course, you need strong legs hiking from the north peak to the west peak. . If you don’t have strong legs, you may retrace to the north peak, take cable car down.
Note: The last cable car starts at 19:00 ( high season: March – November ); 17:00 ( low season: December – February ).
I first take the shuttle bus (RMB40 two ways) from the Dispatch Center to Huangpu Yu, the starting point for cable car up to the North Peak.
Passengers have hung thousands of locks along the safety chain at various places along the trail for good wishes.
Mt. Huashan is reputed as one of the most precipitous mountains in China.
Hotels and Eating on Mt.Huashan
If you want to see the sunrise or sunset, you need to stay overnight on the mountains. there are some hotels with basic facilities. In high season you need to book in advance.
Wuyunfeng Hotel (华山五云峰饭店)
Location: about 30minutes walking distance to the East Peak
Over 100 twin and triple rooms, a good choice for a short stay to catch a sunrise at the East Peak.
Dongfeng Hotel ( East Peak Hotel) 东峰饭店
The best choice for viewing the sunrise from the East Peak
Tel: 0913 – 4301312
Xifeng Hotel ( West Peak Hostel )
It is a basic and friendly place for your overnight stay 西峰饭店
0913 – 4301310
Beifeng Hotel ( North Peak Hotel ) 北峰饭店
The busiest hotel on the mountain.
Tel: 15719136466 ( mobile)Huashan Sunrise and Sunset Time in a year
Months Sunrise Sunset
Jan-Feb: 7:42-7:47 17:45-18:03
Mar-Apr 6:35-7:10 18:35-18:56
May-June 5:29-5:44 19:08-19:28
July-Aug 5:31-5:44 19:44-19:57
Sept-Oct 6:15-6:29 18:04-19:10
Nov-Dec 6:03-6:24 17:35-18:47
The best time to visit Huashan is from April to October, a high tourist season in Huashan. Each 15th day of March ( Chinese lunar calendar ) is the “Mountain Praying” Day when there are a number of grand temple activities and celebrations.