Mt.Huashan Travel Tips

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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 high-speed trains from the  five cities – Beijing ( 5 hours),  Xian ( 35 minutes),  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 high-speed trains. Of course, you may take a long distance bus or rent 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
TO:
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)

FM:
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)

Train fares
Bullet Train: First Class RMB60; 2nd Class RMB35
High speed train: First Class RMB90; 2nd 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 Huashan 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  

My bullet train leaves Xian North Railway Station at 0815am

 

 Still a tourist low season, there are not many passengers on the train

Not a tourist high season, there are not many passengers on the train

 

Within 40 minutes, we arrive at Huashan North Railway Station which is located in the north of Huayin City. 

 

 

Within 40 minutes, we arrive at Huashan Railway Station which is located in the north of Huayin City.

For red common train tickets, exit under Red characters
For blue  train tickets, to exit under blue characters 

For red train tickets, exit under Red characters

I take a clichéd picture of the exterior Huashan North Train Station 

I take a clichéd picture of the exterior Huashan Train Station

There are no shuttle buses on the square in front of Huashan North Railway Station since it is still a low tourist season.  So in tourist season (April to October ), There are green special green color buses taking you outside the station to the mountain tourist center directly. Bus fare is RMB 10 per person.

Tourist  Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot ( A Large Indoor Hall )
Today I have to take a taxi from Huashan North Railway Station to the Tourist  Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot ( Tourist Service Center ) which is located about 5km to the south of Huashan North Railway Station. Local taxi drivers don’t use the meter to calculate the taxi fare since Huayin is a small city. The taxi ride costs RMB 15 from Huashan North  Train Station to the Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot.

Mt.Huashan is a well organized scenic spot and rated as a 5 star attraction at the national level in terms of safety, cleanness and convenience. All passengers are supposed to go to the Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot where people buy entrance tickets and bus tickets.

Each entrance ticket for Mt.Huashan is valid in two days which also covers the admission for other three attractions – Xiyue Temple, Yuquan Temple and Xianyu Valley.

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)

ATMs
In the Ticket Hall there is a China Bank ATM with English, and it works well. If you are  in dire need of cash, you can process your credit  get the cash you need.

Enquiry: 0913 – 4361979
Complaint: 0913 – 462692
SOS: 0913 – 4625088

Note:   The ticket is valid within 48 hours. You don’t have to stay overnight on the mountain and you can stay elsewhere and return to the mountain next day.

The entrance ticket also allows you to visit other three attractions: Xiyue Temple, Yuquan Temple and Xianyu Valley. Xiyue Temple, in particular, is worth visiting! See my blog: How to Visit Xiyue Temple.

The Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot  ( Tourist Service Center )

Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot

Five Peaks at Huashan
Mt.Huashan Scenic Spot is mainly composed of 5 peaks – North Peak (1614.pm), the Central Peak(2037.8m), East Peak(2096.m), West Peak(2086.2m) and South Peak (2154.9m). 

Hiking Trails
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 where you can take the cable up tp the North Peak. 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.

Basically it takes about 4 hours walking from the North Peak to the West Peak.

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 (about 4 hours’ walk).

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.

 

I first take the shuttle bus (RMB40 round trip) from the Dispatch Center to Huangpu Yu, the starting point for cable car up to the North Peak.

Cable car ticket: RMB 80 (two ways Dec – Feb); RMB150 (two ways March – November). The cable car ticket is separated from the entrance tickets and people have to buy at the cable car station. Each cable car accommodates 6 passengers.

Cable car

Cable car

 

 It takes about 6 minutes up to the North Peak.

It takes about 6 minutes up to the North Peak

We get off the cable car and continue to walk up for 15 minutes before we reach the North Peak.  Now we are on the platform of the North Peak with the West Peak and East Peak as the back drop. 

Now we are on the platform of the North Peak with the West Peak and East Peak as the back drop.

Looking at the East Peak and West Peak from the North Peak where I stand. To climb all the peaks take about 5 hours.  

Looking at the East Peak and West Peak from the North Peak where I stand. To climb all the peaks take about 5 hours.

If you don’t have strong legs, you may just stop on the north peak and enjoy the beautiful surrounding views. If you’d  like to continue your climb, you may do as the two gentlemen. 

If you’s like to continue your climb, you may do as the two gentlemen.

Even more dangerous  – the Blue Dragon Ridge.

Even more dangerous

Passengers have hung thousands of locks along the safety chain at various places along the trail for good wishes.

Passengers have hung thousands of locks along the safety chain at various places along the trail for good wishes.

ATMs
In the Ticket Hall there is a China Bank ATM with English, and it works well. If you are  in dire need of cash, you can process your credit  get the cash you need.

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)
Tel:  15319160066
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)

Hotel at the foot of Mt.Huashan
Jingyuan Hotel Tel:  +86-(0)913-4368688
Lianhua Hotel Tel:  +86-(0)913-4368888
Huashan Hotel Tel:  +86-(0)913-4658111

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

Best Time to Hike Huashan
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.
Hospitals
For an emergency, you may go to the following hospitals:
(1) Shaanxi Hornored Soldiers’ Hospital
TEL:0913-4365777
Add:Kangfu Road, Huayin, Weinan(2)Hospital of Huayin City
TEL: 0913 – 4612337,  0913 – 4612249
Add: 47 Taihua Road, Huayin(3) Mount Hua Xiehe Hospital
TEL: 0913 – 4362815
Add: HuayinBank services
You can use ATMs service at the Huashan Tourist Service Center:
China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

Contact Information for the Mt. Huashan Administration:
Hotline: 0913-4361979 ( Mon to Sun, from 8am to 6pm)
Suggestions or complain bad services:  0913-4362692 (Mon to Sun, from 8am to 6pm)
For emergency or first aid dial: 0913-4365088 (24 hours)
Travel Bureau of Huayin City: 0913-4613358 (Mon to Sun, from 8am to 5 pm )
E-mail at webmaster@huashanly.com
Fax: +86-(0)913-4362691

Add on:

How to visit Xiyue Temple

Tip: Hassle-free Xian Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Xian guided tours:

Xian City Day Tour from US$69
Xian Terracotta Warriors Day Tour A from US$85
Terracotta Army and Song of Everlasting Performance from US$135

Xian 2 Day Tour Package from US$170 p/p
Xian 3 Day Tour Package from US$235 p/p

Further Readings


Beijing Xian High Speed Train Experience
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Tips for Visiting Xian Bell Tower
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Top 10 Photography Spots in Xian
The Night View of Great Tang All Day Mall
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Tips for Visiting Big Wild Goose Pagoda
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Top 10 Hostels in Xian
Best Time to Visit Xian

Any questions, just drop a line.

 

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64 Responses to “Mt.Huashan Travel Tips”

  1. claire Béranger says:

    I just wanted to thank you for the invaluable info that you publish in your blog, and the photos which make all this much more real and easy to foresee, esp. for a solo traveller !
    many thanks

  2. Amy says:

    I just want to ask you, as I cannot read and speak mandarin (chinese), how can i get the travel from xian to mt huashan without getting lost? I will be travelling with 2 twin children aged 9 yrs old. I am travelling 9 December 2015

    Many thanks

  3. Daniel says:

    Hi Amy,

    You may take the high speed train from Xian North Railway Station to Huashan North Railway Station where you either take a taxi or shuttle bus to the sightseeing service center. At the Huashan Sightseeing Service Center you buy your tickets for the entrance and the shttule bus to the cable station. Have a good time in Mt.Huashan!

  4. Eamonn says:

    Hello
    Thanks for the Mountain Information.I will visit February 2016 to do the Cliff side Plank Walk.Will it be closed for maintenance or bad weather? Mt. Huashan is the main part of my trip so intend to spent first night at base Hotel for early start and next night on Mountain for sunrise.Will mean 2 full days to travel all peaks with Cable cars.Do you get much snow in February? With luck there will be snow with clear sky’s while on the mountain.
    Eamonn

  5. Daniel says:

    Hi Eamonn,

    1. Normally it will be open in February.
    2. Cable car up from the north and cable car down from the west.
    3. Hope you are lukcy to have some snow on the apexes.

  6. Jeou says:

    Hello,
    We intend travel from Singapore to Chong Qing to visit a friend and from there would like to cover Hua Shan 华山 and Beijing as well. Likely a 10 days to spend for this trip. Which is the best way or route in terms of flight & train? And probably like to experience an sleeper overnight train.
    When is best weather option May or Sep for this travel?

    As for Huashan, i saw some plank hike..is there other safer hike option? Please advise.

  7. Daniel says:

    Hi Jeou,

    Both May and September are a good time for hiking Mount Huashan. But eschew visiting Mt.Huashan during the public holiday ( May 01 – 03 ).

    Below is my suggested itinerary:
    Chongqing – Xian ( flight or overnight train )
    Xian – Huashan ( Mt. Huashan ) by high speed train
    Huashan – Beijing by highspeed train

    Wish you a good trip!

  8. Bonnie says:

    I heard there are dangerous trails between North and West Peak hike. We are age 65 +, reasonably fit.
    We plan in one day , go up one cablecar & down another cablecar to prevent back tracking .What hiking trail ,passes etc. should we follow? How easy is to follow the trails? Is there local guide available for hire once we reach Huashan? Who do we contact? How much charge for local tour guide per day? Thank U. Bonnie

  9. Beijing Tour says:

    Hi Boonie,

    Normally it takes about 4 hours walking from North Peak to West Peak. You may follow the signs or ask other travelers on route. It is not easy to hire an English speaking tour guide from Huashan Tourist Center. You may book a tour guide from Xian. But it is very expensive to hire a private tour guide ( 400-500 yuan ).

    For more information, please check out its official website of English version : http://e.huashanly.com/

  10. Jimmy Chan says:

    If i have mild phobia on heights .
    Can i make it from North Peak to West Peak.

  11. Daniel says:

    Hi Jimmy Chan,

    We are not sure about your level of phobia on heights. You may may feel your hike on the mountain summits and ajust your travel plan. Have a good luck!

  12. Craig says:

    It can be tricky to find an ATM with an English option in a lot of places in China.

    Do you have any idea if the ATM at the Tourist center has an English option?

    Thank you in advance.

  13. Daniel says:

    Hi Craig,

    Yes, there are several ATMs inside the Tourist center. But we are not sure whether they have English options. But you turn to the staff for help if you cannot read the Chinese.

  14. Craig says:

    I’m staying at the Huaxin hotel in Huayin City, walked about 2 1/2 – 3 miles to the Tourist Center.
    Tried several China Chemical Bank ATMs on the way, no English. There are also a couple there in the parking lot of Tourist Center next to a police shack and they did have an English option, but after selecting English, it’s just a blank screen.

    In the Ticket Hall I found a China Bank ATM with English, and it worked well. I was in dire need of cash after hotel said they couldn’t process my credit card and used all my cash to pay for the room.

    Hope this helps someone in the future 😉

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