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 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
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; 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  

My bullet train leaves Xian North Railway Station at 0815am

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

Not a tourist high season, there are not many passenges 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 cliched picture of the exterior Huashan North Train Station 

I take a cliched 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.Today I have to take a taxi from Huashan North Railway Station to the Tourist  Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot 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).

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 moutain 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  

the 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.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. 

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. 

Each cable car accommodates 6 passngers.

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.  

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 beauitful 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 gentlmen.

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.

Mt. Huashan is reputed as one of the most precipitous mountains in China

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)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.

Add on:
How to visit Xiyue Temple
Xian Tour

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54 Responses to “Mt.Huashan Travel Tips”

  1. Christina says:

    Hi Daniel,
    I’ve had an email from Vicky at Tour Beijing. She said there are no hotels at the top and it’s not possible to see sunset or sunrise??
    Please help! I’m confused!

  2. Daniel says:

    Hello Christina,

    There are some hotels on Mt.Huashan. Sorry for the email sent by Vicky Huo. Ms Mary Ma, one of our experienced trip advisors will contact you soon for the details. Thanks for your enquiry!

  3. Roger Wood says:

    How much is total cost for : Xian catch high speed train, buses, entrance tickets, cable car up to West go down to North, buses and high speed train back to Xian?

  4. Daniel says:

    Hello Roger Wood,

    Below are the estimated bread-down prices of the trip:

    Xian North Station to Huashan North Station Bullet train: 89.5 yuan (first class) single trip
    Huashan North Station to the Tourist Center: Bus 3 yuan; Taxi 15-20 yuan
    Huashan Entrance Fee: 180 yuan per person
    Huashan Cable car: 150 yuan (return trip)

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