Mt.Huashan Travel Tips

 

Mt.Huanshan, 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.
 
Mt. Huashan is reputed as the most precipitous of the five. Then how to visit Mt. Huanshan?
  
Mt.Huashan is easily accessible by four cities – Beijing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang and Xian which have plentiful trains connecting Huayin City where Mt.Huashan is located. With Beijing Xian Zhengzhou high speed trains completed, it is faster and more comfortable to travel from Beijing  Xian or Zhenzghou (Luoyang) to Mt.Huashan. 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.Huanshan is located) has two train station, namely Huashan North Railway Station and Huanshan Railway Station. Huanshan 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.Huanshan.
  
Selected Xian – Huashan Train Timetable
TO:
D1002 (bullet) Xian North Railway Station - Huashan North Railway Station (08:15 – 08:56) 
G2004 (high speed) Xian North Railway Station - Huashan North Railway Station (09:05 – 09:37)
D1004 (bullet) Xian North Railway Station - Huashan North Railway Station (10:00 – 10:42)
G2008 (high speed) Xian North Railway Station - Huashan North Railway Station (12:00 – 12:32)
  
FM:
G2005 (high speed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (14:43 – 15:16)
D1003 (bullet) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (15:52 – 16:35)
G2009 (high speed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (15:52 – 16:35)
D1005 (bullet) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (17:56 – 18:40)
D1007 (bullet) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (19:55 – 20:37
G2013 (high speed) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (20:18 – 20:52)
D1009 (bullet) Huashan North Railway Station – Xian North Railway Station (21:17 – 22:01)
  
Train fares
Bullet Train: First Class RMB60; 2rd Class RMB35
High speed train: First Class RMB90; 2rd Class RMB55  
  
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 D1002 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 No.2005 leaves Xian North Railway Station at 08:15am   

My bullet train No.2005 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 train tickets (bullet train), exit under Red characters
For blue train tickets (high speed ), to exit under blue characters 

For red train tickets (bullet train), 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. I have to take a taxi from Huashan North Railway Station to the 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.  

The taxi ride costs RMB 15 from Huashan 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. Entrance ticket fee RMB 180 (April – November); RMB100 (December – next March).
Enquiry: 0913 – 4361979
Complaint: 0913 – 462692
SOS: 0913 – 4625088
 
The Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot   

the Dispatch Center for Mt. Huashan Scenic Spot

 
Mt.Huashan Scenic Spot is mainly composed of 5 peaks – North Peak (1614.pm), the Central Peak(207.8m), East Peak(2096.m), West Peak(2086.2m) and South Peak(2154.9m). People have to climb up to the North Peak before reach 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.
 
 
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 ticekets and people have to buy at the cable car station. Each cable car accommodates 6 passngers.  

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

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

Wuyunfeng Hotel:
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)
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
 
Beifeng Hotel ( North Peak Hotel )
The busiest hotel on the mountain.
Tel: 15719136466 ( mobile)

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23 Responses to “Mt.Huashan Travel Tips”

  1. John Stavrou says:

    What time of year are these pictures taken ?

    Is it safe to climb all the peaks in mid March ? Will it be snowy and icy then ?

    Thanks.

  2. admin says:

    Hello John Stavrou,

    The pictures in my blog were taken in March, 2010. No snow and no icy, but still a little cold on the mountain.

    Mt.Huashan is a AAAAA National Scenic Area with good management in terms of safety measures. But when you climb, you should always take care. Don’t walk while taking pcitures. Every year accidents happen! Mainly because the mountain is so beautiful that some people just forget the narrow path under their feet. Have a nice trip!

  3. admin says:

    Hello John Stavrou,

    The pictures in my blog were taken in March, 2012. No snow and no icy, but still a little cold on the mountain.

    Mt.Huashan is a AAAAA National Scenic Area with good management in terms of safety measures. But when you climb, you should always take care. Don’t walk while taking pcitures. Every year accidents happen! Mainly because the mountain is so beautiful that some people just forget the narrow path under their feet. Have a nice trip!

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Dear sir/madam?
    I am going to Xian on 23 Febuary and have to fly back on 24 night or 25 early morning to Shanghai to catch my flight to Indonesia on 9 am. I would like to joint the bus tour to Huashan Mountain, so is it possible if I joint on 23 Feb? My flight from Shanghai will be arrive on 10 am. Looking forward from you.
    Best regards,
    Elizabeth

  5. admin says:

    Hello Elizabeth,

    At the moment, we don’t operate Huanshan group tours from Xian to Huanshan. We are able to offer a private tour ( check http://www.tour-beijing.com/xian_side_trip/). But for a single travel, this is very expensive. Suggest you may take the highspeed train from Xian to Huanshan and travel on your own. Any further request, please contact us. Thanks!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Thank you for your prompt reply…there are some question I would like to ask…is it ok?
    1) is it enough time on 23 Feb if I go to Huasan by high speedtrain? How long to go there?
    2) whats time the first flight to Shanghai and which airline? I need to know the possibility to catch my fligh from Shanghai to Jakarta – Indonesia. So I can go to Huasan on 24 Feb. Then I will joint the Terrakota tour on 23 Feb.
    3) I also need hotel for stay if you can give reference for me. Good location to go anywhere, and not to expenses, may be 3 or 4 star hotel.

    I know I have very short time…but I wanna see your beautiful city as much as I can :-) I have been some beautiful city in China like Hangzou, Xitang, Beijing, suchou, and of course Shanghai….I wish I can have another chance also to Harbin, Guilin, Guangzou, Shenzen, etc.

    Thanks in advace.

  7. admin says:

    Hello Elizabeth,

    One of our staffers will contact you for the details.

  8. Raghuveer says:

    Hi,

    Could please let me know how to reach Mt Huashan from Beijing?

    Are there any bullet/high speed trains?

    Thanks in Advance.

  9. admin says:

    Hello Raghuveer,

    Yes, there are 3 daily highspeed trains running from Beijing to Huanshan:

    G651: 07:05 12:14
    G655:10:05 15:08
    G661:14:43 20:08

    Ticket fare: First class RMB 751; Second Class RMB 469

  10. Tom says:

    Hi there,

    I will be in Beijing for 4 days then I want to hike Mount Huashan on my way to Xi’an. Is Mount Huashan a one day hike or how many days does it usually take to hike the whole mountain?

    Thank you,

    Tom (Canada)

  11. admin says:

    Hello Tom,

    Normally, most travelers would have a one-day hike on Mt.Huanshan. Some would spend two or three days. Some would hike step by step to the summit and others prefer to take a cable car up to the top. It all depends.

  12. Tom says:

    Thank you for the reply,

    Is one day enough time to take the cable car and hike the wooden plank walk way?

    Tom

  13. admin says:

    Hello Tom,

    One day is not enough for hiking all the 4 peaks ( north, east south and west). Maybe just get a feeling for two or three peaks on a day trip. It all depends on your legs.

  14. Thaolin says:

    How long it take you to climb from The north Peak to East peak. I will visit Huashan in Sep, will take the train from Chengdu to direct to mt Huashan. I will arrive train station in Huashan at mid day. Then go to mt Huashan. I hope I can catch East peak before dark and will stay 1 night in East peak. Do you have the information of hotel in East peak. Can I book hotel in advance

  15. admin says:

    Hello Thaolin,

    It takes about 1.5 – 2 hours hiking from the North Peak to the East Peak. There is only one hotel on the East Peak called “Dongfeng Hotel” (meaning “East Peak Hotel”). But the hotel is very basic. So please be well prepared for the hard condition there. You can call them to book your room. The hotel phone number is 0913 – 4301312. Good luck!

  16. Chan says:

    Hi there,

    I’m thinking visiting Mt Huashan and do all the hiking part for all the peak.
    Can you suggest me which month is the best in terms of not too cold and lower people around.
    If the hotel rooms is fully book,is there any other way that I can stay up the peak?

    Thanks
    Chan

  17. Daniel says:

    Hello Chan,

    April, May, September and October are the best months to hike Mt.Huashan, but avoid May Day Holiday ( May 1-3) and National Holiday (October 1-8). It is not safe to camp on the summits. It is better to put up in a hotel or inn. Be ready for the basic or poor accommodation conditions on the tops.

  18. Dylan says:

    Hi
    We will be visiting Mt Huashan at the beginning of September and will make a 1 day trip. We will be coming with our two children aged 10 and 7 years old.

    Our aim is to take the cable car to the North Peak and would like to visit one of the other peaks. Please can you tell me which other peak you would suggest and what the safest and easiest route would be?

    thank you

  19. Daniel says:

    Hello Dylan,

    There are 5 peaks on Huashan Moutains. Basically, 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 with two kids. Suggest you take cable car up to the North Peak, then walk to the Mid-Peak and backtrack.

    Some useful tips:

    1) Take the early G Train from Xian to Huanshan.
    2) Take the green public bus from the train station to the tourist center (RMB 2), or take a taxi ( about RMB 10-20)
    3) Buy your entrance tickets and the cable car tickets at the tourist center.
    4) Line up for the shuttle bus from the tourist center to the cable car station and start your trip.
    5) It is advisable to buy a pair of gloves for easy hiking.

    September is the high season and you will expect lots of visitors. Have a good trip and take care!

  20. Misha says:

    Hi,
    How is the weather over there in December? Is this place still open to hike?

  21. Daniel says:

    Hello Misha,

    Huanshan is open all year around. Bsically it will snow in December with an average temperarture around-0.8℃. Be ready for winter jackets, gloves and winter hats.

  22. charity p says:

    We plan to visit Mount Hua shan on May 21, 2014 for ONE day. Based on the information that i read above this is our transportation route: xian gran noble hotel –> xian (bullet/high speed) north railway depart @ 0815 D1002 –> Huashan North Railway Station –> Dispatch Center of Mount Hua Shan Scenic Spot —????

    so we would like to get the best out of our experience but make it in time to ride the bus and train back to our hotel in xian before the train and bus system close for the day. which option do you recommend provides us with the MOST EXCITING and Adventerous ( (in our late 20′s) option.
    #1) to hike from the bottom of mount huashan to north peak and then take the cable car down.
    or
    #2) take the cable car up to north peak and hike to all 5 peaks and then take the cable car down?

    if #1 is the option you recommend which entrance are we to take??? the east or west gate?
    we would like to see as much as we can in one day and make it to our transportion system back to xian hotel.
    do you recommend we buy our ticket in advance for the train or may we purchase our train ticket at the train station?
    if we purchase our train ticket at the train station and plan to ride the @ 0815 D1002 what time do you recommend we arrive at the train station to allow us time to get in line and purchase our ticket and make it tot depart at 0815?
    when purchasing the ticket how do i tell them i would like a ticket to Huashan North Railway Station.. is that what they refer to it as or is there another name for it? when you speak of the Green Bus that will take us from Huashan North Railway Station to the Dispatch Center of Mt. Huashan, are you referring to the Tourism Bus Line 1?
    What time is the last pick up time of the bus line from the Huashan Bus Station to the Dispatch Center of Mount Huashan

    thank you

  23. Daniel says:

    Hello Charity P,

    We suggest you choose the #2 option to get the best out of your experience and back to Xian in time as well. Below is your suggested travel route if you choose the #2 option:

    1. Arriving at Huashan North Railway Station, then take the shuttle bus to the dispatch center or take a taxi ( about RMB20). Buy your entrance tickets at the Dispatch Center of Mount Hua Shan Scenic Spot and then take the shuttle ( price included ) to the cable car station where you take a cable car up to the North Peak.

    2. Hiking from the North Peak to the Central Peak, the East Peak, the South Peak and finally the West Peak, where you take a cable car down the mountain. So you don’t have to go back to the North Peak to take a cable car down. Then take the tourism bus back to the Huanshan North Railway Station.

    We suggest you buy your Xian-Huanshan train ticket one day in advance because it is a high tourist season and also your advanced booking will give you an easier morning when you leave from Xian to Huanshan. Though your train leaves from Xian North Railway Station, you may also buy your ticket at Xian Railway Station. Just tell the staff at the ticketing office that you are going to Mount Huashan ( 华山 ). Just print the two characters – 华山.

    In Xian, you can easily take subway line 1 to get to Xian North Railway Station. Once you are in Xian North Railway Station, you are allowed to enter the departure gate only 15 minutes in advance. So take it easy.

    However, we suggest you buy Huanshan-Xian train tickets on the spot at Huashan North Station when you get to Huanshan North Railway Station from the tourist center.

    The shuttle buses and cable cars are operated from 7:00am to 7:00pm.

    Huashan – Xian Last highspeed train: G661 (20:08 – 20:41 )
    Huashan – Xian Last K train: K889 (23:38 – 00:20 )

    By the way, the entrance ticket costs RMB 180, valid for two days, also including the entrance the Xiyue Temple.

    Cable car: RMB 80 (single)

    Have a good time in Huanshan!

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