How to visit Xiyue Temple (Tips, Photos & Map)

If you are going to visit Huashan Mountain on your Xi’an tour, don’t miss Xiyue Temple ( or Xiyuemiao ), which is only 5km north of Huashan Mountain Visitor Centre. If you buy an entrance ticket for Mt.Huashan, you are entitled to to visit Xiyue Temple free of charge within 24 hours.

That said, I think, Xiyue Temple itself is really worth your time for a look, a big add-on to your knowledge of Chinese traditional culture.

ABCs of Xiyue Temple (Xiyuemiao)

As you know, Mt.Huashan is one of the five sacred Taoist mountains in China. Each of them has a temple to shrine the God of its mountain. As Dai Temple for the God of Mt.Taishan, Xiyue Temple is for the God of Mt.Huashan. “Xiyue” means the West Mountain, one of the five Taoist mountains ( east, west, north, south and central mountains).

Xiyue Temple was originally built by Wu Emperor (134BC) in West Han Dynasty (202BC-09AD). It was relocated to the present place in East Han Dynasty (25AD-220AD). The temple received great expansions in Sui and Tang dynasties (581AD-907AD). It further developed and reached its climax in Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368AD-1911AD). Unfortunately Xiyue Temple was heavily damaged during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976).

In 1979 with the establishment of Xiyue Temple Relics Administration, Xiyue Temple’s great restoration work started. In 1988, Xiyue Temple was listed as China’s National Key Protection Relics. Now Huashan Scenic Spot has become a AAAAA national scenic area, attracting huge number of tourists home and abroad each year.

Opening Hours:
07:00-19:00 (Mar-Nov)
08:00-18:00 (Dec-Feb)

Entrance Ticket
RMB15 per person
Note: if you have bought an entrance ticket to Huashan Mountain, then you are entitled to visit Xiyue Temple free of charge within 24 hours.

How to get to Xiyue Temple (Xiyuemiao)

Xiyue Temple is about 2.2km southeast of Huashan North Railway Station and 5km north of Mt.Huashan Visitor Centre.

With an entrance ticket for Huashan Mountain, you are able to use the free shuttle buses running between Xiyue Temple and Mt.Huashan Visitor Centre. From Huashan North Railway Station, you can easily have half an hour’s walk to get to Xiyue Temple.

Xiyue Temple and Mt.Huashan Road Map (Google)

As for how to get from Xi’an, Beijing, Luoyang or other cities to Xiyue Temple, please check out how to visit Huashan Mountain.

Xi’an and Huashan High Speed Railway

Note: During tourist low season ( Dec, Jan and Feb ), there will be probably no shuttle bus service connecting the north railway station, Xiyue Temple and the tourist center. If so, You need to take a local taxi from the train station to the tourist center (where you purchase your entrance ticket). Taxi fare around 10 yuan or 20 yuan, you should haggle with your taxi driver.

Virtual Tour of Xiyue Temple (Xiyuemiao)

Xiyue Temple used to be an imperial worshipping place for the God of Mt.Huashan. So its buildings had higher level of architectures, quite different from the temples of the local communities or common people. It resembles the greatness of Forbidden City. See the photo below, does it look like Forbidden City? It is Xiyue Temple!

It is Xiyue Temple

Look like “Forbidden City“?. It is Xiyue Temple! Xiyue Temple faces Mt.Huanshan. Its basic layout goes along the axis from south to north through 6 courtyards including Haoling Gate, Lingxing Gate, Jincheng Gate, Imperial Garden, Wanshou Pavilion etc. The present temple is mainly based on the remnants of Ming and Qing dynasties.

A huge colored glazed screen wall

A huge colored glazed screen wall, 30m long and 6m wide, stands in front of the Xiyue Temple Gate.

Haoling Gate (灏灵门)

This is the first gate of Xiyue Temple, named “Haoling Gate”, also called “Three Gates”. It was first built in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It is brick-stone city wall architecture with coloured glazed tiles in single-eave saddle roof style.

Haoling Gate,also known as “Three Gates”

It is the main building of Xiyue Temple with nine rooms in width and five rooms in depth. It was a place for emperors or imperial officials to offer sacrifices to the God of Mt.Huashan.

Lingxing Gate (棂星门)

Lingxing Gate is the third gate of the Xiyue Temple, and an archway-style gate building with three tall gates.

Lingxing Gate

The gate gets its name from Ling Star, in ancient time, people sacrifice the star to pray for good harvest. The gate door shape is like window lattice. so it was renamed as the present one. It was a group of Ming-Qing architectures.

Jincheng Gate (金城门)

Jincheng Gate is in front of the main building in Xiyue Temple – Haoling Palace. When originally built in Ming Dynasty, it was named Jintian Gate.

Jincheng Gate

After Zuo Zhongtang, the general of Qing Dynasty suppressed the rebellion, the gate was renamed “Jincheng Gate”, meaning the golden city gate, solid and firm for the area.

Golden River Bridge (金水桥)

Known as Watching Immortal Bridge, it is a stone arch bridge of three-bridge and 4-ponds structure.

Haoling Palace (灏灵殿)

Haoling Palace is the master palace in Xiyue Temple, a leading place to sacrifice the God of Mt.Huanshan, which in the past was done by the numerous emperors in successive dynasties.

The pavilions in front of Haoling Palace

In the palace, the statue of Huashan God and other gods are worshipped here. 

Haoling Palace

Sleep Palace

Behind Haoling Palace is the sleep palace for the God of Huashan and his wife. It is a single-eave saddle roof style. It is a place for God to settle down.

Sleep Palace

Yushu Lou (Imperial Calligraphy Building) 御书楼

The building houses a stele engraved with the characters written by Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty. The imperial calligraphy was used to pray for rain.

Yushu Lou (Imperial Calligraphy Building)

Longevity Tower (万寿阁)

Longevity Tower is the last and the highest building in Xiyue Temple. It is a 3-storey structure built on a high platform. Unfortunately it was destroyed in war. The present tower was rebuilt in 2000.

Longevity Tower

Xiyue Temple City Wall and Corner Towers 城墙和角楼

The Xiyue Temple is laid out like a Ming-Qing Palace. It is rectangle in shape with 525m long(north-south) and 225m wide (east-west). Each of its four corners has a corner tower similar to those of Forbidden City.

Climb up the city wall of Xiyue Temple
One of the corner Towers on the wall
On the city wall of Xiyue Temple

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10 thoughts on “How to visit Xiyue Temple (Tips, Photos & Map)

  1. Is XiYue is as big as Forbidden City? How long do you think is a good time to tour this place?

    If I spend the 48 hrs tickets at Hua Shan, how much would the entrance ticket cost?

  2. Hello Zrey,

    Xiyue Temple is very close to the Huanshan North Railway Station. It is a half hour’s walk to the north of Huanshan Tourist Center.

  3. Hello Zrey,

    Much smaller than Forbidden City. Spring and Autumn are the best time to visit the place.

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

    Cable car: RMB 80 (single)

  4. Hi Daniel,

    How long, in time, do you suggest allowing inside her walls to tour Xiyue?

    With kind thanks for your reply,


  5. Hello, I plan to visit Xiyue Temple after getting down from West Peak by cable car. You mentioned there are free shuttle buses running between the temple and Mt Huashan but which part of Mt Huashan is the pick-up point? Do I need to go back to the Tourist Center to catch the shuttle bus? I plan to visit in February next year. Are the buses available during this time?

    Also, I will be taking the HSR from Huashan North to Luoyang Longmen at the end of the day. Could you please suggest ways to get back to Huashan North after visiting Xiyue Temple?


  6. Hi Janny,

    1. Actually Xiyue Temple is located only 2 km to the southeast of Huashan North Railway Station. Last time I remembered that I walked back to the North Station after visting the temple, less than half hour’s walk.

    2. February is low tourist reason. There will be probably no shuttle bus service connecting the north railway station, Xiyue Temple and the tourist center. If so, You need to take a local taxi from the train station to the tourist center, 10 yuan or 20 yuan, you should haggle with your taxi driver.

    3. It is better to go back to the tourist center, walk out and try to find a local taxi going to Xiyue Temple. Or you may find a taxi at the cable station at the foot of the West Peak taking you to Xiyue Temple if you are lucky.

    4. If you cannot find any taxis or bus taking you to Xiyue Temple from the tourist center or the cable car station, you just walk to Xiyue Temple. Xiyue Temple is 7.7 km to the northeast of the toutrist center, one and half hours’ walk. If you cannot afford the time to walk, trying to find a local taxi moving on your way to Xiyue Temple. Basically, you can find a taxi when you walk towards Xiyue Temple. Taix fare is about 10 yuan, or 20 yuan, you should haggle with the taxi driver.

    Have a good time in Huashan!

  7. Hi
    The entrance fee is 180 valid for 48hour.
    How about cable car fee?
    Is that possible to see sunset then get down and go up again tomorrow without paying twice for cable car?
    Thank you

  8. Hi Sherry,

    Cable car fee is charged per ticket and one ticket for one time.

    Have a great time in Huashan!

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