Mt. Huashan

Xian-Mt. Huashan

As one of the Five Sacred Mountains (i.e. Mt. Taishan, the Eastern Mountain in Shandong Province; Mt. Hengshan, the Southern Mountain in Hunan Province; Mt. Huashan, the Western Mountain in Shaanxi Province; Mt. Hengshan, the Northern Mountain in Shanxi Province and Mt. Songshan, the Central Mountain in Henan Province), Mt. Huashan stands to the south of Huayin City, 120 km (about 74.6 miles) east of Xian.

Mt. Huashan, which is famous for its egregious cliffs, mainly consists of five peaks which look like five petals of a flower. East Peak is 2,090 meters (about 6,857 ft) high above sea level. It is also called Facing Sun Peak because the top of the peak is the best place to watch the sunrise. West Peak is 2,086.6 meters (about 6,845.8 ft) high and is always called Lotus Peak because of the unique shape. The peak is formed by a huge rock, hence it's very steep. Many beautiful legends also happened here. Among them, 'Cleave the mountain and save the mother' is the most famous. South Peak, with an altitude of 2,160.5 meters (about 7,088.3 ft), is always considered to be the head of the peaks. Climbing to the top of the South Peak may greatly satisfy every climber. What's more, the temple for God of Mt. Huashan is also situated on the South Peak. North Peak, which was called Clouds Stand by ancient people, looks like a flat platform in the clouds. The peak is 1,614 meters (about 5,295 ft) high above sea level. The most important site on the North Peak is the Zhenwu Hall for God of North.

Sunrise of Mt. Huashan, Xian


Middle Peak, which is always connected with a beauty, is also called Jade Maiden Peak. Story goes that Nongyu, the daughter of King Mugong (659B.C.-621B.C.) of the Qin Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period (770B.C.-476B.C.), was tired of the life in the court. So she lived reclusively in Middle Peak with her husband.

In the past, many emperors came to pray and sacrifice to the god of Mt. Huashan. Mt. Huashan is also a holy mountain of Taoism. It is said that Lao Zi (Lao Tzu), the founder and patriarch of Taoism, once lived and gave sermons here. Now, many Taoism temples are also located on Mr. Huashan.

The west peak cable car provides an easy and fast access for visitors to the top of the mountain. The ticket fare for a single trip is CNY 140 in high seasons and CNY 120 in low seasons.

Admission Fee:

1. The ticket is valid in two days, and includes the main peaks scenic area, the Jade Spring Temple, the Xianyu Scenic Area and the Xiyue Temple, as well as the transportation between Huashan Tourist Service Center and the mentioned spots, but excludes the fare for Huangfuyu  Tourism Bus between  Huashan Tourist Service Ceter and Wamiaogou, the lower cable car station (CNY 40 for round trip; CNY 20 for single trip)
CNY 180 (Mar. to Nov.)     CNY 100 (Dec. to Feb.)
2. Cable Car for the Northern Peak: 
Mar. to Nov.: CNY 150 (round trip)      CNY 80 (single trip)
Dec. to Feb.:  CNY 80 (round trip)       CNY 45 (single trip)
Operating time: 07:00-19:00 (Mar. to Nov.); 09:00 - 17:00 (Dec. to Feb.)


1. By Tourism Bus: take the tourism bus line 1 at the eastern square. The ticket is CNY 22 per person and the trip takes about 3 hours. The bus departs at 08:00 from the railway station and get back from Mt. Huashan at 17:00.
2. By Train: visitors can also go to Xian North Railway Station to take the bullet train or express train from Xian to Zhengzhou and get off at Huashan North Railway Station (departs about every half an hour; the trip takes 30 - 40 minutes, the ticket is CNY 35 - 90), and take a taxi (CNY 25) or a mini bus (CNY 3) to the scenic area.
3. By Coach: coaches from Xian Chengdong Long-distance Bus Station to Huashan are also available. The fare is CNY 31.5 and the trip takes about 2 hours. The bus departs every 15 minutes between 07:00 and 19:15.