Mount Huashan
Mount Huashan
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Famous for its breathtaking cliffs and 12-kilometer-long winding path to its peak, this mountain features five peaks that resemble five petals of a flower.
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Lego
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Had a great day on the mountain. I’m travelling China solo and felt comfortable doing this hike on my own after reading all the reviews. I would really recommend if you have time in Xi’An because the views were spectacular and the hike wasn’t too difficult- perfect for a beginner like me.

I left Xi’An North on the 08:30 train, it took half an hour to get to Huashan North train station.

I then got a shuttle (5CNY- 15 mins) to the tourist centre. (To get the shuttle: exit the train station, walk straight and you’ll pass 6-8 shops/ stands on your left. Once you see the road on your left, cross the road, walk through security in the big building ahead of you (you’ll see which one) and they’ll lead you to the bus. You can pay onboard using the QR code.

Once at the tourist center, just follow signs to the ticket counter. I paid for my park ticket, which was 160CNY (didn’t need to book in advance online) and I also booked a bus to the west cable car (40CNY)- this bus was about 40 mins.

When I got to the west cable car station, I bought a ticket (there’s a machine inside the building where the queue starts) which was 140CNY- this cable car was about 15 mins and had amazing views!

I spent about 5 hours on the mountain and walked West, South, Central, East and North peaks.

When I finally got to the North peak, I walked down to the cable car bit and bought another ticket to go down the north side (80CNY). Just start to queue up for the cable car and you’ll see the ticket counter around the corner as you’re queuing.

When you get to the bottom, follow the crowd down to the shuttle bus, again you can buy the ticket just before the queue starts (20CNY).

I wasn’t able to get on the bus from the tourist centre back to the train station so ended up paying for a 15CNY taxi. It’s quite confusing when you get out and no one wants to help you (because they want you to pay for the taxi). I had a train to catch so didn’t look for very long though so you might have more luck.

I’m glad I did West- North because there were less stairs (still a lot of stairs though!!) but if you’re looking for more of a challenge you should do North to West.

They sell food up there but it’s expensive and there are also toilets at all of the stops. They had regular signs/ maps in English so I always knew where to go.

All in all, as a budget traveller, I thought it was really worth the money and would 100% recommend. I bought a lunch/ snacks and a big bottle of water up with me and the day came to approx £70.

Note: the toilets are gross, bring toilet paper, there are a lot of tourist up there- it can be quite slow to walk in some areas, there are queues for almost everything (although I didn’t find it as bad as other attractions I’ve been to)
Written 17 May 2024
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Natalie V
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Buying a ticket, the climb, the cable cars and all at the actual huashan park was easy. The views were stunning and despite it being a very popular area, even with many other people it was a manageable and enjoyable hike. That said, I only give it 3 stars because getting to the park and later back to the station were two of the worst experiences on my entire trip to China. I followed a female solo travellers itinerary dated 2023, so i assumed all would be fine however did not find a free shuttle bus anywhere. The taxi drivers are very rude when you come out of the station, i ordered a Didi since it is the only way i knew how to track where we were going, and the driver still attempted to hide the meter from me. luckily i had read about this and used the translation app to make him show me it was on.

on the way back I followed the clear signs for 'shuttle bus' but when i got there the staff didn't even answer me and just waved me towards the taxi drivers, as if there was no free shuttle. at this point i had hiked a very long time and just wanted to get to the station so agreed to a 20 Yuan taxi ride. but when i followed him to the car two other people ( a young chinese couple) got in and the driver and the guy who got me to agree (who spoke english) ushered me to get in too. I instantly had alarm bells ringing in my head, they seem to have expected me to just get in and then pay for all of us on my own, since the answer to ‘will we share the price?’ was laughing and a cheeky ‘they are translators’. I don’t understand Chinese beyond survival stuff but they were laughing and clearly not expecting me to walk away. I called another didi and was on my way 5 min later. Again tho, had to ask to see the meter as it was hidden behind a card.

My advice: make sure they turn on the meter and make them show you. Order a didi so you see the way they have to go and can make sure they don’t stray from it.
Written 9 April 2024
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Stephanie N
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I traveled to Hua Shan specifically to see the sunrise from the top. I would definitely recommend this option for those looking to escape the crowds (it gets reeeealll busy during the day)- the park is open 24 hours, and it's recommended you start walking up from the bottom around 11pm to arrive at the east peak sunset viewing platform by around 5:30 am. To get there, take the bullet train to Hua shan Bei train station, and from there you'll find a number of taxi drivers who will drive you to the entrance.

Hua shan is a stunning mountain, but don't expect it to be rugged - it's very developed and the entire walk up is essentially a paved series of steps. That being said, it's still a super beautiful, challenging, and worthwhile hike! Go as early as you can to avoid the crowds and take the views in in peace. ✌️
Written 23 September 2023
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kk3n
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It was impressive mainly as an existence proof of how many humans per hour a rational tourist industry can cycle through a natural attraction without fatalities. Plus, there is a cultural thing: people plump down in the middle of the stairs (everything is stairs) and won't move, gridlocking the whole business. So anticipate molasses-slow waddling up and down stairs in swarming crowds and stifling heat with people sitting in the middle of the stairs the whole time. "Beam me up Scotty!"
Written 12 July 2023
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Yunjie
Guangzhou, China3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
Huashan is now open to foreigners. The park hotline suggested we enter with recent COVID tests, but no one asked to see them when we arrived. You’ll need to buy entrance tickets (and cable car tickets if that’s your plan) directly from ticket offices as wechat miniprograms and ctrip will only accept a Chinese ID.

Staying on the mountain will be tricky if you don’t speak Chinese, as noone working in the hotels speaks English (as far as I know). Lodging on top of the mountain is not accepting reservations on English sites as far as I can tell, and ctrip also requires a Chinese id holder to book a room. We got around this by writing fake Chinese names on our ctrip booking (it didn’t actually require us to list an ID number) and calling the hotel to confirm that they would still accept us if our names didn’t match the booking info. It may also be possible to book by phone, but the hotel was resistant to do this for us for some reason.

In the end, every park employee that we interacted with was unbothered by the fact that we were foreigners and was very easygoing/helpful. Some local tourists were a bit rude, but any foreigner going to huashan these days is likely used the the occasional staring, pointing, or less than stealthy photo taking that comes with living here as an expat.

On another note, the plank walk has undergone some safety/logistical changes (people are sent out in groups, no more two way traffic, no more unhooking of carabiners during the walk) however these changes have lead to what I assume are much longer wait times, even if you get there relatively early.
Written 14 July 2021
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Zach K
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Local government and people are still racist to foreigners. When I arrived at the train station it was the first time in years that the taxi driver tried to rip me off and not use the meter to get to my hotel. Dinner that evening was overpriced by about 20% and I was told that foreigners are not allowed up the mountain. The excuse given was that we do not have second generation ID cards. This is false, because if you go to the gate ticket office you can see Chinese people buying tickets without an ID card and they can climb up the mountain. I even when to the ticket management of HuaShan ticket office and spoke with the officials there and they informed me that it wasn't racist that foreigners can't climb but they can't justify it. All in all I have to say it was the worst place I've been in China.
Written 16 May 2021
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Catherine R
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
Foreigners without Chinese ID card can still not enter the mountain. Staff are incredibly rude at the entrance.
Written 25 December 2020
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Niko
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Friends
Despite checking in advance with local tour guides and the hotel, the Huashan Mountain are is still closed for foreigners... really sad to see Chinese tourist attractions develop in such a poor direction.
Written 12 September 2020
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guipavie171
Shanghai, China4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
This place is a real disgrace. I booked plane tickets, I rented a car, I paid the highway toll to start the climb around 11pm. And I have had my access refused because I am a foreigner.
I have not leave China for the last 6 months, I have a green Shaanxi QR code, I have my passport with me with my working visa and my last entry stamp and I was wearing a mask. The people I tried to negotiate with where stubborn and unyielding, only people with a Chinese ID card can enter.
After 2 hours of negotiation, I have to drove back to my hotel in Xi'an in the middle of the night.
I feel tired, sad and highly frustrated, it seems that no matter the effort you do to be accepted in China, you will always suffer from ridiculous discrimination.
Written 4 September 2020
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buenosairesmarch2008
london7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
Like a previous traveller, also told in my hotel its currently closed to foreigners.... i guess because of Covid, although all the other attractions are open... my guess is this site has become hugely overcrowded (like a lot of the easily accessible places in China) and they have congestion points like the cable car queues that apparently can last 1 - 2 hours.... not sure what the solution is. Personally disappointed still as all ive seen living in china for 3 years is concrete..... maybe in the autumn....
Written 28 July 2020
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