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Michael
Beijing, China8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
One of the best holy places in China. Very beautiful and breathtaking. Come here early in the morning (cablecars start working at 8 a.m or go up 2-2.5h on foot). The length of a road carved into the rock up and down above the abyss is about 9 km. Plus almost the same distance if you want to go up on foot. So you need a good physical health to pass it and go back. Take enough water and some food. And do not shout under the cliffs as many Chinese do. The total time to go up plus the tracking from the one end of the path to the other and back plus to go down will be not less than 7h, in the morning. Add 1.5-2 h if you come in the afternoon or do not hurry.
Written 28 December 2023
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jackie
Los Angeles, CA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
This place is amazing!!!! Initially you see lots of temples and the trees that have turn a pretty yellow color. Beautiful. However the most breath taking place is the walk on the edge of the mountain. Take the tram up or hike once you get up to the mountain the hike is amazing. Not an easy hike but worth the try.
Written 27 December 2019
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Elly
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
It was a great hike. There are no cable cars on Mount Song just trails. There is another mountain near the Shaolin Temple that has cable cars. Both were very beautiful.
Written 4 December 2019
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MuzunguViejo
Albuquerque, NM87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Shaolin Temple is very interesting and the Kung fu show is entertaining, but for me the highlight was the catwalk on Songshan Mountain. Even with hazy air quality, the gondola ride up was beautiful (we had fall colors), and the hike on the catwalk was amazing. It is easily wide enough for two side by side, a well grounded, paved ledge path with solid wooden guardrails. There are a lot of stairs up and down, so prepare for some exercise. The views are amazing, including views of the Sanhuan Basilica perched on the mountainside. The total trail takes several hours, but in one hour round trip I was able to have an excellent hike. I highly recommend it.
Written 31 October 2019
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Rika5
Vienna, Austria40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
- but unfortunately we had a rainy day - no mountain view.
Shaolin Temple and Stele park:: Interesting but overcrowded.
Must see: Songyue ta, a very early and beautiful pagoda!
Written 13 October 2019
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dantzu
Springfield, MO16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Solo
Song Mountain was very important to Chinese history as it showed the confluence of Confucius/Taoist/Buddhist influence collective. How all three contributed in making China open for all. Very important early precedent.
Written 20 February 2019
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Debbie
Zhengzhou, China56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Went to Mount Song and I must say it was amazing.

I live in Zhengzhou so I took the 7am bus from the Long distance bus station by the railway station. It costs 28 RMB. The bus literally stops at Shaolin Temple so no need to worry. Missed the first Martial Arts show for 9:30am so I had to walk for about 15 mins to Shaolin Temple to look around and walked back to the Martial Arts Hall for the 10:30am show. Entering Shaolin and watching the show costs 100RMB. Nothing really fancy in the show, was expecting brick breaking and all. Then, started the hike to the mountain. There are two ways to hike and I started mine from Shaolin Temple to Shanghuazhai because there’s no bus at Shanghuazhai ending if you do the hike in reverse, which makes your going home harder and you have to struggle for an illegal taxi. There are two signs for the cable car, use the one on the right (it’s pretty new). Specify if you want a single ride or return ride but I opted for a return ride and I was glad I did cos my legs couldn’t take it anymore. Return trip is 100RMB, single is 80RMB. The cable car takes up to the top of the mountain and you walk the rest of the way. I did mine in about 1.5-2 hours. Got to the suspension bridge and walked back down to get the cable car.

Take water up there, cos the ones being sold along the hike is expensive. DONOT wear slippers, you’ll hurt yourself. Don’t drink too much water along the hike (there are no restrooms). If you love photography, bring your camera.

When I was done, I walked back out through Shaolin Temple to the bus station and caught a bus going back to Zhengzhou (28 RMB). Got back to Zhengzhou by 6:30pm.
Written 30 August 2018
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
Let me share with you my experience hiking Mount Song, one of the famous five mountains in China.

I took the bus from Zhengzhou to Dengfeng the previous day. There are many buses per day, fare 28rmb, journey 2 hours. The Zhengzhou long distance bus station 郑州市长途客运站 is just next to Zhengzhou subway and railway stations, hence very convenient.

There are 2 options to hike Mount Song. First option is most popular, start from Shaolin Temple and end at SanHuangZhai 三黄寨. Second option is the exact reverse direction. Advantage of first option is at SanHuangZhai, you are walking down hundreds of steps to exit, less strenuous though tough on the knees. Disadvantage is at SanHuangZhai exit, there is no public transport back to town, need to haggle with tout cab for transport. The second option is exact opposite - disadvantage is to climb up hundreds of steps at SanHuangZhai entrance, advantage is public transport available at Shaolin Temple exit.

I decided to take the first option. I took a cab at 0730hr from hotel and arrived at Shaolin Temple entrance at 0800hr, 30rmb. Entrance ticket is 100rmb. The first stop is Shaolin martial arts hall. The first show starts at 0930hr. Since I was too early, I proceeded to visit the Shaolin Temple first. After that I needed to walk back to watch the 1030hr show. Hence I recommend you time your visit, such as arriving at 0830hr instead. Fyi, the performance show times are 0930hr, 1030hr, 1130hr, 1400hr, 1500hr and 1600hr, with additional 1700hr slot during summer.

The sequence of visits should then be watching the performance at Shaolin martial arts hall, visit Shaolin Temple and finally Pagoda Forest of Shaolin Temple. As all the local tour groups only visit the Shaolin Temple and left, hence from Pagoda Forest onwards, the place is rather peaceful and quiet.

From Pagoda Forest onwards, I began my hike in Mount Song. After about 20mins walk, there is a split junction to 2 cable car stations. Take the right path, with a sign “Cable car to SanHuangZhai”. Cable car ride is about 12mins, fare 50rmb. Ensure you indicate you want single ride, else you will be charged 80rmb for return rides. Great that there is no queue, and I was alone in entire cabin.

Cable car brought me somewhere near the mountain top. The hike is essentially walking along the cliffside on concrete steps, relatively easy though there are lots of steps to climb up and down. Railings are provided at certain sections, hence it is safe. Direction signs with English translations are placed at many spots, hence it is very easy to navigate around. There are also explanations in Chinese and English about the rock formations along the trail. The view is amazing and I took many photos.

After about 80mins hike, I arrived at a suspension bridge, which is new and sturdy. After crossing the bridge, I took another hour to SanHuangZhai monastery, and another 30mins of downhill steps to reach the exit at 1500hr. All in all, my steps tracker recorded more than 20,000 steps.

At SanHuangZhai exit, I needed to haggle with a tout cab to bring me back to Dengfeng hotel. He initially wanted 80rmb and refused at 50rmb. Finally, we settled for 60rmb. Try your bargaining skill, you may do better than me.

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Written 31 March 2018
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Caroline T
Zhengzhou, China19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
Be prepared for a bit of a hike.There aren't really english warning signs, but be warned, it's like a 3 hour hike. I saw some girls doing it in platform heels. They looked like they hated their lives. Don't be those girls.

It's a really nice mountain, but definitely go during the spring. I went during fall/winter time and it was pretty barren. It did have na interesting eerie effect, but like most things in China, it is decidedly better in the spring.
Written 4 September 2017
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Markku S
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
I spent a couple of hours walking on the footpath along the cliffs. My observations were the following:
- The cable car ride to the top is a must, otherwise it will take a long time of trekking to reach the best views
- Make sure that you have reserved enough time for the visit as the walk from the cable-car to the temple-site takes 3-4 hours one way.
- Bring water with you as the prices on the mountain are significantly higher that those outside the park-area
- Bring your best walking shoes as there will be a lot of walking up and down the cliffside
- If you enjoy photography: Bring a wide angle lens.

With these notes, I recommend this for anyone, who has time to spare
Written 11 June 2017
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