Mount Huashan

Mount Huashan, Huayin: Hours, Address, Mount Huashan Reviews: 4.5/5

Mount Huashan
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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Yunjie
Guangzhou, China3 contributions
Huashan now open to foreigners
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 July 14, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Zach K
3 contributions
racism abounds at HuaShan
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 May 16, 2021
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Catherine R
Los Angeles, CA1 contribution
Still bo foreigners allowed
Dec 2020 • Couples
Foreigners without Chinese ID card can still not enter the mountain. Staff are incredibly rude at the entrance.
Written December 25, 2020
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Niko
2 contributions
Racism - Mountain Area still closes for foreigners
Sep 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 September 12, 2020
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guipavie171
Shanghai, China4 contributions
Disgrace, foreigner are not allowed
Sep 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 September 4, 2020
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buenosairesmarch2008
london7 contributions
Closed to foreigners
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 July 28, 2020
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Adam H
Guangzhou, China1 contribution
Closed to Foreigners
Jul 2020
I went to Huashan mountain today and was not allowed to enter. I spoke to three different people and they all told me that foreigners are not allowed entry. The day before I saw the Terra-Cotta army without any issues.
Written July 14, 2020
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Never4inluvagain
Singapore, Singapore484 contributions
Top of Huashan, 8hrs Hiking
Aug 2019 • Solo
First ever walk and hike 8 hrs. 11am start from bottom Huashan, I reach West Peak already 6:30pm. Cable car ticket for sale until 7pm. Bcos of crowd, the queue for cable car 2hr+. Must come once of life time to enjoy the views. Mostly people take 3hrs to climb up. You also can go up and down by cable car.
Written February 21, 2020
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tamaletown
Perth, Australia1,518 contributions
A memorable experience.
Aug 2019 • Solo
It is certainly a memorable experience! I am glad I went, but was seriously amazed at how many others were also there. Wow. That aside, there are some stunning views on a fine day and there are so many routes you can take, to do as little or as many peaks as you want. I had a driver who dropped me at the West peak cablecar. There is also one at the north peak, so pay attention to which one you are at once you get to the top. Plan from there. There are enough maps around that you can plot your course and see how quickly or slowly you end up proceeding.
Tickets are bought in stages. I couldn’t buy return tix for the shuttle bus or the cable car, so my first lot of tickets at the first (main) entrance were for an entrance fee, a one way shuttle bus and a one way cable car. From here, you join the queue for the shuttle bus which takes about half an hour and wends up the mountain, to the base of the cable car area. To save time later, you might want to now buy your return shuttle bus ticket here, in this building. Then Follow everyone up the assorted stairs (get used to this, you will be doing it a lot today!) and join the queue for the cablecar. Upon reaching the top, look for the assorted maps that give you an overview of the various routes. I have tried to attach two photos to this review, which I found helpful. The time from the main entrance (after buying tickets) to the top of the cablecar took me 1.5 hours. Same thing on the return (and it wasn’t wildly busy), so factor this into your day.
There are lots of venues for food, snacks, restaurants, drinks etc. so even though I packed my own lunch and brought lots of water, there was certainly options up there, and also a supermarket / convenience store just outside the main entrance. So you aren’t going to starve!
Written February 3, 2020
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geo3
Calgary, Canada1,246 contributions
I want to go back!
Apr 2019
This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. I was there on a weekday in April, and there were crowds but not excessive crowding. Highly recommended! This is a great addition to a trip if you are visiting the Xi'an area.

I was on a tour, which saved a lot of hassle trying to figure out tickets, but it means I can't give any practical tips on how to navigate all the ticketing, etc. However, many reviewers seem to have done it on their own, so apparently it can be done. There is English-language signage and maps on the mountain, but I didn't see any in the visitor centre.

Some of the trails might be a bit frightening for people who have a fear of heights, but the main trails are all safe, at least when the weather is dry - but wear footwear with good grip in any case. In the rain it might be questionable, as there are a lot of stairs cut into stone.
Written January 22, 2020
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