Wuquan Mountain Park

Wuquan Mountain Park, Lanzhou: Hours, Address, Wuquan Mountain Park Reviews: 4/5

Wuquan Mountain Park
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SOH KIEN PENG
By SOH KIEN PENG
One of the two best mountain sights
Nov 2017
I flew from Kuala Lumpur via Airasia to Xian and commenced my 11-day exploration to the north west of China along the ancient silk road in Gansu province. Eleven days is not enough for me to travel the lengthy ancient silk road stretching from Xian to Kashgar or Urumuqi in Xinjiang. I would have to apply for visa once my stay extends to 15 days. So, I decided to cut short my train travel and head my final destination to Dunhuang and return to Xian for my return flight to Kuala Lumpur. From the map, the distance from Xian to Dunhuang looks short but when you travel by normal train, you would require 24 hours to complete one way to one of them. It would be extremely tired to do that for both ways. As such, I decided to travel to Lanzhou first before heading to Dunhuang. That journey itself took me about 8 hours on the train. Lanzhou is not a touristy town but during the ancient silk road days, it was a must stop for the silk road travelers. Two mountains presented itself as deserving for a visit is the White Pagoda mountain and the Wuquan Mountain. Both attractions are easily accessible by way of public bus. On the first day, I scaled up White Pagoda Mountain and the second day I walked my way from my hostel near the Lanzhou Train station to Wuquan Mountain Park. The weather in Autumn is cooling and I like the relaxed stroll to the mountain park. Along the way, I had my breakfast of Lanzhou beef noodles at one of the restaurants and was surprised to see the hilly mountain when I reached the bus terminus located at the base. In my impression, I thought Wuquan Mountain Park was just an ordinary park. There were a number of fortune tellers near the entrance to the mountain park and I was surprised to see them in a communist country where such superstitious beliefs were forbidden during the Proletarian Cultural Revolution. The entry into the mountain park is free and I really appreciate the authority for this token. Most budget travelers are discouraged by the hefty admission fees in most of China's attractions. There is a wall engraving depicting a map layout of the mountain but I was impatient to read the details and immediately began my climb up the mountain. I would say it was more like a hill than a mountain. It is about 1600 meters above sea level seem same height like the White Pagoda Mountain. I have no issue climbing up to the temple at the highest level. There are many beautiful temples as you scaled your way up. One temple near to the entrance has a congregation of devotees chanting the Buddhist sutras. I hardly came across open chanting of sutras in Buddhist temples I visited in China. It seems China is opening up. The chanting also resonated in the air and could be heard from the upper level of the mountain. I felt invigorated and energized listening to the hypnotic effect of the music. Further up in one of the pavilions and houses, there are statues of great men who were once generals, magistrates, administrators with virtues who had achieved fame and glory for her people and remembered for their patriotism and bravery. I like reading their life stories. There is a write-up on why this attraction was named the Five Spring Mountain tracing the root of the history to one general who whipped out the five springs when his soldiers were dying of thirst fighting against the Huns. It is a satisfactory stroll among the few temples and `museums' during this cold climate of Autumn. The panoramic view is wonderful and awesome. I spent almost the whole day here. If you are in Lanzhou, I would encouraged you to visit the White Pagoda Mountain and Wuquan Mountain Park. Both are goods for their scenic panoramic view of Lanzhou city and both are unique in their own ways.

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Jeff H
Guangzhou, China149 contributions
Great views
Jul 2019
A nice place to get a little exercise and get a nice view of the city. Save the trip for a clear day. It doesn’t take too much time.
Written July 6, 2019
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SOH KIEN PENG
Singapore, Singapore6,315 contributions
One of the two best mountain sights
Nov 2017 • Solo
I flew from Kuala Lumpur via Airasia to Xian and commenced my 11-day exploration to the north west of China along the ancient silk road in Gansu province. Eleven days is not enough for me to travel the lengthy ancient silk road stretching from Xian to Kashgar or Urumuqi in Xinjiang. I would have to apply for visa once my stay extends to 15 days. So, I decided to cut short my train travel and head my final destination to Dunhuang and return to Xian for my return flight to Kuala Lumpur.

From the map, the distance from Xian to Dunhuang looks short but when you travel by normal train, you would require 24 hours to complete one way to one of them. It would be extremely tired to do that for both ways. As such, I decided to travel to Lanzhou first before heading to Dunhuang. That journey itself took me about 8 hours on the train.

Lanzhou is not a touristy town but during the ancient silk road days, it was a must stop for the silk road travelers. Two mountains presented itself as deserving for a visit is the White Pagoda mountain and the Wuquan Mountain. Both attractions are easily accessible by way of public bus. On the first day, I scaled up White Pagoda Mountain and the second day I walked my way from my hostel near the Lanzhou Train station to Wuquan Mountain Park. The weather in Autumn is cooling and I like the relaxed stroll to the mountain park. Along the way, I had my breakfast of Lanzhou beef noodles at one of the restaurants and was surprised to see the hilly mountain when I reached the bus terminus located at the base. In my impression, I thought Wuquan Mountain Park was just an ordinary park.

There were a number of fortune tellers near the entrance to the mountain park and I was surprised to see them in a communist country where such superstitious beliefs were forbidden during the Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

The entry into the mountain park is free and I really appreciate the authority for this token. Most budget travelers are discouraged by the hefty admission fees in most of China's attractions. There is a wall engraving depicting a map layout of the mountain but I was impatient to read the details and immediately began my climb up the mountain. I would say it was more like a hill than a mountain. It is about 1600 meters above sea level seem same height like the White Pagoda Mountain. I have no issue climbing up to the temple at the highest level.

There are many beautiful temples as you scaled your way up. One temple near to the entrance has a congregation of devotees chanting the Buddhist sutras. I hardly came across open chanting of sutras in Buddhist temples I visited in China. It seems China is opening up. The chanting also resonated in the air and could be heard from the upper level of the mountain. I felt invigorated and energized listening to the hypnotic effect of the music.

Further up in one of the pavilions and houses, there are statues of great men who were once generals, magistrates, administrators with virtues who had achieved fame and glory for her people and remembered for their patriotism and bravery. I like reading their life stories. There is a write-up on why this attraction was named the Five Spring Mountain tracing the root of the history to one general who whipped out the five springs when his soldiers were dying of thirst fighting against the Huns.

It is a satisfactory stroll among the few temples and `museums' during this cold climate of Autumn. The panoramic view is wonderful and awesome. I spent almost the whole day here.

If you are in Lanzhou, I would encouraged you to visit the White Pagoda Mountain and Wuquan Mountain Park. Both are goods for their scenic panoramic view of Lanzhou city and both are unique in their own ways.
Written December 4, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jarko2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1,732 contributions
So much to do
Oct 2017 • Solo
You really need to allot a day to explore this park in full and it's unlikely you'll see all that it offers. It's free to visit and all of the temples, pavilions, museums etc., are all free to see. There is a small zoo and an amusement park which do charge, but they're the least interesting aspects of the area. The cable car ride to the top of Wuquan is a "must do" and for RMB60 round trip, well worth it. It's a very slow ride that takes in exceptional views. Since the climb up and down is extremely difficult, the ride makes perfect sense, but you'll be doing a lot of climbing regardless as many of the temples and sights are on the lower reaches, far away from the cable car route. The highlight of Lanzhou.
Written October 22, 2017
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AubreyDella
Xining, China66 contributions
One of Lanzhou's better parks
Jul 2016 • Friends
I have lived in this city for 4 years and have been to this park in all seasons. Obviously, it is at its best in the spring and summer, since many of the small attractions are closed in the coldest months. Still, I went here many times with students and was able to spend two hours there differently nearly every time. Lots of temples and old architecture, a nice pond (which is drained in the winter), a small amusement park, and cable cars up to LanShan (the tallest peak near Lanzhou). Definitely the park to choose.
Written November 15, 2016
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namei18
Seattle, WA87 contributions
Lots to see
Aug 2016 • Solo
I have made multiple visits to this park. Beautiful gardens, classical buildings, temples. There is also a zoo (depressing, by western standards) and an amusement park (haven't been). There is also a cable car to the highest peak (the name Wuquan means 5 peaks). There are hiking paths to follow as well, steep in places but you will see locals in all manner of inappropriate footwear (i.e. high heels) making the climb. At the top are many restaurants and teahouses. There is a road to the top, so watch for cars.
Many bus lines terminate/begin at the base of the hill, so finding a route should be easy. I take #149.
Written September 15, 2016
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Lika_model
Minsk, Belarus92 contributions
Wonderful place!
Oct 2015 • Business
This is the biggest park of Lanzhou on the highest mountain. It contains zoo, small amusement park, lift to the top of the mountain, a lot of temples and beautiful places. I fall in love with this park!
Written February 7, 2016
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Tex049
Austin, TX37 contributions
Hands-down, the best place to experience local Lanzhou life
Jun 2015 • Family
Like all serious parks in China, the main attraction is the people who hang out here. Whether it's the line-dancing ladies or the men doing calligraphy on the paving stones or the impromptu opera, you will be mesmerized by the sheer scope of human activity. If you can pull yourself away from that, start winding your way up the mountain, passing in and out of the countless temples. The higher you go, the more you'll be rewarded by views of Lanzhou. If panoramic photograph is your thing, try and go either first thing or later in the day (later in the day, the sun will be behind you), since Lanzhou, like many Chinese cities, often fills in with a fair amount of smog which can muck up your pictures.
Written July 4, 2015
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DawgAbroad
Seattle, WA30 contributions
Only the mountain, not the zoo or amusement park
Jul 2014
Take the gondola to the top the mountain to get a crazy perspective of China's push for modernization and it's income inequality. One side of the mountain offers industrial views while the other side is beautiful green countryside. The last gondola returns early, though, I think at 6 PM, so make sure you get to the mountain in time to account for that. Some members of our group went to the zoo and said it was quite sad so odd stay away from that to avoid supporting the less than humane treatment of animals. Also the amusement park was old and run down so I'd avoid that part, too.
Written August 15, 2014
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Hoben01
Long Beach, CA3,004 contributions
This is a multipurpose park with temples, zoo, and carnival rides
Jul 2013
This park is on a mountain easily reachable by bus. There was no large entrance fee and only small charges for places within the park like the zoo was only 6rmb. Even though the zoo is pretty much concrete i was amazed at the variety of animals from china shown here. There was a good native bird selection. The park also had a number of temples one could visit. This is a good place to spend a half day or more visiting
Written July 12, 2013
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mame2boyz1girl
Nashville, TN30 contributions
BEAUTIFUL Park!
Nov 2011 • Family
Going to this park was one of my favorite things we did while in China. When we drove up we could see 40-50 locals doing dance in a big courtyard. As we walked on, we saw older people playing hacky sack, badmitton, singing as a group and playing instruments. It was so nice to get to see so many local people. They were very interested in our daughter (we were 2 Americans-there adopting our daughter) but also very, very nice. The zoo in this park is pathetic though-totally not something you would ever see in the U.S.-concrete slabs with animals on them. There is also a monastary in the park which we enjoyed seeing as well. It is just a beautiful, picturesque area. We loved it!

The bathroom facilities were one of the worst we saw in China....so definitely be prepared for that. Squatty potties do not put me off but, after taking one look at the bathroom here I decided I could hold it. :)
Written June 11, 2012
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