Cangyan Mountain

Cangyan Mountain, Shijiazhuang

Cangyan Mountain
Mountains • Historic Walking Areas • Religious Sites
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xi ra
Ramat Hasharon, Israel536 contributions
nice place
Jan 2019 • Couples
was hard to find entrance. winter so was empty. cable cars were closed. no people were there. could not find way up by foot and almost gave up. finally found it but had to go up by foot. lots of steps. way over by cab also nice as getting closer to mountain.
Written January 16, 2019
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Brian R
10 contributions
Make this a priority to visit if your in Shijiazhuang
Dec 2018 • Solo
Visited in the winter so while it was a little cold, there were only a few people on the entire mountain, which was nice. The cable car was not running or didn't work but for 100 rmb we got a ride in a van to the top of the mountain. There are many temples here and the view was amazing. The trail is steep but all paved with stairways down the mountain making it very exciting and easy to navigate. The highlight was Quiaotoudian (The Hall on the Bridge. Its only one of three suspended temples in China. The single arch bridge is also very old, built is Sui Dynasty (581-618).
Written December 13, 2018
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Haikou, China44 contributions
Cycling Trip to Canyang Mountain
Oct 2018 • Couples
Picture Perfect Place to visit! Hiking, cable cars, dances, music, shops and lots of temples. No need to take water and snacks, there are so many little shops where you can buy it. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. This trip is perfect for all ages.
Written October 5, 2018
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Madison, WI6 contributions
Cangyan Shan
Jul 2018
I was struck by the beauty of the settings in the last scene of Ang Lee's 2000 martial arts classic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon". I eventually learned that this final scene was filmed at Cangyan Shan (pronounced "Tsaang Yaan Shaan), near the provincial capital of Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province (in the heart of North China). I knew that I had to one day go there, and so my family and I were fortunate enough to do so this past summer.

Our hotel in Beijing, the Prime Hotel Beijing Wangfujing, booked our train tickets from Beijing West Train Station to Shijiazhuang Train Station, a journey of about 90 minutes or so. Once in Shijiazhuang, a private driver, contacted by our hotel, took us to the Cangyan Shan (which means "Green Cliff Mountain) site (about an hour's drive). From there, a local driver-who charged too much, but oh well- took us up a wobbly and hilly path to the actual temples. The site consists of a series of temples, including wonderful bell and drum towers. Buddhist and Taoist imagery abounds. We had to pay a small fee to go up the drum tower, but it was worth it. There are also some vendors here and there offering photo ops (including one with a horse), but we weren't interested.

We eventually followed a narrow, cliffside path that even took us into a cave-like passageway under the rocky hill.
We then finally reached Qiao Lou, which is the main attraction at Cangyan Shan. It consists of a 7th-century wooden temple situated over a gorge with stairs carved into it. There is a bridge in front of the temple, where you can stand and admire the scenery. It is a stunningly peaceful and spiritual place. The cloudy and slightly foggy weather added to the mystical appeal.

Cangyan Shan was my favorite part of our China trip, and and I'd highly recommend going there. If you're in Beijing, you can make it a day trip, which is what we did, but make sure to book it through your hotel and insist on having a personal driver to take you from Shijiazhuang Train Station to the actual site. Make sure to bring a phrasebook and make sure that the driver knows beforehand that the hotel will pay him.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience, and if there's one place in China which makes you feel like you're "in China", it's Cangyan Shan.
Written October 2, 2018
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Washington DC, DC224 contributions
Amazing Day trip from Beijing!
Sep 2018 • Friends
We saw this and was not sure whether we should go or not but we are SO glad we did. We took a bullet train to Shijiazhuang and then bargained with cab drivers to take us, wait for us and bring us back to the train station. We did the whole thing in a day and it was PERFECT! The train was about an hour, then it was an hour and half to the Mountain. When we arrived, we sat down for lunch and then enjoyed the place. We paid 700 CYN for the cab driver to take us, wait and bring us back.

We took the cable car to the top. When we got to the top (it was scary for my friends), it was a kind of ghost town of old temples and statues. There are people there and they will try to sell you some incense to burn and offer up to the buddha's. You can make a donation only. Keep walking down the trail. You will finally come to a bit more structure and things worth seeing. Take your time and enjoy the views and the experience. Do not rush through it.

When you are at the top, you can make it down in 20 minutes easily but that is not stopping. stay at a stroll and enjoy! This is a magnificent place and worth soaking in.

Fun fact: this is where Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed... and also the Mummy (movie)!

This is totally worth a day trip from Beijing! Personally, I would pick it over Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven if I had to choose!
Written September 23, 2018
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Zolbayar G
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia32 contributions
Worth the trip
Sep 2018 • Business
I was staying at the intercontinental hotel shijiazhuang and decided to go to the mountain. After reading reviews and hotel concierge there is a bus that goes to Cangyan at 8.30 and supposedly you get off somewhere then you get another bus etc. The bus station is 30 minutes away from my hotel. I'm not a big fan of buses in China as they tend to be not well maintained, bad smell and no AC. So decided to get a cab. Apparently you can rent a cab for full day for 500 RMB. You can stop where ever you want nice clean and AC. If you have other destinations will make the ride even more worthwhile. The ride was almost 2 hours I departed at 11am. Arrived there around 1pm. Told the driver I will be back at 4pm as the venue closes at 4pm on my google translator. It's a serene scenic place good for hiking as it's not that challenging. 3 hourse is more than enough if you're an active hiker. If you like to sit and chill perhaps 4 hours is good for you but no more than that. On each temple there are ladies who will try to sell you incense sticks for offerings to the dieties however if you say no they are not that pushy as some chinese merchants. The only drawback I think is there is lots of trash here and there which is truly sad. The place seems to be poorly maintained. Also on some cliffs the bars are not even knee high, one can easily trip and die if not careful, very poor safety provisions. I would definitely will never come here with a small child.

Written September 23, 2018
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East Sussex, UK1,337 contributions
quite beautiful place
Mar 2018 • Friends
quite beautiful place and that is also ancient area in china esp for the old bridge & unique rock. not so crowded but worth to take at least half day visit.
Written July 14, 2018
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London, UK558 contributions
Took local buses, site surprisingly quiet - worth the trip
Aug 2017 • Couples
we took a taxi to XiWang bus station where we were told there is no direct bus. Our mandarin is not good enough to tell whether this meant on Sundays, anymore, at this season etc. but for us - the 8.30 (ish) direct tourist bus others have reference wasn't an option. Instead we took a bus to JingXing (12rmb) which took about an hour, waited for 20 mins then got a 2nd bus to Cangyan Shan (8RMB) - another hour. The road is rough in places so delays happen but nothing too bad.
The bus drivers were very helpful and friendly - we had Cangyan Shan written in chinese but tbh - it's the only thing worth seeing in this area so they knew the minute they say us!

The site itself - so quiet for China. not aurally as some parts of the gorges are famed for their echo so there's a lot of shouting going on but for the remainder it was peaceful and very enjoyable.

The walk up is all steps and takes about 25 mins, then it's undulating from there. We did the full loop on foot and it took us 2hours.

Bus home - same route but the final bus station was a different one - just outside the city walls. I love travelling by local buses everywhere in the world. the experience and exposure to everyday life is much more rewarding than hiring a driver (IMO) although not so comfy on your bum.
Written August 13, 2017
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Ann A
Sliema, Malta60 contributions
Loved this Site
Mar 2017
The travel from Shijiazhuang CBD is about 80km's but worth the time to see this site. The climb to the top is not as taxing as it looks and the view and scenery are amazing. I would say don't miss seeing these temples and the experience of the mountains. It was a very serene place during our visit in March and we were in awe of the bridge and temple built between the mountains.
Written March 18, 2017
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Shijiazhuang, China8 contributions
Ancient building
Mar 2016 • Friends
It is a very old building and it is amazing; when you see this bridge which was built more than 1000 years ago. Unbelievable, I once took my client from Canada Craig there; he is an artist; He had always wanted to come to see this ancient bridge/building for a long time; On top of the mountain there are several ancient buildings but renewed recently; one pity is that you can not see real monks any more.
Written December 19, 2016
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