Laoshan Scenic Area
Laoshan Scenic Area
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One of China's most celebrated scenic areas, Laoshan presents a panorama of mountains, cliffs, waterfalls and temples.
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bcheong
Shanghai, China26,644 contributions
Jun 2023 • Business
The drive from the city to laoshan is an hour and the drive up the mountain is longer than that due to the weekend traffic jam. Not worth it for what you see - construction everywhere, dirty beach, crowds. If you must come, avoid the weekend
Written June 3, 2023
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johnnychips
Doncaster, UK309 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
The Laoshan district is large, and this review covers the southern coastal area and the peak of Lao Shan itself. TA has a separate review for the northern Beijiushui waterfall area, which I recommend equally.

By bus, get on a 104 or 304 from the centre. It runs the length of Hong Kong Road. There are conductresses on board. Just ask for 'Lao Shan' and wave some 1 kwai notes. It costs from Y1.5 to Y7 depending where you get on. You cannot miss the place to get off as it is a huge visitors' centre under construction at the south-west of the area. Some older guides have the 104 stopping short of the area and the 304 continuing well to the south east corner on the coast. Both now terminate at a village about 2km east of the visitors' centre. There is also a limited stop service from the city centre, number 504.

On arrival at the centre, you may be a little confused. At the ticket office, everything is in Chinese. Look behind you, though and there are some information boards in English which are not well-translated.

If you want to go up Lao Shan mountain, take the left ticket offices and pay Y120. Then go to the adjacent bus gates and queue on the right-hand side. If you want to go on the coast, take the right ticket office, pay Y130 and queue on the left-hand side for the buses and expect to have your fingerprint taken. In either case, your ticket includes the bus fare, and they run frequently till about 1800.

The coast route is spectacular and ends up in a nice village with a temple on a bay. You can also go on a cablecar halfway up the mountain but a very good distance from the summit. That cablecar stops running at 1500.

The mountain route. The bus takes you up a winding road with lots of sculptures and carvings to another visitor base. You could walk from there, but most people take the cablecar (Y40 one way) to a point below the summit. From there, there is a lollipop/popsicle shaped trail. You go up an awful lot of steps, then have a choice of going left or right in a circle. Ironically, you will not reach the summit as that seems to be an off-limits observatory, but if you want to get as high as possible and see a spectacular bridge over a slit in the rocks, take the right-hand option. Most people do this.

I continued round the whole circuit, and it was magnificent, with spectacular rock formations and views of the sea. I had the whole place to myself. As a guide, it took me three hours walking quite fast. There are a lot of ups and downs, but it is all steps, there is nowhere vertigo-inducing and it is impossible to get lost. Refreshments and toilets are available in a couple of places. The last cablecar is at 1600.

Have a great time in Lao Shan. It was the highlight of my holiday
Written May 1, 2014
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Tony
Sydney, Australia54 contributions
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What a great day out !

Don't be daunted by going there by local bus, no need for a tour bus / guide, unless you want that comfort.

Getting there from Qingdao was quite easy, I caught the local 104 bus from the main road. They are very regular. Got on the bus and the ticketing person came along and asked where I was going, and charged me RMB 3.

The bus trip was about 45 minutes to the Laoshan Scenic Area. If you look out for signs, you will see the distance to get there. You won't miss it, and the bus will stop near the entrance.

You have a couple of options to buy tickets. Ask at the information counter about which tour / route you want to take and then which ticket window to purchase from.

Get ready to walk, there are many steps to climb. I am not unfit, and I found that the steps were a challenge.

The buses are get on get off at the different locations. There are plenty of buses running all the time. Just point in the direction you want to go and you will get help to get on the right bus.

The views are quite spectacular. Don't be too concerned about the drive on the coastal road, these drivers are professional and do it all the time. There are seat belts on the bus, not sure what a previous writer was on about.

I also too the call car up the mountain - cost RMB 60 for a return trip

Check the weather, it was quite cold. I had a jumper and jacket, the wind chill made it quite cool.

I was expecting to stay 3-4 hours but ended up staying the whole day and still don't think I did it justice.

Caught the same bus 104 back.

I expect to walk up with sore knees in the morning, but the trip was well worth the effort

Written April 6, 2015
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Shuang Q
Guangzhou, China922 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
To save time, we took a taxi to the Laoshan area. We stayed in the railway station area so we went to the official taxi rank in front of the station. The driver to our surprise used the meter without asking for any crazy price and didn't raise any issue on the way. It cost RMB 72 to reach the tourists service centre at Da He Dong, which is the furthest a regular taxi can go. The route is basically the same as the local bus from the city, and it took us about 50 mins.
At the tourists service centre, you have two options to go into the Laoshan scenic area. One is to go to Jufeng Peak (The highest peak), ticket counter at the left in the hall of the Centre. Ticket costs RMB 120 pp (RMB 90 in low season). The other is to go to Taiqing-Qipanshi-Yangkou counter at the right. Ticket costs RMB130 pp (RMB 100 in low season). There is also the option of a two-day ticket at RMB 190 combining the two routes. Ticket price includes the entry fee plus the unlimited use of the sightseeing bus going from one site to another within the scenic area. These sightseeing buses are in good conditions and operate with aircon (in the summer at least).
We chose the second route because you get to see a bit of history/culture (Taiqing Temple, Huayan Temple) and the landscape (hiking in Yangkou). The sightseeing bus route goes from the tourists service centre to Ba Da He (can give a miss), Taiqing (for Taiqing Temple, another RMB 27 for admission pp, recommended), Taiqing cable car station (we didn't get off here - if you do either take the cable up at RMB 45 one way to Shangqing temple/Jade Pond/Mingxia Cave etc or do a hike of these places for about 1.5 hour), Huayan Temple (we gave it a miss) before reaching Yangkou (the last stop). There are plenty of such buses and you can get on and off at your free will. Buses leave whenever full (capacity about 25). The longest wait for us was just 10 mins. The first bus from the tourist service centre sets off at 6am (7am in low season). The last bus from Yangkou is at 18:00 (17:00 in low season). Remember to keep your tickets and show them at sightseeing bus stops.
The ride between Taiqing cable car station to Yangkou via Huayan Temple is a very scenic 13km journey to the coast from the mountain and then along the coast, passing villages with red-tile roof, tea plantations, abalone farms in the sea and some sandy beaches. Make sure you sit on the right side of the bus to capture it all.
The hike at Yangkou: round trip up and down takes about 2.5-3hrs. You can take the cable car (RMB35 one way) half way up, but can't escape the last section which involves walking into and past a dark, wet and very narrow cave before seeing some spectacular views over the rocks, beach and the sea at the Tianyuan Peak. The trial is well paved and maintained. The last section can be challenging for some as it is quite narrow and steep.
There are many restaurants in villages where the sightseeing bus stops are, but menu are almost with no exception in Chinese. There is a KFC outside of Taiqing Temple (cash only) offering standard KFC menu at slightly higher prices. If you plan to spend the whole day in Laoshan, take water and some food because you can pace your trip much more flexibly with some very nice scenic spots as an excellent place to rest and eat, no bench though, just rocks.
We took the sightseeing bus back from Yangkou to the tourist service centre in 45 min without needing to change in the middle. Taxi drivers now asked for RMB100 for two to go back to the railway station so we took #304 bus instead. RMB 4 pp for a slow 105 mins ride.
Written May 21, 2015
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Robert R
Chiang Mai, Thailand363 contributions
Jan 2015 • Solo
One can take the 104 or 304 city bus from Qingdao, both stop at the Tourist Service Area where one can board the bus that takes you into the park. There are two destinations, the beach area with the temple and waterfalls and the mountaintop. The beachside attraction costs CNY 40 for the ride and the climb to the Buddhist Temple, waterfall, and cave. Be advised, there are several thousand steps to climb to the temple. Athletic or hiking shoes are strongly advised. There are countless scenic views as the river makes it way down the canyon to the ocean. I visited during the winter and that's the dry season. If possible, wait for a day after rain or a cold front passes through for the cleanest air and best views. The river water volume is low during winter.

The reservoir and dam are the first spot people photograph. Next is the big waterfall and the arch bridge. Before reaching the temple, one passes through an area where foliage encloses the path and there is a sign that advises the area has snakes. There are also numerous signs advising people to not enter the river. If you bring children, a serious safety conversation is advised, the steps and path are safe but there are potentially dangerous spots for the adventurous hiker.

There are numerous trinket and beverage spots along the climb. There are countless places where one can time-out and chill. The temple itself has a courtyard with a huge urn for incense burning and incense is laid out at the shrine for you. Cost to enter the temple is CNY 4. I hiked another half mile up toward the cave but I ran out of time and had to start back down the mountain. In January, there were no crowds and it was fun just to meet the few people and occasional small group coming the other direction.

There are restaurants and tourist services in the oceanside village. I suggest arriving early as a significant part of your day will be taken with bus rides and the climb to the temple can take two hours, more if you have to stop and rest often.
Written January 9, 2015
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NZFamilyTravellers5
Auckland Central, New Zealand141 contributions
Sep 2011
We went to the Ju Feng Scenic area (Ju Feng Qu) of Lao Shan. We took public bus 304 from Xianggang Dong Lu in Qingdao. The ride took about 45 minutes and cost RMB 7 for 4 of us. We got dropped off at the Lao Shan tourist station. There are a number of ticket booths to buy your ticket. Make sure you tell the ticket sellers where you want to go exactly as there are different booths for different scenic areas in Lao Shan and different entry prices. Don't expect them to speak English. Have the name written down in Chinese. The ticket price to Ju Feng Qu includes the bus trip there and back (RMB 15)and entry fee to the area (RMB 80) - total RMB 95. It is half price for kids between 1.2-1.4 m and free for those under 1.2 m. Bus took 10 minutes to get to the cable car drop off point.
The cable car is 40 RMB extra pp each way (no discount for children). We took the cable car up as far as we could go and then walked the rest of the way to the top (about 40 minutes). The track from where the cable car drops you off is all paved and stepped and easy to walk even for kids. You can choose not to take the cable car up and walk it but parts of this track were very steep and the cable car is worth it (it would probably take you a couple of hours to walk up instead of 10 minutes by cable car).
After reaching the top, you can continue on a track that goes round the scenic area (about 2 more hours), but we just went to the bridge and small pagoda (right side of track). That was enough for our kids. The last cable car down the Mt is at 4:00pm so make sure you go early in the day if you want to do the round walk. Don't expect to have the scenery to yourself - there are many many other people there at this time of year and lots of noise - but if you continue on around the track there should be less people. Bring lots of water and a picnic. There are water and snack sellers at different points on the track (but of course at raised prices). Overall lovely scenery and quite different to other mountains with the steep stark rock pinnacle scenery, coastal views and pine trees - in parts quite breath taking! My kids (7 and 9) enjoyed themselves and coped admirably!
Written September 12, 2011
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redeyeblues
Edinburgh, UK1,320 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Came here on 2 separate occasions as Mount Lao has a few scenic areas. Once was to 'Yangkou' 仰口 which is about 160 rmb/an hour by taxi from the Hyatt. After getting a ticket for 90 rmb, you can either take the chair lift up (pay extra at the ticket office) or just hike up which basically consists of going up steps for a couple of hours - not difficult at all. You don't have to go far up to get spectacular views of the rocky mountain formations and the ocean - incredible on a clear sunny day. Keep on going up to reach a cave eventually where the chair lift ends but we gave up halfway 'causes the views seemed better at the first view point. There were a couple of metered taxis waiting at the parking lot below.

The second time we visited Jiushui 九水 which can be accessed by the subway to Beijiushui Station 北九水 on Line 11 or taxi for 65 rmb/30 min. from Hyatt. Tickets are 95 rmb each and that includes the 15-minute bus to and back from the starting point of the hike... buses seem to go whenever one's almost filled up. This loop takes about 4 hours to hike and is a bit more strenuous going up and down occasionally slippery and sometimes irregularly shaped steps. Views of waterfalls and ponds with interestingly shaped rocks in the backdrop are quite nice even on a day with pretty bad pollution.

Both places had lots of people on Saturday and stands to buy food and drinks along the way. Yangkou seemed less crowded 'cause many people opted to take the chair lift. Jiushui has more varied views - would recommend doing both.
Written November 25, 2018
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Dawei113
Paris, France26 contributions
Aug 2012 • Solo
Do not take those tour cabs who offer a ride to laoshan. They will start with a price and then ask for more once it's finished. Once you arrive at laoshan, there's a 5 minutes cable car to the top with fake carvings in rocks and superficial scenery. At the top of the mountain, you can see the sea and some parts of qingdao, though I've seen much better sites. I went to a tea house nearby and people were desperately trying to sell me overpriced green tea. They were extremely obnoxious and persistent. For what it's worth, I don't think it's worth visiting Laoshan. Walking by the seashore and tasting the famous sea foods is a much better alternative.
Written July 30, 2013
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Hamish K
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa11 contributions
May 2018 • Business
A must see. Beautiful scenery, stunning walks. If you are in Qingdao you have to take the time to go on one of the tours, it is well worth it. Be prepared for some steep climbs, the views are definitely worth every step.
Written June 4, 2018
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DAsianTraveller
Boston, MA60 contributions
Jul 2017 • Friends
The shortest path to the topmost viewing platform is 5000 steps. We took a cable car to go up (35 Yuan one way, 60 yuan return). Went through the caves - which are not worth going through - they are narrow - you need some flashlight (phone's light is good enough) to reach the top viewing platform. We tracked our steps (using tracker) while coming down. Its 3500 steps down to the middle part of cable-car (there is a platform which used to be the old station to get off near the temple), and then 1500 steps down from there to the base. Take lots of water with you.

When we reached the base we agreed that it wouldn't have been worth climbing to see the views that we saw. Cable car was a good decision as we didn't get tired climbing up and its relatively cheap (35Yuan = 5 USD)

There is a reason that it is only rated as the best mountain by the sea and not in one of the best mountains in China.

The steps are all paved so no real hiking but its just ascent in the humid weather that drains your energy. The temple charges money to go in.
there is a air conditioned waiting area at the base but people dont know about it and wait outside it when you can easily sit in the A/C room.

Keep the ticket with you. You need it to exit the park.
Written August 10, 2017
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