Wudang Mountain National Geopark

Wudang Mountain National Geopark

Wudang Mountain National Geopark
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A famous Taoist mountain contains relics and buildings from the 7th century.
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ru2bz4me
Singapore, Singapore25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
I have always wanted to visit wudangshan (武当山) but is put off by the inaccessibility as it is not so straightforward to reach which also explained why it is still being kept as it is.

When I came to know there is a new highway open late last year from Xian, we got our wonderful guide; Bryan to coordinate the trip. Driving time from Xian to Wudangshan takes around 4.5h single trip including stopping 2x for rest/break.

I must admit cost to visit Wudangshan is expensive where we need to pay for everything - entrance fee to mountain, mandatory bus fare, individual attraction ticket, cable car, map etc etc etc it just goes on.

Still; no regret to visit it and will consider to do so again when I can spare more time on the mountain. Hopefully the condition of the place is still kept as it is now. Due to time constraints, we covered only the 4 main attractions:

1) Nanyang Palace (南岩宫) - our first stop but unfortunately it was drizzling and very foggy so visibility is really bad where we can't see most of the buildings. I have wanted to see 龙头香 but it was a real shame that nothing can be seen. It is also interesting to note that out of 365 days, Wudangshan is misty for more than 250 days so it is also known as "雾挡山" or "fog-blocking-mountain" sound-alike to (武当山) when pronouncing in chinese

2) Purple Cloud Temple (紫霄宮) - our next stop which we were glad that it was not as foggy as nanyang palace. Many interesting temples that are still in original condition although some have been restored in 18th century considering that many of them were built in the 11th century, rebuilt/expanded in the 14th century

3) we stayed in a local hotel for the night where our wonderful guide negotiated for a very good price - RMB200/room and RMB40/person for dinner and RMB10/person for breakfast. Can't complain the facility but there was no proper heating so it was freezing in the room!

4) Taizi Po or Prince Temple (太子坡) - our next trip after checking out from hotel next day. Weather was kind with very good visibility. This is a very nice and serene site where we took lots of pictures and almost the whole place to ourselves as it was still early in the morning

5) Golden Hall or Jinding (金顶) - took a cable car up and still need to climb up for another 20 mins where the steps are quite steep. As this is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Wudangshan, there were already many devotes despite early in the morning. You can see that this historical temple is so genuinely old where you start to appreciate how difficult it was to build it during the ancient time over the Tianzhu Peak which is 1612m above sea level
Written March 7, 2014
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oneupcanuck
Region of Waterloo, Canada16 contributions
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Wudang Mtn is probably not very well known to westerners and it's difficult to reach due to it's remote location and the fact that you would need a translator or go with a tour group that speaks your own language. The Wudang area is about 1 hour bus drive from the nearest city Shiyan which is also in the mountain area. There is actually several spread out temple complexes in the area leading up to ever higher altitudes so there is a great variety of tings to see on this one trip.

Wudang Mtn is said to be the birth place of Wushu, the precursor to modern martial arts diciplines and you can watch a martial arts performance. The performance I saw was accompanied by music and fog for dramatic effect and contained some swordsmanship as well.

There is also a chance to get up close and personal with monkeys in the "Carefree Valley". I would be careful though as some of them are a little aggressive and will try to grab your food.

To reach the highest temples and the most spectacular views you have two choices: take the cable car (about $15 USD 1 way) or take the stairs. Although their are thousands of steps until you reach the top and it takes about 3 hours, it is by far the best way to experience the Mtn in all its glory and splendid beauty. It will be very difficult hike if your not in shape but you can take plenty of breaks if you need to.

When we came near the top we passed through the clouds which shrouded the forest on the Mtn side in a spooky mist and it was very quiet and peaceful. We finally arrived at what we thought was the peak but as the clouds blew away it revealed the highest peak of the whole Mtn with a copper and gold-clad Taoist temple perched on the top. The way the clouds flow along the Mtn make it feel as if these buildings are floating on the clouds themselves. At this time the sun was beginning to set which cast a warm, dim light over the area. It was truly the most spectacular and beautiful scene my eyes had ever seen.

That evening we could not access the highest peak because it was closed at 5pm and you had to pay extra (of course). So we were in a bad situation because we were too exhausted to head back down and there was only 1 hotel near the top. It was a very small place that cost about $40 and the food was expensive but we were just glad that there was even a hotel in such a remote location. Unfortunately the heat would not work, there was no hot water and the TV was broken and we all really needed a shower bad. Also, the bathrooms were very dirty and toilets didn't work. So it was not a very comfortable night however the following morning we didn't care because we finally got to the very peak of the Mtn and the highest temple. It seemed as if we were on top of the world and the sun was out in full force. We really felt this was a great adventure and the hard work of climbing the Mtn was definitely worth it.

Now it wouldn't be fair if I did not mention the bad parts. Essentially, the Wudang tourist attraction itself is triple A but the facilities and service get an F. I know this is China and for the most part it's still a developing country so the facilities are not up to the standards in other places but owners really should make a better effort. That hotel had so many problems and was expensive for what you get in China. There are so many shops and locals where they hound you to buy cheap goods that are often a rip-off. Any bathroom facilities are extremely dirty and I mean it's really bad sometimes but I won't go into details.

Another problem we had was that on our way back it was difficult to get on the tourist buses that shuttled people from site to site. Itwas no problem going up but coming down there was not enough buses. We had to wait a long time as 4 buses passed us because they were full. When the 5th bus came a local woman who had only waited 10 minutes tried pushing her way ahead of us. We told her she should go behind us and we have been waiting here much longer. An argument ensued and there was some pushing and shoving before she finally backed down but the argument continued on the bus. We were so frustrated and insulted that this local would treat tourists so badly. I was the only true "foreigner" there since my wife and her Dad are Chinese but that is no excuse to be so rude.

The next bump in the road came when we were supposed to take our final bus back to the city. It was only making one trip back that day so we would have to wait several hours so we had to take a ride from a local who was offering rides because he probably knew how poor the tourist bus service is.

So to wrap up my review I'll just say that if you don't know mandarin or have a friend, etc that can speak the language, find a full tour guide that will handle all the travel and accommodations for you. That will make the trip much more manageable because this site is one of the most beautiful places with original Chinese architecture dating back as far as 600 AD and it is rare to find original, unharmed ancient buildings in this country anymore and Wudang has some of the finest examples of ancient Chinese culture and architecture.
Written October 26, 2010
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MarkHF
Scarborough, ME116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Solo
This was a bit of a challenge to get to, but worth the trip (4 hour bus ride from Yichang and 2 hours by trian to XiangYang). I did it in two days and saw 7 of the historic locations. I think my entire out of pocket for guide, entrance, lodging and meals was around $100. I have more than 60 photos that are spectacular.

I recommend the green tea that is produced locally. I also recommend the cable car to the top.

Stay at the bottom-- the hotels near the top are not very nice. I can't separately review because mine didn't have a western name. Another visitor said her overnight at the base was nice.

There is also an unrestored Tao temple in town near the train station-- a nice counterpoint to the restored tourist attraction of the mountain.
Written July 3, 2013
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Meisel M
London, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2011 • Solo
Probably most known in the hip hop circles of RZA and GZA et al, the Wudang Mountains are rolling serene mountains in mid China. The birthplace of internal Wushu, home to some fantastic delicacies and Daoism, Wudang boasts it all yet is largely untouched by the Western tourist beehive.

I studied Daoism and Wushu in a remote academy in near the Wudang Mountains. Hard training, yet mainly internal; working on weaknesses of the body and mind. An experience that is hard not to take in every step to this day, one that will not be forgotten. It is an ongoing experience now. No indoctrination of Daoist beliefs, the Shifu gives you choices and you take them. Many people are there for many different reasons.

I had cow's stomach, donkey and fish eyes. Dog however, was out of season (head to Guangzhou down the south for a taste of absolutely anything on earth, bar human and granite). My Chinese friends took me to buy some tea for a family member and it was probably the most interesting experience there. Two whole hours of tea trying, all for free, pouring and smelling and chatting and blowing and slurping. Finally we (in fact; they) decided on the first tea we had tried, and without any distaste from the shop owner, I left the shop feeling very Chinese and sporting a 2kg sack of Wudang Green Tea.

Wudang is becoming more polluted, and more interested in tourism. Like the pyramids of Egypt, go sooner rather than later!

(If anyone wants to know the information about the Daoist Academy, let me know)
Written June 14, 2012
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Hanasuri
Singapore, Singapore47 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
We arranged a customised tour and felt ripped off. The agent only apportioned a third of the costs to the local guide and kept the rest. The food was bad as expected up in the mountains. If you prefer travelling independently, it can be done at a fraction of a cost. There is a direct flight from Shanghai to Xiangyang by Juneyao Airlines. You can book online at the Ctrip website. The train journey is long, but cost much less. At the airport, you can take a train to the Wudangshan or hire a cab (about 1 hr 30 mins). Do negotiate first. The best hotel is Wudang Jianguo. Breakfast has a great variety of western and chinese dishes and the reception staff can speak some English and arrange most activities for you. Given our bad experience, I do not encourage you to deal with a travel agency as they promised you anything,and deliver only excuses. An english speaking local guide is hard to come by, but with the hop on and off green buses allowed in the park, english maps and brochures, you can get by on your own..
Written November 3, 2014
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Peter K
Geneva, Switzerland189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Family
Where Taoism flourished from the 7th to the 17th century reaching its peak during the Ming Dynasty in the Wudang mountains. You cannot help to be gripped by the magic, beauty and atmosphere of these sites with evocative names such as the ‘Purple Cloud Palace’, the ‘South Cliff Temple’, or the ‘Golden Hall on Tianzhu Peak’. The latter, placed there in 1416, is intact andf carved in solid copper and gold.
You just need to get to Wudangshan (5h train from Wuhan), check into one of the numerous Hotels, buy your day ticket at the entrance and travel the mountains on the buses (no private cars allowed). You will not be alone – avoid weekends when thousands of visitors invade the sights. The place is still remote and you will see very few foreign tourists there. It is a UNESCO heritage site – hence there are explanatory plates – often much more instructive than tourist guide’s English. It is doable without knowledge of Chinese but easier with a language wise companion.
You can lose the crowd and hike from monastery to monastery but even if taking the buses you will climb plenty of stairs, hundreds of them to exhaustion.
Watch the entertaining film ‘The Karate Kid’ to get a 5 min glimpse of some of the sites. Better go there by yourself and be captured by the magic.
Written January 23, 2013
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emster2029
Singapore, Singapore974 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Friends
This was a side trip from Wuhan. Upon arrival at Wudangshan Airport which is about 28km by the old road G209, the bus took us to the Wudangshan town, in about an hour, going thru all the towns. This bus will come to pick up tourists heading for Wudangshan town at RMB15 pp. There is a expressway G70 which has toll. If you take a taxi, I am quite certain they will take this route. We took this road on the way back to Shiyan.

At the park entrance, you purchase the entrance and bus ticket together for RMB240. Once in the park, you can board any bus and drop off anywhere at no extra costs. It stops at Taizipuo where you can change bus for the cable car station to the Golden Summit Temple, 2 way RMB170. It goes all the way to Nanyan, where the foot paths that lead you to the top of the the mountain. It will take a reasonably fit person 2+ hours to climb to the top where the cable car ends. There are steps all the way, though some are big steps. Not recommended for walking down. I choose the Austrian made cable car.

At the Golden Summit Temple, there is a separate entrance fee of RMB27 for the temple compound. For this day trip, I had time for only another temple, the Purple Heaven Temple. Entrance fee RMB15 pp.

To see all the main sights, I suggest 2 full day allocated to this Park. There are smaller but basic hotel accommodation within the park, up in the mountain which you can book while you are there as long as it is not over a weekend or public holidays. The restaurants have menus in Chinese with prices. However, do not expect a banquet up in the mountain where all the food need to be bus up.

The 5 star hotel at the park entrance is Wudangshan Jianguo Hotel. Like all Chinese tourists locations, you are unlikely to find many English speaking staff. They all cater for local tourists.

In Wudangshan town, there are many family run restaurants but I did not see any food stall. Maybe it is autumn and off the peak tourists season.
Written September 9, 2017
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Erik13nl
Oss, The Netherlands118 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It's a beautiful and scenic spot but the price they asked is a bit to much. The entrance fee is ¥240 ($40) this included the use of the busses and you need them. But if you want to go to the summit palace you have to buy a ticket for the cable car another ¥170 ($29) or walk for 3 hours
But then if you want to the palace another ¥27 and if you're lucky the view would me nice we had bad luck it was raining all day :-(
You also have to pay extra for the purple palace ¥15
The buildings are overall original and authentic not rebuild.
There are also monkeys in the park but you must be careful with them and do not approach them they bite the guide told us.
So my advice if you want to visit this spot check the weather forecast!
Written September 14, 2014
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Oxon93
Frankfurt846 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
Once you entered the Mt Wudang scenic area, you get around using the buses in the area. The buses inside are free.
There are four main attractions
太子坡 Prince Hill
紫宵宮 Purple Heavenly Temple
南岩 Southern Cliff
金頂 Golden Summit
The bus final terminal is 南岩. To get to the 金頂, you need to take the tram. If you are really fit, it is one and three quarter hour hike from southern Cliff. (I did that because the tram was down)

紫宵宮was my highlight, not only for the architecture but where I saw young Taoist disciples practicing Wudang wushu

You need 2 days to comfortably visit the entire site. There is a nice hotel a stone throw from 紫宵宮

Golden Summit has amazing cloud sea 雲海 and winding walks around the cliff

Written February 10, 2017
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aprilian
487 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015
This has to be one of the most famous mountain in China where lots of movies and TV were filmed.

I started off by hiring a tour guide at the ticketing hall.
Only registered licensed guides are allowed to operate here.
You cannot find them anywhere else.

I then went on with a 2.5 hours ascend.
It was exhausting, but definitely worth it! (I didn't think this way while doing the climb, hehe...)

I took photographs along the entire way.
You can check them out here in Tripadvisor if you want to have a better idea of what you will see from the foot to the summit.

The temples here are unlike those in the Ermei Mountain (峨眉山) that are magnificent and "blink blink" looking.

In fact, they are just the opposite. Plain, simple and functional.
There were several amazing architectures that were built and blended well with the natural mountain scape.
They certainly do have a charm that will still make you feel in awe!

If you are looking for the Supreme Masters Of Taichi.
This is THE place!
They do take students here from all over the globe.

Try to avoid engaging prayer and fortune telling services from hawkers along the way, unless you do not mind burning a hole in your pocket.

Cons: Too much revenues are being collected for transportation and multiple entrance fees.
The commercialisation is a bit too over the top.

Oh. I descended from the peak using the cable car.

I shall cut my review short as there were already hundreds of informative reviews here.

Written January 9, 2016
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