Mount Yuelu

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Mount Yuelu
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Deanosaur89
Edmonton, Canada1,661 contributions
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It was a snowy visit to Mount Yuelu but still an enjoyable one. There is a cable car and bus that can take you to the top of the mountain for the sightseeing platform but it is an easy enough walk. Cable car wasn't open during CNY break when I went but it looks like you can take a bus to the summit for around 20 RMB from either of the main entrances. If you walk it it is free and there are plenty of toilets and snack shops along the way.

I went in the east entrance, took a bus up (sore foot) and walked down from the sightseeing corridor. There wasn't much to see at the top as it was overcast and snowy when I went to Changsha but I'm sure the view would be great. I still had a pleasant experience weaving through the paths and trees of the mountain. It took me about 3 hours to see everything I wanted to see but I could see myself spending 4 hours if the views were clear.

The signage isn't the best on the mountain and they have quite a few different styles of maps and route indicators. There's a few spots where I had to back track because there was signage point right but there was three paths to the right! The trickiest part was the end as there is an entrance to the Yuelu Academy near the Southern Entrance. I had troubles interpretatting the signs but eventually figured it out and paid to enter the Yuelu Academy.

I would recommend starting at the eastern entrance and making your way down to the Yuelu Academy near the Southern Entrance on a sunny day and clear day. The reason for this is there are bathrooms with heated water and soap near Yuelu Academy and a snack street near the Hunan University and to get clear sights. The stone steps and paths through the mountain looked slippery but were ok - I would still say bring a good pair of shoes as there are some steep and uneven steps in some areas.

For Didi you can enter 请带我去岳麓山 for the eastern entrance. For metro you can go to Yingwanzhen station for eastern entrance and Hunan University Station for Southern Entrance.
Written February 2, 2022
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Haoze Wu
Quanzhou, China10 contributions
If you are a local there or have been living there for quite a long time, you definitely would know several trods from whether Central South University, Lushanna Road, Hunan University or Hunan Normal University. And, all those trods could provide an unique experiences regardless the weather or time.

We chose to hike from the trod beginning from National Supercomputing Center in Changsha, along side the Denglu Alley, to Chuanshipo Lake on the Mount Yuelu. Wlaking on the trod through the forest uphill after rainny days could be slippery and muddy, but the fresh air and the smell of the damp mud is so engaging.

After reaching the top of the hill near the television tower, panoramic view of Xijiang River and the other side of the city would definitely be the bonus of the trip.
Written July 21, 2022
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Mitch
Hohhot, China78 contributions
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This is a decent little mountain walk, and extremely convenient to get to, located just off the metro 2 line. Once at the mountain, you can take a bus or a cable car up to the top (though the cable car was not operational when we went). The bus costs about 40rmb. We opted to walk up. It’s a fairly easy walk as it’s all along a paved road. There aren’t really any sights to see or side paths to take until you get closer to the peak. At that point there are a number of divergent paths that weave through the forested mountainside. There’s no terribly difficult hiking though as there are a lot of stone paths and steps to take, but some are quite steep and get very slippery with the rain so be sure to wear appropriate footwear. Thing a to see include Aiwan pavilion (highly recommended, nice colourful vegetation and a little lake, great for photos), yunlun palace (a decent little stop over with a good view of the city if it’s not foggy), Yuelu academy (separate admission price for this, but worth it as it’s a lovely space with great architecture, gardens, and bits of history (in English) scattered throughout) and a number of other monuments and pavilions that function more as welcome distractions on a calming walk through nature. Definitely something recommended if you are stopping over for more than a day in Changsha, as you can easily spend the majority of your time here if you want to see everything g (we trekked from 11-4 and still didn’t see everything).
Written April 29, 2021
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Diana
Canberra, Australia155 contributions
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Taking it at a leisurely pace, walking up to Yuelu Temple was worth the effort. Lots of meandering pathways and tombs through the mountainside. Worth the effort if you enjoy the combination of nature and sites. The monastery is working so some places are off limits. A little rundown, it still provides a great insight into the history and heritage of the region. It was reasonably crowded for a day when it was a chilly 6 degrees. I can imagine in warmer weather, there would be even more people.
Written January 1, 2021
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FrancisTLim
Penang Island, Malaysia147 contributions
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Jul2018. I found that the view from the DOWNWARD journey of the chairlift was better than what I could see from the summit because there are trees blocking most of view at the summit. I could not find anywhere at the summit where I can see a 360 degree view of the town below. Just bits of view here and there. Please take note that the chairlift is not a cablecar. Your feet will be dangling from your seat into thin air. Unlike a skilift where it is all white snow below, here you can see the trees and ground features below your dangling legs and some people may find it scary. The one-way ride is about 25 minutes. Changsha is very very hot in summer, so I found that noon is the best because you will be completely in the shade of the small roof above the chair. At other times, you will be baked by the sun during the 25 minute ride. Chairlift fare is CNY30 one way and CNY50 both ways.
I found that the temperature at the summit is as hot as in town (ie. the 300.8m elevation does not make it any cooler). There are nice pavilions at the top but I didn't spend much time there because it was so hot and there was not much wind. Anyway, even the little wind was hot! There are also food and drink shops and there is even a military installation (radar station) at the top. FrancisTLim.
Written July 21, 2018
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rosie38c
Harpenden, UK417 contributions
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There are two ways up the mountain, the road at the main gate, or you can get dropped off by the large monument of Chairman Mao and walk up to Yue Academy which is a great old learning institution and includes a confucious temple and an academic museum. When you finish you walk out of the back and it will take you up past the Autumn Pavillion and then up to tombs and up to the beautiful Lushan Temple and you can then continue up the steps to the tombs at the top of the mountain. The walk through the trees is much nicer than the road although the steps feel a little harder going than the road it's worth it.
Written March 7, 2016
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LG_Kay
Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
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I took subway line 2 and alighted at Yingwanzhen Station 溁湾镇, followed the signs and walked for about 400m to the entrance. Entrance is free. From the entrance, you can walk about 1 hour all the way up to the top. Alternatively, there are sightseeing buses to the top - single trip up or down is 20rmb, return trip is 30rmb. There is also the cable car option. To save time and energy, I bought the single trip up and decide to walk down. The sightseeing bus only leave when full, journey is about 8 mins.
Unfortunately, it was drizzling the entire day and was foggy on top of the mountain with low visibility. Hence, I didn’t have a good view of the city and its surrounding.

I started my descent on the other side of the mountain. The descent is on the winding road. Do look out for signs that divert to stone steps for some historic sites - tombs, monuments, lake, Lushan Temple, Aiwan Pavilion, Yuelu Academy, etc. Along the way, there are many eateries, shops and toilets. I spent about 3 hours on this mountain, a nice walk and visit indeed.
Written April 19, 2019
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bmcburn
Hong Kong, China197 contributions
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Best to go early in the morning as there can be a long queue for the cable car. Once you get to the top there are stunning views of Changsha. Choose to walk down which was worth doing. You can also go back down by minibus if you prefer.
Written May 2, 2019
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fly2thai
Exeter, UK216 contributions
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We had hoped to travel up in the cable car but although we were in the queue they suddenly closed, so I guess all the places were taken. Everyone else started to walk so we followed. We passed the shuttle bus stop with a queue of about 20 but decided we would continue the walk as everyone else was ! When we passed the queue for the cable car it was huge. We would have had to queue for hours so we were relieved although the experience on a quieter day must be great. We didn't realise the distance and there were few seating places on the way up. It was very tiring and we estimated it was 7 miles overall. It was a national holiday so was very busy, and the road was like an army of people with fast little shuttle buses rushing past. We did manage to take a few shortcuts following the locals so managed to cut off some corners.

At the top there are numerous snack, street vendors and refreshment places and a coffee was very welcome. There are fantastic views to be had, a temple, lake, tombs and pagoda on the way down. It's a really beautiful place with very friendly people and we highly recommend it. Not to be missed.
Written January 21, 2018
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Judy N
Nilai, Malaysia23 contributions
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The scenic area is free of charge but if you are lazy to walk up the mountain which takes approximately 1 hour you can purchase a return hop on hop off bus ticket which costs 30 yuan. However one way fare costs. 20 yuan. It's worth a visit.
Written March 11, 2017
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