Yuntaishan Geopark

Yuntaishan Geopark, Jiaozuo: Hours, Address, Yuntaishan Geopark Reviews: 4.5/5

Yuntaishan Geopark
National Parks • Geologic Formations
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Very good

Reinhard S
Wiener Neustadt, Austria14 contributions
These are the local highlights of...
May 2019
...nature lovers and hikers get their money's worth, accessibility of this jewel is well organized for weekend trips.
Written February 12, 2020
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Ong C
Malaysia20 contributions
Jiao zhuo / Yuntaishan
Nov 2019
We went to Jiao zhuo from zhengzhou since we couldnt find any tour guide from Zhengzhou. The next morning took a taxi to Yuntaishan. Wonderful place especially the Red Stone gorge which should never miss.
Written December 13, 2019
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Coco Lee
Singapore, Singapore7 contributions
Yun taishan /Guoliang village
Sep 2019 • Friends
We travelled from Luoyang to Yuntaishan, spent 2 nights at Yun Taishan and then travelled to GuoLiang village. David our guide planned the itinerary well and we reached our destinations in good timing and the duration of our stay in yun taishan was just right to cover the three vistas. The green pools, rock cliffs, gorges and crystal clear waters and trickling spring water that made patterned ripples on the pools'surface was ethereal.
Written September 27, 2019
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Ela K
50 contributions
Strange and beautifull place
May 2019 • Couples
The Yuntai Mountain (Chinese: 云台山; pinyin: Yúntāi Shān) is situated in Xiuwu County, Jiaozuo, Henan Province of People's Republic of China. The Yuntai Geo Park scenic area is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the China National Tourism Administration

Yuntai Mountain is located in ChinaYuntai MountainYuntai Mountain
Xiuwu County, Jiaozuo, Henan, China
Parent range
Taihang Mountains
Situated within Yuntai Geo park, with a fall of 314 metres (1,030 ft), Yuntai waterfall is claimed as the tallest waterfall in China.

On 5 October, 2015 a recently opened glass walkway to the mountain cracked two weeks after opening causing the closure of the walkway
Written September 16, 2019
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34 contributions
World heritage site
May 2019 • Friends
Yuntaishan Global Geopark, Henan, China. The park offers some of the most unique and picturesque landscapes. The dramatic rocks and mountains are loved not only by tourists, but by scientists and geologists as well. The park features various scenic attractions, including waterfalls, hanging springs, mountains, gorges and lakes.
Written June 5, 2019
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Israel144 contributions
great nature site
Apr 2019 • Couples
A nature site that contains few sub sites (stream creeks and mountain peaks). What we did:

Red Rock Gorge 红石峡
It is the main attraction of a site with reddish rock and water in shades of green. Route from one bus stop to another of about 1.5 miles.
Tanpu Gorge 潭 瀑 峡
We advance with the right bus line to this area and there are 3 routes to different valleys. In April, when there is little water, this is the only route worth doing (4 kilometers including round trip). In the summer when there is more water then there is another route to a very high waterfall (but seasonal and did not exist in April) worth doing then and maybe to add a day in the area.
Zhuyu Peak 茱萸峰
You take a bus back to the previous point and there you change to the line that climbs to the top. The climb is through a series of rather short tunnels, but some of them make a 180 degree turn inside the mountain, quite amazing.
From the summit station we walked (a hard climb of about 1300 meters but with a height change of about 500 meters) to the temple at the summit. It is advisable to go up the blue track so as not to repeat the same way downhill. Sometimes this path is limited only to the downstream, but there is no enforcement of the subject, and even some of the Chinese ignore it. From there a descant and another about 1,800 meters to a transparent path sticking to the cliff and at a height of about 100 meters. The view is very beautiful but the maintenance of the path is no good and therefore has already lost some of its transparency.
From there we went down by cable car (new only from this year) and a 3 minute ride to the park. For those who want to avoid this difficult part, you can take the cable car up and only make the transparent path or from the bus stop to go directly to the path (this is a moderate hike)
Written April 26, 2019
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David H
Surabaya, Indonesia5,526 contributions
Good View
Jan 2019
Good view
Very could But okay
Many guling in here
AmaZing moment with Snown at here.

Good Job good Palace. Like Yuntaishan Geopark
Written January 15, 2019
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Zhengzhou, China102 contributions
Stunning park!
Oct 2018 • Friends
One can easily spend 2 full days in the park, and still not see everything. Lots of dramatic stone gorges and beautiful waterfalls. Scenic routes through the gorges, always a lot of stairs to climb. The Red Stone Gorge for me was the most beautiful of the sites in the park. Long walk to the glass walkway, and horrible to do during October week. Never ever go to any scenic park during a Chinese holiday, crowded is an understatement and LONG queues to get on the buses and different sections of the park.
Written December 31, 2018
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Tucson, AZ616 contributions
Scenic mountain geopark
May 2018 • Friends
This mountain area provides great hiking trail through beautiful scenic mountain, river, and water falls. The trail is very picturesque. The walking trail is up and down but clear walking path has been created. Some parts require steep steps that may need careful walking.
Written July 13, 2018
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Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
3D2N itinerary from Zhengzhou to Yuntaishan
Mar 2018 • Solo
Let me share with you my 3D2N itinerary from Zhengzhou to Yuntaishan, hopefully to benefit independent travelers like me.

Day 1
It is essentially transport from Zhengzhou to Yuntaishan. I took the 1615hr high speed train from Zhengzhou Railway Station to Jiaozuo Station, 28rmb, journey 40mins. Upon exiting Jiaozuo Station around 1700hr, I heard a loud recorded message broadcast repeatedly, offering transport to Yuntaishan scenic area for 20rmb, 40 mins ride. The shop is named Jiaozuo Tourist Information Centre, located less than 100m, about 45 degree right of the station exit. The lady offered to call a private car to fetch me directly to my Yuntaishan hotel for 70rmb. She explained 20rmb is for shared cab of 4 pax. I was the only one and it was running late. I agreed as I was expecting a much higher fare, based on my past travel experiences in China. The private car took 1hr to my Yuntaishan hotel, due to slow city traffic.

I stayed in Jiayuan hotel from ctrip. It is a budget no frill hotel. Location is perfect, just opposite the Yuntaishan ticketing office & the place to take the shuttle bus inside scenic area. Less than 100m is a street with many restaurants and convenience stores.

Day 2
The entrance ticket is 150rmb plus mandatory 60rmb for shuttle bus inside the area. Ticket is valid for 2 days. It is actually a smart card. For first time use, it takes a photo of me for registration. For subsequent use, facial recognition is used to pair the ticket with the traveler.

Around 0845hr, I first took the shuttle bus to Red Rock Gorge 红石峡, one stop only, ride is about 7 mins. This is the top attraction here, hence expect crowds. As I visited in end Mar, considered low season, I met only a few small group tours. Majority are independent local travelers. I spent about 2 hours slowly exploring the area. There are waterfalls, ponds, bridges and cliff to behold. Towards the end, all the group tours had left as they were rushed. I took my time to enjoy the scenery with many photo shoots.

Next I took the shuttle bus to next stop Tanpu Gorge 潭瀑峡. Over there, I covered 3 attractions which are within the same area. I first visited Macaque Valley 猕猴谷, which is a 1km walking loop. This is a disappointment, which I recommend to skip. There are no monkeys in the wild, only a few pathetic monkeys being caged. There are monkey performances somewhere at the hilltop along the loop. Hourly performances from 0900 to 1100hr, 1400 to 1600hr, 6 times per day. I was there around 11:05hr. There was this man getting 3 monkeys to perform some tricks in a pavilion. I left after 10mins, pathetic performance which will not appease the animal rights group.

Second attraction is the Tanpu Gorge 潭瀑峡, a 2km loop. Third attraction is Spring Waterfall Gorge 泉瀑峡, a 3km loop. Both of them are worth the hikes. There are many waterfalls and ponds along both trails. There are no tour groups here. Occasionally I met a few independent travellers, at other times I was alone to enjoy the peace and landscape.

It was already 1500hr by the time I covered these 3 attractions. I called it a day and took the shuttle bus back to Yuntaishan entrance.

Day 3
Since I have reserved Zhuyu Peak 茱萸峰 for entire day, I decided to start later. At 0945hr, I took the shuttle bus to Zhuyu Peak 茱萸峰. Along the way, the bus will drive through Diecai Cave 叠彩洞, which is a series of zig zag tunnels. The tunnels were narrow with some construction works at certain sections, bus arrived at Zhuyu Peak around 1035hr.

Just a few steps from the mountain base is a split junction. The map indicates branching left to Zhuyu Peak (700m), or the right to the glass skywalk (2000m). I headed left to Zhuyu Peak first. Certain parts of the climb were narrow and steep. Unfortunately, the weather was very cold and foggy, hence it was just blanket white. Even the branches and flowers were frozen with ice (see photos). I arrived at the summit after 2 hours climb. There is a temple at the top. Just left of the temple is a small monument with engravings "Zhuyu Peak, 1297.6m". Ensure you have a photo taken for memory.

Next, I descended almost to the base and headed for the Glass Skywalk 玻璃栈道. It was a long hike, generally flatter than Zhuyu Peak. Entrance ticket to glass skywalk is 10rmb. I was a little disappointed the walkway was short, about 100m. After the glass skywalk is the return journey back to the base. All in all, I spent about 5 hours in this area. The return bus journey back to the Yuntaishan entrance took much longer, almost 1 hour, as the shuttle bus was stuck in one of the tunnels due to road works. It was already 1620hr.

Initially, I wanted to take public bus to Jiaozuo railway station. Hotel staff told me I first need to take 1 bus to another town, next change to another bus to railway station. It was too time consuming and inconvenient. I headed to the Yuntaishan entrance. One tout offered to drive me private for 80rmb, or 20rmb but need to have 4 passengers to go. I was ok to wait for 3 more. Another tout approached me if I am willing to pay 30rmb as he got a couple to pay for 50rmb, totalling 80rmb for him. Apparently, 80rmb is the standard rate for 4 pax to go. Hence I recommend you take the shared cab both ways for convenience.

Some final points:
1. Toilets are available throughout the scenic area. It is best to bring wet wipes or sacrifice some bottled water.

2. At major bus stops, there are many shops selling food, drinks, snacks as well as trinkets. There are also small shops selling drinks and snacks inside the popular Red Rock Gorge and Zhuyu Peak.

3. Maps and direction signs, with English translations, are placed at many spots, hence it is very easy to navigate around.

4. If you have limited time, I recommend you visit the 2 most popular attractions, i.e Red Stone Gorge and Zhuyu Peak (including Glass Skywalk).

5. I visited in Mar. Advantage it is low peak season. Disadvantage is all the trees are barren and lifeless, not good for photography. Suggest you visit during summer and early autumn, but need to bear with the crowds.

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Written March 30, 2018
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