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Reviewed June 18, 2015

I would say it's one of the costliest place to visit compared to other place in China. If you are not thinking of staying overnight up there in the mountain, don't ever consider hiking up. The scenic spots up in the mountains are spectacular. I won't post how I made through the trip because I will be putting it in the forum. The Vast Sky Plank Walk or 长空栈道 is a must try......at least it's a lifetime experience (of course not for those who's afraid of heights). Be prepared for hikes throughout the visits (must be physically fit).

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank choihoweboon
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Reviewed June 11, 2015

A MUST-SEE OFFERED BY AMAZING CHINA!
Like many other national parks or scenic attractions in China, the area takes quite a bit exploration and navigation. The 'easiest' way to do this is by taking cable cars up and down (but don't be fooled, it is still a 5-hour hike on the top). To get to the cable cars, you will need to take the shuttle bus from the Tourist Center where they sell the entry ticket (RMB 180 for peak season at the point of writing), cable tickets (RMB130 for the West line and 80 for the North line, one way) and shuttle bus tickets (RMB40 for the West, 20 for the North). If you want to take only one cable ride and walk up/down on foot, I recommend taking the West line as it is much longer, a true challenge to people with vertigo but breathtakingly beautiful.
Budget enough time for this mountain is a must. From the Tourist Center it takes an hour by bus to get to the foot of the West side and another 15 minutes walk to get to the cable car station.
The Hua Mountain is one gigantic piece of granite consists of 5 peaks (4 directions and the Middle Peak). To scale all even after the cable car rides still takes 5 to 7 hours at a leisurely speed. Those legs and knees and calves will be crying the next few days!
To my understanding you can only hike up from the North base which starts from Yuquan Monastery. Many actually hike up from here in the evening to reach the East peak for sunrise. I admire these people... it must have been a true adventure!
To hike down there are two routes both close to the North side too. There is one you can see from the North line cable car. I heard this easily takes 3 hours winding through a trillion of steps... when you get to the bottom you will still need to take the shuttle bus to get back to the Tourist Center so plan it well to avoid missing that last bus!
There are many snack stalls on the peaks. Yes they may seem expensive but considering the effort people made to bring these supplies up - I'm only thankful that they made them available!

Date of experience: June 2015
3  Thank echoytx
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Reviewed June 8, 2015

Huashan is the number one precipitous mountain in China. You can opt to climb up to the North Peak [some 5,000 ft above sea level) by foot which will take you some 4 hours or take the cable car which will take some 15 minutes. We opted for the cable car. After purchasing our admission tickets, we were ferried by a small coach to the cable car station at the base of Huashan. From the cable car stop at the top, it took us some 15 minutes walk via concrete steps with railings to reach the North Peak. It was drizzling and we could see moving clouds descending and enveloping the peak, unfolding special panoramic scenery in our mist with the precipitous slopes and peaks together with the surviving vegetation and trees at the crevices. The view was awesome with mist lending a romantic and mysterious air. Actually there are five well known peaks in this mountain. They are connected and accessible to each other by well built footsteps. It will take some one hour plus [one way] to cover all the peaks. It was quite cold when we were in the North Peak and fortunately there is a small heated cafe there which we took some hot drinks – be warned that food up here is pricey. From X’an to Huashan by road will take you some 2 hours. However, there is a speed train which takes you to Huashan within 45 minutes. You can choose an overnight stay in Huashan Hotel [which is about 5 minutes from the base of Huashan] and then spend next whole day in Huashan.

Date of experience: April 2015
1  Thank AvidTraveller007Ip
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Reviewed June 6, 2015 via mobile

The mountain was very interesting but the town below was too polluted. The government should really take care of this historic place.

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank luq_skywalker
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Reviewed June 3, 2015 via mobile

So, i did it with a friend, starting at 00:30 to see the sunrise (entrance 180 rmb/90 for students) . Due to our schedule, we had to do it on Sunday - *WARM TIP* do it on the mid-week, otherwise it would be overly crowded. Yes even at 00:30. Anyway, we kinda did it in a killer pace, reaching the North peak after 2 hours and another 1-1.5 hour to the East peak (which is the best one for the sunrise). Another suggestions - maybe you should try to catch the sunset, as the park suppose to be kinda empty this hours. Take in consider the opening hours of the cable car, if you want to take it to the bottom.
I would like to say, honestly, i am 23-years old man, in shape, and it was one of yhe hardest trails i have ever done. There's a lot of matures that did it and i was really surprised to see this. I guess that the pace was another thing that made it hard. It would even be faster without the traffic jam on the trail.
When climbing at the night you won't be able to see the view, obviously, so consider it, but after the sunrise the whole view will revealed and it's a beauty! The sunrise is a show itself.
The distance between the rest of the peaks (west-east-south-central) is minutes away between each other.
I would like to recommend to take the cable car the way down - either from the West peak (120rmb) or go down to the North peak (80rmb). It is a pain for your knees which worth much more then the money.
About the way to get there - from Xi'an take the fast train to Huashan (54.5 rmb), take a taxi (not more then 20rmb) or the green shuttle (free) that will brings you to the entrance of the park and take a hostel around (around the 100rmb/night).

Date of experience: June 2015
6  Thank Bar T
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