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Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

1. We booked a tour to prevent hassle of catching first train there and last train back of self make your way there.
2. 7:30am The tour bus picks you up with the guide explaining what route should you go to.
3. The guide will not to up to the mountain with you. You have to make your own was down following the signs.

4. 12pm The bus stops for quick lunch near foot of mountain. You can choose to pay for a buffet which was very local food.
We opted out and had a bowl of noodle next door. Which was cheaper, hot and yummy.

5. 12:30pm Tour bus will park at the location carpark. From there you will need to take a shuttle bus by the location to the foot of the mountain to take the cable car.

6pm: The tour bus will wait for you to make your way down.

There are 2 options of the hike:
A: Cable car up WEST and cable car down WEST.
From the station on the mountain: hike to West peak (45mins up and down) and South peak (45mins up and down). West and South are the prettiest and highest. Then you hike backdown to cable car WEST.
Recommend and suitable for all ages.

B. Cable car up WEST. Down cable car NORTH. (Cheaper by rmb80)
From the West station:
hike to West peak (45mins up and down) and South peak (45mins up and down).
Then you walk all the way down to Center peak (1 hour ) and down to North Peak (1 hour). Then you will reach North Cable car to get down the mountain.
Our legs was jelly during the last hour walk.
We are in 30s, healthy but seldom exercise. Leg hurt terribly for next 4 days.
DO NOT RECOMMEND old folks doing this.
I say do it on the last day of your Xi’an trip and not the first day there. And you suffer for rest of the trip.

As for safety. The stair are well constructed but some are quite steep and narrow if you hiking down to North Cable car. As Long as you don’t climb over the railings trying to take ‘cool’ selfie, you should be quite a

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank tieng2015
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Reviewed December 17, 2019

West cable car was closed when we were there. So we went up by north cable car. Beautiful place. It was snowing when we were there. Not easy to walk because slippery. Toilet was a nightmare.

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank LeeYen76
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Reviewed December 14, 2019 via mobile

We went yesterday , Saturday December 14th to Huashan and had an amazing and inspiring experience, which was in a few ways different to what we had read and wanted to help others. First of all, the west cable car was closed due to maintenance so this might be different for a lot of people, and it was a hazy /smoggy cold day (5 C) weekend day. Also, the plank and the chess pavilion were closed, which looked absolutely unmissable and would probably add an hour to the loop. Here are the full timings which were radically different from what we had read:

Train from Xi’an north railway : 10:30 (first one of the day). Arrive at 11 am at Huashan railway. Check online for earlier ones if available.
Free Shuttle to visitor center, buying tickets , shuttle to cable car: 11-12:20
Line for cable car : 12:20-12:45
Top of north cable car and start of hike: 1 pm
Middle peak: 1:45
Lunch : 2:30 (a bit higher than middle peak ), had bought sandwiches at the train station in Xi’an
Eastern peak: 3:15
South peak: 3:30
Middle peak: 4 pm
North cable car: 4:40

We are 30 year old relatively fit couple, we love hiking and in general do not like crowds, but haven’t been training lately. My wife has been training a bit more, but no hills these past few months.

We thought that going up the whole way from north to the loop up high was not as hard as many people described. It might have been 400-500 m altitude difference, so very doable in 2 hours going up if the crowds are not insane. In our case, there was a lot of people at the beginning but then higher up , after middle peak, it was smoother. If the west cable car is open, it could be a good option to take it and go down, but do not think it will be an intense experience. Basically just going down stairs which at some very unique places get very steep (with very slow people going down).

As an idea, if the west cable car is open and the lines are too long, I would 100% get the north cable faster and start hiking as soon as possible, maybe get back from the west cable car to save an hour of return from the very top to the north cable car, if you are worried about timings.

There is food everywhere up there, but if you prefer non-Chinese, buy sandwich at the Xi’an railway station. There is a coffee place on the first floor that sells decent ones.

Finally, the full prices in Yuan were (Low season, high season had double prices for the park and cable car):
58 train
120 entrance to park
40 return shuttle to cable car
80 north cable car

My internet is poor to upload photos now, but the place is spectacular and overwhelming how they managed to build all those things up there. Really a must if you are in Xi’an.

Date of experience: December 2019
3  Thank franciscoescobarcruz
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Reviewed December 10, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I made the trek to explore Mt. Huashan this fall. Unfortunately, the plank walk was closed due to rain earlier that morning but it was an awesome (workout) experience! It’s a must-do if you’re staying in the Xian area for a few days. Just take the drive up there- totally worth it!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank KMay28
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Reviewed December 1, 2019

Took west peak cable car, it's 20 minutes long, with breathtaking view. Definitely worth the long wait and higher price. It's quite expensive, we spent in total 2000RMB for cable car and ticket entrance fees of 3 adults and 2 children.

From entrance to the cable car location, there are a few hundred staircase steps - so this place may not be suitable for elder people who are not able to climb far. However, the cable car provides a great way to experience the view from the mountain peak without climbing the mountain

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank canITravel
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