Mount. Hua, also known as Taihua Mountain, is located in the south of Huayin County, Shaanxi province China, about 120 kilometers (75 mi) east of Xi’an. It is one of China’s Five Great Mountains, together with Mount. Tai in Shandong Province, Hengshan Mountain in Hubei Province, Hengshan Mountain in Shanxi province, and Songshan Mountain in Henan province. Mount. Hua is world-known for its steep slope and precipitous cliffs, whose height is only second to Hengshan Mountain among the Five Great Mountains. Mount. Hua is composed of five main peaks, namely, Yuntai peak is North, Chaoyang peak in the east, Luoyan peak in the south, Lotus Peak in the west and Yunv peak in the middle, of which the highest is the South Peak at 2,154.9 meters (7,070 ft).
Weather on Mount. Hua is quite changeable, which offers the breathtaking scenery of cloud-casted Mount. Hua, rain-showered, fog-veiled and snow-capped Mount. Hua. If viewing the Mount. Hua in the in special weather, visitors may have an illusion that they are just indulging in the fairyland. Besides, Mount. Hua is also one the nine best places to watch sunrises in China. On Mount. Hua, Chaoyang stage on Chaoyang Peak is the best place to watch sunrises.
Moun. Hua is also the major Taoist resort in China and there are many famous Taoists. Now, Mount. Hua hosts 72 half-suspended caves and 20-plus of them are Taoist temples, among which Yuquan Temple, Dongdao Temple, and Zhenyue Hall are nationally protected temples. Emperors in the past dynasties made pilgrimages on Mount. Hua and makes Mount. Hua the holy land of Taoism.
Climbing the Mount. Hua is a highly favored activity for adventure-lovers. Mount. Hua is home to many steep paths leading to the summit and hanging foot-wide plank walkways fastened to a sheer rock with only a chain to support. The route continues with a vertical ladder built along the perilous cliffs. Standing on the summit of the mountain, visitors could capture a panoramic view of this great mountain. Come to Mount. Hua and discover why so many people want to conquer it despite of fatigue and long journey.
Admission Fee: 180RMB (Apr.-Nov.); 90RMB (Dec.-Mar.)
How to get to:
By train: Take the train to Huashan and get off at Huashan Station
By bus: Take the bus tourist1 at Xian Rain Station to get there. These buses start at Xian train station and get back from Mount. Hua at 17:00.
Open Time: 8: 00 – 18: 00