Travel by Road
The Wuhan-Shiyan expressway connects Wudang Mountain with Wuhan and the Xiangfan-Jingzhou expressway which reaches Wudang Mountain, Xiangfan, and Jingzhou, and both run to the Pearl River Delta and Yangtze River Delta.
The Fuzhou-Yinchuan expressway reaches Wudang Mountain and Xi’an and national roads 316 and 209 both pass through Wudang Mountain, with long-distance buses coming ten times a day.
There are three tourist roads on Wudang Mountain: one from the entrance to the Crow Ridge, about 25.05 kilometers long, and passing through scenic sites such as Hui Long Temple, Needle-Grinding Well, Guan Di Temple, Lao Jun Temple, Prince Slope, Dragon Spring Temple, Tian Jing Bridge, Wealth God Temple, Wei Lie Temple, Purple Heaven Palace and the South Crag Palace; a second is from the entrance to Er Ya Zi, Lao Jun Tang, ending at the Middle Temple of Qiong Tai; the third runs from Hao Kou in Liu Li Ping Village to Five Dragon Palace.
Travel by Rail
The Xiangfan-Chongqing railway line, 916 kilometers long, from Xiangfan City in the east to Chongqing in the west, passes to the north of Wudang Mountain. The main stops at Wudang are Wudang Mountain and Shiyan stations. Some ten pairs of passenger trains stop at the above stations. Also, there are the CRH trains from Shiyan to Wuhan.
Travel by Air
Shiyan Wudangshan Airport, It is located 15 kilometers from the city center and 20 kilometers from Wudangshan.
The second nearest airports to Wudang Mountain are Xiangfan, about 140 km from Wudang Mountain; Wuhan, about 400 km away (there is an expressway); Nanyang, about 400 km (also an expressway), and Xi’an, about a bit, longer, at 320 km (also with an expressway).
Hotels Near Wudang Mountain
Three-star or higher hotels in Wudang Mountain or nearby:
- Wudang Ya Ge International Hotel, five stars, Beijing Rd, city of Shiyan; 0086-719-8608888
- Wudang Jianguo Grand Hotel, five stars, just inside the entrance to the Wudang Mountain Scenic Area; 0086-719-4006508811
- Wudang Mountain Hotel, four stars, Yongle Rd, Wudang Mountain Special Zone; 0086-719-5665548
- Wudang Tian Zun International Hotel, four stars (under evaluation), to the east of the tourist zone entrance; 0086-719-5659999
- Tai He Xuan Wu Hotel, three stars, Taihe Avenue, Wudang Mountain; 0086-719-5664333
- Tian Lu Holiday Villa, three stars, east side of the Purple Heaven Palace; 0086-719-5689115
- Jiu Long Mountain Resort, three stars, Wudang Mountain’s Crow Ridge; 0086-719-5689176
- Kai Xuan Electricity Hotel, three stars, Taihe Avenue, Wudang Mountain; 0086-719-5663666
- Qin He Business Hotel, three stars, Taihe Avenue, Wudang Mountain; 0086-719-5664280
Wudang Mountain, one of the most famous Taoism holy land, south to Shennongjia primitive forest, north to Danjiangkou Reservoir, locates in Danjiangkou, Shiyan City, Hubei Province. Wudang Mountain was listed as World’s Cultural Heritage by UNESCO, China National Scenic Area, the origin of Taoism and Wudang Boxing, reputed as everlasting fairy mountain. Ancient emperors praised Taoism in Wudang Mountain and reached a peak in Ming Dynasty. Emperor Yongle, the third emperor of Ming Dynasty, ordered the construction the Forbidden City in Beijing, and repaired temples on Wudang Mountain in the south. So, Wudang Mountain was regarded as imperial Taoism Mountain. In late Ming Dynasty, Taoist Sanfeng Zhang combined all of his acknowledge and practice to create Wudang Martial Arts.
Wudang Mountain consists of 72 hills, 36 rocks, 11 caves, 3 ponds, 9 springs, 10 pools, 9 wells, 10 stones, and 9 pavilions, highlights in Heavenly Pillar Peak Area (Tianzhu Peak), which includes Eighteen Bends, sightseeing of 72 peaks pointing to the Golden Summit, temples’ foldover, etc. It was estimated there were more than 500 temples and 20000 rooms on the mountain in Tang Dynasty. At present, we still can see well-preserved ancient buildings of 129 sections, chambers of 1182, exhibiting like a display on Chinese ancient architecture complex. Except for the old buildings, Wudang Mountain owns over 7400 pieces precious relics, especially Taoism relics.
Going up to the mountain, visitors can hike from the bottom to the Golden Summit. Enter the entrance, here comes to Yuxu Palace on the right, Xuanyue Gate and Yuzhen Palace on the left. Going up from the famous line there are Huilong Temple, Needle Grinding Well, Taishang Rock, Laojun Hall, Taizi Slope, and then to the Xiaoyao Valley. The next area comes to Zixiao Palace, Nanyan Palace, Yellow Dragon Cave, three sky gates, and last to the Golden Summit.
Xiaoyao Valley, the Macaque Valley, has all kinds of animals in the jungle. Sometimes, visitors may see the monkeys jumping into the river, picking up peaches, even asking visitors for food.
Nanyan Palace is one of the most important Taoist palaces on Wudang Mountain. Since the building of this palace in the 13th century, there had been some Taoist practicing in the palace. The palace is under the Duyang Rock, has existing two buildings and some well-preserved attractions, such as Tianyi Zhenqinggong Zhidian, Liangyi Palace, Guangjing Hall, Bafeng Pavilion, Dragon-Tiger Pavilion, Dabei Pavilion, and South Heavenly Gate.
Zixiao Palace, means Purple Cloud, a well-preserved ancient building complex, was built in 1413, under the Heavenly Pillar Peak, Wudang’s main peak. It’s the largest complex of the Wudang buildings, consisting total 29 buildings with an area of 6854 square meters. From the bottom of the compound, there are 860 buildings of different shapes of palaces, verandas, abstinence halls, pavilions, terraces, and towers.
Taizi Slope, means Prince Slope in Chinese, has another name of Fuzhen Temple. The temple was built on the Lion Peak, which is a steep slope in ninety degrees. So, the ancient buildings on the slope were considered as the classic masterpiece among the construction in the steep slope. The attractions are Huilong Temple, Chuan Yang Palace, Laojun Hall, Baxian Temple. The complex is large but stands for a long line along the road. So, transportation is convenient.
Golden Summit, standing on Heavenly Pillar Peak, is the highlight and symbol of Wudang Mountain. Looking distance from the summit in beautiful weather, panoramic landscape of Wudang Mountain is all in sight. The scenic spot of Golden Summit has Middle Temple, Yellow Dragon Cave, Chaotian Temple, three gates to Heaven, Taihe Palace, ancient bronze palaces, and so on. These ancient buildings are precious architecture in China history, witnesses the brilliant foundry technology and the wisdom of Chinese people.
Do you have a power bank? Do you want to take it to China? If yes, you might have a problem. See why:
- Announcement on Restating the Regulations on Carrying Lithium Battery (Portable Chargers) When Passengers Take Civil Aircrafts
- Air Travel: Power Banks without Clear Product Identification are Prohibited
- Power bank must be carried for personal use.
- Power bank must only be transported in hand luggage or carried around. It is not allowed to carry power banks in checked luggage.
- If the rated power is less than 100WH, power banks can be carried without approval; power banks with the power between 100WH and 160WH can be carried after approval of air carrier. However, each passenger is only allowed to bring no more than two power banks.
- It is not allowed to carry the power banks with power higher than 160WH or the power banks without identified rated power and with rated power unable to be worked out with the marked parameters.
- Passengers are not allowed to use power banks to charge electronic devices during the flight. Power banks must be switched “Off” during the flight.
Calculation methods for the rated power of power banks:
If the rated power is not directly marked, the calculation methods are as follows:
- If Nominal Voltage (V) and Nominal Capacity (Ah) are given, the rated power can be calculated as follows:
Nominal Voltage and Nominal Capacity are usually marked on power banks.
- If only milliampere (mAh) is given, please divide the number by 1,000, and you get ampere-hour (Ah).
For example Nominal Voltage is 3.7, and Nominal Capacity is 760mAh, and then you get the rated power:
760 mAh ÷ 1000 = 0.76Ah
Making the long story short:
You can take no more than two power banks with you and only in hand luggage. The trick is that each device has to have a sticker with rated power (my power bank didn’t so I had to kiss it goodbye in Beijing).
Apparently, those regulations were enforced in China after a few incidents of spontaneous combustion occurred at the airports.
So if you’re planning a trip to China want to take a power bank with you better check beforehand if it can pass the security check at the airport.
As a famous Taoist shrine, Wudang Mountain is located in Shiyan City, Hubei Province. Also called Taihe and Xuanyue Mountain, it is renowned for its magnificent ancient building complex and appealing natural landscape. In 1994, the Ancient Building Complex on the mountain was included on the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Besides, the mountain is said to be the birthplace of the famous Chinese Wudang Martial Arts.
Construction of the Ancient Building Complex started in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). During the reign of Emperor Taizong, the Five Dragon Ancestral Temple was built on Wudang Mountain. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), about 33 palaces and structures including the Yuxu Palace, the Grand Purple Cloud Palace, the Yuzhen Palace and the Palace of Harmony were built. Then the grand and magnificent building complex was formed. At present, the existing building complex includes the Palace of Harmony, the Grand Purple Cloud Palace, the South Cliff Palace, the Yuzhen Palace, relics of the Yuxu Palace and the Five Dragon Ancestral Temple, Xuanyue Gate (a massive archway) and the Fuzhen Temple.
Palace of Harmony
Situated on the south section of Tianzhu Peak, the Palace of Harmony is composed of the Golden Palace (Golden Peak), the Forbidden City and the Gutong Hall. The Golden Palace is the most celebrated. Constructed of bronze, the palace is about four meters (13 feet) long, three meters (10 feet) wide and six meters (20 feet) high. In the hall stands the statue of Emperor Zhenwu in the shrine with Golden Boy and Jade Girl, and two generals of Fire and Water attending him on the left and right. It is said that the statue of Emperor Zhenwu is about ten tons (22,046 pounds). Above the shrine is hung a golden plaque with four Chinese characters ‘Jin’, ‘Guang’, ‘Miao’ and ‘Xiang’ written by Kangxi, an emperor in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Through the ages, the palace still presents its glamor and grandiosity.
Grand Purple Cloud Palace
Located below Zhanqi Peak, the Grand Purple Cloud Palace is the most magnificent and best-preserved Taoist building on Wudang Mountain. Covering an area of 6,850 square meters (two acres), the palace consists of the Dragon and Tiger Hall, the Stele Pavilion, the Shifang Hall, the Parents’ Hall, the Grand Hall of Purple Cloud Palace and other buildings. Covered with blue glazed tiles and yellow and blue carvings on the roof, the Grand Hall is the most representative wooden structure on the mountain. In the hall is worshiped the sculpture of Emperor Jade which was made by a Ming Dynasty artisan.
South Cliff Palace
The South Cliff Palace is situated on the Duyang Cliff. It has the Tianyi Zhenqing Hall, the Two Bearings Hall, the Eight Diagrams Pavilion, the South Heaven Gate and the Flying Cliff. Built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the Tianyi Zhenqing Hall is the most renowned. All the beams, pillars, doors and windows were carved from stone. This stone palace is a masterpiece of Chinese stone carving.
The Yuzhen Palace, the relics of the Yuxu Palace and the Five Dragon Ancestral Temple, Xuanyue Gate (a massive archway) and the Fuzhen Temple are also must-sees on the mountain. Also, many sculptures, offerings and sutras in the palaces, tablets, and inscriptions on the cliffs are precious relics and worth a visit.
The mountain is also celebrated for its appealing natural landscape including 72 peaks, 36 rocks, 24 streams, 11 caves, nine springs and three ponds. At any time of the year, tourists can enjoy its magnificent natural scenery.
How to Get There:
By train: Take a train from Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Wuhan, or some other cities and get off at Wudangshan Station. Transfer to intercity bus no. 202 or 203 to the scenic area directly.
See Wudangshan Train Schedule & Stations
1. From Shiyan: Intercity bus no. 202 can take visitors from Shiyan Railway Station to the mountain within 70 minutes.
2. From Xian: Two direct tourist buses to the scenic area are scheduled at the Provincial Bus Station opposite Xian Railway Station, leaving at 09:00 and 15:00. It takes around 4 hours.
3. From Wuhan: One direct bus is available from Jinjiadun Bus Station, departing at 13:40 daily. It takes around 6 hours and costs CNY179/person.
By air: Tourists can fly to Wudangshan Airport from Xian, Tianjin, Kunming, Wuhan, and Hangzhou. Then take a taxi to reach the mountain at the cost of CNY60-80.
|Ticket Price||CNY 240
|Cable Car||Feb. 1 – Oct. 31: Up: CNY 90; Down: CNY 80
Nov. 1 – Next Jan. 31: Up: CNY 70; Down: CNY 60
|Opening Hours||08:00 – 17:00|
|Best Time to Visit||March to May & September to November|