Wudang Mountains in China
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Not all travelers visiting China get to see the splendor of Wudang shan, a small mountain range located in northwestern Hubei province, just south of Shiyan, China. Though famous for its impressive Taoist temples and monasteries, Wudang Mountains or Wudang shan isn’t a common stopover as compared to Beijing and Shanghai. Nonetheless, this piece of wonder is definitely worthy to be seen and experienced for a couple of days or more. Let me show you why.
To start with, it was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
One of the monasteries in Wudang Mountains such as the Wudang Garden became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.
The whole place is rich with magnificent natural landscapes like this…
Being the birthplace of Tai Chi, you can learn this form of martial arts with some of the best Tai Chi masters.
Love that stunning scene from the movie Karate Kid? Yep, it was shot in Wudang shan.
Going up or down Wudang shan’s flight of never-ending stairs is a real challenge.
The place transforms into a winter wonderland after a heavy snowfall.
The temples and palaces exemplify Chinese architecture and artistry from the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. You’ll feel like walking along ancient pathways and halls.
Magnificent mountainscapes make up most of the view.
The scenery up high is magnificent. Really, it is.
I could go on and on just to prove that Wudang shan is worthy of your time and attention. But I’d rather leave them unmentioned for curiosity’s sake. Wudang shan’s undeniable beauty, interesting story and rich history will please your senses. So next time you plan to visit China, consider including this in your itinerary.
How to get to Wudang shan:
The main access to the Wudang mountains is Wudang town. To get there, you can either fly, ride a train or board a bus. If you’ll take the plane, the nearest airport is Shiyan Wudangshan Airport (an hour away from town). There are flights from Wuhan, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Lanzhou.
You also have the option to take the train depending on where you’ll come from. The Wudangshan train station may be a bit out of town from the national park’s gate, but there are regular shuttle buses outside the terminal that would take you directly to the park entrance.
There are buses coming from Xi’an to the city of Shiyan, which takes about 3.5 hours then from Shiyan take another bus to Wudangshan town for about an hour. Or if luck is on your side, you can ride one of the rare buses (about 1 to 2 trips per day) that will take you directly to Wudang town.
How much is the entrance fee:
Just like other national parks in China, there’s also an entrance fee in Wudang shan which amounts to 248 yuan (as of October 2015) per person. This includes the mandatory shuttle ride (about 45 minutes) from the park’s entrance to the cable car station. The optional cable car ride to the peak of Wudang shan would cost you an additional 90 yuan and from the peak going down is another 80 yuan. There’s also another 27 yuan to be paid before entering the temple at the peak.