Reasons Why You Should Hike the Wudang Mountains in China

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Wudang Mountains in China

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.

Wudang Mountains in China - entrance to the Purple Cloud Palace
Wudang Mountains in China – entrance to the Purple Cloud Palace

The whole place is rich with magnificent natural landscapes like this…

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a small tree hanging by the cliffside Photo credit: Bam Bondoc (@bambondoc)
a small tree hanging by the cliffside Photo credit: Bam Bondoc (@bambondoc)

And this…

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view from the top Photo credit: Global Photography (http://en.g-photography.net)

And this.

hiking up the trails of Wudang mountain requires a lot of stamina Photo credit: Bam Bondoc (@bambondoc)
hiking up the trails of Wudang mountain requires a lot of stamina Photo credit: Bam Bondoc (@bambondoc)

Being the birthplace of Tai Chi, you can learn this form of martial arts with some of the best Tai Chi masters.

foreign visitors learning Tai Chi from one of the masters
foreign visitors learning Tai Chi from one of the masters

Love that stunning scene from the movie Karate Kid? Yep, it was shot in Wudang shan.

one of the scenes where Karate Kid was filmed
one of the scenes where Karate Kid was filmed Photo source: Wudang Daoyuan Internal Kungfu Academy (www.wudangschool.com)

Going up or down Wudang shan’s flight of never-ending stairs is a real challenge.

some steps are well-paved while others are narrow and uneven Photo credit: Bam Bondoc (@bambondoc)
some steps are well-paved while others are narrow and uneven Photo credit: Bam Bondoc (@bambondoc)

The place transforms into a winter wonderland after a heavy snowfall.

winter is probably one of the best times to visit the Wudang mountains Photo source: Global Photography (http:::en.g-photography.net)
winter is probably one of the best times to visit the Wudang mountains Photo source: Global Photography (http:::en.g-photography.net)

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.

walking in a different era
walking in a different era

Magnificent mountainscapes make up most of the view.

mountains surround the whole place
mountains surround the whole place

The scenery up high is magnificent. Really, it is.

the Golden Palance at the top of the mountain
the Golden Palance at the top of the mountain

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.

The Gate of Yuan Wu at Wudang Mountains By Gisling - Own work, CC BY 3.0
The Gate of Yuan Wu at Wudang Mountains By Gisling – Own work, CC BY 3.0

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.

The Purple Cloud monastery at Wudang Mountains By gongfu_king - DSC_1933, CC BY-SA 2.0
The Purple Cloud monastery at Wudang Mountains By gongfu_king – DSC_1933, CC BY-SA 2.0

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.

one of those places where you can find peace
one of those places where you can find peace

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.

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