Songshan Mountain

Songshan Mountain, aka Mount Song, lies in Dengfeng city, in the heart of Henan Province and about 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of its capital, Zhengzhou. Mount Songshan, which is also known as Zhong Yue (middle mountain), is known as one of the Five Mountains of China. The others in this group are Tai mountain in Shandong Province, Hua Mountain in Shaanxi Province, Mount Heng in Shanxi Province and Mount Heng in Hunan Province.

Natural Landscape

Songshan Mountain has fine natural scenery. Its 72 mountains, grouped around the peaks of Mount Shaoshi and Mount Taishi, extend for about 70 kilometers (43 miles) from east to west. Besides these mountains, there are many valleys, caves, pools and waterfalls, each of which provides the visitor with a unique and wonderful experience. The landscape of Mount Song is so unique that it has been given the title of 'International Geological Park' by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Shaolin Temple on Song Mountain
 Songshan Mountain Shaolin Temple
Songshan Mountain
Songshan Mountain


The history of Songshan Mountain is as rich and interesting as its landscape. Its proximity to Luoyang, the ancient capital city of nine different dynasties, made it an essential place for emperors to offer sacrifices to their ancestors and the gods and to confer the crown to their heirs. This has left many sites of historic and cultural interest in Mount Songshan. The beauty of the area's scenery also led to many scholars, eminent monks and famous Taoists chose this area as an important place to give lectures, explain Buddhist sutras and develop the teachings of different religions. Practitioners of the three faiths of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism absorbed ideas from each other, which led to their three belief systems growing closer together.

Birthplace of China Zen Buddhism

Songshan Mountain is the birthplace of China Zen Buddhism, and is the home of many wondrous temples, including Shaolin Temple, the largest pagoda forest in China, Ta Lin (meaning pagoda forest) and the most ancient pagoda in China, Songyue Temple pagoda. A visitor can also visit the oldest cypress, as well as the earliest star observation platform in China.

What makes Songshan Mountain different from the rest of the Five Mountains is its profound and extensive cultural history. For this reason, a visit to Songshan Mountain will be greatly rewarding for scholars of religion, physical culture, astronomy, archaeology, geology, art, and architecture, as well as for travelers with a passion for beauty and history.

How to get to Songshan Mountain from Zhengzhou

1. Take a bus from Zhengzhou Central Bus Station to the scenic area directly, and the buses depart at 7:00, 8:00, 8:50, 9:40 and 11:00. It takes about 40 minutes and costs CNY 20.
2. Take a bus from Zhengzhou North Bus Station or General Bus Station to Dengfeng city, and then take Dengfeng Bus 2 to Songyang Academy in Songshan Mountain Scenic Area. Or, visitors can take a taxi to reach there after arriving in Dengfeng.
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Entrance Fee Shaolin Temple: CNY 100
Yongshou Temple: CNY 60
Songyang Academy: CNY 30
Huishan Temple: CNY 40
Zhongyue Temple: CNY 30
Luya Waterfall: CNY 50
Observatory: Free
Songyang Scenic Area: CNY 80 including Songyang Academy, Laomu Cave, Songyue Temple pagoda, and Fawang Temple. 
Taishi Mountain Scenic Area : CNY 50 including Fawang Temple, Laomu Cvae and Songyue Temple pagoda.
Zhongyue Scenic Area: CNY 80 including Zhongyue Temple, Luya Waterfall, and Observatory. 
Free for children under 1.4m (4.6 feet).
Cable Car Ticket Shaolin Cable Car: CNY 70/ one-way; CNY 120/ round-trip.
Songyang Cable Car: CNY 50/ round-trip.
Opening Hours 7:30 - 17:30

 Nearby Attractions:
 Shaolin Temple
 Shaolin Zen Music Ritual
- Last modified on Nov. 26, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Songshan Mountain
Asked by Hui from SINGAPORE | Nov. 25, 2018 18:30Reply
How to travel by bus or train from jiaozuo directly to Dengfeng Shaolin Temple?
Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Aurora from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 26, 2018 01:18

There is no bus from Jiaozuo to Shaolin Temple. You can first take the bus from Jiaozuo to Zhengzhou Bus Station and then transfer to the bus to Shaolin Temple.
Asked by Tony from FRANCE | Dec. 19, 2017 09:16Reply
Hi, it is possible to visit the Song Mountain during winter in February ? Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Black from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 19, 2017 20:21

Yes, it’s okay to visit the mountain in Feb. The tempature may be around 10C, so keep yourself warm!
Asked by Rieng | Nov. 25, 2016 02:24Reply
There is cable car station up to Songshan inside Shaolin temple.
Is that for sight-seeing scenic area on this mountain? Is it worth up to see?
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Answered by Mia from ITALY | Nov. 25, 2016 03:50

Yes, you can take the cable car to San Huang Zhai Monastery. A single ride costs CNY 50; a round ride costs CNY 60. You will have a bird's-eye view of the mountain. It is worthwhile! :)
Asked by Ong Hwee Chin from SINGAPORE | Oct. 23, 2016 09:02Reply
Is it better to go to Song Mountain from Luoyang or Zhengzhou?
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Answered by Rita from UNITED KINGDOM | Oct. 23, 2016 22:39

Both are convenient, but the scenic area is closer to Luoyang. At Luoyang Bus Station near the main railway station, there are regular buses for your choice. If leaving from ZZ, you should go to the Central Passenger Transport Center to catch a bus.
Asked by Nat from CHINA | Jun. 14, 2016 03:19Reply
I'm planning a trip to Zhengzhou and I have a few questions about Songshan.
How far is it from the city to get to the mountain? Also about how far is the hike up or is there a bus/cable car that goes to the top? Are there hostels at the top to stay and, if so, is it necessary to book in advance?
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Answered by Bob from BRAZIL | Jun. 15, 2016 02:56

It is about 50 miles (81km) from downtown. You can take a bus to Dengfeng from Passenger Transport Center to the opposite of ZZ Railway Station. The buses are available form 6:00 to 20:00, and the trip takes about 1 hour. The fare is CNY 28. Upon arrival, take a taxi to the mountain for about CNY 10.

It takes about 4 hours to hike up. Yes, there are cable cars available. There are no hostels on the mountain. Most visitors stay at the foot of the mountain. You needn't book the hotels in advance. Just walk in and check in. Don't worry! :)
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