Mt. Hengshan

Being one of the famous mountains Wuyue (a collective name given to five famous mountains in China), Mt. Hengshan is in Hengyang City in Hunan Province, it is also referred as Nanyue, meaning South Mountain. It has eminent mountain peaks and wonderful mountain scenery.

Hengshan Mountain is composed of 72 peaks, among which the first mountain peak you will see when climbing is Huiyan Peak. Going further toward the north, you will feast your eyes on all the graceful scenery. Here in Mount Hengshan, no mountain peaks are without trees. It is green all over. There are various kinds of precious trees and a vast area of primeval forest. Among all these trees here, some are 300 - 400 years old, which still bloom when spring comes. Some trees are even over 1,000 years old. The trees in the primeval forest are bending with lichen growing on the trunks, resembling old men wearing tattered clothes. From the mountain peaks, you can see the grand view of sunrise, the rolling cloud and the oceans of trees. There magnificent views are called 'four oceans' on Mt. Hengshan: ocean of flowers, ocean of trees, ocean of cloud and ocean of snow.

People summarize all the spectacles here as 'the eight marvels in Mount Hengshan'. They are the height of the Zhurong Peak, the grace of the Sutra Collection Hall, the profundity of Fangguang Temple, the quietness of Mojingtai, the magic of the Water Curtain Cave, the antiquity of Dayu Stele, the steepness of Huixian Bridge, and the majesty of the Nanyue Temple, also the Grand Temple of Mount Heng. Zhurong Peak is the highest mountain peak of this scenic area. Sutra Collection Hall is located deep in the glen and is surrounded by towering trees. The running spring and flying birds make this place very peaceful and leisurely. Huixian Bridge is in fact a bridge on a big stone. It is narrow and dangerous, and few people are brave enough to go over it.

This scenic area is also a well known and hallowed Buddhist ground. It has abundant temples including nunneries and Taoist temples. The most notable one is Nanyue Temple, the largest temple in Wuyue. It was originally built in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), but was destroyed by fire. In the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911), it was renovated imitating the design of the Forbidden City.

Various reputations were gained at this scenic area: a particular religious hallowed ground and a marvelous scenic locale for both summering and touring. Here you can watch blooming flowers in spring, prevent sunstroke in summer, watch sunrises in autumn and enjoy the beautiful prospect of snow in winter. If you are traveling in China or going to travel in China, do not miss the wonderful trip to Mt. Hengshan.



Visitors can take a direct bus to the scenic area from Changsha, Hengyang, or other cities like Zhuzhou, Xiangtan, Yongzhou, and Leiyang.

 From Hengyang
Take a train to Hengshan, Hengshan West, or Hengyang Railway Station. From Hengshan or Hengshan West, there are direct buses to Nanyue. The bus operates from 07:30 to 17:30 and the fare is CNY 5. If you arrive at Hengyang Railway Station, take bus 118, 137, 140, 160, or 181 to the Central Coach Station first, and then take a bus to Nanyue.

 From Changsha
Take a direct bus from Changsha South Coach Station to Nanyue. The bus operates between 08:10 and 17:50 and the duration takes about two hours.

Upon arrival at Nanyue, visitors can take the free bus to the tourist center.

Admission Fee May - Oct.: CNY 110
Nov. - Apr.: CNY 80
Nanyue Temple May - Oct.: CNY 60
Nov. - Apr.: CNY 40
Water Curtain Cave CNY 30
Wanshou Tripod CNY 30
Zhusheng Temple CNY 5
Jingang Buddha Remains Stupa CNY 5
Cable Car & Battery Car CNY 80 (round-trip)
CNY 45 ( single-trip)
- Last updated on Jun. 20, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Mt. Hengshan
Asked by June from SINGAPORE | Oct. 05, 2018 20:17Reply
Travelling from Changsha to Hengshan Mountain on the last week of Nov with a 7 yr old child.
Appreciate your advise on the following:
1) How much does it cost to travel from Changsha South Coach station to Nanyue?
2) Is it faster to train from Changsha south station to Hengshan west station, then bus to Nanyue? What is the estimated time difference?
3) Is it ok to do just a day trip at the mountain ?
Thank you
Answers (4)
Answered by Helen from USA | Oct. 11, 2018 01:48

1.CNY 45 for an adult. If your child is less 1.2 meters tall, he can take a free ride. If his height is between 1.2 - 1.5 meters, you need pay the half of the ticket price - CNY22.5. If his height exceeds 1.5 meters, you need to buy an adult ticket for your child.
2.The duration by bus is about 2 hours. The duration by train is about 30 – 40 minutes. Taking a train is faster than taking a bus.
3.If you take the earliest train to Hengshan and visit the mountain by cable car, you may make a day trip. The last high speed train on back-trip is at about 20:30.
To be honest, you take a child and you are advised to take the cable car up and down the mountain.
Answered by June from SINGAPORE | Oct. 11, 2018 03:25

Thanks Helen. Is it easy to get around the mountain on your own or is it advisable to get a local guide ? If there are clear signage , I should be able to get around on my own ..
Answered by Helen | Oct. 11, 2018 18:04

There are English language signs in the scenic area. If you know little Chinese, you'd better get a local guide, which is much convenient.
Answered by June from SINGAPORE | Oct. 12, 2018 20:50

Ok thank you
Asked by Chang from MALAYSIA | Sep. 05, 2018 07:18Reply
Is the weather good on 12/09/2018 in Hengshan?
Answers (1)
Answered by Darcy from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 05, 2018 22:44

The temperature is about 23C to 30C and it may be cloudy.
Asked by Kris from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 21, 2018 06:50Reply
Is there a bus from Chongqing going to Hengyang during January?
It's also probable that I will be departing from Chongqing in Feb 2019, which will be close to the date of CNY. Is hiking of Hengshan possible during this time?
If not, is there anyway I can go from CQ -> Hengshan? What time is the ideal time to hike during winter?
Thanks and best regards,
Answers (1)
Answered by Enis from GERMANY | Jun. 21, 2018 21:59

No bus is available, but there is a train at 20:56 from Chongqing North to Hengshan. After arrival, take a taxi to the mountain scenic area. For hiking, it’s a little cold in winter, so I guess noon is a better time.
Asked by Gac from SINGAPORE | Jan. 03, 2018 07:56Reply
Is it ok to hike to Hengshan either middle of Jan or middle of Feb?
We are planning to visit Changsha, Zhangjiajie and Fenghuang. Can we go to the Mt. from Zhangjiajie or Fenghuang? If yes, how (by train or bus)? Pls suggest.
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Answered by Nancy from DENMARK | Jan. 03, 2018 20:45

Yes, it’s okay to hike on the mountain at that time. You’d better do that in mid Feb, since it’s getting warmer.
To Hengshan, you need to back to Changsha first, and then take a bullet train to Hengshan West within 40 minutes. Then, take a taxi to the mountain.
Answered by Gac | Jan. 04, 2018 00:15


Train from changsha south to hs west, right? How much does it cost rougly for taxi from the west station to get there ?

Should we stay overnight at the mountain or foot of mountain?
Is there any tourist attractions nearby hengshan?

Thank you for your reply.
Answered by Nancy from DENMARK | Jan. 04, 2018 00:33

It costs about 30 RMB.

As for hotels, I think there are more choices at the foot of the mountains, like Jinrui Hotel in 58 Jinshan Rd near Nanyue Temple, Coffee Hotel in Jinpen Community, Jinsha Rd, and YishanYishui Hotel in 8 Jinsha Rd.

Actually, the mountain is a large scenic area, including many temples and pavilions, including Nanyue Temple, Dashan Temple, Yanshou Pavilion…
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