|A bird's eye view of Huaqing Pool |
from Mount Li
Mount Li has been the tourist destination of many emperors throughout ancient China's history. Many legends about the emperors can be heard here. In ancient times, the mountain used to be the place where Nvwa (the goddess who according to Chinese legend created human beings) did her Rocky melting and Sky-hole patching to save the world. The world famous Emperor Qin Shi Huang built his mausoleum at the foot of the mountain and left the magnificent Terracotta Warriors and Horses. In Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong and the beauty Yangguifei's sorrowful yet beautiful love story happened here. Even in Qing Dynasty, when escaping from Beijing to Xi'an during the war, Empress Dowager Cixi still went here for a few moments of pleasure.
Top Places to Visit on Mount Li
The sunset on the mountain is one of the eight scenic sights in Guanzhong (the area between the Loess Plateau and Qinling Mountain in Shaanxi). The Sunset Pavilion (Wanzhao Ting) was built to appreciate the splendid sunset. From the pavilion one can have a bird's eye view of the Huaqing Pool, the East Garden and the Wei River.
Remonstrance Pavilion (Bingjian Ting)
The Remonstrance Pavilion (Bingjian Ting), signifies where Zhang Xueliang and Yang Hucheng (both generals of the Republic of China) caught Chiang Kai-shek (the President of the Republic of China) and forced him to fight against the Japanese invaders during the Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945).
The Beacon Tower is where the battlefield report was passed and troops deployed in ancient China. At the end of the Western Zhou Dynasty, King You married a beauty Baosi, but she never smiled once they were married. In order to make her laugh, he lightened the signal fire and teased the vassals. Later when the aggressors intruded, King Zhou lightened the fire but no vassal came to rescue him and the Western Zhou Dynasty was then vanquished.
Laojun Palace (Laojun Dian)
Laojun Palace is the place where Lao Zi is worshiped. Lao Zi was an ancient Chinese philosopher and the founder of Taoism. The Laojun Palace is a Taoism Temple. It is said that in Tang Dynasty, Emperor Xuanzong has accidentally seen Lao Zi's manifestation twice in the temple. The white jade statue of Lao Zi was once worshiped in the temple, however during the Tang Dynasty it was partly destroyed in war. The statue is now reserved in the Shaanxi Historical Museum.
How to Get to Mount Li
1. From Xi'an: Xi'an Bus / Metro Search
Take Bus No. 914, 915 or Tourist Line 5 (No. 306) running from the East Square of Xi'an Railway Station to the Terracotta Warriors, passing Mount Li. Get off at Huaqingchi (Huaqing Pool) Station.
Estimated journey time: 45mins.
Bus Fare: CNY 7.
Service Hour: 07:00 to 19:00.
Take Bus No. 307 from urban Xi'an and get off at Huaqingchi Station.
Estimated journey time: 45mins to 60mins.
Bus Fare: CNY 4.
Take taxi from Xi'an Railway Station. The estimated taxi fare is CNY 180 for a single trip.
2. From Lintong:
Take Bus No. 309 or 826 in Lintong District to get there.
Take taxi in downtown Lintong. Taxi Fare: CNY 5.
How to Tour Around Mount Li
By Cable Car.
March-November: CNY 60 for round trip; CNY 35 for single uphill trip; CNY 30 for single downhill trip.
December-next February: CNY 40 for round trip; CNY 25 for single uphill trip; CNY 20 for single downhill trip.
|Entrance Fee||Note: Mount Li is included in the Huaqing Pool Scenic Area, so visitors need to buy a ticket for Huaqing Pool, which is CNY 120. |
Free for children under 1.2m (3.9ft)
|Opening Hours||March-November: 07:00-19:00 |
December-next February: 07:30-18:00
|Best time to visit||May-June|