Mount Li

A bird's eye view
A bird's eye view of Huaqing Pool 
from Mount Li
Mount Li is located in Lintong District in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province. As part of Huaqing Pool, the mountain is close to the Museum of the Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses. It once belonged to Lirong Country in the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC - 771 BC), hence its name. It has been a royal garden since the Zhou Dynasty, so many imperial villas are found in the area. Evergreen pine and cypress trees are found on the mountain making it resemble a black horse.

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

 Sunset Pavilion (Wanzhao Ting)
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).
Remonstrance Pavilion, Mt. Lishan
Remonstrance Pavilion
Beacon Tower, Mt. Lishan
Beacon Tower
 Beacon Tower (Fenghuo Tai)
The Beacon Tower is where the battlefield report was passed and troops deployed in ancient China. Climbing Mountain LiAt 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

 From Xi'an: Xi'an Bus / Metro Search
Take metro line 1 to Fangzhicheng Station and then transfer to line 9. Get off at Huaqing Pool Station. Or take Tourist Line You 5 (306) at Fangzhicheng Transpoirtation Hub and get off at Huaqing Pool.

 From Lintong: Take bus Lintong 601, Lintong 602 or Lingtong Tourist Line 613 and get off at Huaqing Pool.

How to Tour Around Mount Li

By Cable Car.
Ticket Fare:
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

 Suggested Tour Itinerary:
Two-day Huaqing Palace & Terracotta Army: Two-day trip to Banpo Musuem, Huaqing Palace, Mount Li, Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum.
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- Last updated on Oct. 12, 2023 by Gabby Li -
Questions & Answers on Mount Li
Asked by Andrew from CANADA | Oct. 11, 2023 01:53Reply
Can you hike the mountain or is the cable car only?
Answers (1)
Answered by Charles | Oct. 12, 2023 01:58

Yes, of course you can hike but it will be a little tired.
Asked by Geoffrey from SINGAPORE | Oct. 22, 2019 19:16Reply
Is Mt Li open in late December ( 22-24 December)? Is the cable car operating during that time?
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Answered by Gina from CANADA | Oct. 27, 2019 19:23

Yes, it opens to the public all year round. The cable car will operate from 8:30 to 17:00 at that time.
Asked by tegan from CHINA | Sep. 25, 2015 23:09Reply
Will the cable cars on Mt. Lishan be open on the 1st of October 2015?
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Answered by Mia from SPAIN | Sep. 26, 2015 00:55

Yes, it will still operate at that time. And there will be more tourists there, for it is the holiday time.
Asked by Merle from MALAYSIA | Sep. 21, 2014 03:13Reply
Best time to visit Xi'an and also see Mt Lishan?
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Answered by Marlin from CANADA | Sep. 21, 2014 04:54

I would recommend you travel in the city and see the mountain during April or October.
Asked by Betty from USA | Jul. 23, 2013 21:35Reply
Are the light and sound shows still offerred at 8:30 pm right on the Mt. Lishan mountain?
Answers (1)
Answered by Liz | Jul. 24, 2013 02:42

The show will start at around 20:30 to 21:45pm.
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