Mount Li

A bird's eye view
A bird's eye view of Huaqing Hot Spring 
Mount Li
Mount Li is located in Lintong District in Xian, Shaanxi Province. As part of Huaqing Palace, 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 Xian during the war, Empress Dowager Cixi still went here for a few moments of pleasure.

Mount Li Scenic Spots

 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 Palace, 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 Travel There

 Getting There:  Xian Bus / Metro Search
1. From Xian:
Take Bus No. 914, 915 or Tourist Line 5 (No. 306) running from the East Square of Xian Railway Station to the Terracotta Warriors, passing Mount Li. Get off at Huaqingchi (Huaqing Hot Spring) Station.
Estimated journey time: 45mins.
Bus Fare: CNY 7.
Service Hour: 07:00 to 19:00.
Frequency: 10mins.

Take Bus No. 307 from urban Xian and get off at Huaqingchi Station.
Estimated journey time: 45mins to 60mins.
Bus Fare: CNY 4.
Frequency: 5mins.

Take taxi from Xian 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.

 Getting Around:
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.

Admission Fee Note: Mount Li is included in the Huaqing Palace Scenic Area, so visitors need to buy a ticket for Huaqing Palace.
March-November: CNY 150
December-next February: 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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