Mt. Laoshan

Facing the Yellow Sea, Mt. Laoshan or Mount Lao is located to the east of Qingdao. This tall and majestic mountain is famous for its marvelous mountainous scenery and coastal landscape. It is regarded as the most recognized mountain of all mountains on the coast of China. It also holds significant importance in Taoism. Thus it is a must to see when traveling in Qingdao.

As the most famous mountain on the coast Mt. Laoshan caters well for tourists. Three lines lead the visitors to 220 scenic spots including historical and natural points of interest.

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The Southern Line

On the first line there are not only marvelous landscapes but also sacred Taoist Palaces. Significant points of interest include the Taiqing Palace, Xufu Islet and Longtan Waterfall (Dragon Pond Waterfall). The Taoist culture and temples of Mt. Laoshan are very famous. At the peak of Taoism, it was said that there were nine palaces, eight Temples and seventy-two nunneries. The number of Taoist had reached above one thousand. While later many buildings were destroyed, amongst those still remaining the Taiqing Palace is the largest. The Taiqing Palace also has the longest history of these buildings spanning more than two thousand years. Covering an area of 30,000 square meters (about 7 acres), the Taiqing Palace has 155 rooms. It has been well preserved and holds the typical architectural style of the Song Dynasty (960-1279). This form of architecture is quite rare in religious architectures in China.

The Central Line

The second line mainly focuses on Beijiushui. The name Beijiushui derives its meaning from  Laoshan Mountain that has nine crooks, thus making the river turn nine times. The river starts from the north side of the Ju Peak (the highest peak of Mt. Laoshan) and flows into the valley. So many beautiful things are on this line that it is called 'the Jiushui Gallery'. At every corner, totally different sights can be found. The current here is rather swift while further on the river flows very slowly. The flowers, trees and odd rocks on both sides of the river emphasize the elegant beauty of the water. The most famous sight of Beijiushui is Chaoyin Waterfall. During the rainy season the waterfall is quite majestic. The water crashes against the rocks, producing a huge sound similar to waves crashing against the seashore.

The Eastern Line

The third line includes the Taiping Palace, the Lion Peak, Huayan Temple, Naluoyan Cavern and other sights. Naluoyan Buddha Cavern is one such scene. It is located in the Naluoyan Hill to the east of Mt. Laoshan. It is a natural granite cavern 7 meters (about 23 feet) wide and 15 meters (about 49 feet) high. More than 100 people can stand inside at one time. Its structure is quite unique. The smooth walls and flat ground are just as they were pared. On the wall of the cavern protrudes a thin stone, like a Buddha niche. At the top of the cavern is a round and smooth hole. It was said that the hole was made by the supernatural power of Naluoyan Buddha. Through this hole sunlight can enter thus lightening the whole cavern.

How to get to Mt. Laoshan

1. Take Bus 109, 110, 371, 383, 615, 616, 618, 620, 627, 635, 926, Tourist Bus 6 or Sightseeing Bus 4 to Yangkou.
2. Take Bus 639 to Beijiushui.
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Ticket Fare Apr. - Dec. Jan. - Mar.
Liuqing, Taiqing, Yangkou CNY90 CNY60
Beijiushui & Hualou CNY65 CNY40
Jufeng CNY80 CNY50
Combo Ticket (including all above, available for 3 days) CNY180 CNY120
Taiqing Telpher CNY80 (round-trip), CNY45 (single trip)
Yangkou Telpher CNY60 (round-trip), CNY35 (single trip)
Sight-seeing bus (unlimited rides for 3 days) CNY60
Note: 1. Children between 1.2 and 1.4m (3.9 - 4.6 feet) can enjoy a half-price ticket for the entrance fee and sightseeing bus.
2. Free for children under 1.2m.
- Last modified on Mar. 07, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Mt. Laoshan
Asked by Jan from HONG KONG | Mar. 06, 2019 07:15Reply
My parents (past 75 years old) are visiting Qingdao and Laoshan is a must visit attraction.
Which line requires the least climbing of steps and still has beautiful scenery please?
Are hiking sticks recommended for them please?

For your advice please. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Shea from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 07, 2019 22:35

They are suggested to climb the southern line. The distance is relatively short.
Asked by Elsie from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 22, 2018 01:01Reply
How to get to Mt Laoshan ski area?
How can I go skiing from Qingdao? I’m staying near Shangri-La hotel. How long will it take? Should I stay overnight? Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Gabriella from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 26, 2018 19:40

From your hotel, take metro line 2 from Wusi Square to Miaoling Road and transfer to metro line 11 to Beizhai Station, Exit B2. Then take bus no.469 to Qiyu Bus Stop. Afterwards, walk to the ski resorts directly. The whole way takes around 1.5 hours.
In addition, you are advised to stay overnight.
Asked by Alexander Lass from DEUTSCHLAND | Oct. 07, 2018 07:23Reply
I want to go from grand New century hotel in Huangdao to Mt. Laoshan.
Can anyone help how to get there? Bus numbers and address of station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Leceal from USA | Oct. 11, 2018 19:51

First, you can take the bus No.372 at Sifang Long-distance station, neat the hotel and then get off at Taidong. Then from the Taidong pedestrian street, you can walk along Wihai Road and cross the Taidong Road No.1 to take the bus No.104 at Taidong station. After around 80 – 110 minutes, get off at Dahe East Station and walk into the Laoshan scenic area Dahe East tourists service center. Then you can book the ticket.
Asked by Anthony Morgan from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 10, 2018 21:17Reply
Visiting Laoshan Mountain from cruise terminal in Qingdao
What is the best route to visit laoshan from the cruise port, we would like to do the temple and waterfall.
Answers (1)
Answered by Bob from USA | Sep. 12, 2018 19:34

Is it the International Cruise Port? If yes, you can walk south 8 minutes to take Bus Line 6 to Haishui Yuchang and then transfer to Bus Line 304 to East Dahe customer Service Center and then you can get to the scenic area.
Asked by Ohad from ISRAEL | Jun. 14, 2018 16:23Reply
How can I catch the 311 bus?
I will stay at Grand Metropark Hotel Qingdao, No.188,Ji Mo Bin Hai Road, at the begining of July.
I want to use bus number 311. How can I get from my hotel to a bus station where 311 stops? Can you tell me how long would it take me to arrive from my hotel to that bus station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Polly from CANADA | Jun. 14, 2018 22:33

The closest bus stop of 311 is Wolongcun Station, which from your hotel is more than 20km. You need to take bus line 617 for about 1 hour to get there.
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