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 Aug. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Mt. Laoshan
Asked by benny from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 26, 2019 19:06Reply
Best hiking route for Laoshan?
Which is the least touristy route on Lao Shan please? We were told to do the Beijiushui route, which seems to be part of the central line?! Is this a decent hike?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nichol from USA | Aug. 29, 2019 17:52

There are many classical hiking routes you can choose. And Beijiushui route is a great line, which located in the central part.
Asked by benny from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 26, 2019 18:59Reply
How long does the metro/subway take from downtown Qingdao - Beijiushui? Is the bus quicker?
trying to work out the best way as we are staying in the Old Town of Qingdao.
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Answered by Nick from CANADA | Aug. 29, 2019 02:10

Metro is faster. You can take Metro Line 2 to Miaoling Road and then transfer to Metro Line 11 to Beijiushui. It takes about 1.5 hours.
Answered by benny from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 29, 2019 05:27

Thank you, Nick
Asked by Nia from HOLLAND | Jul. 17, 2019 20:16Reply
Can I get to Beijiushui route by Qingdao subway line 11
will there be ticket office by the subway stop or will I have to take a bus from the subway stop?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Joan from USA | Jul. 21, 2019 19:02

Yes, of course. There is human service center for you to buy the ticket.
Asked by zinat from SINGH | Jul. 11, 2019 18:37Reply
how to go to mt laoshan from chengyang road?
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Answered by Jane from USA | Jul. 14, 2019 18:54

You can take bus No.301 from Chengdu Rd Station to Hai'er Rd Station, then transfer to sightseeing bus Line 1 to Dahe East Station, and walk north of 300m to your destination. It takes around 100 minutes on the way.
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.
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