Mt. Hengshan Scenic Spot

Chinese recorded history tells us that Emperor Shun (circa 2372 BC) toured his northern domain years ago, and he was so impressed by the sight of Mt. Hengshan that he proclaimed it the 'North Mountain' (Bei Yue). Many later emperors had also come to visit. The renowned traveler Xu Xiake came to visit in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and left behind Hengshan-inspired writings. Others did similar things.

Mt. Hengshan, one of the most famous 'Five Sacred Mountains (Wu Yue)' in China, is located about 62 kilometers south to Datong City of Shanxi Province. It attracts people by its natural sceneries and man-made landscaping.

Ancient battleground: Mt. Hengshan has been an age-old battleground. It is the bottleneck to Central Hebei Plain from Plateau beyond the Great Wall. Many emperors utilized Mt. Hengshan in national defense planning. Emperors and generals went down in history on battles won and lost right here. Plenty of ancient battlefield relics litter the landscape with passes, fortresses, castles and beacon towers. These make the mountain unique.

Hanging Monastery (Xuankong Si): Hanging Monastery, at the mountain's foot, was built in Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), on the high cliff hemmed in by a precipice on either side. It sits up there beyond reach in abject solitude. From the bottom you see range upon range of pavilions supported by dozens of wooden pillars. Entering the temple, people will be surprised by its half-house and half-cave inner structures. Hanging Monastery deserves a visit.

Tianfeng Summit: At 2016.1 meters (6,617 feet), Tianfeng Summit, in Hunyuan County, Datong City, is the highest peak. The steep north slope is covered with verdant pine trees. Climbing onto the top of the mountain, you will see endless pine trees, some of them growing on the cliff with roots burrowing in the rocks, exotic flowers and rare herbs and odd-shaped stones, and so forth. The tourists are too delighted to return home. The south slope is studded by lots of temples where emperors worshipped the North Mountain.

Mt. Hengshan Scenic Spots has temperate semiarid continental climate and distinct four seasons. It features cold-dry winters, windy springs, short rainy summers, and short sunny autumns. There is extreme temperature difference between daytime and at night. Annual average temperature here is 6.1 degree centigrade.

Fees: Tianfeng Summit: Temples: CNY 55
Cableways: CNY30(up), CNY25(down), CNY45 (round-trip)
Cuiping Mountain: Hanging Monastery: CNY 130
County Area: Li Yumei Tomb: CNY 20
Yongan Temple: CNY 20
- Last modified on Sep. 25, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Mt. Hengshan Scenic Spot
Asked by Dan from CHINA | Sep. 25, 2018 06:10Reply
Is it possible to go from the Hanging monastery to the Wooden Pagoda by public transport
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Answered by Bambi from USA | Sep. 25, 2018 23:59
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It may be a little bit inconvenient. First, you need take a taxi to Hunyuan Bus Station where you can take the bus to Yingxian. The duration is about one hour and it may cost CNY8 per person. The Wooden Pagoda is located in the Yingxian. You can consider hire a car with others.
Asked by Rudy from INDONESIAR | Jun. 18, 2016 14:05Reply
planning to visit Hengshan @ july 2016 for temple visit
if i stay at Datong, how to go to Tianfeng Peak? then go to nearby temple around the mountain?

thx in advance
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Answered by Lee from GERMANY | Jun. 20, 2016 04:45
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Dear Rudy, the temple complex is located on the mountain halfway up the mountain, while the Tianfeng Peak is the highest point. You may take a bus to Hunyuan from DT Bus Station. Upon arrival, take a bus to the mountain. Then, you can hike up for about 1 hour to the temple complex. After that, continue to hike to the peak (about 2 hours). There are many temples on the mountain and some of them even offer accommodations for visitors.
Answered by Rudy from INDONESIA | Jun. 23, 2016 13:47
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thx for the reply Lee

so there is bus from Huayan bus station to the mountain? nice to hear that
then i need to hike 1 hour to temple complex? Yongan Temple is here?
then hike another to hours to peak? this mean Tianfeng peak? taking cable car from here?

i will go there with my mother and her friends all their 60s, is that possible?

thx in advance
Answered by Emily | Jul. 07, 2016 03:23
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Yes, you can take bus line 8 to the mountain from Hunyuan Bus Station. Or, you can take a taxi there for about CNY 30-50. Yong'an Temple is not within the temple complex. It is near Nanshun Village, in Hunyuan, about 2.5 miles (4km) from Hunyuan Bus Station. You can taxi there for about CNY 10.

Since your mother and her friends are in their 60s, you are advised to take a cable car up to Cuixue Pavilion near the temple complex. Then, you can hike up for about 1 hour to Tianfeng Peak. :)
Asked by sttran from CANADA | Feb. 04, 2016 07:11Reply
I'm planning to go to the hanging monastery on april 16th. Is it worth it to go even if it is close?
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Answered by Lily from GERMANY | Feb. 04, 2016 21:13
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Yes, you can watch the appearance of these extraordinary buildings and take some photos there.
Asked by Nela from MALAYSIA | May. 15, 2014 03:19Reply
Weather at Hengshan Mountain and Hanging Monastery
We are going to visit the Hanging Monastery on May 18th. How is the weather this time of year there. A friend suggested to take thick jacket as it is frozen cold. Thanks.
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Answered by Nora from USA | May. 15, 2014 04:13
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Yeah, it will be a little colder than the foot of the mountain, but not that exaggerated. On May 18, the temp shall range from 7℃ to 23℃ for the whole day. If you go there in early morning, do prepare a relatively think jacket~
Asked by Tiffany from SINGAPORE | May. 10, 2013 12:12Reply
I see that the best way to go to HengShan is to hire a van. I'd like to find out how much does it cost to hire a van and from where could the van be hired?
Thanks!
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Answered by Juana from USA | May. 10, 2013 21:17
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But what is your departure place?
Answered by Tiffany | May. 10, 2013 23:00
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Haven't booked our accommodation yet, but probably yungang hotel. Thanks.
Answered by Juana from USA | May. 11, 2013 01:19
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Hi, if you hire a taxi from city center, the fare shall be around CNY120.
Answered by Tiffany | May. 11, 2013 09:31
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If we would like to hire a van for a day, where might we be able to do so?

Thanks.
Answered by Ellen | May. 11, 2013 21:39
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The fare is around 300 to 400RMB for common car and it is suggested to ask the hotel you live in for help.
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