Mount Qingcheng

Map of Mt. Qingcheng
Map of Mount Qingcheng (Click to enlarge)
Mount Qingcheng, located in the southwest of the Dujiangyan Irrigation System of China in Sichuan Province, is one of the most famous Taoist mountains in China. It is also a very attractive and intriguing scenic spot that is covered by luxuriant and verdant trees. The mountain, which is surrounded by numerous peaks and is shaped like a city, is dubbed 'the most peaceful and secluded mountain under heaven' and combines perfectly with its evergreen scenery.

The Mount Qingcheng can be divided into two parts - the anterior part and the posterior part. The anterior part is the main part of the scenic spot, covering an area approximately 15 square kilometers (about 3706 acres) that possesses alluring natural beauty and an abundance of cultural relics and historic sites. Among them, the Jianfu Palace, the Shangqing Palace, and the Tianshi Cave are some of the most famous destinations which you are bound to be engrossed by.

Looking up at Mt. Qingcheng from its foot, you will see that Laojun Pavilion is located on the highest peak, which is known as Pengzu Peak, it is also called Laoxiao Peak, which has an elevation of over 1,260 meters (4,134 feet).

As you begin to climb up Mt. Qingcheng you will discover the Jianfu Palace, which was originally constructed in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and was restored on several other occasions through the years. Now, two temples and three compounds also exist here, surrounded by lush ancient vegetation. In front of the Jianfu Palace, a lucid stream winds its way, adding more beauty to the whole environment. Going west for one kilometer (about 0.6 mile), visitors will suddenly be presented with a wooden pavilion that protrudes between a profusion of trees and steep rocks. As a result, most of visitors will have misconception impressions that they are in a large natural painting.
Mt. Qingcheng, Chengdu
Entrance of Mt. Qingcheng
Mt. Qingcheng, Chengdu
Ciyun Tower

Going west, you will arrive at the Tianshi Cave. It is the major temple here. In the cave, a stone statue in the style of Sui Dynasty (581-618), proudly stands of Zhang Tianshi (the Celestial Master Zhang) who is worshipped. According to the legend, Zhang Daoling, later known as Zhang Tianshi, cultivated himself and preached here around the end of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220). Hence, Zhang Tianshi is known as the founder of Taoism on Mt. Qingcheng. We also recommend that you visit the three other buildings that exist in this area - the Sanhuang Palace, the Sanqing Palace and also the Huangdi Temple. The Sanqing Palace, the main hall of the Tianshi Cave, worships the three supreme deities in Taoism; while in the Sanhuang Palace, the stone statues of Fuxi, Shennong and Huangdi (the Three Sovereigns of legendary rulers of China in remote antiquity) are worshipped.

Then, leaving the Tianshi Cave and crossing the Fangning Bridge, visitors will arrive at the Zushi Palace which is preserved from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). By continuing along the path, visitors will reach the next famous temple - the Shangqing Palace, and one by one a series of natural scenery and revered buildings of Taoism will present themselves to visitors. The Shangqing Palace was originally built in the Jin Dynasty; however, only a part of the buildings that were constructed in the Qing Dynasty remain. Fortunately, it is still an attractive sight where you can enjoy the unique natural scenery and historic heritages of China.

Shangqing Palace
Shangqing Palace
Sanqing Hall
Sanqing Hall

By visiting Mt. Qingcheng, visitors will be able to savor the pleasure of the perfect combination of the unique landform, moderate climate, natural beauty and cultural relics and historic sites of Taoism in this area.

How to get to Mount Qingcheng

From Chengdu:
1. Take bullet trains from Chengdu Railway Station to Qingchengshan Railway Station. Then take bus no. 101 to Mt. Qingcheng (Front Mountain).
See detailed Chengdu - Qingchengshan Train
2. Take regular bus from Xinnanmen Bus Station or East City Bus Station to Qingchengshan.

From Dujiangyan:
1. Take bus no.101 from Dujiangyan Scenic Area to Mt. Qingcheng.
2. Take bus no. 101 from Lidui Park Station or Qingchengshan Railway Station to get there.
3. Take bus no. 102 from Dujiangyan Passenger Transportation Center to Qingchengshan Railway Station and then change bus no.101 to get there.
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Entrance Fee Front Mountain: CNY 80 
Rear Mountain: CNY 20
Ten-Thousand Buddha Cave: CNY 5
Crystal Cave: CNY 10
Cable Car Front Mountain: CNY 35 (single trip), CNY 60 (round trip)
Rear Mountain: 
Jinli: CNY 30 (single trip), CNY 55 (round trip)
White Cloud: CNY 45 (single trip); CNY 80 (round trip)
Boating CNY 5 (Yuecheng Lake on the Front Mountain)
CNY 2 ( Cuiying Lake on the Rear Mountain)
Opening Hours Mar. 2 to Nov.: 08:00 to 17:00
Dec. to Mar. 1: 08:00 to 18:00
Time for a Visit
Half a day

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- Last modified on Oct. 22, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Mount Qingcheng
Asked by hwee ming low from SINGAPORE | Oct. 21, 2018 03:25Reply
How to get from Qingcheng shan to Chengdu International airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rena from USA | Oct. 22, 2018 01:30

1. take the bus No.101 at Qingcheng shan Bus Stop and get off at the gate of the Dujiangyan scenic area, taking about 40 minutes.

2. Walk about 100 minutes to the Dujiangyan Tourist Service Center where there are direct buses to the airport, departing at 08:00 to 18:00. If you cannot get on the direct bus, you can also take the bus to Dujiangyan Bus Station where there are direct buses to the airport(from 06:10 to 19:00).
Asked by Moon from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 14, 2018 06:37Reply
Hi, I travel by train from Chengdu to Qingchengshan to visit the Mount Qingcheng
And staying for a night. The next day we wanted, to come back to Chengdu to visit the Giant Panda, and catch a train at night. What is the best way to get back to Chengdu or better to the Giant Panda viewing place from Qingcheng mountain? I don't think there is any Train coming back.

Answers (3)
Answered by Tanya from ROMANIA | Sep. 14, 2018 22:52

In fact, there are trains going back and maybe that's the best way. The train departs from 6:55 to 22:54. Have a nice trip!
Answered by Moon from AUSTRALIA | Sep. 15, 2018 07:28

I checked there is only the one to xipu not chengdu? or I am misunderstanding something.
Answered by Harvey from USA | Sep. 16, 2018 18:43

Xipu Station is located in Pidu District, Chengdu, and you can take a taxi from there to the panda base. The fare is 70CNY or so.
Asked by Yespeace from SLOVENIA | Apr. 23, 2018 15:16Reply
Is it possible to visit both in 1 day, Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng?
Your recommendations? If yes, which route would you take to ascend the mountain and which route to descend?
Answers (3)
Answered by Amy from SINGAPORE | Apr. 23, 2018 22:52

Yes, you can visit the two within 1 day, but it’s not suggested.
Anyway, if you still want to cover the two, you can just visit the rear mountain of Mount. Qingcheng.
Answered by Regan from CANADA | Jul. 05, 2018 12:38

Which is the more preferred side the front or the back for a first timer?
Answered by Amy from SINGAPORE | Jul. 05, 2018 18:00

You are suggested to visit the front first time. However, Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng have been temporarily closed in recent days because of flash flood and the open time is pending.
Asked by Lyndsey from AUSTRALIAL | Apr. 18, 2018 06:13Reply
I'm heading to Qingcheng to do the back of the mountain (I've already done the front).
And was wondering if anyone knows how I go about taking the tourist bus from the train station? What number it is, how I book a ticket ect.

Answers (2)
Answered by Mike from FINLAND | Apr. 18, 2018 21:50

As I know, there is no bus available, so you are suggested to take a taxi straight to the ticket counter.
Answered by Lyndsey from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 29, 2018 05:24

There were literally dozens of buses going directly from the train station to Hou Shan, and at only 24RMB return you'd be crazy to take a taxi as a solo traveler
Asked by kid from THAILAND | Sep. 03, 2017 01:20Reply
Can I go up from the back mountain and come down from the front of Qingcheng Mountain?
Are they connecting together?
Answers (1)
Answered by May from SINGAPORE | Sep. 04, 2017 20:20

As I know, they are not connecting together, so you need to take a local car or taxi to the front mountain. It takes about 20 minutes and CNY20-30.
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