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 May. 07, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Mount Qingcheng
Asked by Jin from CANADA | May. 04, 2019 21:24Reply
Hiking Route of Mountain Qingcheng (front) next week.
We are all adults. We plan to hike up and down the front mountain. Is there a different route coming down or the same path going up? We just want to see more attractions along the way. If it is the same path, then we will just take the cable car going up to save time. Thanks!
Answers (2)
Answered by Vivian from SPAIN | May. 07, 2019 01:11

In fact, there are 2 routes but the right-side one is a little boring and you are suggested to take cable car to go down.
Answered by Jin from CANADA | May. 07, 2019 05:14

Thank you, Vivian! Much appreciated!
Asked by Louise from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 15, 2019 22:11Reply
When you get to the ticket office (front side of the Qingcheng mountain),
Can you buy the ticket entrance (90RMB) and also the cable car tickets? or the cable car ticket office is further up? If so, do you need to walk a lot to get to the cable car ticket office from the main entrance?

Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from DENMARK | Apr. 19, 2019 00:58

Yes, as I know, you can buy the entrance ticket and the cable car ticket at the same place.
Asked by Maria from USA | Apr. 15, 2019 02:26Reply
Hello, Does anybody know the name in Chinese for "Mount Qingcheng Front Mountain".
I would like to go by taxi from the railway station so I need something to show the driver.

Also, is it possible to go from Qingcheng Mountain to Dujiangyan Irrigation System by taxi? Is there a taxi stand by the mountain?
Answers (1)
Answered by Eva from DENMARK | Apr. 19, 2019 00:29

In Chinese, it is '青城山前山'.
You can take a taxi to there. Generally speaking, the cab fare is CNY 40 to 50. Don't worry. You can easily find the taxis.
Asked by Leah from UK | Apr. 02, 2019 14:51Reply
Hello, I was wondering how to get to the Mt. Qingcheng rear mountain
from Chengdu on public transport. Can anyone give me advice?

I was also wondering if it is easy to get from Chengdu to Rui Hong International Hotel & Resort in Weijiang Village by public transport, and from Rui Hong International Hotel & Resort to Mt. Qingcheng rear mountain.

And also, does anyone know how much it costs to use the hot springs at Rui Hong International Hotel & Resort and Howard Johnson Conference Resort if I am not staying at the hotel?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Answers (2)
Answered by David from USA | Apr. 10, 2019 00:03

Take Metro Line 2 to Xipu Station. You can take a high speed train from Xipu Railway Station to Qingchengshan and then take a cab from the railway station to the hotel. The cab fare is about CNY 20.
I'm not very clear about the fare of the hot springs and maybe you can contact the two hotels directly.
Answered by Leah from UK | Apr. 10, 2019 00:45

Thank you David.
Asked by AW from UK | Jan. 10, 2019 08:24Reply
Can anyone tell me if the hike up Qingcheng Mountain is easy or difficult and how long approx.?
Answers (1)
Answered by Taylor from CANADA | Jan. 14, 2019 23:35

It will spend 3 to 4 hours to climb the front mountain. Generally speaking, it won't be difficult for adults.
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