Yuntai Mountain

The entrance of Yuntai Mountain
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Yuntai Mountain is situated in Xiuwu County, about 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from Jiaozuo City, Henan Province. This mountain is among the first group from all over the world that received the title of World Geologic Park from UNESCO in 2004. It is also the only famous scenic area in Henan Province having the titles of National 5A Grade Tourist Attraction, National Forest Park, National Geologic Park, National Water Conservancy Scenic Area and National Macaque Natural Reserve.

Covered with verdant virgin forest, it is famous for its imposing mountain and water sceneries. The picturesque peaks and high mountains extend as far as the eyes can see. The highest Cornel Peak has an elevation of 1,304 meters (4,278 feet). Myriad springs, waterfalls and pools abound. Yuntai Waterfall, 314 meters (1,030 feet) high, is the highest waterfall in China. Deep valleys and quiet gorges, unique stones and wild flowers form a beautiful landscape.

The sceneries of Yuntai Mountain change with the seasons. In spring, the mountain is decorated by wild flowers and green grasses. In summer, the luxuriant virgin forests and beautiful waterfalls make it an excellent resort. In autumn, leaves turn fiery red and the mountain looks like a colorful coat. Seen from a distance, Yuntai Waterfall is like a pillar connecting the sky and earth. In winter, snow turns the mountain into a white world of ice waterfall, ice pillar and evergreen plants covered with snow. This is a typical winter sight in northern China. 

Beautiful scenery, Yuntai MountainYuntai Mountain has long been recognized as a popular tourist resort throughout history. The Han emperor Xiandi (the last emperor of the Han Dynasty) had left his summer resort and mausoleum based here. It was once the secluded place of 'the Bamboo Forest Seven Sages' during the Wei Dynasty (220-265) and the Jin Dynasty (265-420). In the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Sun Simiao, the medicine king, often collected herbs and made traditional Chinese medicines here. The great poet of the Tang Dynasty, Wang Wei, wrote an immortal verse on Cornel Peak, 'one misses relatives the most during the holidays'. Many famous visitors in history left their stone inscriptions and steles here, enriching its cultural value.

Eleven Scenic Areas

Occupying an area of 190 square kilometers (46,950 acres), Yuntai Mountain has eleven scenic areas: Red Stone Gorge, Tanpu Gorge, Quanpu Gorge, Cornel Peak, Wanshan Temple, Baijia Cliff, Zifang Lake, Macaque Valley, Qinglong Gorge, Fenglin Gorge and Diecai Cave. Each has its own unique features and beauty.

Red Stone Gorge (Hongshi Gorge)

Bo Hen Shi, a stone with ripple marks, Yuntai MountainRed Stone Gorge is a valley with steep cliffs of red rocks standing straight up on both sides. It is the geologic relic of a crustal movement that took place 1.4 billion years ago, and rare Danxia landform in northern China. This gorge gathers many springs, waterfalls, streams, pools and gullies, so it is named 'the corridor of superfine landscape' by garden experts. The south side of the gorge is so narrow that it is only one thread wide. Towering cliffs stand facing each other as a gate and torrents scour a gully down the cliffs. Here the White Dragon Waterfall is divided into three sections and drops in level of about 50 meters (164 feet). Myriad springs and waterfalls dash against cliffs, making numerous colorful beads in sunlight like a natural fresco. White stalactites that grow in the quartz sandstones become simple and elegant under the red cliffs. Two emersed red stones look as if two lovers are locked together in a long kiss. Nine dragon pools make a stream whose water is so limpid that many beautiful stones can be seen clearly.

Cornel Peak

A fairyland on earth, Yuntai MountainCornel Peak is the highest peak of Yuntai Mountain, which is about 1,308 meters (4,291 feet) above sea level. The great poet of the Tang Dynasty (618-907), Wang Wei, wrote a famous verse 'One misses the relatives the most in holidays' on Cornel Peak. Following ascent of thousands of steps of scaling ladder and plank road built along a cliff to this peak, visitors can see the Taihang Mountain in the north. Lofty mountains extends as far as eyes can see. Also the vast plain in the south, the crisscross fields which appear like a chessboard and the ribbon-like Yellow River can be seen. In a word, the scenery is magnificent from this peak, making people deeply feel the poetic imagery of this line 'seen from the skyscraping peak, other mountains appear to be dwarfed', a line written by Du Fu, the 'Poet Saint' of the Tang Dynasty.

Besides the plank, a Glass Bridge was also built there. Located in the 1,080-meter hillside, Yuntai Mountain Glass Bridge is more than 400 meters long and 1.6 meters wide. Stepping on the Yuntaishan Glass Walkway, you can enjoy the most breathtaking view in the scenic area.

Tanpu Gorge (Xiaozhai Valley)

Among the landscape gallery of Yuntai Mountain, Tanpu Gorge is nature's masterpiece. It is famous for 'a spring in three steps, a waterfall in five steps and a pool in ten steps'. The water scenery in this valley is imposing with mountains and unique rocks. Located in the north of Yuntai Mountain, the 1,270 meters (1,389 yards) long gorge travels from south to north. Sheer cliffs and steep mountains at both sides rise skyward in an elegant shape. The still waters in Duxian Pond run deep and the water there is as green as an emerald. It is said that people can become immortal by drinking its water. The lover waterfall falls at three different levels and in each level, two waterfalls blend into a pond as if two sweethearts whisper. A Y-shaped waterfall hangs between two mountains with a drop of more than 10 meters (32.8 feet). Here many deep pools are formed by the cascading waters. Moreover, there is a natural water-curtain cave with crystal beads hanging before the cave. In summer and autumn, bamboo rafting is held here. In the Xiaozhai Valley Square, tourists can see shadowboxing show for free.

Other Scenic Areas

A placid lake, Yuntai MountainQuanpu Gorge contains the largest cataract in the entire country, Yuntai Waterfall which has a drop of about 314 meters (1,030 feet). Seen from afar, the waterfall kisses the blue sky like a skyscraping pillar, producing deafening roars. The Wanshan Temple is situated at the foot of the Hades Nose Peak, which was originally built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Baijia Cliff Scenic Area is an excellent place for climbing cliffs, where many historical relics are left. The Tianmen Waterfall and a temple pagoda rising on a cliff are two must-sees. The Macaque Valley is a natural reserve for wild macaques who have been trained to put on performances, such as dancing, pulling a cart and military practice. The Blue Dragon Gorge, named as 'the First Gorge in Central Plain', is a good ecological resort because of its thick forest, abundant water and pleasant climate. A vast expanse of misty, rolling waters spread all over the Fenglin Gorge. Elegant islands are scatted in the lake like stars in the sky. Diecai Cave is a highway tunnel linking Henan and Shanxi Provinces. It runs through the Yuntai Mountain, 4,000 meters (2.5 miles) long. Zifang Lake appears like a large mirror reflecting the green mountains around, blue sky and white clouds.

How to get to Yuntai Mountain

 From Jiaozuo:
1.Jiaozuo Bus 3 from Jiaozuo Railway Station can take you directly to the mountain. Notice that not every Bus 3 goes there, but those with ‘Yuntaishan’ signs. The last return bus leaves at 17:30.
2.A regular bus from Long-distance bus station goes to the mountain at CNY10. The last return bus leaves at 18:15.

From Zhengzhou:
Take a bus from Zhengzhou Long-distance Bus Station to the mountain. The buses leave at 7:30 and 8:30, costing CNY47. The return buses leave at 15:30 and 16:30.

From Luoyang:
The bus from Jinyuan Bus Station leaves at 9:20 and costs CNY51.5. The return bus leaves at 15:00.
Fees: Entrance Charge:
Mar.–Nov. : CNY 120
Dec.–next Feb. :CNY 75
Inside Transportation: CNY 60
The ticket can be used for all scenic areas but only for once, and it’s valid for three days.
Opening Hours: Mar.-Nov. :06:00–17:30
Dec. to next Feb. : 7:00-17:00
- Last modified on Apr. 13, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Yuntai Mountain
Asked by Mai from THAILAND | Oct. 11, 2019 00:13Reply
How many proper days to travel at Yun tai shan
If i take a bullet from Xi'an to Zhengzhuo then take bullet to Jiaozuo for catching a Yuntaishan bus at Jiaozuo railway station.
For back, out from Yintaishan at close time 17.00 and take bus to Jiaozuo... Then go sightseeing Jiaozuo wait bullet to Zhengzhuo on 20.30
It's a good idea?

But i dont sure for spend time to travel around Yuntaishan ... Please advice me. Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Leo from GEORGIA | Oct. 11, 2019 19:25

Generally speaking, the suggested sightseeing time is 2 days. Yes, the travel route will be ok. Have a nice journey!
Asked by YJ from KOREA | Sep. 21, 2019 17:32Reply
From Zhengzhou to Yuntai mountain
I will go to Jiaozuo station or Xiuwuxi(修武西) station from Zhengzhou.
Which station is more convenient to go to Yuntai mountain by taxi ?
How long does it take from Jiaozuo station to Yuntai mountain and Xiuwuxi station to Yuntai mountain by taxi ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nick from USA | Sep. 23, 2019 20:19

It is suggested to go to Xiuwuxi station. Then you can take bus Yuntai line to the scenic area directly. It takes around 1.5 hours with CNY10. If you take taxi, it costs around CNY90.
Asked by Banthita from THAILAND | Aug. 26, 2019 02:59Reply
What time is the first bus from Jiaozuo to Yuntaishan, and how long for the duration? Thank you
Answers (2)
Answered by Betty from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 29, 2019 00:54

The bus line 3 from the main railway station starts at 6:20 to Yuntaishan and the duration is about 2 hours.
Answered by Banthita from THAILAND | Sep. 03, 2019 19:41

Thank you Betty
Asked by Saffron from MALAYSIA | Apr. 19, 2019 11:08Reply
Is there any left luggage service provided at the Jiaozuo Yuntai Mountain?
And how much does it cost?
Answers (1)
Answered by Kendall from UKRAINE | Apr. 23, 2019 18:01

Don't worry. The service center of this scenic area provides such service. As I know, it is free.
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