Shiyan Travel Guide

Shiyan Travel Guide

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Shiyan Facts

Chinese Name: 十堰 (shí yàn)
Population: 3,406,000
Area: 14,100 square kilometers (5,444 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Hubei Province, central China
Administrative Division: 3 districts (Zhangwan, Maojian, Yunyang); 4 counties (Yunxi, Zhushan, Fangxian, Zhuxi); 1 county-level city (Danjiangkou)
Area Code: 0719
Zip Code: 442000-442700
GDP (2018): CNY 174.78 billion (USD 26.414 billion)

City of Cars & Famous for Wudang Mountains

Shiyan is situated in the northwest of Hubei Province, the upper reach of the Han River. It borders Xiangfan City to the east, at the convergence of Hubei, Shaanxi and Henan provinces and Chongqing. As a juncture of north, southwest and northwest China, Shiyan is of great importance in Hubei. It is the first commercial vehicle production base in China. There are more than 500 vehicle and parts manufacturers in the city, with an annual production capacity of 500,000 vehicles. Shiyan is also famed for the Taoist holy place Wudang Mountains where tourists can learn about Taoist culture and enjoy the wonderful natural scenery and ancient buildings. Shennongjia Nature Reserve near to the Wudang Mountain is the best-preserved subtropical forest in China, which can be packed into your Shiyan trip.

Wudang Mountain, Shiyan, Hubei
Wudang Mountain, Shiyan, Hubei
Gilt Bronze Hall on Wudang Mountain
Gilt Bronze Hall on Wudang Mountain
 Wudang Mountains: Located in the northwest of Danjiangkou City, the Wudang Mountains are among the most distinguished Taoist mountains in China. Apart from the beautiful natural sceneries, ancient buildings on the mountain make it a cultural treasure-house. And the Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains was listed in the World Heritage in 1994.
 Shennongjia Nature Reserve: It borders Fangxian County and Zhushan County in the north, and it is adjacent to the Wudang Mountains. It is the best-preserved subtropical forest in China. Visitors might arrange it in the tourist schedule while traveling Shiyan. For the opening of Hanshi (Wuhan - Shiyan) Freeway, about three hours are needed to cover the distance.
Other Scenic Spots: Wulonghe Scenic Area, Danjiang Dam, Saiwudang Nature Reserve
Wudang Mountain, Shiyan, Hubei Wudang Mountain

How to Get to/around Shiyan

The in-town public buses and taxis are quite convenient in downtown Shiyan. Intercity bus line 202 directly leads to Wudang Mountains. Train, long-distance bus and flight are all possible means of transportation to Shiyan. Currently, people can fly to Wudangshan Airport from Tianjin, Kunming, Hangzhou, Xi'an, Wuhan and some other cities.

Running both normal speed train and high speed train, Shiyan Railway Station has trains to Wuhan, Xi'an, Hanzhong, Chongqing, Chengdu and more cities. Shiyan East Railway Station is a high speed train station operating trains to/from Xiangyang, Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Shijiazhuang.

 See more Wuhan - Shiyan Train, Beijing to Shiyan Train

Major Rail Lines from Wudangshan to:


Enjoying a subtropical continental monsoon climate, Shiyan is warmer in winter and hotter in summer than other places at the same latitudes. June to August concentrates most of the rainfall and heat of a year.
 When to Go: Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Shiyan. 

Shiyan Travel Tips

 History: According to the archaeological discovery of the site of Qinglongquan in Yunxian County, the civilization of Shiyan can be traced back to the Neolithic Age. It belonged to Chu Kingdom before the Qin Dynasty (221BC - 206BC) set up county in the area, and the successive dynasties continued to follow this administrative division. It gained its present name in Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) for the ten dams built to help irrigation.
 Geographical Features: Influenced by the Qinling Mountains, Wudang Mountains and Daba Mountains, the terrain of Shiyan undulates obviously. On the whole the landform is higher in the west and lower in the east, inclining from the north and south to the central part. On the banks of Han River, river valleys and basins are distributed in turns.
 Local Highlights: Wudang International Tourist Festival (September or October)
 Special Local Products: herbal medicine, tea
- Last updated on Apr. 13, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Shiyan Travel
Asked by Deborah from ITALY | Oct. 02, 2019 18:08Reply
Hi! I'm trying to get information about how to reach Henan region from Wudangshan area.
Is there any bus or train that goes as much close to Luoyang as possible from Wudangshan? Or the only way to cross the regions border is to go back first to Wuhan or Xi'an? Thank you
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Answered by Jen from USA | Oct. 10, 2019 18:06

You can take train from Wudangshan Railway station to Xiangyang Railway station first, then from there to Luoyang Railway station.
Asked by Sarah from DENMARK | Aug. 16, 2019 22:50Reply
Bus from Shiyan to Xi'An?
Hi! After visiting Shiyan/Wudangshan, I would like to take the long distance bus from Wudangshan or Shiyan to Xi'An. When and from where does this bus depart? Preferrably I would like to leave on Sunday 1st September. How can I buy a ticket? Thank you!
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Answered by Tilda from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 19, 2019 00:11

You can take bus at Shiyan Coach Station, which is located at Kaixuan Avenue, Zhangwan District. The bus departs at 8:30, 10:00, 12:00, 14:30 and 17:00. You need to buy the ticket on the spot.
Asked by bertrand from RWANDA | Jul. 28, 2019 05:02Reply
is the area where Hubei university of automotive technology is located beautiful and attractive ?
Bertrand from Rwanda
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Answered by Scarlett from POLAND | Jul. 30, 2019 01:21

Yes, as I know, the surrounding environment is nice.
Answered by Bertrand from RWANDA | Jul. 30, 2019 02:13

Okay! Then i saw that the city of shiyan is covered by mountains and valleys than being great in infrastructures like beijing guangzhou and so on ... so is Shiyan beautiful enough to live and feel comfortable like any other city mentioned above ??
Answered by Lisa from USA | Jul. 30, 2019 20:05

This city is good.
Answered by Lee from CHINA | Aug. 14, 2019 01:21

I am actually staying at the school currently. This particular area isn’t very developed or attractive, but other parts of the city (closer to Wudang mountain) are.
Answered by Bertrand from RWANDA | Aug. 14, 2019 03:27

Okay which means that the area where hubei university of automotive technology is located is not developed and attractive
Answered by Bertrand from RWANDA | Sep. 04, 2019 16:21

Can you give me your number please ! If no problem ? I want to explore more about the school
Asked by angie from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 14, 2019 19:44Reply
I am planning to travel to wudang by myself to learn Qigong for 7 days.
Since I last traveled to Wudangshan almost 7 years ago, I flew into Xiangfan from Shanghai then caught a train to Wudangshan.

I understand you can now fly from Beijing direct to Shiyan now with the new airport open. How safe is it to travel to this area? Is it easier to book ahead a private car for a pickup from Shiyan airport or is it about the same price to catch a taxi?

Thank you
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Answered by Lily from USA | Jul. 17, 2019 22:35

It is very safe, so don't worry. You can find the taxis outside the airport easily. Or you can pre-book a car if you can use DiDi app, while the price is pretty same as you take taxi from the airport.
Asked by laily from VIETNAM | Sep. 26, 2017 12:14Reply
Wudang Mountain opened after Lunar New Year holiday. Is it difficult to buy tickets up the mount?
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Answered by Nocle from USA | Sep. 26, 2017 21:44

As I know, there are many people visiting there during the time, so it’s a little difficult to book the tickets. You are suggested to book it in advance, and many travel sites provide the service. If you will book a hotel, it is a good idea to ask your hotel to book for you.
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