What to See on Wugong Mountain
The Golden Summit Scenic Area
Stone Drum Temple (Shigu Temple): This temple has a history of more than 700 years, located at the foot of the Golden Summit. Originally it was called the Buddha Temple. According to legend, once upon a time Qianlong, an ancient Chinese emperor, came here and heard the sweet sound of streams. He followed the sound and found a stream striking a drum-shaped stone. He struck the stone with a crabstick and an earsplitting tum burst out. The emperor was so happy that he renamed the temple to “Shigu Temple”, which means “stone drum temple” in Chinese.
Ziji Palace: Ziji Palace is halfway up to the Golden Summit. It is also called Zhong’an, meaning “Middle Way Temple”. It is one of the three great temples (together with Stone Drum Temple on the foot and Baihe Taoist Temple on the summit). The original temple was built in 1339 but has been ruined. The existing one was rebuilt in 2005. The temple covers an area of 1,200 sq m (1,435 sq yd) and enshrines one Buddhist immortal and two Taoist immortals. The harmonious coexistence of two religions shows the tolerance of Wugong Mountain.
Ancient Altars: The ancient altars are the “living fossils” of a sacrificial culture to the south of the Yangtze River. There are four stone altars with different orientations and architectural styles on the summit. The altars are more than 1,799 years old from their initial establishment. Ancient people believed that they could communicate with God by the altars, and worship of God would bring power to fight against natural disasters.
Spray of Waterfall out of a Golden Pot: This is the steepest waterfall on Wugong Mountain with a fall of 120 m (400 ft). The galloping waterfall strikes the stones and becomes misty fog, making the place look like a fairyland. It is on the middle mountain on the Pingxiang side.
Recommended Visit Routes
One-Day Sightseeing Itinerary:
Stone Drum Temple - Zhong’an Ropeway - Ziji Palace - Fuxinggu Plank Road - Wishing Bridge - Upper Plank Road - Golden Summit Ropeway - Golden Summit - Golden Summit Ropeway - Fuxinggu Plank Road - Song Park - Zip Line- Fuxinggu Plank Road - Ziji Palace - Zhong’an Ropeway - Stone Drum Temple
This is the easiest route. You can enjoy the most beautiful scenery within 5 hours; those in good physical condition can even finish the visit in 3 hours.
One-Day Hiking Itinerary:
Shenzi Village - Jiulong Mountain - Tieti Peak - Golden Summit - Golden Summit Ropeway - Upper Plank Road - Wishing Bridge - Fuxinggu Plank Road - Ziji Palace - Zhong’an Ropeway - Stone Drum Temple
This is a difficult route consuming 7 to 8 hours. Some of these spots are not on the regular visiting route. Please go with mates and prepare with enough food, clothes and sun block for hiking the mountain.
Two-Day Camping Itinerary:
Mountain Gate - Stone Drum Temple - Wugong Mountain Cultural Park - go up by ropeway - Ziji Palace - North Shore Plank Road - Diaomazhuang Pile - passing through the meadow - Ding’an Hut - Ancient Altars - Golden Summit - Camp Overnight Nearby
Yinyang Valley - The Boat of Meadow - Wugong Spring - Lover Pergola - Gexian Cave - Huiyin Valley - Wishing Stone - Xijiao Peak - Dianjiang Platform – Fuxinggu - Go down by Ropeway
This itinerary covering Golden Summit and Fayunjie requires at least 1.5 days. Prepare enough personal products, clothes and food if you decide to camp.
How to get to Wugong Mountain
1. From Pingxiang:
|Bus||Departure Point||Fare||Open Time||Duration|
|Pingxiang - Wugong Mountain Bus||Pingxiang Railway Station||CNY 20||07:00 – 17:00 every 20 minutes||1.5h|
2. From Nanchang:
You can take a train to Pingxiang first from Nanchang. It takes about an hour by high speed train and 3 hours by normal speed train.
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If arriving by ordinary train, you will arrive at Pingxiang Railway Station and then take the above bus to Wugong Mountain at the train station. If you choose a high speed train, you will arrive at Pingxiang North Railway Station. After, take Express Bus Line 1 to the train station first and then take the above bus to Wugong Mountain.
|Admission Fee|| |
CNY 70, including the shuttle bus fare from the tourist center to Stone Drum Temple.
|Ropeway||Zhong'an Ropeway between mountain foot and middle mountain: |
CNY 65 for upward ride; CNY 50 for downward ride
Golden Summit Ropeway between middle mountain and the top:
CNY 35 for upward ride; CNY 25 for downward ride
Free of charge for children under 1.2 m (3.9 ft).
|Ropeway Operation Time||8:20－17:10||8:30－16:30|
also, for lodging, how much should i set aside for that? and would I have to book in advance?