Wudang Mount 2 days Tour
2 days tour to Wudang Mount
Day 01: arrive by bus in Wudang mountain tourist center, take the park bus to Taizi po temple, visit the Taizi po temple one hour, and continue to take park bus to Qiongtai, and change cable car to golden top, alot of steep stair cases to the top, and then descend 4.5km on foot to south cliff -Nanyan, stay overnight here
Day 02: visit Nanyan temple complex, Zixia temple, Xiaoyao valley-care-free valley, finish tour in the afternoon
As a Chinese well known Taoist shrine, Wudang Mountain located in Shiyan City, Hubei Province. it is famous for its magnificent ancient building complex and appealing natural landscape. the Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains was listed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1994. Besides, the mountain is the home of the famous Chinese Wudang Martial Arts.
Construction of the Ancient Building Complex originated in the Tang Dynasty (618-907). During the reign of Emperor Taizong , the Five Dragon Ancestral Temple was built on Wudang Mountains. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), about 33 palaces and structures including the Yuxu Palace, the Grand Purple Cloud Palace, the Yuzhen Palace and the Palace of Harmony were built. Then the grand and magnificent building complex was formed. At present, the extant building complex includes the Palace of Harmony, the Grand Purple Cloud Palace, the South Cliff Palace, the Yuzhen Palace, relics of the Yuxu Palace and the Five Dragon Ancestral Temple, Xuanyue Gate (a huge archway) and the Fuzhen Temple.
Palace of Harmony
Wudang Mountain, Shiyan, Hubei
Situated on the south section of Tianzhu Peak, the Palace of Harmony is composed of the Golden Palace (Golden Peak), the Forbidden City and the Gutong Hall. The Golden Palace is the most celebrated. Constructed of bronze, the palace is about four meters (13 feet) long, three meters (10 feet) wide and six meters (20 feet) high. In the hall stands the statue of Emperor Zhenwu in the shrine with Golden Boy and Jade Girl, and two generals of Fire and Water attending him on the left and right. It was told that the statue of Emperor Zhenwu is about ten tons (22,046 pounds). Above the shrine is hung a golden plaque with four Chinese characters 'Jin', 'Guang', 'Miao' and 'Xiang' written by Kangxi, an emperor in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Through the ages, the palace still lives its glamour and grandiosity.
Grand Purple Cloud Palace
Located below Zhanqi Peak, the Grand Purple Cloud Palace is the most magnificent and best-preserved Taoist building on Wudang Mountains. with an area of 6,850 square meters (two acres), the palace consists of the Dragon and Tiger Hall, the Stele Pavilion, the Shifang Hall, the Parents' Hall, the Grand Hall of Purple Cloud Palace and other buildings. Covered with blue glazed tiles and yellow and blue carvings on the roof, the Grand Hall is the most representative wooden structure on the mountain. In the hall is worshipped the sculpture of Emperor Jade which was made by a Ming Dynasty artisan.
South Cliff Palace (Nanyan Palace)
The South Cliff Palace is situated below the Duyang Cliff. It has the Tianyi Zhenqing Hall, the Two Bearings Hall, the Eight Diagrams Pavilion, the South Heaven Gate and the Flying Cliff. Built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the Tianyi Zhenqing Hall is the most renowned. All the beams, pillars, doors and windows were carved from stone. This stone palace is a masterpiece of Chinese stone carving.
Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountain An ancient temple, Wudang Mountain
The Yuzhen Palace, the relics of the Yuxu Palace and the Five Dragon Ancestral Temple, Xuanyue Gate (a huge archway) and the Fuzhen Temple are also must-sees on the mountain. In addition, many sculptures, offerings and sutras in the palaces, tablets and inscriptions on the cliffs are precious relics.
The mountain is also famous for its appealing natural landscape including 72 peaks, 36 rocks, 24 streams, 11 caves, nine springs and three ponds. At any time of the year, tourists can enjoy its wonderful natural scenery.
Gilt Bronze Hall, Wudang Mountain Wudang Mountain, Shiyan, Hubei
How to Get to Wudang Mountains
By train: train from Wuhan, Chongqing, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Qingdao, Yichang or some other cities and get off at Wudangshan Station. Transfer to intercity bus no. 202 or 203 to the tourist center of scenic area directly.
See Wudangshan Train Schedule & Stations
1. From Shiyan: Intercity bus no. 202 can transfer visitors from Shiyan Railway Station to the tourist center of mountain within 1 hour and 10 minutes
2. From Xian: Two direct tourist buses to the scenic area are scheduled at the Provincial Bus Station opposite Xian Railway Station, leaving at 09:00 and 15:00. It takes around 4 hours.
3. From Wuhan: One direct bus is available from Jinjiadun Bus Station, departing at 13:40 daily. It takes around 6 hours and costs CNY179/person.
By air: Tourists fly to Wudangshan Airport from Wuhan, Xian, Tianjin, Kunming, and Hangzhou. Then take a taxi to get to the tourist center of mountain at a cost of CNY60-80.