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Mount Hengshan in Shanxi – With the Highest Peak

Mount Hengshan, also named as Ziyue, Hengzong, or Changshan, is the northernmost mountain of China’s five sacred mountains and has a high position in Daoism. It is located about 60 kilometers away south of Datong City, Shanxi Province.

Hengshan Mountain in Shanxi consists of more than 100 separate peaks. It is not only regarded as one of the five sacred mountains but also owns the highest peak with an altitude of more than 2,100 meters (6,900 feet).

Generally speaking, it is almost twice Great Britain’s highest peak Ben Nevis. What’s most important, it isn’t its fame, but its religious value. According to Chinese Daoism, Mount Hengshan is regarded as one sacred mountain and has been a pilgrimage site since the Zhou Dynasty (about 1045-256 BC).

The highest peak of Mount Hengshan reaches 2,017 meters, where we can have a panoramic view of peaks, cliffs, caves, forests, streams, and clouds. What’s more, Mount Hengshan is a respected place in Daoism. It is said that it is the secluded place of Zhang Guolao, who is one of the Eight Immortals. There are many historical relics, including temples, pagodas, and water wells.

Mount Hengshan Facts

  • Chinese name: 恒山
  • Location: About 60 kilometers away the south of Datong City
  • Opening time: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Time needed: One day
  • The best time to visit: May to October
  • Ticket Price: CNY 55 per person
Shanxi Hengshan Mountain
Hengshan Mountain

What to See and Do in Hengshan Mountain

Climb the Zhurong Peak: Zhurong Peak, with an altitude of 2017 meters, is the highest peak of Hengshan Mountain in Shanxi, where the surrounding peaks, cliffs, caves, forests, streams and clouds all can be viewed.

Visit the Hanging Temple: The Hanging Temple is a unique temple, which was built on a cliff approximately 75 meters above the ground more than 1,500 years ago. Its construction integrates the elements of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism, proving the unique creativity and craftsmanship of China’s ancient architect.

Explore the Water Curtain Cave: The Water Curtain Cave is a natural spectacle, with the characteristic of water outflowing from the cracks of the cliff. Tradition has it that Zhang Guolao, one of the Eight Immortals, cultivated Dao here, and the cave is full of inscriptions and statues.

Sweet Well and Bitter Well: Sweet well and bitter well are two wells with a distance of only one meter, but their tastes are totally different. The sweet well provides cool and sweet water, and the bitter well provides the water with a bitter taste. The water of two wells is provided by spring water and never dries up.

Experience local culture: Mount Hengshan Folk Culture City is a popular travel site with a rich history, religion, architecture, and art. Tourists can visit Sutra Hall, Fangguang Temple, Huixian Bridge Dayu Stele, etc., and learn the unique customs and traditions of this region.

Hanging Temple Shanxi
Hanging Temple

Best Time to Visit Hengshan Mountain

The ideal time of visiting Hengshan Mountain in Shanxi is from May to October. At that time, the weather is fine and warm, and flowers and plants are blossoming. Each season can bring unique glamour and picture-like scenes to this mountain.

In Spring, tourists can appreciate lush green leaves. In Summer, thin fog creates an atmosphere of seemingly staying in a fairyland. In Autumn, the leaves turn bright colors. In Winter, the mountain peak is covered by snow, coming into an amazing winter scene.


How to get to Mount Hengshan

There are several ways to get to Mount Hengshan of Datong when traveling to Datong. One choice: Take the No. 4 Bus to Datong railway station, then take the Bus at Datong bus station. This bus will take you to Hunyuan County, and there you can find the direct bus to Mount Hengshan.

Another choice: Take the train to Mount Hengshan or the West Station of Mount Hengshan. There you can take the bus to Mount Hengshan directly. The bus runs from 07:30 to 17:30, and the ticket price is 51 yuan per person.

If you prefer air travel, you can have a flight to Datong Airport, then take a bus or taxi to Datong Bus Station or Datong Long-distance Bus South Station. From there, you can take a bus to Hunyuan County, and then change the bus to Mount Hengshan.


Nearby Attractions of Mount Hengshan

  • Hanging Temple: One Buddhist temple, about 1,500 years ago built on a cliff 75 meters above the ground, merged the ideas of Buddhism, Daoism, and Confucianism.
  • Yingxian Wooden Pagoda: The oldest and tallest wooden pagoda in China, built in 1056 during the Liao Dynasty, standing at 67 meters high with nine stories.
  • Yungang Grottoes: UNESCO World Heritage, show the glorious Buddhist cave art of 5 to 6 centuries. It has 252 caves and about 51,000 statues.
  • Huayan Temple: China’s largest and most well-preserved temple of the Liao and Jin Dynasty, located in Datong, divided into the Royal Ancestral Hall and the Buddhist Scripture Library.
  • Yanmen Pass: One of the three major passes of the Shanxi Great Wall, built in 1374 of the Ming Dynasty at the beginning, with a convenient geographical location and grand structure.

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