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Qingcheng Mountain

Qingcheng Mountain is one of China’s major Taoist Mountains and a popular get-away location for city dwellers. The mountain, a Unesco World Heritage Site is just past Dujiangyan and can be reached via high-speed train from the North Railway Station. There are two major peaks, Qingcheng Front and Back Mountains. The Front end leads up to various temples, where Taoist monks live and practice; the climb to the top takes three to four hours. You can take a boat across a small lake midway through and a cable car also dramatically shortens the climb – without the boat and the cable car, expect to be on the mountains for 5-6 hours.

The back end of the mountain was once covered with small bed and breakfast inns and restaurants, but many of these were destroyed during the 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, and many others have been replaced by larger, high-end hotel complexes. The quake devastated the mountain, but left the major temples toward the top of the mountain intact.


Entrance to the temple complex costs 90 yuan and the boat across the lake costs an additional 10 yuan


Address in Chinese: 四川青城山

Hours: Open almost year-round from 7 am – 11 pm

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