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“Would have been excellent if not for the fog”

Wudang Mountain National Geopark
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Owner description: A famous Taoist mountain contains relics and buildings from the 7th century.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Would have been excellent if not for the fog”
Reviewed 7 March 2014

I have always wanted to visit wudangshan (武当山) but is put off by the inaccessibility as it is not so straightforward to reach which also explained why it is still being kept as it is.

When I came to know there is a new highway open late last year from Xian, we got our wonderful guide; Bryan to coordinate the trip. Driving time from Xian to Wudangshan takes around 4.5h single trip including stopping 2x for rest/break.

I must admit cost to visit Wudangshan is expensive where we need to pay for everything - entrance fee to mountain, mandatory bus fare, individual attraction ticket, cable car, map etc etc etc it just goes on.

Still; no regret to visit it and will consider to do so again when I can spare more time on the mountain. Hopefully the condition of the place is still kept as it is now. Due to time constraints, we covered only the 4 main attractions:

1) Nanyang Palace (南岩宫) - our first stop but unfortunately it was drizzling and very foggy so visibility is really bad where we can't see most of the buildings. I have wanted to see 龙头香 but it was a real shame that nothing can be seen. It is also interesting to note that out of 365 days, Wudangshan is misty for more than 250 days so it is also known as "雾挡山" or "fog-blocking-mountain" sound-alike to (武当山) when pronouncing in chinese

2) Purple Cloud Temple (紫霄宮) - our next stop which we were glad that it was not as foggy as nanyang palace. Many interesting temples that are still in original condition although some have been restored in 18th century considering that many of them were built in the 11th century, rebuilt/expanded in the 14th century

3) we stayed in a local hotel for the night where our wonderful guide negotiated for a very good price - RMB200/room and RMB40/person for dinner and RMB10/person for breakfast. Can't complain the facility but there was no proper heating so it was freezing in the room!

4) Taizi Po or Prince Temple (太子坡) - our next trip after checking out from hotel next day. Weather was kind with very good visibility. This is a very nice and serene site where we took lots of pictures and almost the whole place to ourselves as it was still early in the morning

5) Golden Hall or Jinding (金顶) - took a cable car up and still need to climb up for another 20 mins where the steps are quite steep. As this is one of the most distinctive landmarks in Wudangshan, there were already many devotes despite early in the morning. You can see that this historical temple is so genuinely old where you start to appreciate how difficult it was to build it during the ancient time over the Tianzhu Peak which is 1612m above sea level

Visited February 2014
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
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“Great, but they only care about your money”
Reviewed 5 December 2013

It's a wonderful place, with such a history, incredible! But, as they made in Shaolin, everything is corrupted, and they only look for the money (like in all China). Even, some of the monks are fake, they are government workers, that come and go. But it's a place tee once in your life. The ticket is for a full year, so if you use to travel there (to train kungfu like do), you don't need to buy a new one every time (it's quite expensive)

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“The Highlight of our Trip”
Reviewed 7 October 2013

I was visiting China with a group seeing the sights and practising Tai Chi. Visiting Wudang is a must for Tai Chi and Martial Arts enthusiasts. It is a stunningly beautiful area with many Taoist temples. It was from here that Tai Chi is said to have originated but who knows. Access to the different areas is only by the park buses but they are frequent. There are hotels on the mountain for a longer stay

Visited September 2013
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Scarborough, Maine
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“Wudang Shan Visit is AMAZING”
Reviewed 3 July 2013

This was a bit of a challenge to get to, but worth the trip (4 hour bus ride from Yichang and 2 hours by trian to XiangYang). I did it in two days and saw 7 of the historic locations. I think my entire out of pocket for guide, entrance, lodging and meals was around $100. I have more than 60 photos that are spectacular.

I recommend the green tea that is produced locally. I also recommend the cable car to the top.

Stay at the bottom-- the hotels near the top are not very nice. I can't separately review because mine didn't have a western name. Another visitor said her overnight at the base was nice.

There is also an unrestored Tao temple in town near the train station-- a nice counterpoint to the restored tourist attraction of the mountain.

Visited June 2013
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Xi'an, China
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“Great Place”
Reviewed 6 March 2013

One of the most famous Chinese mountains in Chinese history. Great scenery and wonderful relics about Taoism and martial arts.

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