Tracy's 1 Day Mount Qingcheng (Back Mountain) Hiking Tour

To begin with, I am not a person who like exercise and the only exercise of me is a 30mins’ yoga as three times a week. But I decided to hike the back of Mt. Qingcheng. In my mind, it may be easy for hiking. However, I proved how naive I was to think so. Embarrassed.

A sunny day, I spent 6.5 hours finishing the hiking on Mt. Qingcheng ( back mountain) with a total length of 20km. Generally, the hiking course could be cut a half if you take cable car and a private car. But I took neither cable car nor a private car, made a challenge to myself.

The first cable car (Jinli cable car) is at the mountain feet and arrives in the middle of the mountain. The second cable car (Baiyun cable car) is on the 2/3 of right side, reaching to the 1/2 of left side. Besides, you can take a private car between Wulong Gou and Tai’an temple. For routes, they are all two-way roads and you can randomly choose. I simply hiked up from right side and went down from left side.

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Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

Mount Qingcheng Back Mountain Map

First thing morning, I took the inter-city train C6109 at 07:54am from Xipu station and arrived at Qingcheng Shan station at 08:35am. Out station, turned left and went straight about 2mins to the bus station for a shuttle bus (¥25 round way per person) to Qingcheng Shan(back mountain). The bus took 40mins one way.

After getting off the bus, I walked about 5mins and saw the gate of Qingcheng (back mountain).

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

Gate of Mount Qingcheng (Back Mountain)

Went in, I came to the Tai’an old town and the historical Tai’an temple is inside, which is the starting point of hiking. And I started hiking at 10:00am.

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

Tai’an Old Town

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

Tai’an Temple

The back mountain and the front mountain are two parts. The front mountain belongs to Daoism and exposed to the sun (ticket is¥80 per person). Differently, The back mountain belongs to Buddhism and the weather is quite cool here even in hot summer (ticket is¥20 per person).

Along the way of my hiking, I saw similar but different sceneries, quiet and beautiful. Temples are rather shabby on the back of Qingcheng Mountain but just appropriate for nature.

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

Hiking Mount Qingcheng

At 11:40am, I arrived at the Cuiying Lake and a boat ride is necessary to cross the lake, though it only took 5 mins (¥2/per person).

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

Boating to Cross Cuiying Lake

It may be not so difficult to reach Cuiying lake, but after it, it’s just hard for me. The stairs are much steeper and often continuously long and steep stairs waiting for me…

When I went down from the left side, the situation is harder - my legs can’t stop trembling and I felt they would kiss the ground every next second.

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

Lots of Stairs Ahead of Me

One hour later saying 12:40pm, I bought an instant noodle at a supply point as my lunch. There are supply points along the way, and you could have a seat. Importantly, I still have almost one hour to up to the top and I need some food and rest.

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

A Supply Point on the Way

At 13:30pm, I was on the top!

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

I Reached the Top Finally

Not easy, I thought I was on the top and there still a long and steep stair before me. Okay, just keep up!

The Baiyun temple is the most top place tourists can reach. And the stair is the only repeated road of my hiking, I need up and down.

Next, more difficult part began as I need go down from the left side, which takes me about 3 hours. Think seriously, the reason why I took neither cable car nor a private car down is that, I was kind of excited and felt ok when I met the chance to do them. Embarrassed again.

Like the right side, there are abundant vegetation and vital falls to make your hiking more fun.

Tracy 1 Day Mount Qingcheng Hiking Tour

Hiking Down Mount Qingcheng

Okay, my tour of Mt. Qingcheng (Back mountain) is over. If you are energetic and love hiking, it may be a good choice. Good luck!

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