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Mount Jiuhua Hiking - Jiuhuashan Trekking Tours 2021/2022

Jiuhua Mountain is known as one of the four famous Buddhist mountains in China. The highest peak is Shiwang Peak, which is 1342 meters above sea level. With famous ancient temples, numerous cultural relics, historic sites, and Buddhist atmosphere, Mount Jiuhua is a "The Lotus Buddhist Kingdom", which is not only known for its Buddhist culture but also noted for its natural landscapes featuring old pines, green bamboo forests, strange rocks, waterfalls, streams, and caves. It has become a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists and an unmissable hiking destination for trekkers since ancient times.

With decades’ experience of operating tailor-made Mount Jiuhua tours including hiking, Buddhism tour, etc., and a professional team of tour guide, driver, hotel booking, China Discovery’s ready to help you enjoy real highlights of Mount Jiuhua hiking. Start with this helpful Mount Jiuhua Hiking Guide and find a valuable tour package now.

Where is Mount Jiuhua

Located in Qingyang County, Chinzhou, Anhui Province in China, Mount Jiuhua Scenic Area is on the South Bank of the Yangtze River in the north, facing Huangshan Mountain in the south. It’s about 120km away from Huangshan Mountain and well-connected by high-speed train to Shanghai in the east (about 430km).

Important Locations to Know in Mount Jiuhua

There are mainly 3 scenic areas in Mount Jiuhua, namely Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area (Tiantai Scenic Area), Flower Terrace Scenic Area (Huatai Scenic Area), and Jiuhua Street Scenic Area, as well as the foot area of Mount Jiuhua in Kecun Village including the Tourist Center and the nearby Great Vow Culture Park (aka Dayuan Cultural Park ).

Must-visit sites: Zhiyuan Temple 祗园禅寺, Longevity Palace (Baisuigong Temple) 百岁宫, Huacheng Temple 化城寺, Incarnation Grand Hall 肉身宝殿

Mount Jiuhua Tourist Map (Zoom in to enlarge map)

Mount Jiuhua Tourist Center (Kecun Village) 九华山游客服务中心

Jiuhua Mountain Tourist Service Center is located in Kecun village, at the foot of Jiuhua Mountain. You can purchase the entrance ticket here. Also, the tourist service center is the departure station and hub station of the internal tour bus. Also, it is the station for the long-distance coach buses to/from Mount Jiuhua.

Yingxianqiao Tourist Service Sub Center 迎仙桥游客服务分中心

It is the gate to enter the Jiuhua Street area, the core scenic spot of Jiuhua Mountain.

Huxingshan Station 虎形山站

It is located in the core scenic spot on Jiuhua Street. It is about 400 meters away from Yingxianqiao bridge迎仙桥. It is the starting station for the internal tour bus of Jiuhua Mountain to Fenghuangsong (Phoenix Old Pine) station 凤凰松 in Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area (Tiantai Scenic Area).

Fenghuangsong (Phoenix Old Pine) Station 凤凰松站

It is the terminal station from Jiuhua Mountain's internal tour bus to Tiantai cableway station. You can take a cable car here or walk to reach the Heavenly Terrace Peak in Tiantai Scenic Area.

Jiuhua Street Scenic Area 九华街景区

From the Jiuhua Mountain Tourist Service Center at the foot of the mountain, taking the internal tour bus to Yingxianqiao bridge and get off, you will reach Jiuhua Street Scenic Area, the core area of Mount Jiuhua. It is like a busy town, where you can conveniently find supermarkets, hotels, shops, and restaurants. There are many famous temples in Jiuhua street scenic area. Most of the famous temples in Jiuhua Mountain are in Jiuhua street, and the cable car station to Longevity Palace (Baisuigong Temple) is also located in Jiuhua Street Scenic Area.

Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area 天台景区

It is a must-visit site of Jiuhua Mountain. The main sites: Heavenly Terrace Peak, 1306 meters above sea level, and it is the landmark site Tiantai temple located; The highest peak of Jiuhua Mountain, Shiwang peak, 1342 meters above sea level; Ancient Lecture Temple - Dizang Bodhisattva Temple. The famous old pine - Phoenix Old Pine. To visit the Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area, you can take a cable car or walk from Fenghuangsong station to the peak area.

Flower Terrace Scenic Area 花台景区

You can take the internal tour bus from Mount Jiuhua Tourist Center to Huatai cableway station, and take a cable car for sightseeing. You can also walk from Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area to Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area (Huatai scenic spot), or walk up to Huatai scenic spot from Minyuan Scenic Area. Huatai scenic area is famous for its natural scenery, such as mountains, peaks, and rocks. Also, there is a plank offering stunning views. 

Great Vow Culture Park 大愿文化园景区

Located in Kecun village, the foot of Jiuhua Mountain, outside the core scenic area of Jiuhua Mountain, near the tourist service center, it opens for free. The main attraction is the 99 meter Bodhisattva statue, which is now free of charge.

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Popular Mount Jiuhua Tour: ✔ 2 Days Mount Jiuhua Buddhism Tour

Mount Jiuhua Hiking Giant Buddha Statue of Great Vow Culture Park 大愿文化园景区
Mount Jiuhua Hiking Zhiyuan Temple 祗园禅寺
Mount Jiuhua Hiking Tiantai Temple 天台寺
Zhiyuan Temple Huiju Temple 慧居寺
Mount Jiuhua Hiking Jiuhua Street 九华街

Mount Jiuhua Cable Car

Tiantai Cable Car
In the peak season (from January 16 to November 14) - CNY 160 (Round-trip Ticket), CNY 85 (One-way Ticket) for adults.
In the off-season (from November 15 to January 15) - CNY 120 (Round-trip Ticket), CNY 65 (One-way Ticket) for adults.

Huatai Cable Car
In the peak season (from March 1 to November 30) - CNY 160 (Round-trip Ticket), CNY 90 (One-way Ticket) for adults.
In the off-season (from December 1 to February 28) - CNY 120 (Round-trip Ticket), CNY 70 (One-way Ticket) for adults.

Baisuigong Cable Car
In the peak season (from January 16 to November 14) - CNY 100 (Round-trip Ticket), CNY 55 (One-way Ticket) for adults.
In the off-season (from November 15 to January 15) - CNY 80 (Round-trip Ticket), CNY 45 (One-way Ticket) for adults.

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Practical Hiking Guide on Each Scenic Area of Mount Jiuhua

Mount Jiuhua Hiking Map (Zoom in to enlarge map)

Jiuhua Street Scenic Area: Near the ticket gate of Yingxianqiao bridge is Zhiyuan temple. After visiting Zhiyuan temple, you can walk to the cable car station to Baisuigong Temple and take the cable car back to Jiuhua Street Scenic Area. Later, you can visit Zhantanlin Temple and Incarnation Grand Hall. After leaving the body palace, you can head to Fenghuangsong (Phoenix Old Pine) or Huxingshan, taking an internal tour bus. Note: You will pass through Huiju temple and many other temples along your way to Incarnation Grand Hall, and the trekking path is somehow strenuous for common visitors. 

Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area: From the cable car station near Phoenix Old Pine, it takes about 20min to the upper station by cable car. Either, you need to walk for about 2 hours to the top area of Heavenly Terrace. When you reach the upper station of the Tiantai cableway, there are two paths to go: one is to the Ancient Lecture Temple, and the other is to Shiwang Peak, which has more challenging steps to hike. The recommended traveling routes are cableway station - viewing platform - Shiwang Peak - Tiantai temple - the back mountain of Tiantai Temple - Ancient Lecture Temple - cableway station. After visiting the Tiantai temple, go to the back mountain of Tiantai temple with your companies for a while if you are not in a hurry. 

Flower Terrace Scenic Area: It’s the scenic area in Mount Jiuhua with the best natural scenery. From Huatai cableway, you can go up the mountain either taking a cable car or hiking along the plank to the top area, while hiking directly is very tiring for common visitors. 

Great Vow Culture Park: It is suggested to visit the giant buddha statue there before you go up the mountain or come back from Mount Jiuhua, and it takes about an hour to have a look.

How to Organize Your Mount Jiuhua Hiking Itinerary

1 Day Mount Jiuhua Hike

One day is usually not enough to enjoy a real hike in Mount Jiuhua with so many temples to see and a long path to hike, let alone the time needs for transportation, meal, and rest, and the actual hiking time may be less than half day. However, if you only have one day in Mount Jiuhua, there are two options available to visit the essential sites of Mount Jiuhua.

Option 1: Visit Essential Temples + Hiking to Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area 

Hiking Intensity: ★★★

Hiking Route: Phoenix Old Pine -Ancient Lecture Temple - Heavenly Terrace - ropeway downhill - Huxingshan - Huacheng Temple - Zhantanlin Temple - Shangshan hall - Incarnation Grand Hall

Popular Mount Jiuhua Tour: ✔ 2 Days Mount Jiuhua Buddhism Tour | ✔ 2 Days Mount Jiuhua Scenic Hiking Tour

Mount Jiuhua Hiking Flower Terrace (Huatai) Plank

2 Days Mount Jiuhua Hike

2 Days are a good duration for the Mount Jiuhua Hike and most tourists would stay there for two days, and you need to stay in or around Mount Jiuhua for at least one night. Here, we have 3 recommended traveling options. Option 1 is mainly for tourists interested in Buddhism at a leisure pace, while option 2 is the most popular route for most visitors to visit both cultural sites and natural scenery. For tourists who are capable to do the intense hike and would like to trek more and save the cable car fare, option 3 is a good choice. You can check the itineraries below to read the details:

Option 1: Leisure Hiking to Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area and Main Temples 

Hiking Intensity: ★★★

Day 1 - Hiking Route: Yingxianqiao bridge - Zhiyuan Temple - Longevity Palace - Huacheng Temple - Zhantanlin Temple - Huiju temple - Incarnation Grand Hall

Day 2 - Hiking Route: Fenghuangsong (Phoenix Old Pine) - Shiwang Peak - Tiantai Temple - the back mountain of Tiantai temple - Ancient Lecture Temple - cable car - Fenghuangsong

Note: This route is more leisure, mainly for tourists who come to Jiuhua Mountain to worship the Buddha, excluding Huatai scenic area.

Option 2: Visiting Essential Temples and Beautiful Natural Scenery

Hiking Intensity: ★★★

Day 1 - Hiking Route: Yingxianqiao bridge - Zhiyuan Temple - Longevity Palace - Huacheng Temple - Zhantanlin Temple- Huiju Temple - Incarnation Grand Hall - Fenghuangsong - viewing platform - Shiwang Peak - Tiantai Temple - back mountain of Tiantai temple - Ancient Lecture Temple - cable car - Fenghuangsong

Day 2 - Hiking Route: Flower Terrace Scenic Area

Note: This Itinerary is very flexible. You can adjust your itinerary and take the cableway to visit Longevity Palace the next day if you are in a hurry on the first day.

Option 3: In-depth Hiking to Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area & Flower Terrace Scenic Area

Hiking Intensity: ★★★★★

Day 1 - Hiking Route: Yingxian bridge - Zhiyuan Temple - Mingong Temple - Zhantanlin Temple - Huacheng Temple - Incarnation Grand Hall - Shangshan Hall - Xiaotiantai - Huixiang Pavilion - Wanfo Pagoda - Dongya Temple - Longevity Palace - Tiger Cave - Xitian Temple - Yingxianqiao bridge - Huxingshan - Fenghuangsong

Day 2 - Hiking Route: Fenghuangsong - Huayan Cave - Huiju Temple - Heavenly Ladder - Guanyin Peak - Ancient Lecture Temple - Shiwang Peak - Huatai Terrace - Huatai cableway upper station - Huatai plank - cable car - Huatai cableway lower station

Mount Jiuhua Hiking Flower Terrace 花台
Mount Jiuhua Hiking Plank Trail
Mount Jiuhua Hiking Steep Stairway to Tiantai Temple

3 Days Mount Jiuhua Hike

For tourists who have enough time and would like to visit Mount Jiuhua leisurely to see both natural wonders and cultural sites and visit important temples, staying in Mount Jiuhua in 3 days is advisable. During your 3 day stay, you can visit Jiuhua Street Scenic Ara and Longevity Palace on the first day, and Heavenly Terrace Scenic Area on the second day, and finally Flower Terrace peak on the last day.

Hiking Intensity: ★★★

Day 1 - Hiking Route: Yingxianqiao bridge - Zhiyuan Temple - Longevity Palace - Huacheng Temple - Zhantanlin Temple - Huiju temple - Incarnation Grand Hall

Day 2 - Hiking Route: Fenghuangsong (Phoenix Old Pine) - Shiwang Peak - Tiantai Temple - the back mountain of Tiantai temple - Ancient Lecture Temple - cable car - Fenghuangsong

Day 3 - Hiking Route: Flower Terrace Peak

Popular Mount Jiuhua Tour
✔ 2 Days Mount Jiuhua Buddhism Tour
✔ 2 Days Mount Jiuhua Scenic Hiking Tour
✔ 4 Days Mount Jiuhua Tour with Shanghai Essence
✔ 6 Days Shanghai, Mount Jiuhua & Huangshan Tour

Mount Jiuhua Hiking Incarnation Grand Hall 肉身宝殿
Mount Jiuhua Hiking Fenghuangsong (Phoenix Old Pine) 凤凰松

Mount Jiuhua Accommodation

Most of the tourists will visit Mount Jiuhua for more than one day, and there are mainly 3 accommodation areas in & around Mount Jiuhua. Though the facilities can not be expected as good as these hotels in the cities, most of them can be qualified for your basic needs.

Option 1 - Staying Jiuhua Street Scenic Area. It is convenient to find supermarkets, hotels, homestays, shops, and restaurants.

Option 2 - Staying in Kecun Village, Mount Jiuhua Tourist Service Center, or Jiuhuashan Town. It is located at the foot of the mountain.

Option 3 - Staying around Fenghuangsong (Phoenix Old Pine) Station, It is convenient for your hike with fewer accommodation choices.

Note: Book your hotel in advance, especially for tourists who would like to stay in Jiuhua Street Scenic Area or come to join important Buddhism events.

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Mount Jiuhua Hiking Jiuhua Mountain Villa

What to Pack for Mount Jiuhua Hiking

Please pack the important items accordingly to your itinerary and season of your hiking. Wearing warmly especially with layers is the most important whenever you come to Mount Jiuhua. There is huge consumption of both energy and time. You’d better bring enough food and drinks with you. You can leave your heavy luggage in your hotel at Mount Jiuhua. Below is the packing list:

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  • Comfortable hiking boots or firm running shoes;
  • Light and comfortable pants (trekking pants in winter);
  • T-shirt for summer and long-sleeved shirt and underwear for autumn and winter;
  • Changes of socks;
  • Warm layers for top: fleece, cashmere jumper, sweatshirt/hoodie;
  • Hiking sticks;
  • Some energy bars for the trekking;
  • Sun cream;
  • Rain cape;
  • Bottle waters.
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How to Plan Your Mount Jiuhua Tour

How to Get to Mount Jiuhua: Take a flight to Chizhou Jiuhuashan Airport or take a high speed train to Chizhou Railway Station from Beijing, Shanghai…; Drive about 2 hours from Huangshan.

Best Time to Visit Jinan: Mid-March to Mid-November, because the temperature is comfortable with the best scenery; many Buddhist festivals and ceremonies are held.

Top Places to Visit on Mount Jiuhua: 99-Meter Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Longevity Palace, Huangcheng Temple, Tiantai Peak, Tiantai Temple…

No matter you’re a Buddhist follower or sightseeing tourist, 2 days is most suitable for a Mount Jiuhua tour. Detailed attractions and tour order can be flexibly arranged based on personal interest, time and energy.

If you specially visit Mount Jiuhua for Buddhist pilgrimage, then Buddhist temples are the must-visits. On your arrival day, you can visit the 99-Meter Golden Statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva at the north foothill. In and around Jiuhua Street, you can visit Huangcheng Temple - the first Buddhism temple of Mount Jiuhua, Incarnation Grand Hall which enshrines the flesh body of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, Zhantanlin Temple with massive delicate carved architectures and Zhiyuan Temple - the largest temple with the most complete layout, etc. On the second day, you can get to Longevity Palace to worship the incarnation of famous Chinese monk Haiyu (Wuxia) and Heavenly Terrace Peak (Tiantai Peak) where the highest temple - Tiantai Temple lies.

✔ 2 Days Mount Jiuhua Buddhism Tour

If you’re also a traveler fascinated by natures and physical condition permits, then you can view charming mountain landscape in the Flower Terrace Scenic Area with a special Hanging Plank Road hiking experience.

✔ 2 Days Mount Jiuhua Scenic Hiking Tour
✔ 4 Days Mount Jiuhua Buddhism Tour with Shanghai Essence

After your Mount Jiuhua tour, Mount Huangshan, just 2 hours’ ride away, is a popular UNESCO World Cultural & Natural Heritage worth your exploration with another 2 days. Chinese ancient culture buffs also like to visit Hongcun, Xidi and other ancient Huizhou-style village around the Mount Huangshan. If time allows, you may extend trip further to Wuyuan and Jingdezhen in neighboring Jiangxi, Mount Putuo and other famous Buddhist mountains and many more major tourist destinations in China.

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Top Recommended Mount Jiuhua Tour Packages

Below are our travel experts’ handpicked top 3 Mount Jiuhua tour packages which covers classic hiking routes, private transfer, experienced hiking guide, etc. You can also contact us to design the hiking itinerary of your own.

99 Meters Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Statue
2 Days Mount Jiuhua Buddhism Tour

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Hanging Plank Road - best highlight of Flower Terrace
2 Days Mount Jiuhua Scenic Hiking Tour

Mount Jiuhua

Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea
6 Days China Mountains Tour with Classic Shanghai

Shanghai / Jiuhuashan / Huangshan

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