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Mt. Qingcheng (Qingcheng Shan)
Mt. Qingcheng (Qingcheng Shan)

Mt. Qingcheng (Qingcheng Shan)

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The Basics

There are two main parts to Mt. Qingcheng: the front and the rear. Most of the temples and other historical and cultural attractions can be found in the front, including Jianfu Palace, Shingqing Palace, and Tianshi Cave. The rear mountain is known for its tranquil natural scenery and is a popular area for hiking. The most popular route to climb the front is to take a ferry across Yuecheng Lake, and then a cable car up, before walking the final 20 minutes to the summit. Just that doing so doing so will bypass a number of temples and other historic and cultural sites.

Many visitors combine a trip to Mt. Qingcheng with nearby Dujiangyan Irrigation System (the combined area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site). While it’s possible to visit independently, visitors will gain a better appreciation of the Taoist significance of Mt. Qingcheng through a guided tour.

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All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
$279.00 per adult
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Excellent
Our guide, Lucy, was very knowledgeable, patient and friendly. Lucy was very flexible with the itinerary and customised it according to our requests. Lucy also shared with us many tips and popular eateries we can consider in Chengdu. Separately, the booking process was simple and Lily, the sales representative was responsive and informative. Highly recommend! Suitable for all types of travellers, family with elderly, family with young children, couple or even solo.
ly2019471, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Chengdu

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We visited the irrigation dam in the...
MS Wong, Apr 2018
Qingcheng Mountain and Dujiangyan Irrigation Private Day Tour
We visited the irrigation dam in the morning and Qing Cheng mountain after lunch. The irrigation dam was awesome. Would recommend paying for the shuttle bus to the foot of Qing Cheng mountain as this saves time and leaves you with energy to climb to the top. We took the boat and the cable car. Bella was very knowledgeable and proactive and saw to our every need. Enjoyed ourselves thoroughly. Memorable trip!
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Absolutely fantastic tour. Extremely...
Simon P, Nov 2017
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Private Day Tour from Chengdu
Absolutely fantastic tour. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly tour guide. Would recommend to anyone!!
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The tour was good. Our tour guide...
Nathan Z, Aug 2017
All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
The tour was good. Our tour guide, Ivy Wang did a wonderful job. She took care of us the whole trip and accommodated to our needs during the entire trip. We will definitely recommend her.
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Extraordinary adventure! Our guide...
OscarEvia, Aug 2016
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Private Day Tour from Chengdu
Extraordinary adventure! Our guide was very knowledgeable and very polite. It was an outstanding service and will probably book further tours with them in the future.
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This tour was fantastic! The guide...
Michael K, Feb 2017
All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
This tour was fantastic! The guide was really friendly and informative, and the driver was extremely professional. Highly recommended!
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We had an absolutely amazing day...
David B, Nov 2016
All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
We had an absolutely amazing day with Lily from WestChinaGo Travel Service. The entire experience was incredibly personalized, well-balanced, and fun from start to finish. Lily was extremely professional and thoughtful and incredibly responsive to our inquiries and needs. She was particularly attentive to each member of our group's needs which made for a very positive experience.
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Very interesting tour and good tour...
David S, Jun 2014
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Private Day Tour from Chengdu
Very interesting tour and good tour guide. Had a nice lunch in between sites. Thought the extra payment for transport $4 and the tram fare $13 could have been built into the tour fee.
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The trip was fantastic, started with...
Faisal A, Feb 2013
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Private Day Tour from Chengdu
The trip was fantastic, started with a small hickup caused by very late booking, but even that was sorted out very quickly. Great guide and amazing place to see.
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This was a great tour! Our guide...
Kelly M, Jun 2017
All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
This was a great tour! Our guide Abby was very knowledgeable and was an amazing guide. We enjoyed the beautiful hike easy up Mount Qingcheng to the Taoist Temple. There were so many beautiful photo opportunities and Abby allowed us to move at our own pace. The Dujiangyan irrigation system was also another beautiful site. This was a FULL day tour with lunch- which was very good as well. Abby and Lily handled all the transportation and ticket arrangements so all we had to do was to sit back and relax and take in the wonderful sites.
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This tour was outstanding. Most...
Barbara K, Jun 2015
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Private Day Tour from Chengdu
This tour was outstanding. Most people go to Chengdu for the pandas, which of course are must-see, but this tour got us out of the city into the nearby mountain areas. What a nice change of pace to get out of the city and into the countryside and farmland. Lillian, our guide, spoke excellent English. She notified the hotel she was coming and picked us up in the lobby. Our driver was friendly, car was clean and comfortable with strong a/c. Lillian and driver provided so much information cultural and historical about the beautiful area. The irrigation system is awesome! Quite an engineering feat from over 2000 years ago. So strong the 2007 earthquake didn't damage it. You can walk or ride the tram. Cross the river on a suspension bridge to see the Dao temple and choose to climb the surrounding trails. Lunch at a local restaurant was delicious and the beer was COLD!. Qingcheng Mountain was lovely. We took a tram, then a short walk to a short boat ride to a gondola. Then started to climb. The climb was steep at times, mostly on stairs with several flat areas to stop and rest. There were several young Chinese women doing the trek in platform spike heels! Very few handrails but steps were never too narrow or close to drop-off to be uncomfortable or scary. To avoid the climb you could choose to be carried in a sling for a nominal fee. The view from the top was stunning! Clean western toilets in both locations.
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Excellent tour. Tour guide was amazing...
Miguel M, Jun 2016
Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System Private Day Tour from Chengdu
Excellent tour. Tour guide was amazing. Be prepared for a long hike and bring extra water.
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This was a great introduction to the...
Carol-Ann L, Mar 2017
All-Inclusive Private Day Tour of World Heritage Sites: Mount Qingcheng and Dujiangyan
This was a great introduction to the outer reaches of Chengdu! Cassie was a really wonderful tour guide and Fish provided good driving service as we drove out to Mount Quingcheng and Dujiangyan. Cassie and Fish kindly postponed my departure time, since I'd just flown in from California the night before, but I recommend sticking with the early departure time. We ended up stuck in both morning 1.5 hours and evening 2.5 hours rush hour traffic which was quite bad and I'm from San Francisco so I know bad traffic!. Besides the traffic, the tour agenda was just right. Seeing the World Heritage sites was fascinating, and Cassie provided a running commentary that was both informative and entertaining. The extra transportation at Mt. Qingcheng electric cart, boat, and aerial lift was helpful to someone experiencing jet lag and feeling the effects of elevation. We stopped at a very good neighborhood restaurant for lunch, and I got to see the kitchen and some of the cooking! Be prepared to eat with chopsticks! Then we toured the Dujiangyan irrigation system which is an amazing engineering and construction project still functioning since 200BC! We didn't have time to drive to the top most viewing spot, but walked all around the project area near the river level. I'll go to the overhead viewing spot if I ever go back, but the diorama set up in the Qinyan Pavilion gave a good overview of how the project was designed, as long as Cassie was there to translate the signs! I recommend this excursion for those that want to get out of downtown Chengdu and see some of the countryside.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Mt. Qingcheng is a must-visit for those interested in Taoism.

  • There are separate entrance fees for the front and the rear. There is an additional cost to take the boat and the cable car.

  • Bring a jacket or layers if visiting in the fall or winter.

  • Wear sturdy and comfortable shoes if planning to hike.

  • A full day tour of Mt. Qingcheng and Dujiangyan Irrigation System can take upwards of 10 hours.

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How to Get There

Mt. Qingcheng is located 40 miles (64 kilometers) east of Chengdu. For those not visiting on a tour, take the metro to Xipu, then a train to Qingchengshan station, and finally a bus to the scenic area entrance. You can also take a bus to Qingchengshan from Xinnanmen Bus Station in Chengdu. From Dujiangyan, take bus 101 or 102 to Mt. Qingcheng.

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When to Get There

Mt. Qingcheng is very popular with Chinese tourists. Avoid visiting during weekends and public holidays, especially the May and October national holidays.

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Top Sights at Mt. Qingcheng

Jianfu Palace is the best preserved temple on the mountain. It was built during the Tang Dynasty and is still a fully functioning Taoist temple with over 100 monks. Situated at 3,280 feet (1,000 meters), Shangqing Palace dates from the Jin Dynasty and was rebuilt in the 1800s. Tianshi Cave is where ancient Taoist master Zhang Daolin was said to have lived. And from Laojun Pavilion, take in the stunning views over Dujiangyan City below.

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