Sanqing Mountain (三清山)

For the May-day long weekend, I was invited by my colleague to Sanqing Mountain, Jianxi province. A welcome break from the city, a chance to enjoy some green scenery and do some exercise.

Sanqing Shan in the mist

After climbing steps for 4 hours, we finally reached the summit and a crazy-scary walkway around the peaks.

Crazy scary walkway at the top of Sanqing Shan

Luckily, since it is quite a way from Shanghai, we managed to avoid too many crowds… a few people camping (!) near this temple, and a (long) line for the cable car down (our legs had given up on us!) was all we had to endure.

Couple pose for photo outside the Sanqing Temple

4 thoughts on “Sanqing Mountain (三清山)

  1. Heidi

    Hi Katie, I came across your post while searching for travel info to Sanqing. Would you mind sharing some tips for visiting the area? Since it’s not a popular tourist destination (even for locals) I’m having trouble finding local transportation info.

    Thank you!

    1. Katie Post author

      Hi Heidi

      I travelled to Sanqing with a colleague and her boyfriend, so they did all the planning. Luckily for us he has a car, and so actually drove us to Sanqing, so I can’t give you much info on travel. We stayed in a small youth hostel, pretty near the mountain. On the first day we took a taxi to one of the gates and took a 4 hour hike to the top, we then took the cable car down and arranged for the taxi to pick us up from the bottom.
      Here is a map of the area.
      Sorry I can’t be more help. Hope you have a great time travelling there.

    2. Katie Post author

      We stayed for 2 nights, arriving late on the first evening. We walked up into the mountains on the first day, and then on the second day we stopped off at an historic village. The village was called WuYuan, and was very pretty, but cost quite a lot of money to get in, and was way too crowded (as usual in China, lots of coach tours). It was difficult to find good places to eat, and there wasn’t a lot to see (although the buildings were fascinating). I think there must be better villages to go and discover… but don’t know any to recommend.
      Enjoy your trip!

  2. Heidi

    Thanks for the map! Did you explore more of the area? What else is there to see? I’m hoping to do 2-3 days of exploration.

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