Did you read the Journey to the West or any stories about the mischievous Monkey King?

No, well then how about you go and visit Huoguo Mountain in Lianyungang instead?

It is the place where one of China’s most famous novels originated from and it is said to be the Birthplace of the Monkey King.

I just went there some time ago and loved it. If you want to know more about Lianyungang and what else there is to do, head over here.

Otherwise I hope you will enjoy the picture journey I am taking you on.

The said mountain might not be the biggest or most stunning of China (that would be Huangshan in my opinion), but if you are in the area and especially if you have kids it could be the perfect weekend getaway for you.

Dip into Chinese Culture and Fairy Tails.

Hope the pictures will inspire you to discover this cute little place on earth 😉

Let’s check out the Birthplace of the Monkey King!

Starting the climb up the mountain with a 3D picture =) Patience and Skills to manage to snap a picture before somebody runs through the picture ;)
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Starting the climb up the mountain with a 3D picture =) Patience and skills to manage to snap a picture before somebody runs through the picture 😉

Some facts: Entry costs 100 Rmb/ 50 for students and the area is about 7km outside of Lianyungang.

Before climbing, always make a picture from the area and figure out which scenic spots you do want to see^^
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Before climbing, always make a picture from the area and figure out which scenic spots you do want to see^^

More facts: It can be reached with Bus Nr. 11, which brings you directly to the entry, it is the last stop, Bus fare is 2Rmb.

Arriving at the first set of many more stairs to come...would the view really be worth the sweat?!
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Arriving at the first set of many more stairs to come…would the view really be worth the sweat?!

 

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Fitting the character of the monkey king, that little thief stole somebodys lunch 😉

 

Some more facts: There are Buses, which bring you nearly all the way up to the peak. So even if you can’t walk so many stairs, you still can wander around at the peak.

 

Random woods..love the scenery^^
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Random woods..love the scenery^^

 

First warning against potential problems with monkeys...creepy little budgers where screaming in the threes...sounded a tad worrysome!
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First warning against potential problems with monkeys…creepy little buggers where screaming in the threes…sounded a tad worrisome!

Following the trail, while we still could here the monkey gangs making a fuss...
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Following the trail, while we still could hear the monkey gangs making a fuss…

 

Here we go, the monkeys come...seeing them up close they looked much more harmless then they sounded and just were out for any kind of food...which meant for us, get a firm hold of sunglasses, bags and camera ;)
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Here we go, the monkeys come…seeing them up close they looked much more harmless than they sounded and just were out for any kind of food…which meant for us, get a firm hold of sunglasses, bags and camera 😉

Following the stairs up, each scenic spot has a story or explanation in, suprise, suprise in English too ;) Which means you actually get an idea what everything is about...they even make deers creepy xD
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Following the stairs up, each scenic spot has a story or explanation in, surprise, surprise in English too 😉 Which means you actually get an idea what everything is about…they even make deers creepy xD

 

More facts: If you go early morning you could be done for lunch. We walked the whole thing, it takes about 3 hours up and 2 down. But then if you are already there, take your time, enjoy the scenery and bring snacks 😉

 

Finally on the top and I gotta say the view wasn't bad at all^^
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Finally on the top and I gotta say the view wasn’t bad at all^^

 

We did it, we reached the highest point in Jiangsu Province, China...something like 600+ m. Not the most impressing, but still a good workout ;)
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We did it, we reached the highest point in Jiangsu Province, China…something like 600+ m. Not the most impressing, but still a good workout 😉

 

More facts: A movie remake of the Journey to the West will come out soon. Worth watching as preparation before climbing the mountain 😉 For those who have seen the prequel : Do never, ever break the Lotus Flower 😉

 

Greg walking ahead...without his shirt...some people just can't help showing off :P to be fair it was horribly warm that day^^
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Greg walking ahead…without his shirt…some people just can’t help showing off 😛 to be fair it was horribly warm that day^^

 

More facts: They sell snacks and drinks all over the mountain. Be prepared to pay a bit more than usual, but prices where very reasonable + they have great souvenirs 😉

 

Finally found the entry to the monkey kings cave, which is hidden behind the waterfall!
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Finally found the entry to the monkey kings cave, which is hidden behind the waterfall!

 

Lovely lit up and totally over the top we explored the cave...
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Lovely lit up and totally over the top, we explored the cave…

 

...and I spontainously crownd myself queen ;)
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…and I spontaneously crowned myself queen 😉

 

One last thing, please do not make pictures with the little monkeys in front of the cave and the entry. I know they are cute, but please do not support this animal cruelty.

 

Lastly we had a pair of monkeys telling us goodbye...Good 5 hour hike came to an end^^
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Lastly we had a pair of monkeys telling us goodbye…Good 5 hour hike came to an end^^

 

That was pretty much it. I love Chinese Mountains, I already visited Huangshan (read more about that one here) and the Taishan (read more here).

I know not many understand and complain about the fact with the stairs and entry prices, but for me these mountains are like huge chinese gardens.

Everything seems to have a story or purpose. It maybe isn’t for purists nature lovers, but for those that have a fable for legends and fairy tales 😉

 

Did you visit any mountains in China yet? Or compared to other mountains worldwide, would you want to see them? Feel free to leave a comment with your opinion ^^

Have a great Day and happy travels !

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