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