This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Hengshan. To help you make friends with Hengshan before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Hengshan Mountain (also known as Southern Mountain, Nanyue) is in Hunan Province. Known for its majestic scenes, it is one of the five great mountains of China and awarded AAAAA, the top rating in China's Tourism Scenic Spots ranking. The mountain range is 150 kilometers long with 72 peaks. Of its peaks, Zhurong Peak is the highest at 1,300 meters above sea level; it is also home to Zhurong Gong, a small ancient stone temple. Other sites of interest within this scenic area include: Zhusheng Temple, Water Curtain Cave, Fangguang Temple and Sutra Collection Hall. Not many hostels are located within the scenic area.
Hengshan can be reached by high speed train to Hengshan West (Hengshan Xi), which is approximately a 20-minute drive away, or slower overnight trains to Hengyang Station, a 30-minute drive away. Hengyang has a number of hostels in its large metropolitan area. The closest airport is Hengyang Nanyue Airport with connecting flights to Changsha Huanghua Airport, the closest international airport.
At the foot of the mountain is the Zhurong Road in the Nanyue residential district, an expanding town with a good selection of tourist shops. When picking a hostel in Hengshan, it is recommended that you concentrate your search here.
Within this town are also three temples; of these three, Nanyue Damiao (Grand Temple of Hengshan Mountain) is the country's only temple featuring both Buddhist and Taoist elements in one combined area. On its eastern wing are the 8 Temples of Taoism, and towards the west are the 8 Temples of Buddhism. Nanyue Damiao is also the largest temple in southern China.
Tofu (beancurd) is a local specialty. It is recommended that you try both the dessert variety (soft, pudding-like consistency, served with sugar syrup in little bowls in little stalls along the hiking trail on the mountain) as well as the savory dishes (there are many different types, ranging from soft, firm, stringy to tofu skin, and as many cooking styles).
Written by local enthusiast for Hengshan hostelsSteph