Transportation: If you travel from Xian to Mountain Hua, we recommend that you take the high-speed train from Xi'an North to Huashan North (click to book the train ticket), the high speed train only need 30 minutes (speed = 300KM/hour, and many trains between these two cities). You'd better catch the morning trains which depart before 9:00am if you want to come back in the same day.
After arriving at the Huashan Railway Station, you can take a taxi to Huashan Entrance, Huashan Visitor Center (aournd 10 minutes drive, around 20-30 CNY taxi fee.
We suggest go up from North Peak by cable car, and hike the 4 main peaks: North, Central, South and West peaks, and finally go down by West Peak cable car.
1. Taking the cable car up the mountain is considered to be the best way to go up the mountain. Because Mount Hua is famous for its steepness and there are five peaks altogether, it is best to keep your strength when climbing so as to enjoy the scenery on the mountain. You can take the shuttle bus to the cable car of North Peak go up, and then start hiking. Since ancient times, Mount Hua has only one main road, so after you reach the North Peak, you can start hiking along this road to the Central Peak.