Sānqīng (三清) means ‘The Three Pure Ones’, and you won't find a mountain park in China more serendipitous than this triumvirate of natural majesty, believed to resemble Taoism’s three most important deities. Concrete may encroach underfoot, and a cable car whir overhead, but consider the architectural feat as you hike around sheer rock face, looking out onto a forest of fantastical granite spires and a gorgeous canopy sprinkled with white rhododendron blooms.
Unlike Huáng Shān, its more famous neighbour to the north, Sānqīng Shān has a spiritual legacy and has been a place of retreat for Taoist adepts for centuries. Views are spectacular in any season, reaching a climax amid the flowering buds of late May.
The main town near the mountain park is Yùshān; this is where you'll find the train and bus station.