We had an early morning start as we got up around 7:15am showering, eating breakfast and getting a cab to the train station to get a bus to Hua Shan(Flower Mountain).
bus ride that was to be 2 hrs but took over 3.5 due to traffic 33 kuai
cab ride to another park entrance 10 kuai
lunch for 2 chicken and beef fried rice 30 kuai
park entrance 100 kuai
bus ride to cable cars 20 kuai,
cable car 150 kuai round trip hike and views priceless
Bus ride back down mountain 20 kuai
Cab ride to train station 20 kuai
dinner at hole in the wall restaurant for 3 people including 2 beers each 63 kuai while waiting for train to leave
train ride back to Xi’an 10 kuai for 2 hrs
taxi ride to hostel from train station 11 kuai.
Ah relax with a beer at the hostel after such a long day
During the hike Pete and I purchased locks with our names engraved on them, as it is a Chinese tradition for couples to put the lock at the top of the mountain and their love will last forever. My Aunt Paulette sent this to
me in an email recently and there was a mountain in Sichuan province, where we visited the pandas in October. I learned that there are 5 sacred mountains in China and Hua Shan in Shaanxi province is one of them. So we were able to complete the 2nd email that Paulette has sent us on things to do in Asia, 1st was Taroko National Park in Taiwan.
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