Hua Shan on a Saturday

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October 23rd 2010
Published: October 26th 2010
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On our way to Xian we spent 2 nights at Hua Shan. Hua Shan is a sacred Taoist mountain which is very popular with the local tourists. We happened to be there on a Saturday which also may have coincided with a national holliday. If we ever complain about crowds in Banff or Kananaskis at home, remind us about our experience in China.

Also, if we thought that Kongtong Shan was expensive (see our previous blog which was quietly published), we were in for a shocker at Hua Shan. Between the entrance to see the mountain, the cable car, and the shuttle to get between the ticket office and the cable car it cost us about $100 for the two of us. Food and general cost of living in China is quite cheap, but tourism has quickly become a thing for the upper class, wealthy Chinese (and there are a lot of them to support the higher prices).

We really lucked out with the weather and had a nice clear, sunny day. The previous day and the following day were both overcast and cold. Once we took the cable car to the north peak, we spent a good 5 hours on the mountain exploring the East and Central peaks. Despite the crowds, the scenery was beautiful and we got some much needed exercise.

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Locks that symbolize love foreverLocks that symbolize love forever
Locks that symbolize love forever

We could've gotten one engraved on the hill for 59 yuan (approx. $9), and then the idea would've been to lock it someplace on the hill.

26th October 2010

I've been there!
I have a close up shot of the "No Jumping! Be Careful the Safe!" sign. I climbed each of the peaks back in 2006.
27th October 2010

Love your blogs...thanks for sharing
Kathie, I totally appreciate and have enjoyed reading your blogs. This is likely the only way I will see these parts of the world so keep them coming. Continue to be safe and enjoy your travels. Thanks to you as well dont know me. Sandra (TC ex colleague)
21st March 2011

birthday presents
I love the matching jackets! Now you just have to get your names' embroidered on the arm!!!

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