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Published: October 26th 2010
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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