泰山 (Taishan = Mount Tai)


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July 12th 2010
Published: July 12th 2010
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Ken, Patrick, Paul and I took a midnight - 7 am train Friday night - Sat morning, hiked Taishan, watched the sunrise Sunday morning, explored Tai'an, took a 8 pm - 5:30 am train Sunday night - Mon morning and made it back in time for class!


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Walking down to the train...Walking down to the train...
Walking down to the train...

The platform was dark with colorful lights.
On the trainOn the train
On the train

We took hard seats (硬座)overnight and there were many people who only had standing tickets. The train was kind of crazy but less crazy than I expected after reading about hard seats on the internet. Also the seats were not hard and moderately roomy, maybe about the same as airplane seats. I got some sleep. You can see all the people in the picture!
A famous bridgeA famous bridge
A famous bridge

It's been around for at least a hundred years.
Oh boyOh boy
Oh boy

We've been climbing for hours and we can see there is still much left to do!
A man selling magical mushroomsA man selling magical mushrooms
A man selling magical mushrooms

They're supposed to be really good for you or something.
南天门!南天门!
南天门!

~4000 feet of elevation gain and ~6000 steps later... at last - the South Gate to Heaven.
View from the topView from the top
View from the top

Mountains forever!
Hotel roomHotel room
Hotel room

Then we booked our hotel room and took showers. Such accommodations on a mountain top (and the shops and restaurants all the way up) seemed so strange to me!!
In the cloudsIn the clouds
In the clouds

One is creeping in from behind the left peak...
Bam!Bam!
Bam!

Clouds everywhere now.
In the mistIn the mist
In the mist

A staircase to nowhere.
Lone KenLone Ken
Lone Ken

In his rented military coat.
The CUA climbs Taishan!!The CUA climbs Taishan!!
The CUA climbs Taishan!!

When you are on top of Taishan, you must drink a large bottle of Taishan beer!
Good morningGood morning
Good morning

At 4:30 am, walking out to see the sunrise.


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