Replies: 6 - Last Post: May 5, 2013 7:59 AM Last Post By: tokyojoe
Jul 26, 2012 12:43 PM
Tai ShanWe have a trip planned to China in September. We plan to visit Tai shan and would like to be on the mountain for the sunrise. We will arrive early morning in Taishan and will either leave our luggage at left luggage in the station and stay at the top of the mountain or book into a hotel in Tai'an, rest there during the day, leave our luggage there over night and walk up the mountain at night.
Does anyone have experience of either of these options?. What is it like walking up at night? If we stay over night on the mountain, what is the best way to get a reasonably priced room, we don't need luxury.
Jul 27, 2012 2:39 AM
Jul 27, 2012 3:38 AM
2I want to do the same in early September. All information I gathered is, that hotels on top are expensive, at least those one can book online. There should be also cheaper options, but probably you can't book online.
An example: Before I went to Huangshan all my information was, that hotels on top are very expensive (at least 70 Euros or more for a single room, dorms not available for foreigners). When in Tunxi at the youth hostel, it was very easy to book a dorm bed for 100 Yuan on top of Huangshan. Communication was a little bit difficult and I'm not sure, wether I stayed in the right room, but it was really OK. 8 or 10 beds, super-clean sheets, soap and toothbrush for each customer and shower and toilet inside only for the room. The room filled with chinese mountaineers who like me wanted to see the sunrise in the morning. So everything was very OK.
But since Taishan is not so big like Huangshan, where you really need at least one night to enjoy the beautiful scenery I plan, to do Taishan in one day: Start early in the morning and walk up to the top and go down by cable car and bus.
What I also found in a guidbook: Every September there is a Taishan sport event, this year it will start on 10th and will last till 20th of September. To avoid even more crowds than normal maybe it would be better not to visit during that time.
Jul 27, 2012 10:20 AM
3Thanks. We will be going before 10 September so should avoid the crowds. I have read a number of posts which say that during the week there should be plenty of rooms at the top and that you can bargain the price down substantially. However this is our 1st trip to China and our Mandarin is virtually non existent so slightly apprehensive of being able to manage and don't want to pay an exorbitant amount. I suspect that I will have to remain flexible and make a judgement call when we get there.
Jul 30, 2012 1:21 AM
4You should live in a hotel in the foot of the mountain one day in advance, if you want to find a cheap one, you can live in youth hostel, it will cost you 45- 200 per person.You can tell the stuff there you want to see the sunrise, they will help you to arrange. Usually, they will let you sleep first until 00:00 and then wake you up to take a bus to the middle of the mountain(its name is zhongtianmen) at about 00:30, then you can start to climb. If you don't need much rest, you can be in the top at about 3:00am. There are many warm clothes to rent, so you don't have to take, because they are heavy. Also, you are not always that lucky to see the sunrise, please check the wheather before you start, or you will climb in vain.
PS: It is a little dengerous when you climb the shibapan(one part of the mountain), because the steps are very narrow and steep.
Mar 25, 2013 3:26 AM
5judy & tokyojoe -
What did you end up doing for hotels at Taishan? How did your trips go?
I'll be there in a week and (as I just posted on tokyojoe's other post in TT) was wondering how your trips went and what hotels you found?
I'm also finding it hard to get information on any hotels except for the Shenqi Bingguan, even with help from Chinese friends.
Thanks for any advice!
(tried to PM, but that won't work, so I'll just hope you'll check here!)
May 5, 2013 7:59 AM
6I stayed at the "Rome Holiday Business Hotel" in Taishan. When I arrived by train in Taishan I asked the driver of a local bus, wether he would go to this place - he did! It was a long trip, because the train station is quite far away from the town. The driver told me when to leave (it was just about 500 m in front of the hotel). From the Hotel you only have to walk about 10 Minutes till you reach the gate, from where you go up to the top of Taishan (and pay the entrance fee). The hotel is simple but was OK for me. So I walked to the top and walked down the same way. In my opinion it is not worth to stay a night on top.
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