Today I will be climbing Hua Shan so I thought I’d publish some of the “prep” work before I go. So, check it out!
There are 5 sacred mountains in China: Tai Shan, Huan Shan, Heng Shan (Hunan), Heng Shan (Shanxi), and Song Shan.
Hua Shan is located 120 km east of Xi’an and you can get there by bus or bullet train (whichever you prefer). Although, the bus is super slow and prone to cause headaches.
The bullet train from Xi’an North Station (take the Line 2 (Red Line) all the way north to Bei Ke Zhan, you’ll find it) is much faster and gets you to Hua Shan North station in just over 20 minutes (and no headache). Thus, it’s really the best choice (its just $10 CAD).
The highest peak reaches 2154 m in the sky and if you decide to climb from the bottom, well, its a hell of a climb. By the way, I would recommend bringing heaps of food and water to stay alive.
Anyway, for anyone thinking about climbing Hua Shan, here’s an overview of the prices and the amount I paid for my trip.
MONEY NEEDED FOR CLIMBING HUA SHAN
|MONEY TAKER||AMOUNT TAKEN|
|Subway ||4 RMB|
|Bullet Train Ticket||54.5 RMB|
|Bus Ticket||40 RMB|
|Taxi||20 to 30 RMB*|
|Entry Ticket to Mt. Hua Shan||180 RMB|
|Cable Car||120 RMB|
|Return Bullet Train to Xi’an||54.5 RMB|
|Return Bus to Xi’an||40 RMB|
|2L Bottle of Water***||10 RMB|
|Refill Water for Bottles||FREE|
|Package of Tissues||7 RMB|
|My Personal Total||352 RMB ($69 CAD)|
* The taxi drivers may try to hustle you for more so, you should keep a crisp 20 in hand. Also, don’t budge when they ask for more. Otherwise, take the shuttle bus. It’s free and takes only 10 minutes to get to the front entrance where you can buy your ticket.
** You should definitely bring more food than this because I was half starved by the time I reached the halfway point. However, I was lucky enough to meet a Chinese climber who shared 3 slices of bread with me. That saved my life, I swear!