Global Mark : 11.72
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Where to eat ? The main street has heaps of restaurants (a bit dear though), further up the mountain at either temples or at the village approx 1/2 way to the top you wont have to look for somewhere to eat, it will find you...
What to see / visit ? The summit (wow) tennis court width with 5000ft drops either side / The temples (nice buddhas) / Burning incense peak with the engraved poetry / Caves near the summit (cool)
Notes ? Be careful not to set your goal too high in winter if it is late. The last available accomodation until near the summit is half way up the mountain. If you cannot ask anyone (e.g. many people actually on the mountain were difficult to ask questions because of their dialect and or education could not read from the translator. It would be dangerous to get stuck outside a locked temple 3/4's of the way up the mountain in subzero temperatures. The temperature dropped very quickly after 5pm.
Additional information ? 40Yuan to get in the Mountain gates. Half way up a cable car will take you to the top for 80Yuan. Back of a bike for 30Yuan. Or bus to the cable car from the bottom 10Yuan (its a fun ride !)
Communication (internet, tel, etc.) ? My experience in winter was that above the town of HengShan, no phones were working. Phones at the base. Found no computers with internet access.
Other practical addresses ? Through large archway approx 150mtrs on the left on main drag... post office, lounge range bus station / 5 star hotel with heated lobby and 2 lane bowling upstairs :) / Right side of road has a string of restaurants (good, fresh, cheap).
Backpacker's Tips :
Sarah Jackson, UK (Jan 03)
Be careful to watch your luggage if it is going in the back (this can usually be done from under the back seat). Of course as anywhere in China you have to be careful of the people being sick in front and behind you regularly.
Itinerary advises : It would be wise to ask around for an English speaking person. A general rule for this is to approach young people i.e.. Uni students and ask them to help. There is generally a separate area for foreign travelers.