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==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
[[File:OTBP Mount Hua.jpg|thumb|250px|Shrine on a peak.]]
 
[[File:OTBP Mount Hua.jpg|thumb|250px|Shrine on a peak.]]
The 2,154-meter-tall mountain, true to its reputation as the "most precipitous mountain under heaven", is a cluster of five peaks with breathtaking cliff faces and a tough challenge to walkers. Hua is popularly known by tourists as the "Most Dangerous Hiking Trail in the World" because even though the climb does not require any technical climbing skills, the trail contains a few steep ascents with cliff-like staircases and two optional via ferratas. The biggest danger to safety is often due to overcrowding in the Summer months. Hua was historically the location of several influential Taoist monasteries, and was known as a center for the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. It is also one of the five Taoshi mountains of China.
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The 2,154-meter-tall mountain, true to its reputation as the "most precipitous mountain under heaven", is a cluster of five peaks with breathtaking cliff faces and a tough challenge to walkers. Hua is popularly known by tourists as the "Most Dangerous Hiking Trail in the World" because even though the climb does not require any technical climbing skills, the trail contains a few steep ascents with cliff-like staircases and two optional via ferratas. The biggest danger to safety is often due to overcrowding in the Summer months. Hua was historically the location of several influential Taoist monasteries, and was known as a center for the practice of traditional Chinese martial arts. It is also one of the five holy Taoist mountains of China.
  
 
Huashan Village at the base of the park is a small city more than it is a village. The park lies immediately south of town. Peaks and important points of access are mostly named with cardinal directions:
 
Huashan Village at the base of the park is a small city more than it is a village. The park lies immediately south of town. Peaks and important points of access are mostly named with cardinal directions:
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===By Train===
 
===By Train===
After recent changes, there currently is only one train station that serves the town of Huashan from Xi'an. From Xi'an, only the frequent (16 x day) high speed trains will bring you to the Huashan National Park. They leave from Xi'an North station and arrive at Huashan North station (30-45 minutes, ¥55/¥90/¥175 [Oct 2017] for 2nd/1st/Business class ticket). As of October 2017 the regular trains do not serve Huashan anymore. To see if this information is still up to date, check any of the online ticket sites like Trip.com.
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There are now two train stations that serve the town of Huashan. Huashan North (bei) is served by high speed trains while Huashan Station is served by regular trains. From Xi'an, frequent (16 x day) high speed trains leave Xi'an North station and arrive at Huashan North station (30-45 minutes, ¥34-54). Very frequent (every 20-30 minutes) regular trains depart from Xi'an station and arrive at Huashan station (1.5-2 hours, ¥19).  
  
For the train you will need to purchase tickets from the ticket counter and provide a passport for identification. A photo of the passport was not accepted and the automated ticket machines require a Chinese national ID card. You will also need your passport to get into the park anyway, so bring it with you. It is recommended that you purchase tickets online or at one of the ticket offices in town as if you attempt to buy tickets at the station you will face long queues and many of the trains sell out well before the departure time meaning you have to wait even longer. You may be faster getting the bus if you have not pre-booked tickets.
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From Huashan North station, you have two options to get to the mountain. If you want to take a cable car to the top of the mountain, take the free green minibus to the new East Gate visitors center/ticket office south of the big roundabout. If you want to hike to the top of the mountain, take a taxi (~¥25) to the Yuquan Yuan (Jade Spring Temple) where there's another ticket office for walkers.
  
From Huashan North station, you have two options to get to the mountain. If you want to take a cable car to the top of the mountain, take the free green minibus (Number 1, every 20 minutes) from the car park in front of the train station (the bus stop is on the far right side of the train station as you walk out) to its last stop. You'll see the East Gate visitor center as you approach the last stop. Just head from the bus stop to the opposite side of the huge roundabout to get back to it. The Number 2 shuttle bus will also get you there, but it takes twice as long so there's no point. If you want to hike to the top of the mountain, take a taxi (~¥25) to Yuquan Yuan (Jade Spring Temple) where there's another ticket office for walkers.
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From Huashan Station, take a taxi to the East Gate visitors center (~¥10-15) to take a cable car, or to the Yuquan Yuan (~¥15-20) if you're planning on hiking. Alternatively, take the public bus (¥3) to Yuquan Yuan. Note that the metered taxi fare between Huashan Station and Yuquan Yuan is about ¥15, but most taxi drivers won't use the meter and will insist on ¥20 (December 2015).
  
 
===By Bus===
 
===By Bus===
From Xi'an:   
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From Xi'an:  Tourist bus 1 leaves from the east side of Xi'an station (¥22 [May 2014], 2 hours). Buses leave regularly during daylight hours. During peak season there are buses starting at 6am. Look for a sign saying 华山 (Huashan). If you not sure then just ask the other buses and they will direct you. The bus will drop you off at new visitor's center (East Gate, access to North Cable Car). Other private buses range between ¥30 to ¥50 and may end up in Huashan Town (within walking distance of Yuquan Yuan and the start of the hiking trail). Beware scam buses that try to charge 10x as much.  
As of Oct 2017, the buses (¥39 [Oct 2017], 2 hours) from '''Xi'an station''' leave from a bus depot located on the opposite site of the train station every 30 minutes. The location is south of the train station and west from the McDonald's and NOT the east side of Xi'an station from where the Bus to the Terracotta Warriors goes from. You can also just ask any of the official looking people around the train station by indicating that you want to go to 华山 (Huashan).
 
  
 
Buses also leave from the '''Xi'an East Bus Station''' (Zhong Tong) for ¥35. More importantly, the last buses from Huashan to Xi'an in the evening arrive here rather than the train station. This is the last station on the Xi'an subway line 1 and can be used to get back to the central city (¥3 to Bell Tower). Apparently bus 42 will take you back to the train station (needs confirmation).
 
Buses also leave from the '''Xi'an East Bus Station''' (Zhong Tong) for ¥35. More importantly, the last buses from Huashan to Xi'an in the evening arrive here rather than the train station. This is the last station on the Xi'an subway line 1 and can be used to get back to the central city (¥3 to Bell Tower). Apparently bus 42 will take you back to the train station (needs confirmation).
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==Fees and Permits==
 
==Fees and Permits==
 
[[File:OTBP Mount Hua Characters.jpg|thumb|250px| Chinese characters on the walls.]]
 
[[File:OTBP Mount Hua Characters.jpg|thumb|250px| Chinese characters on the walls.]]
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The entrance fee for the National Park is ¥180 yuan, ¥90 with a student card (during the off-season ¥100 and ¥50 with a student card)- it is worth trying any foreign ID card in lieu of a student card as the attendant likely won't check it too closely (or at all). You need a Chinese student permit or an International Student Identity Card.
  
'''Park entrance fee: mandatory for all visitors'''
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There are 2 cable cars in operation. The one leading up to the North peak costs 80 yuan 1 way. The one leading to the West peak costs 140 yuan one way (and lasts 20mins!). With a student ID card it is 10% cheaper.
  
Busy season (1 March to 30 November): ¥180, or ¥90 with student card. (Note: it is worth trying any foreign ID card in lieu of a student card. In 2017 you can get discount with a Singaporean Student Pass.)
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To reach the North cable car station, you need to take a shuttle bus from the ticket station (20 yuan). To reach the West cable car station, you need to take a shuttle bus from the ticket station (40 yuan). Only park buses and specific vehicles are allowed up the mountains, and if you are not intending to hike up from the base, this is your only option.
  
Off season (1 December to 28 February): ¥100, or ¥50 with student card.
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==Get around==
  
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The Tourist line 1 bus will eventually drop you at the main Ticket Hall - East Gate (after 1 stop elsewhere). Go into the hall to buy your tickets. If you wish to walk the "Long Way" this starts at West Gate, take your ticket back to the Number 2 bus park (where you got off) and show the ticket to the gold shuttle buses, they will take you to the start of the trail. If you wish to walk the "Soldiers Way" or take the North Peak Gondola, these start at further up the road from East Gate, buy a ¥20 shuttle pass at the ticket hall find the same gold shuttles to get you there. For West Peak Gondola buy a ¥40 shuttle pass.
  
'''Cable cars: alternative to walking to the summit'''
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For buses that end in the village walk up the hill to the temple, walk through the temple to eventually find West Gate where you can buy an entrance ticket to walk up. (Shuttles stop at the parking lot on the right behind the "supermarket" just before the temple, it may be possible to use them to get to the main ticket hall). A Taxi to the main ticket hall from the village is typically ¥10.
 
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North peak cable car: ¥80 yuan one way.  
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The East Gate will be closed at night, thus if you are planning to climb overnight, proceed to the the West Gate. After the bus from the ticket office (¥20) deposits you at the mountain proper, you have 3 options for ascending the first bit. Note that all start, and finish, almost right next one another.  
 
 
West peak cable car: ¥140 one way (lasts 20 minutes). With a student ID card it is 10% cheaper.
 
 
 
 
 
'''Access to the cable cars: mandatory for all visitors using a cable car'''
 
 
 
North cable car station: shuttle bus from East Gate visitors center, ¥20 one way.  
 
 
 
West cable car station: shuttle bus from East Gate visitors center, ¥40 one way.
 
 
 
==Get around==
 
 
 
There are four routes to the top of Huashan Park: 1) Hike to the top from the West Gate, 2) Hike to the top along the Soldier's Path, 3) Take the North cable car, and 4) Take the West cable car. You can use any combination of these methods to get to the top of the park and back down to the village.  
 
   
 
  
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Watch out for scams, especially if you are planning to climb the mountain overnight to watch sunrise at the East Peak. The only transportation available then are cabs. There will also be unofficial "cabs" (basically normal cars operated by locals) called hei che (black cars) parked near the train station. Drivers will approach you offering to bring you to the entrance for a price of around ¥30. On the way, if it has rained recently, they will claim that there was been a slight erosion which has caused a blockage of the paths and thus closure of the entrances. To make the story sound more convincing, some may even pretend to call their "brother" or "friend" on the mountain who will then speak to you to confirm that the roads have been closed.  If the weather is good, the driver will claim that the roads are under maintenance. Knowing that you would need a visual confirmation to be fully convinced, the driver will then take you to the East Gate, which is always closed at night. At that crucial moment where you are thinking to yourself that your plans have been spoilt, he will recommend that you stay in a hotel before attempting the climb the next morning, and very conveniently, there will be an "affordable" hotel right next to the entrance, which he will point out. If he succeeds in getting you to fork out money to stay the night, he will earn a commission.       
 
[[File:OTBP Mount Hua Ascending Steps.jpg|thumb|250px|Ascending steps]]
 
[[File:OTBP Mount Hua Ascending Steps.jpg|thumb|250px|Ascending steps]]
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1) Climb the North Peak--main route.  Plan for 2-5 hours depending on fitness (Approximately 6km with 1100m vertical) to reach the North Peak. There will be plenty of shops by the side of the path selling food and drinks for you to replenish your energy. Eating hot noodles in the cold will be a very pleasant experience. 
  
1) Climb North Peak from the West Gate. This is the most common hiking path to the summit. Plan for 2-5 hours depending on fitness (approximately 6 km with 1100 m vertical of stairs) to reach the North Peak. There will be plenty of shops by the side of the path selling food and drinks for you to replenish your energy, but the prices are very inflated so it's better to stock up in townTo access the start of the trail from Yuquan Yuan (Jade Spring Temple), walk uphill either through or around the temple to the road behind the temple, and follow it about ten minutes to the West Gate ticket office to purchase your tickets. Don't worry about getting lost, it's very intuitive. If you're climbing at night, you can only purchase tickets from this gate, so don't bother visiting the East Gate visitor's center first.  
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2) Take a cable car (¥80 one way, ¥150 return) to the North Peak, (¥140 one way, ¥280 return) to the West Peak. Be warned - the line to enter the North Peak cable car often lasts over two hours (weekends, public holidays) - so try to arrive earlyThankfully, line cutting is surprisingly rare, and most of the line is blocked from the sun and with water misting, so sans boredom, it's still fairly comfortable even in summer. The North Peak cable car starts at East Gate (shuttles available from Ticket hall ¥20).  
  
2) Climb North Peak via the Soldier's Path:  Take the shuttle from the East Gate visitor's center to the North cable car station.  It's the more difficult but faster of the two hiking routes.  This takes an estimated 2 hours, and is nothing but steps. It also contains one section with ''optional'' ~80 degree steps. The steepest steps on the mountain (approaching 90 degrees) are also here, though now chained off in favour of a far more forgiving route. Towards the top, the path splits. Going right will feature steeper steps and take you directly to the North Cable Car landing area. Going left leads you to intersect with the path that connects the North Cable Car landing area to the other non-North peaks. If you don't plan to visit North Peak, go left.  
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3) Climb the North Peak--alternate route below the North Peak cable car (East Gate). Called "Solider's Way" - it's the more difficult, but faster of the two hiking routes.  This takes an estimated 2 hours, and is nothing but steps. It also contains one section with ''optional'' ~80 degree steps, for those who have seen the famous photos online. The steepest steps on the mountain (approaching 90 degrees) are also here, though now chained off in favour of a far more forgiving route.  
  
3) Cable car to North Peak: See above for cable car and shuttle pricesFrom the East Gate visitor's center, take a shuttle to the cable car station and ride up in 6-8 minutes. Be warned - the line to enter the North Peak cable car can last over two hours (weekends, public holidays) - so try to arrive early. At 10am on April 2018, the line was 15 minutes. Thankfully, line cutting is surprisingly rare, and most of the line is blocked from the sun and with water misting, so sans boredom, it's still fairly comfortable even in summer.  
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These three routes meet up again just below the North Peak summitOne can of course, take any of the 3 routes up, and then either of the other two remaining down.  
  
4) Cable car to west peak: See above for cable car and shuttle prices.  From the East Gate visitor's center, take a shuttle to the West cable car station; the cable car ride will take twenty minutes.
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From this meeting area (just below the North Peak summit), there is initially only one route to the other peaks. This passes through the area known as the "Heavenly Steps" (上天梯) literally "ascend heaven ladder", "Sun and Moon Cliff" and "Black Dragon Mountain," the latter so called because it looks like a dragon's wavy back. The route is no more than a meter wide at places. This should take about 2 hours.  
  
The first three routes meet up again just below the North Peak summit. From this meeting area there is initially only one route to the other peaks, a steep trail of stairs leading across such features as the "Heavenly Steps", "Sun and Moon Cliff" and "Black Dragon Mountain," and ending at Gold Lock Pass, which is identifiable by the mounds of gold padlocks and red ribbons framing the path. The route is no more than a meter wide at places but there are steps the whole way and chain fences for support. Walking from North Peak to Gold Lock Pass takes 1-2 hours.
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At the top of this section is the "Gold Lock Pass." Here the route branches. Different paths lead towards the East, South, Center and West Peaks, as well as other points of interest. As most of the elevation gain is done, the final ascent to each of the peaks is not too severe. You likely only have time to climb one (probably the South, the highest) or walk a circuit. In this peak there are temples, lodges and other sites. This includes the infamous Changkong Boardwalk.
  
Just past Gold Lock Pass the route branches. Different paths lead towards the East, South, Center and West Peaks, as well as other points of interest like the Chess Pavilion (between East and South peaks) and the Plank Road (below South Peak). As most of the elevation gain is done, the final ascent to each of the peaks is not too severe. You likely only have time to climb one  or walk a circuit. You can do an entire circuit from this point in 2 hours.
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From April 2013, a new cable car route (¥140 one way) to the West Peak was opened. It is by far the easiest (and the most expensive, hence least crowded) way to enjoy Huashan. Since the West Peak is nearly at the top, you can hike four peaks (West, South, Center, East) as well as walk the "Plank Road in the Sky" without too much ascending. Then you can either take the same cable car down (if you are not interested in Chinese culture or you are not confident of your physical strength, you have got most of the beauty of Huashan already), or descend to the North Peak (one hour) to take one of the 3 routes mentioned earlier back to the foot of the mountain.
 
 
Most Chinese tour groups will take the route of West Peak Cable Car, then take the peaks circuit counter-clockwise to the North Peak, then take the North Peak Cable car. This is because there is an elevation drop this way so most of their steps are going down. If you wish to have less people going in your direction, go the opposite direction, meaning hike up or take the North Peak Cable Car, then make your way to the West Peak Cable car in whatever manner you prefer.
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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==Do==
 
==Do==
* Watch the sun rise from East Peak (Dong Feng) by attempting a night hike. It won't be as crowded as during the daytime, but you will see plenty of other hikers ascending as well. Be sure to bring along a flashlight, spare batteries and warm clothing. Such equipment can be rented from a store along the road leading to the West Gate entrance. Check the weather forecast before climbing because a rainy night will result in dense fog in the early morning which conceals the sunrise.   
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* Watch the sun rise from East Peak (Dong Feng) by attempting a night hike. It won't be as crowded as during the daytime, but you will see other hikers ascending as well. Be sure to bring along a flashlight, spare batteries and warm clothing. Such equipment can be rented from a store along the road leading to the West Gate entrance. Check the weather forecast before climbing because a rainy night will result in dense fog in the early morning which conceals the sunrise.   
  
*Below East Peak you can optionally ascend the famous yun ding, a narrow ladder of steps half as deep as the length of your feet. The steps are lines with chains to hold onto.
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*At East Peak, prepare yourself mentally as you ascend the famous yun ding, which are narrow steps half the length of your feet, carved into the stone, and stacked up at an angle so sharp that you are virtually climbing a stone ladder. Experience the  thrill of clinging onto the iron chains by the side of the path with your arms, while slowly groping for a foothold on the slippery steps.  
  
*Walk from East Peak to the other peaks, where the scenery changes from rock outcrops to lush foliage (in spring). The mist will gradually fade away to reveal a breathtaking expanse of valleys if you look over the edge of the cliffs.  
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*Next morning, walk from East Peak to the other peaks, where the scenery changes from rock outcrops to lush foliage (in spring). The mist will gradually fade away to reveal a breathtaking expanse of valleys if you look over the edge of the cliffs. Indulge in a sense of satisfaction as you survey the arduously long journey you had completed during the night.  
   
 
 
[[File:OTBP Mount Hua with Temple.jpg|thumb|250px|View of the temple]]
 
[[File:OTBP Mount Hua with Temple.jpg|thumb|250px|View of the temple]]
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* With a safety harness (since 2005!) walk out on the 长空栈道(Changkong Zhandao, "Vast Sky Plank Walk"). Climb a ladder that's nothing more steel rods driven into a crack in the rock, and walk on planks a foot wide along the edge of a cliff dropping thousands of feet, and in places put you trust in footholds carved into the rock. Note that this is closed during the winter.
  
* Complete the via ferrata known as the Plank Walk or Plank Road in the Sky The walk starts from the south face of the South Peak. A safety harness will be rented to you for ¥30 at the start of the walk. The path takes you down a vertical ladder for about 15 m, then along a very solid and well-reinforced platform of "planks" along the cliff face for about 30 m. The walk ends at an unremarkable rock outcrop with a little shrine. On the way out and back you'll have to work around other tourists on the path. If you're comfortable with heights the walk will take no more than 10 minutes one way.
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*Other than the "Vast Sky Plank Walk" one can choose to descend to the famous Chess Pavilion next to the east peak via the steep footholdings cut into the mountain. This is the only way to get there and like the plank walk there is now a harness for rent (¥30). In the very beginning of the climb down it is 90 degree steep but in overall it's a little less frightening than the plank walk and the Chess pavilion is a great reward for the few visitors that manage to reach it.
 
 
*Another via ferrata descends from the east face of the East Peak to the famously picturesque Chess Pavilion. This is the only way to get there, and, like the Plank Walk, there is now a harness for rent (¥30). In the very beginning of the climb down it is 90 degree steep but in overall it's a little less frightening than the plank walk and the Chess pavilion is a far greater reward for your efforts and money.
 
  
 
==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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Biang Biang Mian (Noodles) Special Shaanxi noodles available on the mountain.  The character for biang is a special character with 57 strokes only used in Shaanxi Province.  Small shops also sell typical snacks and drinks.
 
Biang Biang Mian (Noodles) Special Shaanxi noodles available on the mountain.  The character for biang is a special character with 57 strokes only used in Shaanxi Province.  Small shops also sell typical snacks and drinks.
  
It is also advisable to bring your own snacks or food. For example, a bowl of instant noodles at North Peak is ¥24 as of Oct 2017 which is the cheapest meal. That is about five times more expensive than back in town. The prices are identical amongst all shops on the summit. Bargaining does not seem possible.  
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It is also advisable to bring your own snacks or food. For example, a bowl of instant noodles at North Peak is ¥17 as of Dec 2012 and a Snickers in a caffee near to the peak is ¥18, about four times more expensive than back in town, and despite being located right by the cable cars.  
  
 
In winter the restaurants close early due to low volume. If you arrive at dinnertime it is not uncommon for restaurants to be closed or to only have instant noodles. Cooking can also be difficult for the staff due to frozen water pipes.
 
In winter the restaurants close early due to low volume. If you arrive at dinnertime it is not uncommon for restaurants to be closed or to only have instant noodles. Cooking can also be difficult for the staff due to frozen water pipes.
  
 
== Drink ==
 
== Drink ==
Be sure to bring enough water for your hike.  You may need to buy water on the mountain which will cost you 11 Yuan (small bottle).  If you buy the water before coming the price should be about ¥1.5.  Most people will drink Red Bull from small golden cans.  This Red Bull is not carbonated and is a little more watery than those available in the United States.
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Be sure to bring enough water for your hike.  You may need to buy water on the mountain which will cost you about 5 Yuan (up to ¥10 when furthest up on the mountain).  If you buy the water before coming the price should be about ¥1.5.  Most people will drink Red Bull from small golden cans.  This Red Bull is not carbonated and is a little more watery than those available in the United States.
  
 
==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
Cheap, comfortable hotels (private rooms with en suite bathrooms and hot water) in Huashan Village can be found on the usual hotel and hostel websites for half the price of a hostel in Xian or on the mountain. The hotels are within mere meters of the Yuquan Yuan temple and the start of the traditional hike up North Peak.  Staying at such a hotel before and after your trip into the park makes for a relaxed day without worrying about first and last trains to wherever.
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Most of the peaks have guesthouses where you can sleep in communal rooms of about 4 to 10 people. The price should be around ¥60 to ¥120. Non-communal rooms start at around ¥200 a night.
  
Most of the peaks have guesthouses where you can sleep in communal rooms of about 4 to 10 people.  The price should be above ¥100. Non-communal rooms start at around ¥200 a night (could be way higher today).
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Note that the guest houses are not heated, and they can be brutally cold during the winter. It is possible that the provided sheets and thin mattresses will not be enough, so dress warm and/or bring a sleeping bag and insulation for your head, where the most heat is lost. Restrooms are also located outside, so any breaks will require a short walk outside in the cold.
 
 
Note that the guest houses are not heated, and they can be brutally cold during the winter. It is possible that the provided sheets and thin mattresses will not be enough, so dress warm and/or bring a sleeping bag and insulation for your head. Restrooms are also located outside, so any breaks will require a short walk outside in the cold.
 
  
 
There are no shower facilities or running water in the guesthouses. Bring moist towelettes, sanitation gel, or simply a small towel to douse with drinking water if you want to wash your hands or face.  
 
There are no shower facilities or running water in the guesthouses. Bring moist towelettes, sanitation gel, or simply a small towel to douse with drinking water if you want to wash your hands or face.  
  
 
For a more authentic experience, sleep by the edge of the cliff at East Peak. The ground slopes upwards towards the edge, thus it is relatively safe to sleep near the edge even though there are no railings. Alternatively, huddle up closer to the metal posts away from the edge of the cliff if you would like a safer place to sleep. Prepare enough warm clothes as the temperature drops close to zero at East Peak, with the wind chill.
 
For a more authentic experience, sleep by the edge of the cliff at East Peak. The ground slopes upwards towards the edge, thus it is relatively safe to sleep near the edge even though there are no railings. Alternatively, huddle up closer to the metal posts away from the edge of the cliff if you would like a safer place to sleep. Prepare enough warm clothes as the temperature drops close to zero at East Peak, with the wind chill.
*<sleep name="Huashan Fengguang Inn" alt="华山风光客栈" address="Yuquan Road Huayin, Shaanxi 714200 China" directions="" phone="+86 15877644524" url="http://www.fengguanginn.com/" checkin="14:00" checkout="12:00" price="200CNY" lat="" long="">Located at the foot of Mount Hua, Huashan Fengguang Inn is 400 m below Jade Spring Temple. It offers comfortable guest rooms with free WiFi and 24-hour hot water. Free parking is possible at a location nearby.
 
 
Huashan Fengguang Inn is an 11-minute drive from the city centre, a 12-minute drive from Huashan North Railway Station and a 15-minute drive from Huashan Railway Station.
 
 
Each air-conditioned room comes with a sofa, an electric kettle and a flat-screen cable TV. The bathroom offers a hairdryer and free toiletries.
 
 
Luggage can be stored at the 24-hour front desk. Ticketing services and tour arrangements are available at the tour desk. There is also a mini-market. The property offers free parking.</sleep>
 
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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Huashan can unexpectedly become a very expensive trip, up to &yen;500 for just a day trip. This short guide will help you limit your costs to under 200Yuan
 
Huashan can unexpectedly become a very expensive trip, up to &yen;500 for just a day trip. This short guide will help you limit your costs to under 200Yuan
  
*Bus from Xian &yen;39 each way, about 2hours.
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*Bus from Xian &yen;25-&yen;36 each way, about 2hours.
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*Slow Train &yen;20 + &yen;20-&yen;30 taxi from Huashan railway station
 
*Entrance ticket &yen;90 with student ID. Foreign ID’s are also accepted. &yen;180 without discount.
 
*Entrance ticket &yen;90 with student ID. Foreign ID’s are also accepted. &yen;180 without discount.
*Walk up and walk down (The long main trail) This path is not officially open any longer, and it is not recommended to walk up or down as some parts are extremely steep and security poor.
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*Walk up and walk down (The long main trail)
 
*Bring at least 2L water per person and your own food
 
*Bring at least 2L water per person and your own food
 
*Walk the "Plank Road in the Sky" (&yen;30 for harness hire)
 
*Walk the "Plank Road in the Sky" (&yen;30 for harness hire)
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== Stay safe ==
 
== Stay safe ==
  
Watch out for scams, especially if you are planning to climb the mountain overnight to watch sunrise at the East Peak. The only transportation available then are cabs. There will also be unofficial "cabs" (basically normal cars operated by locals) called hei che (black cars) parked near the train station. Drivers will approach you offering to bring you to the entrance for a price of around &yen;30. On the way, if it has rained recently, they will claim that there was been a slight erosion which has caused a blockage of the paths and thus closure of the entrances. To make the story sound more convincing, some may even pretend to call their "brother" or "friend" on the mountain who will then speak to you to confirm that the roads have been closed.  If the weather is good, the driver will claim that the roads are under maintenance. Knowing that you would need a visual confirmation to be fully convinced, the driver will then take you to the East Gate, which is always closed at night. At that crucial moment where you are thinking to yourself that your plans have been spoilt, he will recommend that you stay in a hotel before attempting the climb the next morning, and very conveniently, there will be an "affordable" hotel right next to the entrance, which he will point out. If he succeeds in getting you to fork out money to stay the night, he will earn a commission.
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