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===By Bus===
 
===By Bus===
 
From Xi'an:   
 
From Xi'an:   
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).
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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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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.
 
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.
  
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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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.
  
 
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.
 
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.
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Huashan can unexpectedly become a very expensive trip, up to ¥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 ¥500 for just a day trip. This short guide will help you limit your costs to under 200Yuan
  
*Bus from Xian ¥39 each way, about 2hours.
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*Bus from Xian ¥25-¥36 each way, about 2hours.
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*Slow Train ¥20 + ¥20-¥30 taxi from Huashan railway station. There is a bus operating from outside the train station, taxi drivers will, however tell you otherwise.
 
*Entrance ticket ¥90 with student ID. Foreign ID’s are also accepted. ¥180 without discount.
 
*Entrance ticket ¥90 with student ID. Foreign ID’s are also accepted. ¥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.
 
*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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