Our accommodation at Xi'an city near the north high speed rail station. Walking would take us 15 mins, but the owner is kind enough to drive us there.

The place is not great as it's situated in a condominium, things are basic. The plus side is the lady boss is friendly and helpful.

宾馆地点在公寓里,房间还可以。这里靠近高铁,明天一早要坐高铁去华山。老板娘人超好,一早就开车载我们去高铁站,也让我们寄托行李几天。

Taking high speed rail from Xi'an north station to Huashan north station. First class ticket is RMB 89 person and the journey takes 30 minutes.

First class passenger are given goody snacks and a bottled water.

高铁又快又舒服,买一等座好像有些奢侈。从西安去华山只需半小时,一等座票价89元,还有零食和矿泉水。

High speed rail station at Huashan north. The should be a free shuttle bus to Huashan National Park entrance, but we end up paying RMB 20 to a hotel near the entrance.

到了华山站,搞不清区间免费车。在旅客服务中心打听了一下,决定打车20元一辆去她介绍的四合院。

An old style court yard accommodation, looks pretty interesting from the outside, the room is okay. Downside is hot water is only available from 6pm onwards.

We book our room for the next day, leaving some luggage here before walking to YuQuanYuan (20 mins) to begin our hike up HuaShan.

四合院位在华山游客中心和玉泉院中间,去哪方都要步行20分钟。

这里环境不错,房间还可以,热水六点晚上过后才有。

Hiking up Huashan from 玉泉院. The hike takes about 7h and it's fairly challenging. The food and water sold along the way also increase in prices along the way.

The path is pretty steep near the top, which is both challenging and memorable. The view at the North Peak is pretty amazing, and the path from North to the other peaks are breathtaking as well.

Huashan is a very beautiful mountain with unique smooth yellow stone formation.

徒步上华山从玉泉院开始,大概七小时。幸好天气不错,没下雨,又没超级热,不然可惨了。

一路风景还可以,接近山顶就非常壮观。一路上都有小吃。山脚的矿泉水10元三瓶,途中10元两瓶,山顶就是10元一瓶了。

半路有差不多90度拉铁链上山的梯级。

Day 2 hiking from our hotel to Eastern Peak to watch the sunrise at 6.30pm, and the observation deck is too crowded. The view at Eastern Peak is very beautiful.

Southern side have the cliff hanging deck which is quite an amazing experience (we queue for about 30 mins).

We took the cable car (RMB 140) down via Western Peak and the experience is pretty surreal. The car came out from a man-made mountain cave with extremely high and flat cliff, passing through another peak before reaching the ground. We took a bus (RMB 40) to reach the main Huashan station.

在长空栈道排队大概30分钟,付了30元,可以有惊无险(有安全措施)走过险壁,沿路再回来。

This is the narrowest point of Yellow River, thus looks like a strong waterfall.

壶口瀑布:壮观,暴晒,黄土,人多。

A amazing bay of the yellow river which looks absolutely stunning.

从壶口来乾坤湾虽是百多公里,但也坐了差不多四小时的车,走的是山路。

这里大概是三个大景:乾坤湾,清水湾和九曲十八弯。我们来晚了,免费看了乾坤湾,真是十分迷人,太美丽了。

路途遥远,除了看景拍照也没啥做了。

Our hotel at 乾坤湾, looks pretty grand from the outside and the room is okay.

外观蛮有气派,还有不少博物馆免费餐馆。房间不错,还包早点。

Historical place of living of famous red army hero.

喜欢革命历史,可以来逛逛。
附近卖的枣价格蛮合理的。

Another historical place of living of famous communist heroes.

喜欢革命历史可以来逛逛。

Entrance price is RMB 65, excluding internal transport (RMB 20) and tower entrance (RMB 10). You can walk up without paying for transport as well.

The tower is pretty unique with 6 storeys narrow staircase which can fit one person only. There is another tower higher up and a smaller watch tower. The view of the city is pretty good, where I realize 延安 is a city within the mountain valley.

入门票是65元,区间车20元。我们徒步上山,大概十多分钟。要上宝塔另加10元,大概七层,空间狭窄。

除宝塔外,山顶也有望星楼,半途有烽火台。望星楼可以一览延安市,一座山谷间的城市。

Street food at 二段路 open at 6.30pm, Xinjiang skewer lamb taste the most amazing, but it cost RMB 10 per big stick and RMB 5 for small stick.

两排的档口和座椅(晚上6时30分开始),还是前街的羊肉串最诱人(10元)。

This hotel is nice, clean and with traditional design of ground dwelling into the mountain wall. The only downside is that it's far from the city center.

The hotel's location is pretty central, with clean room and nice environment.

环境不错,房间可以,有不少老外,顶楼有小花园,还有水机。

Xi'an city is pretty big and seems nice.

西安市蛮大的,中心有钟楼,还被城墙包围。

回民街 is a good street with mostly Muslim food. The place is pretty crowded and the food is quite good with many variety.

回民街就是街边美食,还不错。10元的羊肉串不错,肉夹馍也好。

重庆小面, noodle and bun for breakfast is pretty good.

面和包子都不错,韭菜包最好吃。

Xi'an City Gate, a magnificent city get and you get a nice view of the city. You could walk or cycle 2km to the next gate, where there are four of them around the city.

本来打算去书院门逛逛,看到西安城门(南门永宁门)被吸引住了。城门蛮壮观,城墙也宽阔,还可在城墙上骑自行车。

A shopping street, didn't have enough time to walk through it.

路过,没进去。

Xi Ning airport, taken a flight from Xi'an to Xi Ning to begin our road trip to Tibet.

从西安飞去西宁,开始我们去西藏的遥远路程。

This youth hostel have a large space from leisure activity, with washing machine and drying area. They do organize day trip to nearby attractions like 青海湖.

The dorm room for 6 person is a bit too packed with little space.

这家青旅环境不错,很大的活动空间,也有洗衣设备。六人间空间非常狭窄。

XiNing city.

晚间的西宁市。

The boiled mutton and naan is pretty good.

手抓羊和烤馕味道不错。羊肉串便宜小串,但还是大串的比较好吃。迟来了,手抓饭没了。

日月山, with two small temple on top of the hill, and a new temple and statue for Princess Wen Cheng.

本来只是山顶上的两座庙亭,后来扩建了文成公主庙和雕像。

Food is reasonably good, the main complaint is the big pot chicken with too little chicken (we are fairly certain we got cheated).

这家餐馆本来菜色还蛮不错,就是大盆鸡被他坑了(原本的一只鸡只有四分一)。

A small town stop for lunch.

吃午饭的小镇。

青海湖, it was not spectacular as the weather isn't great either.

很大的湖,很可惜天气暗淡,没有很朝气的感觉。一望无际像大海。

This hotel near the lake is pretty nice. The hostel bed is pretty big with spacious room, while some private room have full glass view of the lake.

蛮舒适和漂亮的客栈。装潢优雅,大厅有网络电视,落地玻璃望着大湖,有水机。六人间也很宽敞,床位也很宽。标间也有落地玻璃望着大湖。

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