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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the narrowest point of Yellow River, thus looks like a strong waterfall.
A amazing bay of the yellow river which looks absolutely stunning.
Our hotel at 乾坤湾, looks pretty grand from the outside and the room is okay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After checking in an Hantang, we went for BBQ supper in a shop opposite our hotel, hidden in a small lane.
Though the food served is pretty simple, but it taste pretty good. BBQ chicken, BBQ brinjal with garlic, BBQ naan bread and vegetables in curry are all good, and of course QingDao beer as well.
Hotspring resort of Tang's emperor, sadly the pool is empty as they diverted all the water to nearby hospitals. The place also highlighted Yang Guifei, the love of a concubine.
Mount Li is just behind this place.
The highlight of the place is pit number one with rows of Terracotta Army. Things sort of go downhill from here, unless you are interested to study the sculptured soldier in detail. Nope, you can't stand next to a real Terracotta Soldier to take a selfie, though fake ones are plentifully across Xian.
The place is fairly large with about 4-5 halls for visit, alternating between indoor and outdoor as we move between the pits. They have escavated less than 1% of the place, as they don't have the technology to prevent oxidation of the ancient relics. The dummy soldier is originally very colorful (not clay colour), as oxidation destroy the colour within hours.
There is nothing much to see here, as the moloseum of Emperor Qin is not escavated. It's like a big garden surrounding the man-made hill, where the moloseum is beneath.