Day 2 – 5:50am (The mist was thick!)
Other climbers had to wake up even earlier so that they could climb to an elevated point. It is possible to climb Mount Tai during the night, so that you reach the summit by sunrise. In the above picture you can see the silhouettes of the night climbers on a nearby mountain top.
We stood on the roof of the Meteorological Observation Centre,
and tried to shield ourselves from the cold wind.
This is the building we stayed in, for the night.
After the sun was up, we went back to our room to sleep for a couple of hours.
At 9am, we were woken by a loud banging on our door, along with a man shouting in Mandarin.
We guessed that it was time to get out of there!
Initially, the path down the mountain had very low visibility.
There were a few recommended sights on the summit, however we could not see very much, so we decided to skip those things!
Breakfast (a flat bun with spring onion inside)
This coffee was plain old instant coffee, for 30 yuan (summit prices!!)
Zachary and Heather
Feeling the burn!
We had seen many of these walking sticks on our way up to the summit. Luckily the guys found two of them lying around on the way down.
I wanted to buy these for my brothers…
But I don’t know how I would get them home!
Once we were back in the city of Tai’an, we went to McDonalds for some coffee, and ice cream. By that stage Justin was useless without his walking stick. He was limping and in a lit of pain. We were all shattered and ready for our beds!
Outside our hostel.
We took a local city bus to the bus station. There were two bus stations, fortunately, they were very close to each other. Initially, we went to the wrong one, and we were told that there were no buses to Dongying from there. The other bus station told us that there were no buses to Dongying that day!!
Our last resort was to get a train home.
Next: The crazy story of how we got home.
No trains. Being stranded.
A crazy taxi driver…
You don’t want to miss that one!!