Last week, we decided to head to Tai’an, to explore the city, and hike up Mount Tai’shan (one of China’s five sacred mountains). Tai’an is located in the west of Shandong Province.
We packed on Thursday night, so that on Friday we were ready to go as soon as we finished school. We had to pack light because we were planning to perhaps sleep on the summit of the Tai’shan, and the guide books advise carrying little, to no, bags up the mountain.
We were not traveling alone this weekend. Zach and Heather joined us for the adventure.
Zach trying to communicate with the taxi driver.
Cell phones with language translators – very useful in our city!!
“The Trail Mix”
Once we arrived at the Dongying Bus Station, we found a bus going to Tai’shan, and luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long for it to leave. The bus was not full, so we spread ourselves over the back two rows.
Isn’t he special! 😉
The bus driver was playing a live music show on the TV at the front of the bus. It sounded AWFUL!! I think that it was female Chinese rapping. It seemed to get louder, and louder.
Justin managed to cover the speak with some newspaper, however it only mildly helped!
Heather and I moved to the back row to get a little further from the noise.
Playing “Angry Birds”
The bus ride was about 4 hours, so once we arrived in Tai’an we went straight to our hostel.
Our hostel room
Tai’an international Youth Hostel. Clean, safe, and very comfortable.
After checking in, we ventured out to find some dinner.
We decided to have some Chinese BBQ at this little place (below).
Some good meat on a stick!
The local beer
Yummy snap peas.
Chicken wings, hot peppers, and aubergine.
Our food is kept warm over these coal.
Noodles and bean sprouts.
While having dinner, we met a young man, named Raffael. He is from Germany, and he is currently traveling the world. We ended up spending the entire weekend with him. Great guy!
When we were searching for our hostel we kept going down different alleys but they all looked the same. Fortunately the area felt very safe!
After dinner, we went to the bar/ relaxation area of our hostel for a drink.
Having a beer, and playing Greed (a dice game).
The following morning (leaving our hostel)…
We were very excited to climb Tai’ Shan (mountain).
Coffee break, of course!
We waited for a local city bus, to take us to the base of Tai Shan (mountain).
Although we had heard that Tai’Shan was gruelling, we had no idea what was in store for us…
Next: Climbing Tia’Shan