2011 - Backpacking to Shanghai day 12

Backpacking to Shanghai
18 winter days in China
29 Nov - 16 Dec 2011
at Taishan International Youth Hostel
Day 12 (10.12.2011) Taian (Shandong) day trip to Mt. Taishan

We took a taxi (Y8) to the bus station at the foothill to take our breakfast at KFC. We then board the bus (Y30 pp) entrance fee (Y105 pp) up to the cable car station. The cable car (Y80 pp one way or Y140 pp for return trip). After walking to all the Taishan temples, Bernard and I decided to trek all the way down by way of the East Route to our hostel. We took 55 minutes to trek down the 6,500 steps to the bottom cable car station and another 2 hours to reach our hostel at 4pm.

Temperature: -6°C (min) and -3°C (max)
Accommodation: Taishan International Youth Hostel (Y130 a room for two)

Mount Tai (泰山 Tài Shān) is in Shandong a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Tai Shan (Peace Mountain) is one of the five Daoist sacred mountains in China

South Gate of Heaven atop Tai Shan

three of us praying for good health and safe journey
praying for a safe journey at a temple summit

Poetic calligraphy

a rewarding sight

Mount Tai (泰山 Tài Shān) is a sacred mountain in Shandong

this is the East Route that we walked down - a 6,660 steps
this route also known as the Imperial Route because all emperors took this way
elegant natural scenery, stone inscriptions are scattered along the winding path

the frozen waterfalls


the Dai Temple
an area of 96,000 sq. meters, the temple adopts the architectural style of an imperial palace
It is the shrine of Taoism and a place for emperors to hold worship ceremonies and offering sacrifices to the God of Mount Tai.

EXPENSES . . RMBY . . . .RM . .Total Per pax

a. B'fast - KFC 60.50 30

b. Taxi to Mt Taishan base 8.00 4

c. Entrance fees - Mt Taishan 408.00 204

d. Mountain bus to cable car stn 120.00 60

e. Cable car fare 440.00 220

f. Dinner 85.00 43

g. Room - Taishan IYH 256.00 128

Y1,377 Y344.38

Total expenses for day 12 per person is Y344 or RM172

Day 01 (29.11.2011) AirAsia Kul - Hangzhou D7-306 17552225 hrs
Day 02 (30.11.2011) Hangzhou (West Lake walking)

Day 03 (01.12.2011) Hangzhou (West Lake cycling)
Day 04 (02.12.2011) Hangzhou by bus to Qiandao Lake (Thousand Island Lake)
Day 05 (03.12.2011) Qiandao Lake - ferry - Shendu - bus - Tunxi (Huangshan City)
Day 06 (04.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - day trip to Mt.Huangshan
Day 07 (05.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - day trip to Hongcun & Xidi
Day 08 (06.12.2011) Tunxi (Huangshan City) - by train to Nanjing

Day 09 (07.12.2011) Nanjing
Day 10 (08.12.2011) Nanjing by train to Taian (Shandong)
Day 11 (09.12.2011) Taian (Shandong) - day trip to Qufu
Day 12 (10.12.2011) Taian (Shandong) - day trip to Mt. Taishan
Day 13 (11.12.2011) Taian by train to Shanghai
Day 14 (12.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to Suzhou
Day 15 (13.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to The Bund
Day 16 (14.12.2011) Shanghai - day trip to Zhujiajiao the ancient water village
Day 17 (15.12.2011) Shanghai - Tian Zi Fang, Yuyuan garden & shopping

Day 18 (16.12.2011) Shanghai by train to Hangzhou AirAsia D7-303 to K Lumpur 14101910 hrs


  1. looks frightfully chilly ! Ironmen like Bernard & yourself will definitely take the steps ... macho ma !

  2. It's winter wonderland all over.
    Afraid it's too cold for us Tropicanas. Of course once you're
    at outdoors, you got to take up the challenge to face the cold.

    Alan Kok