Around Xi’an : TaiBaiShan – white gem in heart of China.

 

Or

How we wanted to get to TaiBaiShan, but discovered HongHeGu on the road.

As we’ve already stated in our post about Taiping Park , Xi’an is surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

The last one, and the most beautiful among them, that we’ve discovered is TaiBaiShan or, in English,  “The Very White Mountain”.

If you will look for TaiBaishan in Google you will not find any good reports from other travel bloggers about it. We’ve decided to fix this misunderstanding, because this beautiful place deserves to be discovered and loved.

As this banner at the gate of the park states, TaiBaiShan is the demarcation line between north and south of China, and also it is the highest peak of Qingling mountains – 3750m.

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan - The banner at the gate of the park

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan – The banner at the gate of the park

 

We were glad to finally get to the gate after a long road. By the way, did we mention to you to avoid traveling by bus during the weekends?

Making our way from Xi'an to TaiBaiShan through endless lines of bus passengers on Sunday

Making our way from Xi’an to TaiBaiShan through endless lines of bus passengers on Sunday

But…

The park was closed, and will be closed till September 2013. The special woman, sitting at the gate explains this to everybody again and again. And she does it with patience, which is worth admiration. Can you imagine our disappointment?

Nowhere in the whole Internet will you find this valuable piece of information, it looks like it is a state level secret.

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan Gate - The park is closed

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan Gate – The park is closed

We were extremely lucky to meet young Chinese couple, who like us, seemed to be very surprised by the park closure fact. With their help we’ve quickly found out that there’s another entrance to the park, called HongHeGu (Chinese: 红河谷 , translation: Red River Valley).  It seems that only locals know about existence of this place. If not this occasion we would never hear about it for sure. By the way HongHeGu has a good site http://www.honghegu.cn/, but of course in Chinese only.

HongHeGu gate - Don't look for english letters here

HongHeGu gate – Don’t look for english letters here

On our way to HongHeGu we were amazed by infinite kiwi plantations everywhere the eye could see. This is what we call the “chinese scale”. It seems that the climate in the valley is perfect for growing this delicious fruit.

 

Around Xi'an - HongHeGu - endless kiwi plantations

Around Xi’an – HongHeGu – endless kiwi plantations

 

After crossing the gate, we took a minibus for 15 RMB, which brought us to the mountain village called Dacha. It will be more exactly to call it mountain resort with its numerous small wooden houses for rent and many not so wooden hotels.

The place is just fantastic, and we probably will never now, why local authorities don’t promote it to foreign tourists, as they promote HuaShan mountain, for instance.

 

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan - The Dacha village is down there lost in the mountains

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan – The Dacha village is down there lost in the mountains

On the next morning of our arrival we’ve got a big surprise – all the mountains were covered in snow.

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan - The snowy morning

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan – The snowy morning

 

But this didn’t frighten us and we went to climb the ladder above the abyss.  The ladder looks like it is just glued to the side of the mountain and is hanging in the air.

TaiBaiShan - The ladder above the abyss

TaiBaiShan – The ladder above the abyss

Watch this short video to get a feeling how was it to climb there.


In the April weather changes fast up here, and till the next day the snow was gone. And we’ve found ourselves in mountains of spring, covered in green. It was like if the mountains wear the white dress only for one more day, and then quickly changed to the green again, so none would notice. But we’ve noticed and were very happy about it.

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan in white

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan in white

On the next day…

TaiBaiShan - the new life is ready to bloom

TaiBaiShan – the new life is ready to bloom

There are several short routes with ladders, that you can take, and one paved road for the cars which leads to the foot of the highest peak itself.  We recommend you to take this road. Because there are less tourists on it scenery around is fantastic. There’s a chance however that you will be stopped on your way to the mountain by guards. But don’t panic, you can easily walk round them if you want.

TaiBaiShan - The police checkpost on the way to the mountain

TaiBaiShan – Tun is posing with police check-post on the way to the mountain

The road climbs up along the beautiful Hong river with its waterfalls and noisy stream.

TaiBaiShan - Waterfalls of the Red River

TaiBaiShan – Waterfalls of the Red River

On the river shore it is easy to relax with sound of water and forget about everything.

Or if you prefer mountains gazing practice, you can do it too.

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan - Mountain gazing

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan – Mountain gazing

We are feeling lucky, that we had a chance to visit this place and we hope you will love it too.

The TaiBaiShan panorama

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Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan - Panoramic view

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan – Panoramic view

 

The Facts

You can consider yourself lucky to get this information. It took us time, money and effort to find out about all this things.

How to get there:

Take line 2 of Xi’an metro to the BeiDaJie (北大街) station. Then take bus number 104 to the west.

You need to get off  on the Xi’an Eastern Bus Terminal (see location on the map).

The location of the bus station


From there take a bus ride of 1.5 hours to MeiXian. (In Chinese: 眉县 ; In Pinyin: méi xiàn ), around 35 RMB/person

When you get to the MeiXian bus station you can take bus 202 directly to HongHeGu  gate ( 7 RMB/person).

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan - Bus 202 from MeiXian to HongHeGu

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan – Bus 202 from MeiXian to HongHeGu

 

Accommodation.

As we’ve already mentioned, this place is a mountain resort, with plenty of accommodation options.

We’ve made our research there and the prices are as follows:

The standard room with 2 beds without water – 80 RMB

The standard room with 2 beds with cold water  only – 120 RMB

The standard room with 2 beds with hot water – 150 RMB

Note:  Always check the rooms before you check in. Ask specifically if there’s a water in the bathroom. This is still not a Europe, and in mountains in many places in China  there’s no water supply.

What and where to eat?

There’s a street of small restaurants in the village, where you can get all the best of the local kitchen and the prices are not as high as you can expect in touristic spots.

We recommend the steamed eggplants with tomato and for breakfast just simple fried eggs with tomato (as always) and a bowl of rice. Also think about bringing portable gas burner, which will allow you to cook by yourself and will save you a lot of money.  That’s what we usually do.

 

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan - Our favourite dish - Spicy Eggplant

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan – Our favourite dish – Spicy Eggplant

 

Around Xi'an - TaiBaiShan - Simple food - eggs with tomato and bowl of rice

Around Xi’an – TaiBaiShan – Simple food – eggs with tomato and bowl of rice

 

Good solution - Portable Camping Gas Stove

Good solution – Portable Camping Gas Stove

 

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5 Responses to Around Xi’an : TaiBaiShan – white gem in heart of China.

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  2. Sometimes it’s great when your travel plans don’t work out as originally intended because then you discover new places that you may not have otherwise had the chance to visit. This post reminds me that when traveling, sometimes we just have to go with the flow of things. Thanks for participating in Wanderlust Wednesdays Facebook Blog Carnival, and I look forward to reading more from you!

    • Hi Dana,
      thanks for your comment.
      This is exactly what we feel. Sometimes we just go with the flow and rely
      only on our luck. It is always intriguing to see, where the chance will
      take us.

      Thank you.

      Gadi & Tun

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