三青山 Sanqing Mountain

After spending one night at YuYang’s house in Longyou and doing a little whitewater rafting on the side (fun but nothing to write home about) we headed off under the cover of twilight to a nearby town to check out Sanqing mountain, the area’s most famous tourist spot. We arrived in the town of 玉山 at around 1 AM and quickly had to find our hostel. We asked our taxi driver to take us to hostel we already booked a room at but he proceeded to drive us to the KTV place of the same name. After that brief misunderstanding we were whisked away to our new room, a double with two separate beds and private bathroom (no toilet seat though) which cost us about 3 dollars per person.

We both quickly fell asleep and woke up at around 8:30 to grab the bus to the mountain. The town of 玉山 itself was pretty sketchy. The roads were bad, a million people were hawking useless stuff or trying to force us into their cab or onto the back of their motorcycle, and it was impossible to find a good restaurant. Wang Su and I both agreed that it was reminiscent of last century China and really hadn’t been hit by the economic prosperity that is currently gushing into certain parts of China.

Once we arrived at the mountain, however, there were no problems. This was probably one of the best kept parks or tourist destinations I have ever been to. The visitor’s center was glistening with fresh paint and the bathroom might have been the nicest I have seen since coming to China. Most places and people don’t pay much attention to the cleanliness of their bathrooms… I have become accustomed to a certain pungent odor flowing from all bathrooms… bus station bathrooms are the WORST.

Anyways, after buying our tickets we headed to the cable car to ride up the side of the mountain. That’s right CABLE CAR. The Chinese idea of climbing a mountain is much different from what I have experienced hiking up Katahdin or any other mountains in Maine. Instead, we got to use this to quickly wisk us up the mountain:

So it was a really convenient and Air-Conditioned ride that brought us about half-way up the mountain. We would have to walk the rest. But even walking here was not that difficult as the place had tons of man made paths and stairs to make things easier.

After walking for most of the afternoon we arrived at our camping spot around 6 PM and phoned the camping gear guy so that he could bring us our tent. We pitched our tent and even some of the other tents, ate our instant noodles that we brought (using the hot water that they provided. After that we waited till nightfall, watched the stars, did some sudoku and then fell asleep. This is our tenting spot!

I was hastily woken up at 5am the next day by the shouts and hollers of a family preparing to climb up this big rock to a clearing in order to see the sunrise. I really wanted to go back to sleep but we decided it was best if we also went to see the sunrise. What a good decision that was. The sunset was ridiculously beautful…

So yeah waking up at 5am was totally worth the minor inconvenience….after that we set off around 6 and leisurely descended the mountain. We stopped and bought some rock carvings that were pretty cool to give to Yuyang and her nephew in order to thank them for letting us stay in their house. It was a pretty nice stroll down and relatively cool as the sun wasn’t hitting us yet.

It was an awesome trip and experience to be in such a big and beautiful place. After we descended the mountain we grabbed the bus to the next town over where we switched busses and returned to Yuyang’s town of LongYou. The bus unexpectedly had a flat tire so we were forced to walk the last half mile or so in the wrenchingly hot weather. I kept telling Wang Su that I am really looking forward to the winter here as the temperatures will finally reach bearable levels. I’m so done with this horribly sticky summer stuff.

Well that’s about it… we finally arrived in Longyou and the next day we took off on a bullet train for Shanghai which is a completely different kind of Chinese experience.


3 Responses to “三青山 Sanqing Mountain”

  1. 1 Amber Dostie
    August 13, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    WOW, I think I like the Chinese way of climbing a mountain… 🙂 I am happy for you Chris.

  2. 2 Katie GN
    August 13, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    that sunrise looks AMAZING! and everything else looks so beautiful. yay for the outdoors. can’t wait to hear about the bright lights big city feel of shanghai!

  3. 3 Heidi
    January 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Hi, I found your post while searching for Sanqing travel info. I’m hoping to visit in March but I’m having some trouble find detailed info on how to get to the mountain and suggested places to stay.

    Mind if I could ask you some ?s


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