"Nice hotel for Mount Tai Shan"
As a single traveller with limited time, I planned to climb Mount Tai Shan and stay in this hotel one night only. What I did turned out to be perfect in terms of time management. I took the fast train G276 from Gunagzhou South Station for 9 hours ride, arrived Tai'an 17:44 which is perfect time for hotel check in. The hotel is about 8km away from the station, it costed me Rmb 40.00 for taxi.
Check in process was fast, hotel staff very polite and helpful. Knowing my purpose of stay, they gave me good advice on climbing the mountain, which included route choice, cost and time allowance, etc. It's important for me to determine which way I shall go, be able to make it and catch the next train to another city.
The most common entrance for Mount Tai Shan is only 2km from this hotel. I started 9:00am, a hotel staff called a taxi for me, it costed only Rmb 10.00 . At the entrance, official bus is available which takes passengers to an elevation about half way to the top of the mountain. From there on, travellers can either take cable car to climb up further, or walk the stairs all the way up for 2 hours. I walked all the way up, spent 2 hours at the top, took cable car down, bus further down and it was 3:00pm.
Before climbing, staying one night in Tai'an is a better choice in my opinion. Many travellers take air flight to the closest city Jinan, which is about 90km away, and take a local tour down from there for Mount Tai Shan.
USD/RMB = 610
Wayne from Ontario, Canada