Read my Day 1 report in the following:
Day 2 (continued)
We arrived at Tunxi long-distance bus station around 5.30pm, about 3 hours ride. The ride is smooth. As it just snowed in the morning or the day before, we saw snow covered roof top in the villages or snow covered trees up at the mountain along the highway. From far you can see green color trees with a little bit of snow of top..quite picturesque..
When you get down from the bus, taxi drivers will ask you if you want to go to Huangshan Scenic Area else just head out to the entrance following the crowd. As we couldn't get a cab to our hostel in Tunxi Old Street, we took a 1RMB bus ride (Bus no 9), stopped at YangMeiShan stop. Don't worry you will miss the stop coz there's an announcement in the bus for every stop. From YangMeiShan stop, go straight until you reached a traffic light, cross the road where you will see a shopping mall. Walk further up then turn right and walk until you see Tunxi Old Street archway. Another few minutes we reached our hostel - Huangshan Old Street Youth Hostel.
We also enquire about getting the hostel to buy train ticket from Huangshan to Suzhou for us. However we were told that there will be additional charges of 20RMB per person and better to go to the station by ourself via cab with round trip only cost about 14RMB. Off we go to the train station to buy our train ticket coz we are worry it will be sold out and our plan will be delayed. Tunxi is a town that has everything for everyone e.g. shopping mall, entertainment, accomodation, etc, quite modern from what I think it should be
By the time we are ready to explore Old Street it is about 8pm. At this hour the street is almost empty. Most of the tour groups has left, only those who stayed nearby hostel or hotel are exploring the street. Some of the shops already closed for the day. We start exploring the street from the archway till almost the end. Most of the shops sell almost the same thing; tea, snacks, winter clothes, souvenir, etc. There are few restaurants you can choose to have meal and a museum. However I feel the entrance fee is a bit steep = 50RMB. As for our dinner, since we do not know which to choose, we simply went into one for our dinner. We ordered 3 dishes that are delicious and not expensive; panfried eggplant, tomato with egg and a local dish (cannot remember the name) with rice.
We almost forgot to do our grocery in preparation of hiking tomorrow morning. The most important thing we bought are walking stick, "snow shoe" or "tie xie" (2 metals tied by strong elastic rubber string with sharp points at the bottom) and breads. Our walking stick coz 7RMB, remember to buy stick that is thick and strong else it will be useless. We bargained our "snow shoe" to 13RMB per pair. It is especially useful when you plan to go up the summit during winter. By 9 or 9.30pm, most of the shops in the Old Street started to close for the day.
Huangshan Old Street Youth Hostel
You may booked directly with the hostel or via Hostel World website with discount given. However you need to pay 10% deposit if booked via Hostel World.Edited: 2:36 am, November 27, 2009