We took a taxi from our hotel (city center) to Laoshan. The driver asked for RMB 400 but we insisted on using the meter and than paid RMB 77. Return - same game, the drivers (we asked a few) wanted RMB 100 but we found the honest soul which used the meter and we paid RMB 53 for the return trip to the city.
We took the bus from the ground station to the cable car station. The 15/20 min. cable car ride offers some nice views. From the top station we walked up to Jufeng top which is about 40 minutes of climbing stairs. We did that well before noon and it was mostly walking in the shade. On top we enjoyed grand views and had our lunch which we brought with us. Thank god we were early, before the Chinese arrived and voided the peacefulness. We than walked down all the way to the bus stop, lot's of stairs. It took us about 1 1/2 hours going down at a leisurely speed. We enjoyed some more wonderful views along the way and only met a few people along the way, on a Monday.
The bus rides up and down were uneventful. Even though you get some chances to look a great scenery and some artwork along the way. Some I wished I could have stayed a bit to look at a little more closely. On the foot of the mountain is a lot of construction going on at this point in time.
Upon arrival visit the tourist office/luggage storage which is located to the right of the ticket office and you will find a map (not the greatest, but at least something) to take along if you wish. The entrance fee is quite steep RMB 120 p.P.. Cable car one way RMB 40 p.P.
There are toilets at all the "tourist stations". Some are better than others. You will find some gift stalls in the arrival area and food/tea stands along the way. Bargaining is a must.
We even found a nice staff girl helping us to find the right bus for our destination which spoke enough English to accomplish what was asked of her.
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