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“Beautiful carvings but very touristy”

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“Beautiful carvings but very touristy”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

This is a series of 7 mountains made of marble and the industry that has grown up around them. There are many, many marble cravers and sculptors in the surrounding streets of the main mountain and even an elevator that you can ride once to the top of the main mountain. Yep, that is a bit weird and they do monitor it. The carvings up the top, sitting on and in the mountain are beautiful and well worth the trip. It will take you an hour or so to look around the top and then more time to explore the sculptors street shops

I don't want to put anyone off by saying 'very touristy', you just need to be aware that this is another market. Remember to barter, there are many shops selling the same thing. The really good stuff, the stuff you pay extra to get sent home by courier, is in the surrounding streets but there are many talented carvers and sculptors there too, so shop around. Plus, beware of the scammer tour guides up the top of the mountain who insist on showing you around and then insist on hefty payment. It's not that big, you can look around by yourself and there are maps everywhere to help you find your way.

Visited August 2013
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“Get a good guide and enjoy the views!!”
Reviewed October 17, 2013 via mobile

Beautiful! Definitely bring good shoes and water a nice trek up the mountain. View the Bodega's, caves, views of the city and surrounding mountains. Wonderful to be in such connection with the 5 elements. If you go in afternoon, its not as busy so snapping a lot of good photos is quite easy,

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“Stay Away”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

Avoid the Marble Shops surrounding the Mountain. The girls selling the bracelets etc are charming but forget to tell you that the items are vastly overpriced by 4-5 times and up. I made a mistake of buying from one of these shops for two items which I later found out was worth 6 times less than what it was worth. I went back to the shop but the girl who sold to me hid when she saw me, I asked for a total refund but was refused. I will never be back to these shops so I would like to advise others to be careful. Totally dishonest people.


Visited October 2013
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Hoi An, Vietnam
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“Marble Mountains”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Marble Mountains; South of Da Nang city.

I recommend an early start to avoid the sun and the tourists later in the day(why do people go on holidays to a place like this and then sleep the day away?).

This place was stunning and off all I have seen in this country this is at the pointy end of my Top 10.

Visited annually by more than 1 million tourists the area is famous for stone sculpture making and stone-cutting crafts.
There's plenty to buy at the foot of the mountain with everything from earrings to bracelets to large statues. This is all made from marble now brought in from outside the area with local marble mining having ceased.
Minimal to use the lift.
Free if you walk.
There's a stairway of 156 steps that leads up Thuy Son which is the only one of the five marble mountains accessible to visitors and with risers of around 9 or 10 inches you need to watch every step going up or down.

There are cave entrances and numerous tunnels, and it is possible to climb to the summit by virtue of a rather testing track and a couple of squeeze tunnels.
Or you can take the easier way which will be a challenge to those older and/or unfit tourists.

You will find many buildings as well as several Buddhist sanctuaries dating back to 1630 which are housed in natural caves formed by erosion, water and the passage of time.

Breathtaking viewpoints, including views of Da Nang and the Sea of China.

Visited September 2013
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“Good visit”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

We went from Hoi An on the back of scooters, not far. Once there you pay an entrance fee and you get the choice of going up and down the stairs or the elevator. The elevator you have to pay for. I opted for up the elevator and down the stairs. Once up the top there is a temple and the Buddha. Then you can go exploring around the caves. We went into one cave and then climbed up rocks into another and then up again along rocks and then down which part of the way was through rocks. Only for sure footed people. There are other caves which don't involve this. There is a huge cave with a Buddha and buildings in. I needed to go to the toilet and there was a woman wanting money. I refused and just went in. There wasn't any toilet paper anyway, so don't quite know what you were paying money for, but as usual in Vietnam take your tissues with you everywhere. Very interesting. Down the bottom there were many souvenir places where you could get your marble. Bargain hard or walk away, there is always another one next door.

Visited October 2013
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