Several friends and I went to spend last weekend in Tai Bai Shan which is about 2 hours drive from Xi'an towards the west. It's my second visit to Tai Bai Shan. But the last time we went, it was snowing heavily and didn't go up to the mountain peaks.
We arrived in the evening and checked in at Qianbaizhong Grand Hotel at the foot of the mountains. The air was crisp and fresh and the weather was very pleasant throughout our stay. As October is an off season for tourists, I particularly enjoy the quiet and sparsely populated village.The pictures above are noodles made of corn.
We took a mini bus to Tai Bai Shan and as we reached the entrance, I was surprised when we needed to show our passports. I've rarely encountered such requests before. It costs us several minutes before we could finally proceed. (I later came to know there is a military base up in the mountains). The bus made a stop at three different locations: at a waterfall, a Temple in a cave and at the Tai Bai National Forest Park.
The winding pattern in the picture is the road that leads up to the mountain top. From the mountain top, we can either hike for another 3 hours or take a cable car to reach one of the peaks. We chose the easy way up and went by cable cars that took us 16 minutes each to go up and down.There is a small mountain trial at the top that leads to another peak. We decided not to go any further as the trial was slippery with hardened snow and would require another 2 hours hiking to reach the other peak. The view was amazing and I find the trip totally refreshing.