This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Tai'an.
Tai’an is a prefecture-level city in the Shangdong province of eastern China. Tai’an lies at the base of Mount Taishan, one of China’s oldest sacred mountains. It is important to both Buddhist and Taoist religions because it is where the priests would go to pray.
The nearest airport is in Jinan, about 120km north of Tai’an. To get into the city from the airport, you need to take both a train and a bus, and it will take you upwards of four hours, sometimes as much as eight hours. Tai’an is on the Jing-Hu Railway line, which connects Shanghai to Beijing; if you are in either one of those cities, it may be much faster to take a high-speed train to Tai’an.
Hostels in Tai’an are rare; there are only a couple and they are both in the city centre. If you are hiking at Mount Taishan, there is a hostel near the base of the mountain. If you cannot find accommodation at a hostel, you can search for a guesthouse or an inexpensive hotel.
Mount Taishan is the closest mountain, and the most popular with tourists, but if you have a car or don’t mind spending a bit of money on a taxi, you can get out to the Culaishan National Forest Park. It is about 20km from the city centre and home to many Buddhist and Taoist temples. Mount Culai is so similar to Taishan that they are referred to as sister mountains. Both mountains offer sightseeing at temples, excellent hiking, and more. It’s possible to camp on Mount Taishan; if you’re an avid hiker or just keen to see the sunset, this is a great idea as you see it without the crowds.
Tai’an is very well-known in China for its peach orchards - they have the largest one in the world according to the Guinness Book of Records - and they host an annual Peach Festival in April each year.
Written by local enthusiast for Tai'an hostelsJakob Lombardi