Advice and tips

Camping: Living In A Tent

Mark thumbnail sml.jpg
 

In our convenient world of Booking.com, Hostelworld and Airbnb, travelling has been made ever so accessible via the relative ease of finding, booking and getting to your accommodation. We decided to buck this modern trend and spend most of our summer sleeping in a tent!  This piece will give you tips on how you plan your own long term camping trip.  We will also take you through some of our highs and lows from camping across Europe and Asia with our home strapped to our backs.

 

Camping's Technicalities

Firstly, we must discuss size. Ali is 5"3 and Mark a long 6"2, which means we have to distribute the weight between two bags carrying a collective weight of 35kg. Mark carries 18kg and Ali 17kg. Remember, travelling with a tent, tarp and cooking equipment is much heavier than a general backpacking experience where you’ll just carry basic equipment between hostels. When you’re living in a tent in nature there are some barriers you’ll need to consider: ranging temperatures, wind, rain, snow, slopes, dips in the ground, insects, finding water, keeping food fresh and struggling with carrying a heavy bag every day.

Equipment list

Our general advice would be to buy medium to high specification equipment because it will almost always be lighter than the cheaper stuff, it should last longer too. That said most of our equipment is medium end and has performed well across a range of places including Siberia in Autumn. We generally buy our equipment from actual shops so you can check performance and ask questions. Sometimes we go home and buy online when you know which product you want so you can get a better price. 

Turtle travellers

Backpack

Your bag is so important because you’ll use it everyday and it’s the only way to transport your gear around comfortably.  Firstly, you’ll need to be realistic about how much you can carry. Nature can throw many challenges at you so having all the equipment you will need makes for a much heavier bag.  See if you can test the bag in a shop with 20kg of weight to make sure your back is conformable, remember weight should be distributed around your waist rather shoulders. 

Ali has a 60L bag and Mark a 65L, which are both mage by Berghaus. Mark's bag is 8 years old and part from from a few clip snapping the bag has performed well, Bergahuse replace any utility clips free of charge too. Make sure you buy a strong bag with a lifetime guarantee, companies like Berghaus and Osprey will replace parts that break or malfunction. We paid no more than £80 for each backpack and we’ve had very few problems with our bags in this price range. More important than the bag is how you pack it, we have tried so many combinations of setup with the tent on the outside, sleeping bags in bin bags strapped to the top, and neither of those worked. We have come to the following conclusions on packing your bag to avoid backache…

Packing Your Bag

  1. Most modern backpacks have a compartment at the bottom where you should place your sleeping bag, as tightly wrapped as possible, in a plastic bag to protect it from water. Squeeze that in first.
  2. Put your tent in next into the largest bag making sure the length on the tent sits against the bags spine as it will support your back and the structure of the bag.
  3. Squeeze in the smaller items like pots and pans, inflatable mattresses and inflatable pillow around the tent at the bottom of the bag because these are the last things you’ll need later when you set up camp.
  4. Lastly put in the items you will need most at the top of the bag normally clothes, hat and gloves.
  5. Use the side pockets for water and day to day items.

Additional Backpack Items

Always pop into the pound shop and buy the follow items:

Bungee cords - These allow you to attach almost anything to the outside of bag and they are also useful for setting up a mosquito net in a large room.

Utility straps - If you need a stronger, more permanent, connection then utility straps are great.

Gaffa tape - Incredibly useful.  Use it to attach a mosquito net to the wall, fix ripped bags or keep food packaging sealed and fresh. You can fix most things with gaffa tape!

Bin bags - Can be used with gaffa tape to waterproof pretty much anything.

With these items almost anything can be attached to the bag with the weight ideally going upwards rather than outwards, otherwise your bag bounces with every step (Ali put up with this for weeks before using the technique above).

Our Berghaus tent

Our Berghaus tent

Tent 

We have a small lightweight two person tent made by Berghaus which is wind and rain-proof. It fits in the 65L bag, which is a must!  It may be worth taking some extra pegs and a repair kit and always check the season of the tent. We have a 3 season tent which has been suitable to -2 temperatures but this would not give enough protection for cold winter weather. Our tent is small with a tiny porch so we had to find a way of storing all of our equipment in the tent and keep it dry. The solution is to cocoon our backpacks in black plastic bin bags, using the gaffa tape, and leave them outside the main tent in the porch. This gives us more space inside the tent. Our tent is also very quick to put up and take down because of simply designed it is, which is an advantage when there is only a small weather window to escape in.

If you need some detailed help and advice on picking the right tent you won't find a better guide than this one https://www.sport-fitness-advisor.com/camping-hiking.html

Tarp

After a few weeks of camping we soon realised that when the rain came, and in Norway it definitely did, we didn't have anywhere to sit and relax in the evenings or cook dinner. So we visited Globetrotter in Berlin to pick up a big tarp for extra space. Having a tarp was such a useful item because we could create a large space using our walking poles as stems or by attaching the tarp to trees. With the extra shelter we could prepare all three meals a day without having to worry about any incoming precipitation!  

Gortex Jackets

Gortex Jackets

Jacket

This item should be on any backpackers list because keeping yourself dry when facing the elements should be your top priority. We have Gortex (waterproof and breathable) jackets which, as well as being lightweight, have peaked hoods that keep the structure of the hood in heavy wind and rain. We also opted for windproof jackets, which does exactly what it says. We spent around £80 pp for our jackets with these features but prices can be much higher for insulating linings, thicker materials etc. In our experience it is better to have a light rain jacket that is supplemented by 1+ thinner layers underneath as it's much easier to control your temperature this way. 

 

Day Bag

It can be quite useful to have a smaller day bag that you can wear on your front where you can keep the items you’ll need across the day like your rain jacket, gloves, hat, sprays, sun cream and water. The downside of a day bag is that you’ll probably get a sweaty chest where the bag rests against it. If we are doing a long trek with heavy bags then we’ll attach the day bag to our larger backpack. 

 
It's useful to have a day bag for excursions out of camp

It's useful to have a day bag for excursions out of camp

 

Boots

It’s an imperative that you buy some decent boots because you’ll use them everyday and they will help soak up some of the forces from a heavy bag. They’ll also help you grip on difficult surfaces and most importantly keep your feet dry. Boots come in different season ratings, the higher the rating the less flexible the sole of the shoe is. For example, a 4 season boot is for technical activities like climbing and cold weather so the shoe will not flex at all. We have 2 season Gortex boots that are grippy, waterproof and have some flex in them, which is perfect for trekking. Do some research before you purchase because there are many companies making boots and many different price ranges. We bought our North Face boots in a half-price sale for £60 and they have last for 7 years. Although the waterproofing started to fail us on this trip so we bought a waterproofing spray that brought them back to life, who knew Gortex boots can lose their waterproofing?

Socks and Gloves

If you can afford it buy Merino wool, which can be manufactured into socks, shirts and jumpers but at a high price point. We would certainly recommend Merino wool socks because they have been the only ones to last the whole trip. Literally all the synthetic and cotton socks had holes in after extended use, whereas the Merino wool ones just keep on going. Over time we will buy all of our clothes in Merino wool because they are warm, dry quickly and pick up less smell than synthetics, smelly Mark can attest to this! We also have 3 season gloves that are waterproof and insulating. The waterproofing is really useful but we found them too cold on their own, so we purchased some cheap wool gloves that fit inside the waterproof ones. With two pairs of gloves our hands are toasty, warm, dry and we can still just about operate a camera with them on.

Wild camping on Olkhon Island, Siberia

Wild camping on Olkhon Island, Siberia

Sleeping Bags - The 'comfort zone' will depend on the season you are travelling in, we have 16 to -4 degree bags that compact well. In winter months, you'll need even warmer sacks.

Roll Mats - These insulate you from the cold ground as well making the ground softer. We have self inflating mats that have performed ok, after a few months Mark's started to deflate in the night and his was a £40 mat!   

Inflating Pillows - These have been really useful on the trip because they make sleeping far more comfortable, easy to deflate and store inside the sleeping bag.

Torch / Headlight - When you're camping you'll need light every night. Purchase a decent LED torch / headlight and you won't regret it!

Gas Hob - If you want to make food in the wild then you'll need a hob and gas. We opted for a little fold out hob that can hold a full pan of water.

Camping Gas - A standard 330 gram gas canister can last up to three weeks of 3 meals a day and hot drink at breakfast. 

Pots And Pans - We purchased some Vango pots and pans that slot inside one another to save on space. Both saucepans have lids, and the lid of the larger pan doubles up as a frying pan.  We also use the pans as bowls for eating out of.

Plates, Cups, Sporks - All made of plastic for lightweight storage, we use these daily for our food prep, plating up and hot drinks.

Multi-tool - This is an all singing all dancing penknife with a selection of knives, tin opener, scissors etc.  Multi-tools are relatively heavy so it's worth checking the weight first.

First-Aid Kit - It is important to get this bit right whilst travelling.  Make sure you have a good selection of plasters, antiseptic wipes, syringes, bandages, tablets, gloves, steri-strips, wound pads, mosquito repellent, high factor SPF suncream.

Our camping equipment

Our camping equipment

Sewing Kit - For those quick repairs needed to clothes, shoes and kit. We even used it to fix our tent.

Black Bin Bags - These are very useful in downpours to keep your stuff dry.

Waterproof Liner Bag - essential to go inside your day bag to keep the important bits dry. 

Water Storing Sacks - not essential but we found these helpful for camping and trekking.

Snood - Snoods are useful for extra head warmth, dust, hair bands and come in different togs.

Walking Poles - These are useful for supporting your knees on long treks, without them Mark's knees would buckled from the weight of the bag.

Luxury Item - We always have some Kendal mint cake for a big trip, its pure sugar and the British used it as a sugar boosting snack to get to the top of Everest!

We called this one Pasta and Vegetables 

We called this one Pasta and Vegetables 

Food and Drink

This is perhaps the biggest hurdle; how to keep well stocked when you're in the middle of nowhere? Sometimes we've been lucky and provisions can found a few km away, other times we've had to prepare for days in the wilderness. First you’ll need cooking equipment. Here is what we brought with us: 

Gas stove - with a heat poof stand for a pot, this means you don’t have hold the handle whilst you cook

Gas canister - a 330gram canister normally lasts about 3 weeks for 3 meals a day.

Pots and pans -  That fit neatly inside each other for space saving.

3 Plates (one for prep and two for dining) 

2 Plastic Cups

2 Sporks

1 heat proof cooking utensil

Washing-up liquid and a few sponges 

Pen knife - Useful for preparing vegetables, open bottles etc

Ali preparing vegetables with multitool and prep plate in Bavaria 

Ali preparing vegetables with multitool and prep plate in Bavaria 

Water

Water, the elixir of life. We have two 2 litre pouches that are made from flexible plastic, which makes them easy to fit into bags for storage. 2 litres normally does a days trekking whereas we need both full for prepping dinner, so 4 litres for a whole day of trekking and cooking. These can be filled from fresh streams when you’re near mountains or waterfalls or using taps at a campsite. Always check with a local person to see if the water is safe, if in any doubt purify it. We have met other campers who use water purifying canisters, which we want to get ourselves some day. They can clean any water in a just a few minutes which means you can clean the water as you need it so you needn’t carry heavy excess water. You can also use water purifying tablets to do the same thing, always have these as an emergency backup.

Breakfast

We are big fans of porridge for breakfast because its lightweight before cooking but expands after cooking and fills you up all morning. It can be prepared with water or milk (bit of a luxury) and you can add sugar for flavour, or salt if you're a crazy Scot! This can be washed down with a tea, always the Empirical brits, although we use milk powder rather than real milk. Washing up quickly is key or else the porridge turns to concrete! On luxury days we apply cinnamon, nuts and dried fruit for that extra energy/ protein punch.

Bring tea bags / coffee / milk powder

Rolled oats

Cinnamon

Dried fruit / nuts

Water

Lunch

Out in the countryside we stock up on cereal bars, nuts for protein, chocolate and dried fruit for sugars (fruit can also be put into your morning porridge.) Sometimes we are able to get some real fruit whilst most of our carbohydrate comes in the form of bread for simple carbs, for complex carbs we have to wait for dinner. All these items are light, relatively cheap and packed with energy. There are times when you’ll stumble on a mini mart and we’ll always try and make a sandwich, well we are British after all.

Cereal bars

Nut bars

Crisps

Dried fruit  / nuts

Water

Dinner

This is where we get most creative. Pretty much every meal contains onion and garlic, roughly cut on one of the prep plates using the pen knife. From here we develop sauces using purée (light and flavoursome) and some kind of bean in a can using water and oil to bulk the sauce out. Flavour is added by stealing portions of salt and pepper from McDonald's and we always add some chilli and an exotic spice mix Ali brought from home. If our spirits and bellies are at a low point we’ll try and make something homely like a spaghetti bolognese or curry, but most of the time a simple pasta or rice dish; an army marches on its' stomach they say. If you google camping recipes there are some really neat ideas for one pot dishes. 

Pasta / rice

Puree

Garlic / onion / chile

Olive / vegetable oil

Peppers  / courgette (vegetables that can survive a few dents)

Meat (optional)

Water

We have been able to carry around 5 days of the above out into the wilderness and survive.

BBQ in the wild is a satisfying way to cook, you could always make your own fire in the wild

BBQ in the wild is a satisfying way to cook, you could always make your own fire in the wild

Tips For Living In A Tent

Over three months, we used our tent and camping gear to sleep in campsites and wild camp in Norway, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Siberia and China. More than just the equipment, we would make these recommendations about what we've learnt from long term camping: 

  • Always bring a few light synthetic layers of clothing rather than big, heavy, thicker layers as it gives so much more control of over the temperature of your body.
  • Make sure you have good waterproof layers for when the rain falls, it can be very difficult to get dry. If you're in the wild then you'll need to start a fire to dry your clothes.
  • Bring two pairs of gloves so one fits inside the other, keep your hands warm at all costs.
  • Same for your feet, buy high quality socks because they will smell less, wear slower and keep your feet warmer. We opted for Merino wool.
  • Always keep your head, feet and hands warm to stay safe in harsh environments.
  • Always have emergency snacks and always plan your foods well when you venture into the wild.
  • Use water purifying tablets or boil water for 8 minutes to get safe drinking water in the wild, otherwise buy a water purifying flask, this is on our wish list!
  • Head torches are very useful; midnight toilet trips, evening card games or navigating home after a sunset trek.
  • Buy foods which are dried or dehydrated you will be grateful for a lighter bag!
  • A tarp is incredibly handy for those nights spent in the rain. Otherwise you will have to get inside your tent straight after dinner to keep dry and wait for cabin fever to set in.
  • Always hook you fresh food high up on a tree branch to stop rodents coming near your tent or, worst still, eating your food. 
  • Learn to read the weather, after a few weeks outside with nature you’ll soon be able to spot a rain cloud coming and have your jacket on and ready.
  • Although it's nice to have expensive camping equipment it's only real benefit is size and weight. Most of our equipment is low to medium cost and served us perfectly well in both hot, cold and challenging places. you don’t need to spend a fortune to go camping!
  • Many people across the world survive in very harsh conditions with very little money or technical equipment. Travelling and camping teaches you that human spirit is as key to survival as your equipment is.

When Disaster Strikes...

Camping throws quite a few surprises at you and occasionally a few disasters. Dealing with these are part of the parcel so let us disclose a few camping nightmares. The first occurred whilst wild camping at the base of the Besseggen ridge in Norway’s Jotunheimen national park. We were on the downward path back to camp when intense rain hit and soaked us to the bone. Shoes squelching, socks swimming. We managed to cook some dinner in our porch and got warm by going to bed at 8pm. It rained all night and was still raining in the morning. Everything was soaked so there seemed little point in changing our clothes. We packed down and dragged our sorry souls to a nearby guesthouse. Being slightly cheeky and resourceful we moved into the hotel lounge where they had a roaring fire and many bewildered guests. We dried out everything over the next few hours and learnt a definitive lesson; sacrifice all to stay dry and your camping experience will be far more pleasant.

Sorry to all the paying guest at this hostel

Sorry to all the paying guest at this hostel

Next there was the flooding in Copenhagen, the picture says it all. Just look around at your environment before pitching the tent, just don't put it in the dip in the field like we did. Our tent was actually floating in the pool of water! We had to stay up until 1am drying our clothes, shoes and bag using the campsites hairdryers.  We felt like muppets but learned a valuable lesson about where, or where not, to pitch our tent in the future.

Check out the flooding around our tent

Check out the flooding around our tent

But When It’s Good…

Camping is one the best things you can do to de-stress, connect with the outdoors and experience amazing sights, sounds and live with nature in the moment. There really isn’t a better way to disconnect from your normal life than by getting outdoors. They say just an hour in nature will provide 7 hours of relaxed mental attitude for the rest of day, nature literally heals you! We camped next to the Great Wall of China, which meant we could get up on the wall for sunrise. This would only have been possible by camping so close to the wall. It also meant we had the whole wall to ourselves. These are just some benefits of camping. We hope our advice will inspire you to have your own camping fun. After travelling for a long time it’s safe to say our most memorable nights have been spent in the comfort, or some freezing our asses of in, a tent! 

Sunset on our wild camp in Arshan, Siberia

Sunset on our wild camp in Arshan, Siberia

Have you had some positive wild camping experiences you'd like to share? Got some must have equipment we should all go out and purchase? Where is the best place in the world to camp?

We’d love to hear about your camping experiences so please leave any comments or tips in the box at the bottom of the post.

Friends...

All of the articles on our website are free but if you can support us by viewing, sharing or even purchasing from our travel-inspired shop, you'd make our day! Every share, like or sale gets us closer to our dream.....you guys rock.

Pin It!

Finders keepers

 
Camping - Living In A Tent, By Studio Mali
 

You might also like....

China: Top Things To Do In Xi’an

temple in xi'an on the city walls
Ali thumbnail sml.jpg
 

Once the end destination of the Silk Road, Xi’an was a land-mark Chinese city rich in history, culture and trade.  Today it stands as a busy modern city, with many tourists still flocking to see the world famous delights of the Terracotta Army and The Tomb of Emperor Jingdi.  If you look a little closer then it’s possible to get a glimpse of the old Xi’an, in the ancient Ming dynasty city walls that still surround the centre, or in the bustling Muslim quarter where street sellers offer exotic tasting foods that contrast greatly to the Asian cuisine.  Spend some time wondering the streets to get the best experience of this contrasting city.

 

Visit the Terracotta Army Of Warriors

A trip to Xi’an just isn’t complete without a visit to China’s most famous attraction, the Terracotta Army.  Discovered in the 1970's by local peasants digging for a well, the ancient army lay buried for thousands of years after the Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, had the warriors constructed to guard him from evil in the afterlife.  Thousands of life-sized figures of men and horses have been unearthed standing in battle formation in ginormous dug-out pits, that are now on show to the public in huge exhibition halls. 

It is advisable to start at the smaller of the 3 pits (pit 3) first and work your way up to the largest pit (pit 1) for the most impressive of the archeological findings. Several of the terracotta men are on show in glass cases, and it is possible to see the workmanship up close.  The detail on them is next-level extraordinary, the hair, the tread on the soles of the shoes, the hint of coloured paintwork that once brought them to life.  Each face is unique and no two are the same.  This is mastery and skill at its best, and the scale of the creation is at times overwhelming. 

As with all popular Chinese tourist attractions, the groups of crowds can be quite distracting and a lot of tat is being sold on route to the display halls.  It is probably better to visit earlier in the day for a slightly quieter experience, or to head into the halls at lunch time when most of the Chinese are eating.  Putting the annoyances aside, this is one of the rarest discoveries of its kind in the world, and is worth the effort of visiting.  Make sure you take a trip to the internal museum for a quieter view of one of the warriors up close. 

Entry is 150 yuan for access to the 3 pits, museum and cinema showing of how the figures would have been casted (this was closed when we visited). The 306 bus will take you there from outside Xi’an main train station and costs 7 yuan for a 1 hour journey.  Plan for a half day to visit the site.

The terracotta warriors guarding the Emperor

The terracotta warriors guarding the Emperor

 

Cycle The City Walls

Standing strong since 1370 are the old city walls of Xi’an.  Built during the Ming dynasty, the rectangular shaped wall stretches for a lengthy 14km around the oldest part of the city and can be enjoyed all year round by tourists alike.  The elevated walkway on the wall makes a welcome break from the hustle and bustle from the city below, and is surprisingly peaceful with lots of space to stretch your legs and view the contrasting skyline; old vs new sitting side by side.  It is possible to walk the entire circuit in a leisurely 4 hours, or for a funner experience opt for bike hire, either choosing from single bikes or a tandem.  We went for the tandem and had a great time cycling along the cobbled walkway, whizzing past temple-style buildings and up and down speed ramps! For a more magical experience, time your visit just before dusk to see the city by day and night.  Entry to the walls is 55 yuan and opening hours are 8am-10pm.  Tandem hire is a steep 90 yuan and single bikes are 45 yuan, both for 2 hours of rental.  Closest tube stop is YongNing Man station.

A fun couple of hours on a tamdem

A fun couple of hours on a tamdem

 

Soak Up The Muslim Quarter

One of the most exhilarating things to do in Xi’an is to visit the bustling Muslim quarter.  Once the end destination of the Silk Road, Xi’an became a multi-cultural hotpot and a strong Muslim community settled here many centuries ago, sharing their food, culture and religion with the people of China.  The area today is a network of busy market lanes and a hub for some of the best food we have ever tasted, a unique mix of Islamic and Chinese cuisines, creating a taste sensation for even the amateur food-lover. 

The streets are lined with women in decorative head scarfs selling their bites, rawly contrasted by the hanging carcasses of sheep which make the popular meat skewers.  There are hundreds of other interesting street foods to try including a sticky rice cake dipped in syrup, nut and seed brittle (which is being hammered into form right in front of you), slow cooked meat in a bap (which is a bit like the Jewish salt beef bagel), battered squid on a stick, fresh Islamic-style breads, fresh pomegranate juice and even battered banana!

Looking past the market stalls on the main strip, there are numerous restaurants where you can sit in and order a full meal.  If you find somewhere that offers milk soup then order a couple of bowls of the stuff because it’s honestly the most delicious thing you have ever tasted! Around the Muslim quarter is also a famous Mosque, one of the largest of its kind in China.  A trip into the mosque is 40 yuan and is one of the more peaceful places to visit in the city with Chinese style gardens out the front.  We would recommend visiting the Muslim quarter a couple of times during your stay to try a selection of foods, and we found it to be the most interesting place to visit in Xi'an.  Closest tube stop is 

The busy streets of the Muslim quarter

The busy streets of the Muslim quarter

 

Eat Zingy Noodles

Walk into this popular local Chinese noodle shop and you get asked one very important question, “large or small?”. That’s it, no extensive menu to choose from, no frills, no fuss.  Just one stand-out dish that they run all day long for hundreds of noodle-loving diners, for the bargain price of 15 yuan, and it’s even less for a small.  It’s a hearty hug in a bowl with a tiny punch in the mouth from the tongue-zinging Sichuan pepper sauce.  The noodles are home-made and come out varying in width, chunky to slightly less chunky, and are heavy fellas to pick up with chop sticks. Stir in the contents and you will find a secret stash of slow cooked meat, along with fried tofu and a number of tasty vegetables, with a sprinkling of peanuts for some crunchy texture.  On the table sits extra chilli sauce for those wanting an additional kick, and raw garlic cloves which locals munch down by the dozen.  This is a great place to come for a spot of lunch, local style, and this busy joint can be found on Jiqing Lane about half way down.

Those zingy noodles!

Those zingy noodles!

 

Climb One Of The 5 Sacred Taoist Mountains

A trip to the Huashan mountain was a love/hate relationship for us.  On one hand the jaggedly granite peaks covered in fauna are clearly spectacular but on the other there are few clear spots to view them from.  The mountain is known for being a religious Taoist one, but as far as we could tell there is no peace and quiet to be found.  The entrance fee for the day is nearly as steep as the climb up and you frequently get stuck in queues of hundreds of selfie-loving tourists, wondering up and down the steep staircases that run across the site.  When you stop to think about where you are, there’s no denying that the scenery is incredibly impressive and that the steep walking routes demand a sense of achievement after a few hours of struggling in the sun.  However, the authenticity that once was on Huashan mountain doesn’t exist any more, the world famous dangerous trekking routes have long since crumbled and have been concreted over with a network of safe and uninspiring stairs, and the subtle Taoist chants have been drowned out by the sound of sellers flogging tat. 

Perhaps a better way to enjoy the busy Huashan mountain would be to stay over in one of the lodges and to spend time trekking from peak to peak rather than climbing up and down.  Visiting on a weekday would be much more advisable than a weekend.  We will leave this one up to you to decide if you want to take up the challenge!  Entry is an expensive 180 yuan and a one way cable car to the North peak costs 80 yuan.  To get to Huashan, catch a bus from outside Xi’an train station which takes 2 hours and costs 36 yuan. You can get a bus back from the location it dropped you off at on the other side of the road.  A quicker route is to catch the train from Xi’an railway station which takes 35 minutes and costs only slightly more. It is advisable to book trains in advance otherwise you will be bussing it!

The view at the top of Huashan mountain

The view at the top of Huashan mountain

 

Need More Ideas?

There are many other recommended things to do in Xi’an which you will find in most guide books: The Bell and Drum Towers, a trip to the History Museum, The Big Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda.  If you are looking for more options then why not try one of these first, or grab yourself a bike and explore the city.  There is also an interesting looking Antiques market just inside the East entrance to the wall which might be worth a visit.

 

Where To Stay

We would thoroughly recommend staying at Han Tang House Youth Hostel on Nanchang Xiang.  The rooms are well presented, the hostel has a great atmosphere where many travellers chat to one another and the staff are really helpful and friendly.  They offer a number of affordable day trip tours to attractions in the area and give a wealth of information on transport links and local eateries.  There is a beautiful leafy roof terrace on site where you can sit and relax, and downstairs is a cool woody hang-out bar that offers beer, cocktails, western food and coffee.  After 4 months of being on the road, this was our favourite hostel by far!

On the beautiful roof terrace at Han Tang Youth Hostel

On the beautiful roof terrace at Han Tang Youth Hostel

line break up space.jpg

VIDEO

See what Xi'an is like by watching our travel video...

line break up space.jpg

Do you have any other recommendations for Xi’an? If so let us know in the comments box below....

Pin It!

If you liked this article then why not pin it so you can find it again later?

 
China - Top Things To Do In Xi'an, by Studio Mali
 

You might also like....