I wanted to spend a night at the tomp of the mountain, and decided to go for the Shilin Hotel. I apid RMB 200 for a dorm room. The room had 5 bunk beds, and a small bathroom, kettle and tv. Very spartan. I was lucky to be the first person to arrive, so I had a chance to have a shower after my climb, which was nice. There wasn't a lot of privacy if there was someone else in the room.
I had dinner in the hotel restaurant. THe staff seemed completely perplexed that someone might come on their own, and order from the menu, so it took around 30 mins to get a bowl of average noodle. Everyone woke up around 4.30 to see the sunrise (which was ok). I tried to go back to bed to sleep for a few hours after this, but people were coming and going and chatting and packing, oblivious that it was still around 6am. Personall,y if I came back to Huangshan, I'd get an early cablecar (Yungu), spend all day walking around the top, then come back in the evening and not bother with the crap mountain top hotels.
The front desk staff were very helpful and polite.More
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