ANJI BAMBOO FORESTTired of Shanghai? Do you miss the mountains? Here you are a cool weekendgetaway: Anji Bamboo Forest.I went there during Mid-Autumn festival and I want to share this ¨Survival Guide forLaowais¨ with my SAS colleagues because: -‐ the place is beautiful -‐ they are probably the closer mountains around –not counting Sheshan– :-) -‐ it is not crowed at all, just the oppositeOUR TRAVEL PLANSSATURDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2012FROM SHANGHAI TO ANJIWe took a bus from Shanghai Railway Station to Anji at 08:55 a.m.It cost 75 RMB and it took 4h13´ (243 km.) After we took the bus it stopped at Shanghai South Railway Station, so it would bemore convenient to buy the ticket and catch the bus there.But the best option would be to take a fast train from Shanghai Hongqiao TrainStation to Hangzhou –about an hour, 80RMB- and then a bus from Hangzhou to Anji–about every 30´, 1h, 28 RMB-.http://www.chinatrainguide.com/shanghai-‐railway-‐station/hangzhou.html
FROM ANJI TO MR. CHEN´S HOUSEWe stayed at one of the local houses.This is the address. It is not the only one around, there aremore options. You may need the help of one of your Chinese friends to make a reservation inadvance, as they don´t speak English.We paid 120 RMB/room(double)/night.We had our breakfasts, meals and dinners there –apart of the price-.Mr. Chen – the owner of the house- came to pick us up to the Anji bus station.His house is 16 km. away from Anji, a 20´ car ride.It is not in the city but in a very peaceful place, surrounded by mountains. That afternoon you could walk at the Bamboo Forest, walking distance from hishome.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 2012Mr. Chen took us to some waterfalls, 15 km. from his home.We explored the area and went back to his home by public bus -4.5 RMB-. Our walk: If you only have two days you could go back to Shanghai catching the last bus fromAnji that departs at 2:30 p.m., or go to Hangzhou catching a fast train there.Or you could stay another night that is what we did.
MONDAY OCTOBER 1, 2012Mr. Chen took us to Tianhuangpingzhen and from there we took a public bus -4.5RMB- to Anji, then a bus from Anji to Hangzhou -28 RMB- and then a bus fromHanghzou to Shanghai -188km. / 2h24´/ 68 RMB- NOTES:- You can read about this getaway at CNNgo.com:http://www.cnngo.com/shanghai/play/Anji-Shanghai-day-trip- You can see some pictures of the place here:https://plus.google.com/photos/114698741214157812143/albums/5795476632129769105 - Podéis leer sobre este viaje en español aquí:http://basurde.blogia.com/2012/100501-bosque-de-bambu-de-anji-provincia-de-zhejiang-china-.-29-ix-30-ix-1-x-2012.php- In the movie ¨Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon¨two of the main characters fight in this bambooforest.Have fun!Basurdehttp://basurde.blogia.com/