Around Pingguoyuan Subway Station, here are private taxis (well, they are people with their own car harassing you and shouting at you to get in) that can take you there. They will try to get 300 RMB from you, but will take you for 100 RMB (but they might continue to get money from you or try to pick up more people along the way, charging them 10 RMB each). The private minivan taxi we got was not in the best condition to be going up the mountain road (no seat belt, air conditioning, suspension...). It was only around an hour and a half drive from PíngGuǒYuán Station.
We got back with the same driver who took us there - he just hung around town since we kind of had to stay at his cousin's place due to his persistence. I think most drivers are from around the village so when they take customers who want to stay overnight, they also stay overnight to wait for you. We didn't see any buses around (but public buses should be available) and saw just one taxi that dropped off some customers.
|It's a beautiful old village ( ♦ map ). There were almost no tourists on a weekday in early November-a lot of the guesthouses/restaurants weren't even open. I asked around many places and it was about 60-100 RMB for a room (ones with those heatable brick beds [kang4] can sleep up to 5 people). Some have an ensuite bathroom/shower, but most have bathrooms outside (some are public ones with no individual stall doors). Most places will ask for 100 RMB for the room (either normal beds or kàng [ 炕 ] ) and they all seemed to have some sort of heating anyway-our guesthouse guy said actually burning fire for kàng will make the room smoky and uncomfortable. One place that looked very nice was asking for 780 RMB for a room.|
room with a kàng bed
We had 4 meals there. Food there was nice home cooking. Most menus have similar dishes from 15-128 RMB. To give an idea of prices, most places were charging 55 RMB for the mountain mushrooms and chicken soup. Cold vegetable dishes are around 20 RMB and are pretty good. Breakfast with cabbage, porridge, and MánTóu [ 馒头 ] (steamed Chinese bun) was 10 RMB.