Outside of early May and mid-October, there is a surplus of accommodations on Hua Shan, so discounts of 30% to 50% are easily obtained. Dining on the mountain is basic and overpriced; take as much food as you can carry.

If you arrive at Hua Shan late at night, there are a couple of passable hotels in Hua Shan Kou, and unlike the lodgings on Hua Shan itself, they have showers. The best place to stay in the village is unquestionably the brand new Hua Shan Kezhan (tel. 0913/465-8111; ¥468 twin). If you don't want to spend that much, then the dark, midsize rooms of the Hua Shan Jinrong Binguan (Hua Shan Financial Hotel; ¥240 twin), are another option, although service is hardly effusive. The best rooms here are in building 4, which was renovated in 2001.

On the mountain, facilities are basic, there are no private bathrooms or showers, and pit toilets are common. Problems with wastewater treatment may lead to the closure of many hotels, so call ahead to check if your intended lodgings are still there. The Bei Feng Fandian, Hua Shan Fengjing Qu Bei Feng (¥200 twin without bathroom), is a 5-minute walk from the cable car -- perfect for the lazy and the late. Both the sunset and the sunrise can be enjoyed from the North Peak. The hotel offers a competent staff, clean rooms, a restaurant, and magnificent views.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.