Finding your way around
There's no detailed map and no path signs around. Usually you'll need to hire someone to show the way up to the inn or to the scenic spots. If you are daring enough, you could try your way around until you see the next available inn or people who crossed your path to ask for directions. It can be confusing as you may need to climb upwards and downwards before reaching the highest peak.
If you're handicapped, there are facilities for you to be carried in a litter at best, a chair between two poles at worst, though to really get around the village and surroundings, you'll need to be able to walk and be in decent shape at that. They don't have much in the way of handicapped access in China yet.
The touts in Zhonglu can be aggressive, persistant and annoying, to say the least. Yes, the women as well. They made for a really bad experience that may be dependent on the time of year we went (February- Spring Festival in China, but a seeming low season for this area). Or maybe they are always like that. I hope not. We could have said, "Yes" to the first woman who offered us lunch, but we wanted to get into town, look around at our leisure, and find a place at which we wanted to eat.
It's really sad, and it's evidence of how dependent these people are on the tourist dollar, that they were so ruthlessly persistent.
We don't like to be pushed around as consumers (though most consumers have no idea just what the ad agencies do to push them around) and these people were the worst of the worst, the telemarketer who calls you back again and again (at 10 pm on Sunday night), or won't accept your answer, desperate to make a sale. They haven't learned to take "no" for an answer, a tragic flaw that nearly got them hurt. Patience is a virtue, maybe, but this got to be too much. If they had left us alone we would have found a place to eat- we wanted to eat there. But their stupidity kept anyone from getting our money, as it should be.
Anyway, my hope is that it was a one-time event and that others have other stories that vastly differ. If not, beware, and be prepared to say no. Part of our saying no was due to the bombardment by touts all over the place at Ping'An... we just got tired of it.
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Climb up to Ping'an and beyond
The climb up to Ping'an from where the bus drops you off is quite hard but there are stalls along the way to take you mind off it plus you also can admire the views as you ascend. The whole area around Ping'an is very steep with tight, narrow tracks with poor surfaces so care should be taken. Sedan chairs are available for the climb up to Ping'an.
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