Those people at the beach really know how to make money!!! They charge for everything.
30 RMB per hour for umbrella rental
15 RMB per hour for chair (each) rental
50 RMB deposit
And this is the "Rental House" where they keep rental boats etc.
The beach (the only beach on the island) is pretty easy to find. There are a lot of buses/taxi going from the pier to the beach. The fare we paid was about RMB 4 per person.
The beach is pretty nice, especially on a hot summer day. It is too bad that there are no beaches in the Shanghai area. It was not a short trip for us. But it was a very fun trip.
We took a combination of 3 to 4 boat rides, 2 taxis, 2 buses, to travel from Shanghai pier to Taohua Island. We had a very busy 28 hours (from 8am Saturday to midnight Sunday)
Our last bus/boat was very interesting. First we got on a bus. Then we slowly drove to the pier. And before we knew it, our bus drove inside a boat and parked there. We were asked to leave the boat until we reached another pier (sorry, can't remember the name). So we ended up with one more boat trip!! When we arrived, we got back on the bus and continue our 'road trip'.
Will update the transportation picture later, I only it with PDF format, so can't upload on the website.
We only had one hour left before we had to head back to the bus stop (to take the bus from the Island to Shanghai) We were thinking to go up to the temple, but we were too cheap. Not willing to pay RMB 35 each. We decided to take an adventurous trip and just walked around the neighborhood. We ended up hiking on some steep rocks.
One funny thing we noticed was that we found some people were 'sun drying/roasting' peanuts on top of the rocks. Made me wonder why they would spend so much time and effort to roast the peanuts. (The sun dried peanuts tasted pretty good by the way)
The interesting part was that we actually ended up at one of the entrances to the temple. Tried to get in but we got kicked out. Oh well, we didn't have time anyways.
It was great to be able to get away from the busy city life of Shanghai and walked on the remote island.