Taishan City-level County is divided into 20 townships.
The mainland townships are Baisha, Beidou, Chixi, Chonglou, Diajiang, Doushan, Duanfen, Duhu, Guanghai, Haiyan, Nafu, Sanba, Sanhe, Shenjing, Shuibu, Sijiu, Taicheng and Wencun. The island townships are Shangchuan and Xiachuan.
Sanba was merged into Baisha and Nafu into Shenjing in 2006. Shangchuan and Xiachun on the Chuandao Islands are governed as a single entity. Taicheng, or Toising, is the administrative capital and the largest township by far with the most of the civilized amenities.
From most major cities in the Guangdong province, you can take direct buses to the main city of Taicheng.
For international travellers arriving in Hong Kong, you have several options.
- Take a cross-border bus direct to Taicheng. This trip costs roughly HK$250 and takes 3 hours. You will have to get off the bus to cross into Shenzhen and then get back on. Buses are available at the Airport and in Mongkok.
- Take a cross-border van that transfers to a bus in Shenzhen. The advantage of this service is you do not have to get out of the van to cross the border which will help greatly if you have too much luggage. This will cost slightly more than the bus-only cross-border option.
- Take the metro to Lo Wu station to cross into China. Then from the Lo Huo transportation hub, you can book a bus direct to Taicheng. This option costs about HK$30 for the metro ride and ¥110 for the bus ticket.
- Take the ferry to Zhuhai. Then taxi to Gongbei bus station where you can book a 2-hour bus ride to Taicheng (with a stop in Duhu Town). This will be the most stomach churning option as the ferries bounce across the water!
For international travellers arriving in Macau, cross into China at Gongbei. As you walk out into Zhuhai, you will see stairs going down into an underground shopping mall. The mall is a maze but it will let you cross the streets without the need to play “frogger” with aggressive Chinese drivers. Keep an eye out for the signs to point you to the bus station. The bus ride from Zhuhai to Taicheng will take about 2 hours and cost ¥65.
For international travellers arriving in Guangzhou:
- There is a direct bus from the airport, cost about ¥65. This will be the cheapest and most convenient transport.
- You can also book a direct bus from the bus stations outside Kengkou metro station and Tianhe Coach Terminal metro station. Both will cost about ¥65. The Kengkou buses take 2 hours while the Tianhe buses take 3 hours as Tianhe buses make more stops.
- For a more expansive tour, take the metro to Guangzhou South Railway metro station. Then take one of the Guangzhou-Maoming or Guangzhou-Zhanjiang trains to Taishan Station, which is located some 7 km north of downtown Taishan (Taicheng). As of 2018, about a dozen trains a day in each direction stop at Taishan station, and the train ride from Guangzhou South to Taishan takes a bit under 1 hour; the second-class fare is ¥65. In terms of moving vehicle time, this is the fastest option as the trains hits 200-225 km/h. But after adding transfer wait time, total trip might be even longer. However, if you haven’t ridden high speed rail before, it may be worth the experience although this is only medium speed compared to the 350-450 km/h lines sprouting up between the major cities of China.
- If you are at the Guangzhou South Station, and the last train for Taishan has already left, you can take a train to a closer station, Xinhui, which has more service than Taishan. (Besides the D trains, it also has the “intercity” C trains). After a 15 minute walk (or a 3 minute motorcycle taxi ride) from the Xinhui train station to the next door bus station, you can take a local bus to Taicheng (about 60 km by road).