My First Day on Mount Huangshan (2)

At 12:30pm we had lunch at the Chinese restaurant on the first floor in Beihai Hotel. After lunch, we took a 2-hour break. At 3:00pm we started from Beihai Hotel for our afternoon walking tour of the views in the North Sea.

In terms of the sea of clouds in Huangshan, the Huangshan landscape is divided into five parts: East Sea, West Sea, North Sea, Front Sea (South Sea) and Sky Sea (in the middle of Huangshan Mountain). Our sightseeing this morning was focused on East Sea.

500m Walk from our Beihai Hotel to Dawn Pavilion

The Down Pavilion was our first sight in the afternoon sightseeing. The steps leading to the pavilion is a little steep, but it isn’t hard to climb up if you keep your slow pace.  

Walk from our hotel ( Beihai Hotel) up to Dawn Pavilion

Dawn Peak

As the name implies, the Dawn Peak is one of the best place to see the sunrise in Huangshan Mountain.

The peak is 1625 in altitude. From this peak, you can also see and admire the granite forest peaks in Huangshan Mountain.

Posed at the Dawn Pavilion with the backdrop of the rugged peaks

If you get up early in the morning and walk up to the outlook at Dawn Pavilion , you are able to see the magnificent views of the sunrise glow over the Beginning to Believe Peak at the distance.

Sunrise glow over the mountains seen from Down Pavilion

Refreshing Terrace

We just continued to walk from Dawn Peak, soon we met the Refreshing Terrace, a perfect platform to overlook the granite peaks and the sea of cloud.

perfect platform to overlook the granite peaks and the sea of cloud.

The rocks consist of fine granular porphyritic granite. The rock platform overhangs the cliffs

Standing on the platform to appreciate the views.

Stone Monkey Gazing over the sea of clouds

Next to Refreshing Terrace is the peak called “Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds”. But the short hike from Refreshing Terrace was a little tiring with steep steps.

Walk from refreshing terrace to Stone Monkey Outlook
Posed by the Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds
Zoom in the Stone Money

Watching Sunset

The time for today’s sunset was 5:50pm. I stood on the peak of where I saw Monkey Gazing over the sea of clouds waiting for the sunset.

Waiting for the sunset

This is a nice, but not the best point to see the sunset in Mountain Huangshan. Later I found the sunset view was beautiful, though not so exciting as expected.

The Sunset glow over Mountain Huangshan

The sunset finds us walking back to Beihai Hotel on Yellow Mountain. After simple washing and cleaning, we gather at the restaurant in the hotel, sitting around two tables for Chinese dinner.

Dinner at Beihai Hotel

That ends our first day on Mountain Huangshan.

Hassle-free Huangshan Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for guided tours to Huangshan:

Huangshan Tour
Huangshan Highlight One Day Group Tour
3 Day Huangshan & Hongcun Village Tour
Beijing Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Round Trip by High Speed Train
Hangzhou Huangshan Hongcun 3 Day Tour By High – Speed Train
Shanghai Huangshan 3 Day Tour by High Speed Train
Anhui Tour

Further Readings

Best Time to Visit Huangshan
Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan
Where to Stay in Huangshan
My First Day on Mount Huangshan (1)
My First Day on Mount Huangshan (2)
My Second Day on Mount Huangshan (1)
My Second Day on Mount Huangshan (2)
My Third Day on Mount Huangshan
Huangshan Snowy Wonderland
Hongcun Village
She County Photography Tour
Huangshan Travel Blog
Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan
Top 7 Attractions in Anhui

Huangshan Taxi: Huangshan Taxi Fares, Tips and Phones
Shanghai Huangshan Transportation
How to drive from Huangshan City Center to Huangshan Scenic Area

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