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Top 7 Attractions in Anhui

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
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Plan your Anhui tour? Abutting Jiangsu on the east, Zhejiang on the southeast, Jiangxi on the south and Hebei and Hunan on the west,  Anhui is a low-profile province in the east region of China with Hefei as its capital city.

Anhui Province Location in China (Google Map)

The Yangtze River and Huai River cross Anhui Province from the west to the east, geographically bisecting the province into two parts – the northern Anhui ( north of Yangtze River ) and the southern Anhui (south of Yangtze ).

Topographically the northern Anhui is part of the North China Plain and part of the Huai River Watershed as well, both flat and densely populated while the southern Anhui features rugged hills and ranges winding through the southeastern Anhui.

Anhui Major Destination Map

Anhui’s cultural and historical sights are mainly scattered in the south and southeast regions, represented by the Huizhou-type villages, white-washed walls and back-tiled roofs, and the mountainscapes of Huangshan.

150 km southwest of Huangshan, Jiuhushan is noted for its unworldliness and tranquility. Anhui’s green mountains and the bucolic life in the countrysides are a great escape from the hustle and bustle of China’s bigger cities.

I’ve rounded up the 7 top attractions in Anhui for your perusal while planning your own trip to Anhui.

1. Mount Huangshan 黄山

Mt. Mountain is world famous for its beautiful landscape – sunrise, sunset, granite peaks, pine trees, and the other-worldly sea of the clouds. Also much of Mt. Huangshan’s reputation comes from its significant impact on Chinese art, literature and profound cultural resources.

Huangshan
Huangshan

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO put Mt. Huangshan on the list of World Natural and Cultural Heritage in 1990. Mount Huangshan was named the “sister mountain” of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. See Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan. 

2. Tunxi Old Street  屯溪老街

Tunxi is the old town, the city core of Huangshan which is named after Mount Huangshan. The attractions in Tunxi include Laojie (Old Street), a souvenir street lined with wooden shops and Ming-style Huizhou buildings.

Tunxi Old Street
Tunxi Old Street

Wancuilou on the Laojie offers an in-depth look at Huizhou architecture, furniture and antiques. Duck into the side alleys for a glimpse of the bona fide slice of the local life.

3. Hongcun Village 宏村   

Hongcun Village is located at the foot of the southwest side of Mt. Huangshan, only 11kms away from Yixian town, 60km west of Tunxi, Huangshan.

The whole village is like a buffalo lying on its side surrounded by green hills and blue water with dwelling houses its “body”, South Lake its “belly”, Moon Pool its “stomach”, Leigang Hill the “head”, two huge trees the “horns”, a winding stream as the “intestines” and the four bridges as the “four feet”.

Hongcun Village
Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village is typical of Huizhou Dwellings, one of the vernacular dwellings in China, which are adapted to the characters of hills and waters there. Hongcun Village was added to the list of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in late 2000.

4. Xidi Village 西递村

Located 18 km south of Hingcun Village, Xidi Village is also part of the  World Cultural Heritage along with Hongcun Village.

It is the perfect place for visitors to see typical folk houses, where residents have lived as they have for centuries. It gives visitors the rare opportunity to explore China’s ancient culture and arts.

Xidi Village
Xidi Village

Wandering along this ancient village, you will find traditional Hui-style houses, ancestral temples, academies of classical learning,  stone archways, white walls and grey tiles, beautifully painted windows, projecting horse-head walls, and stone slab bridges.

4. Chengkan Town 呈坎镇

Chengkan Town is located about 30 km north of Tunxi, the center of Huangshan City and at the south base of Mount Huangshan.

Chengkan is a tranquil and bucolic place different from the busy and crowded Shen County or the Hui-type villages in the west – Hongcun Village and Xidi Village. Here in Chengkan, you are able to get a glimpse of an authentic piece of countryside life.

Chengkan Town
Chengkan Town

Ringed by lush mountains and cut through by placid rivers, Chengkan has over 100 well-preserved buildings of Ming and Qing Dynasty that feature various styles – pavilions, terraces, towers, bridges, wells, ancestral halls and residential buildings.

These buildings epitomize the Huizhou dwellings, one of the vernacular dwellings in China, which are adapted to the characters of hills and waters. 

Jiuhuashan 九华山   

Approximately 150 northwest of Huangshan, Jiuhuashan,  known as “Mount Jiuhua” in English, is famed for its landscape and temples. It is one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China.It is the earthly abode of the Bodhisattva Dizang Kshitigarbha ( Guardian  of the Underworld). The other three sacred mountains are Putuoshan, Wutaishan and Emeishan.

Jiuhuashan
Jiuhuashan

Jiuhuashan literally means “Nine Lotus Flower Peaks” named after the nine tallest peaks of the 99 peaks in Jiuhuashan area. Jiuhuashan’s Buddhism boomed during the reign of Emperor Xuanzong in Tang Dynasty.

Today there are still over 90 temples well preserved with 9 temples crowned as National Key temples. There are 600 monks and nuns living in these temples.   See Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan.

6. Mount Qiyun (Qiyunshan) 齐云山

Mount Qiyun is located about 33 km to the northwest of Huangshan City, about 40 minutes’ drive from Tunxi .
It is noted as one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Taoism, home to numerous temples and monasteries.

Mount Qiyun
Mount Qiyun

There are some hiking trails with stunning views and the highest point of the mountain rises to 585 meters. A charming village – Qiyun Village is perched in the middle of the mountain range. Some white-washed houses are dotted on the slope with a range of eateries and restaurants and stalls for souvenirs and local products.

7. Shexian Old Town (She County )  歙县老城

There are some hiking trails with stunning views and the highest point of the mountain rises to 585 meters. A charming village – Qiyun Village is perched in the middle of the mountain range.

Some white-washed houses are dotted on the slope with a range of eateries and restaurants and stalls for souvenirs and local products.

Shexian Old Town
Shexian Old Town

She County is representative of Hui Culture, the cradle of Peiking Opera. Shexian County (She County) is the original area of Hui merchants. She County is the main production area for the Ink and ink stone, the two treasures of the four treasures of the study.

She County is also nicknamed “the county of Paifang”. Paifang is also called “pailou’, a traditional Chinese architectural archway.

Add-on:

Anhui Tour
Huangshan Tour
Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan
Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan
Huangshan Travel Blog
Top 7 Attractions in Anhui

Hassle-free China 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 China guided tours:

China Private Tours
China Small Group Tours
China City Tours
China Train Tour
China Yangtze Cruise Tour
China Silk Road Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Places to Visit in China
10 Fascinating Facts about China
Top 10 Most Essential Things to Pack for China
Plugs and Sockets in China
China Tour Packages
Learning Useful Chinese Phrases for Travellers 
How to Recognise Chinese Currency

Top 10 Travel Experiences in China
10 Most Scenic Drives in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Grasslands in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers in China
Top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in China
Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful old towns in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Museums in China
Top 10 China Tourist Scams
Top 10 Souvenirs in China

Any questions, just drop a  line.



Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors coming to Mt.Huangshan.. If you have any questions or anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!
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Plan your Huangshan Tour? “Huangshan (黄山)”  has two meanings – Mt. Huangshan and the city of Huangshan which is named after Mt. Huangshan.

Mt.Huangshan  (Mount Huangshan or Huangshan Mountain) literally, Yellow Mountain, is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China.

Mt.Huangshan  is world-famous for its beautiful landscape – sunrise, sunset, granite peaks, pine trees, and the other-worldly sea of the clouds. Also much of Mt. Huangshan’s reputation comes from its significant impact on Chinese art, literature and profound cultural resources.

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO put Mt.Huangshan on the list of World Natural and Cultural Heritage  in 1990. Mount Huangshan was named the “sister mountain” of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. My version of Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan is focused on Mt. Mountain itself instead of the greater Huangshan City area.

1. Welcome Pine (Ying Ke Song) 迎客松

The Welcome Pine is a symbol of Mt.Huangshan, a national pride featuring her integrity. The painting or picture of  this Welcome Pine Tree is often seen in some important and solemn areas in China.

The Welcome Pine stands firmly by the side of the Qingshi Stone on the left side of  Yupinglou Hotel in the Hangshan Scenic Area. The Welcome Pine is at the altitude of 1770  meters with its two branches stretching out over 7 meters, resembling a host extending her two arms to welcome the tourists coming from all parts of the world.

Actually the gnarled forms of  pine trees are  ubiquitous in Huangshan. But this greeting pine tree is the most impressive and representative. It is not surprising that people have to line up to take pictures of the welcome pine in tourist season. How to get there Most people would go up to the summit of Mt.Huangshan through either the Eastern Steps or Western Steps (  Walking up or taking  cable car).

For faster way of going up to see the Welcome Pine, you may choose to walk or take the cable through the Western Steps starting from  Mercy Light Temple Cable Car Station up to the Yuping Cable Car Station or you may challenge yourself by hiking over 10km route.

Walking from Mercy Light Temple to the Welcome Pine Tree takes about 3 hours. If you take the cable car,  you still need to walk another 40 minutes one you arrive at the Cable Car Station on the western hillside.

Welcome Pine (Ying Ke Song)
Welcome Pine (Ying Ke Song)

2. Bright Summit  光明顶

The Bright Summit is situated on Mt.Huangshan at the altitude of 1860, the second highest peaks and one of the three main peaks in Mt.Huangshan. The Bright Summit is relatively flat where you can easily view the supernatural Eastern Sea, Western Peaks, Tiandu Peak, Lianhua Peak with a longer sunshine time, hence the Bright Summit.

The Bright Summit is one of the best places to view the sunrise and the clouds of sea. Huangshan Meteorological Station lies on the summit. You may hike to the Bright Summit either from Cloud Dispelling Hotel or Baiyun Hotel.

Last time from Cloud Dispelling Hotel, we started our 3km hike up to the Bright Summit (光明顶), the second highest peak in Hangshan, 1860 meters in altitude and on to our hotel – Baiyun Hotel.

Later this 3km walk turned out to be the most difficult on our two day trip in Huangshan. It took us over three hours walking from Cloud Dispelling Hotel to Beiyun Hotel by climbing over the Bright Summit.

Bright Summit
Bright Summit

3. Xihai Great Canyon (West Sea Canyon) 西海大峡谷

Xihai Great Canyon is a new developed scenery as the result of years’ efforts building the facilities to have better views of the gorge.  The first phase of the building is finished.

Xihai Great Canyon Scenic Area is about 25 square km with a length of 15 km. People can stand on the middle hillside to view the canyon in a hovering way.

It is a hard and awe-inspiring hike  to the gorge ( Xihai Great Canyon ).  Normally it takes 4 hours to complete the up and down loop hike. You may access the canyon starting from the northern entrance near Paiyunlou Hotel (Cloud Dispelling Hotel).

 Xihai Great Canyon (West Sea Canyon)
Xihai Great Canyon (West Sea Canyon)

4. Cloud Dispelling  Pavilion 排云亭

The Cloud Dispelling Pavilion is on the west of Huangshan at the entrance to the Western Sea Canyon. The Pavilion was built in the year of 1925. It is a long scenic pavilion made of marble granite slabs carved with three Chinese characters “排云亭” ( Cloud Dispelling Pavilion).

Sometimes  clouds rise from the nearby gorges and flock the pavilion and reluctant to disperse. Standing at the pavilion, you
will see the peaks in the mist of the clouds, hence of the name of Cloud Dispelling Pavilion.

Cloud Dispelling Pavilion is also a good point of viewing the queer rockeries on the mountain, hence another nickname of Weird Rockeries Exhibition Hall”.  An old pine tree in front of the pavilion is listed as World Cultural Heritage.  The pine tree’s root goes deep into the rock and cuts the rock into three pieces. The tree is 6. meters high and 150 years old.

From Cloud Dispelling Hotel,you may hike up to the Flying-over Rock and Bright Summit, or hike down to the Xinhai Great Canyon.

Cloud Dispelling Pavilion
Cloud Dispelling Pavilion

5. Flying-over Rock 飞来石

Huangshan is famed for its weird rocks in different shapes. The Flying-over Rock is the most impressive and representative. The area around the Flying-over Rock comprises 30% of the queer rocks in Huangshan.

The Flying-over Rock on the way up from Cloud Dispelling Hotel on to the Bright Summit. The Flying-over Rock is about 1 km down to its northwest. It is said that you will have luck if you touch the rock.

 Flying-over Rock
Flying-over Rock

6. Lianhua Peak ( Lotus Flower Peak ) 莲花峰

Lianhua Peak is the highest peak in East China, of course in Huangshan at the altitude of 1864 meters. There is only one walking path up the peak starting from Yupinglou Hotel.

The 1.5 km hike from Lianhua range to Lianhua Peak, you will see beautiful pine trees and other attractions. On the summit of Lianhua Peak,  you will view Tianmushan in to the east, Lushan to the west, Jiuhuashan to the north  and Yangtze River. Like other peaks in Huangshan, Lianhua Peak is fenced with iron railings hung with  locks for good wishes.

Lianhua Peak ( Lotus Flower Peak )
Lianhua Peak ( Lotus Flower Peak )

7. Tiandu Peak ( Heavenly Capital Peak ) 天都峰

Facing Lianhua Peak to the west, Tiandu Peak stands on the southeast of Mt.Huangshan at the altitude of 1810. One of the three peaks in Huangsan and the other two being Lianhua Peak and Bright Summit.

Tiandu Peak literally means “Heaven Capital” which comes from the ancient legend that the peak is where the immortals gather, hence the name of Heaven Capital Peak. On the top of the peak is a flat summit where there is a stone chamber that can  hold approx 100 people. Tiandu Peak is the most risky,steep peak among the three main peaks in Huangshan.

8. Beginning-to-believe Peak  始信峰

If you don’t ascend Beginning-to-believe Peak at the altitude of 1668 meters, you don’t know Huangshan pines.  Here are clustered with many famous pine trees in Huangshan. Long long time ago, a man was doubtful of the beauty of Mt. Huangshan and at last visited Huangshan. He was shocked by the beauty and began to believe the charm of M.t. Huangshan, hence the name of Beginning-to-believe Peak.

There is a wide selection of famous pine trees like Black Tiger Pine, Lianli Pine, Sleeping Dragon Pine. Beginning-to-believe Peak is on the summit of Mt.Hangshan. It is better to take the east steps or taking the cable car from Yungu Telpher New Station and get off at White Goose Telpher Station, then walk to Beginning-to-believe Peak.

Beginning-to-believe Peak
Beginning-to-believe Peak

9.  A Flower on the Brush Tip  梦笔生花

You continue to walk from Beginning-to-believe Peak on to the north, you will soon see ” A Flower on the Brush Tip”, also known as Brush Peak. It is located on the northeast of Mt. Huangshan, not far from Beihai Hotel.

A Flower on the Brush Tip is one of the most impressive site in Mt.Huangshan. On the sea of pines, a rock stands out round below and sharp above with a pine tree on the tip, a natural brush pen.

A Flower on the Brush Tip
A Flower on the Brush Tip

10. Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds 猴子观海

If you continue to walk from Beihai Hotel for over 10 minutes, you will see the queer stone on the top of a peak which has an interesting name of Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds.

A rock in the shape of a monkey and stone monkey look as if it is looking afar or going to jump into the sea of clouds. When clouds disperse,  the monkey is looking at the peaceful fields below.

Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds
Stone Monkey Gazing over the Sea of Clouds

Admissions and expenses concerned

Entrance Fee: RMB 230 (March – Nov); RMB 150 (Dec-Feb)
Opening Hours: 06:30 – 16:30
Children under 1.2 meters : free of charge
Children between 1.2 m and 1.5 : half price
Yuping Cable Car: RMB 80 (single way)  East Trance
Yungu Cable Car: RMB 80 (single way)   West Entrance
Taiping Cable car: RMB 80 (single way )  North Entrance

How to get to Mt.Huangshan Scenic Area

1. First you should get to the city of Huangshan. Huangshan is easily reached from Beijing and Shanghai by train and flight. Daily buses bring you from Hangzhou to Huangshan.

2. Then take buses from the city of Huangshan ( also known as Tunxi) to Tangkou Town. From Tangkou Town, you take the local shuttle bus to the starting points of Mt.Huangshan: Mercy Light Temple ( Cable Car Station ) and Yungu cable car station.

Add-on

Huangshan Tour
Best Time to Visit Huangshan
Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan
Huangshan Travel Blog
Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan
Top 7 Attractions in Anhui
Anhui Tour

Hassle-free China 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 China guided tours:

China Private Tours
China Small Group Tours
China City Tours
China Train Tour
China Yangtze Cruise Tour
China Silk Road Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Places to Visit in China
10 Fascinating Facts about China
Top 10 Most Essential Things to Pack for China
Plugs and Sockets in China
China Tour Packages
Learning Useful Chinese Phrases for Travellers 
How to Recognise Chinese Currency

Top 10 Travel Experiences in China
10 Most Scenic Drives in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Grasslands in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers in China
Top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in China
Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful old towns in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Museums in China
Top 10 China Tourist Scams
Top 10 Souvenirs in China

Any questions, just drop a  line.

 

Shanghai Huangshan Transportation

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021
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Huangshan is the best of the best mountains in China in terms of landscape. Huangshan is famous for its peaks, pine trees, sea of the clouds and snow in winter. If you are in Shanghai in process of planning your trip to Huangshan, to choose the right transportation from Shanghai to Huangshan is what you should give priority to.

Normally you have three choices – by flight, by train and by road.

As for the flight from Shanghai to Huangshan, at the time of writing, there is just one flight operated by Shanghai Airline ( now merged into China Eastern Airline). The flight takes 45 minutes.

There is also a direct train running between Shanghai and Huangshan, which is highly recommended. Train K8418 from Shanghai to Huangshan leaving at 17:45 and arriving at 06:55 nexr morning; K8420 from Huangshan to Shanghai leaving 19:10 and arriving at 7:35 next morning. One way trip takes over 12 hours.

The 430km expresway connects Shanghai and Huangshan and its drive takes over 4 hours. If you drive along the Shanghai – Huangshan expressway, you will pass over Hangzhou and Qiandao Lakes.

Shanghai Airline – the flight from Shanghai to Huangshan

Huangshan Airport – 8km from the city center of Huangshan

Add-on:

Anhui Tour
Huangshan Tour
Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan
Where to Stay in Huangshan
Top 10 Attractions in Jiuhuashan
Huangshan Travel Blog
Top 7 Attractions in Anhui

Hassle-free China 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 China guided tours:

China Private Tours
China Small Group Tours
China City Tours
China Train Tour
China Yangtze Cruise Tour
China Silk Road Tour

Further Readings


Top 10 Places to Visit in China
10 Fascinating Facts about China
Top 10 Most Essential Things to Pack for China
Plugs and Sockets in China
China Tour Packages
Learning Useful Chinese Phrases for Travellers 
How to Recognise Chinese Currency

Top 10 Travel Experiences in China
10 Most Scenic Drives in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Grasslands in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers in China
Top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in China
Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful old towns in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Museums in China
Top 10 China Tourist Scams
Top 10 Souvenirs in China

Any questions, just drop a  line.