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Best time to visit Huangshan (Tips, Photos & Map)

Wednesday, January 12th, 2022
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Located in Anhui Province, Mt.Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, is reputed for its breathtaking beauty and rich cultural heritage around the world. There are four wonders in Mt. Huangshan: strange pines, absurd stones, sea of clouds and hot springs. The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO inscribed Mt.Huangshan on the list of Natural and Cultural Heritage on the World in 1990.

Check out Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan Mountain for more travel information.

The location of Huangshan Mountain

Huangshan City has a wet mild monsoon climate which features distinctive four seasons. When planning Huangshan Tour.  one of the frequently asked questions likely to perplex you is “When is the best time to visit Huangshan Mountain?”.

Best Time to Visit Hungshan : April – November

With respect to the whole scenic area in Huangshan, it is best to visit Huangshan from April to November, when all scenic spots in Huanshan are open to the public.

Tourists generally choose to come to Huangshan at this time, summer and autumn with comfortable climate, to enjoy the green and colourful mountain scenery, and the wide and open vision.

Most Beautiful Season of Huangshan: January – March

But winter is the best season to pursue a sea of clouds and winter snow scenery. And, the tourist winter low season ( January – March ) is known as “the most beautiful season of Huangshan”. You can enjoy the rime, ice, etc.

At this time you can also enjoy the off-season ticketing and hotel accommodations, if you are not afraid of cold. But the flip side is many scenic spots in winter are closed.

So generally speaking, there is no bad time to visit Huangshan Mountain. Different seasons offer distinctly different views. Use this quick  guide to help you make a smart choice about when to visit Huangshan Mountain.

Huangshan in Spring ( April – June)

In spring, the weather is very comfortable in Huangshan. In April the average temperature on Mt. Huangshan is around 10 C. With flowers blooming, streams gurgling, hills turning green and spring wind breezing, the mountains present different colors and fragrance.

Spring is also the rain season, please take your umbrella just in case.

But personally I love to visit Huangshan Mountain in the middle of May when azaleas and rhododendron flowers bloom, pine branches add new buds, feeling a person having gone through the rebirth of the winter.

You can see the sunrise on the top of the mountain in the morning. The higher you climb the mountain, the colder you will feel. So just remember to take a thick coat with you.

Azaleas bloom in May in Huangshan (Image Credit: 李金刚/NEWS.CN)

Huangshan in Summer ( July to September )

In summer, Huangshan mountain is a good place to escape the heat. Huangshan is green and the trees are full of birds. Huangshan enters summer in July and has no high temperature all the season.

The average temperature in midsummer is 20.7℃, and the average temperature at the mountain top is only 18.7℃. The highest temperature in a single day is 28℃. It is cool and sweat-free in the daytime, and can sleep peacefully under a quilt at night. It is an ideal summer resort.

Sea of clouds is one of the four wonders of Mt. Huangshan. Summer is the best season for cloud viewing, especially on clear days after rainy weather. In summer, the dashing waterfalls contrast with the crystal clear waters from the mountain streams.

Prepare for your sunscreen, hat and glasses to soften the scorching sunshine on the mountain.

Summer in Huangshan Mountain is not hot but cool. People like to climb the mountain in summer. However, some places like Bright Summit Peak or Jade Screen Tower don’t get a summer season.

Huangshan in later September

Huangshan in Autumn ( October – December)

Huangshan in autumn looks like a traditional Chinese painting and most suits for the traditional aesthetic standard. When fall comes, it is a great pleasure to appreciate the red autumnal leaves all around the mountains.Autumn is the high season for people to visit Huangshan Mountain.

By the middle of October every year, Huangshan enters the best season for viewing autumn leaves, which are covered with red, green and yellow colors.

There always many visitors from every corner of the whole world in this season. You are kindly advised to skip over China National Holiday in October when you plan your Huangshan Tours, since there are so many people during that time.

Huangshan in Mid October (Image Credit: 姚育青/NEWS.CN)

Huangshan in Winter ( January to March)

Many tourists recommend the winter landscapes of Mt. Huangshan as the most spectacular. Winter it is the most economic time to visit Huangshan.You may appreciate the beautiful Huangshan landscape by using the least money in this time.

In winter, the mountains and trees in Huangshan are covered with snow and ice making the entire area appear like a crystal wonderland.

Huangshan in Winter

Huangshan winter snow scenery has been listed as Huangshan’s Top Five after strange pines, absurd stones, sea of clouds and hot springs.

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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Top 10 Attractions in Huangshan (Tips, Photos & Map)

Saturday, December 25th, 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 Huangshan Mountain, literally Yellow Mountain. 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 – Huangshan Mountain and the city of Huangshan which is named after the Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain).

Huangshan Mountain is about 70km north of Huangshan City.

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

Mount 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 Huangshan Mountain’s reputation comes from its significant impact on Chinese art, literature and profound cultural resources.

The World Heritage Committee of UNESCO put Mount 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 Mount Huangshan is focused on Mount Mountain itself instead of the greater Huangshan City area.

For Huangshan Best Visiting Time, check out Best Time to Visit Huangshan for more information.

1. Welcome Pine (Ying Ke Song) 迎客松

The Welcome Pine is a symbol of Mount.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 Mount 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 (Peak)  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 Peak 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 Mount 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

Yellow Mountain 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 Mount 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 Peak.

Tiandu Peak ( Image Credit: chinanews.com)

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 Mount Huangshan.

Long long time ago, a man was doubtful of the beauty of Mount 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 Mount 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.

The sunrise glow over the 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 Mount Huangshan, not far from Beihai Hotel.

A Flower on the Brush Tip is one of the most impressive site in Huangshan Mountain. 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

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 and trains 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.

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

Any questions, just drop a line.

Hongcun Village (Tips, Photos & Map)

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
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Hongcun Village is located at the foot of the southwest side of Mt. Huangshan, only 11kms away from Yixian town, 60km northwest of Huangshan City.

The triangle of Hongcun, Huangshan Mount and Huangshan City ( Goolge)

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 is typical of Huizhou Dwellings, one of the vernacular dwellings in China, which are adapted to the characters of hills and waters there and gave full play to them. Hongcun Village is a village of rivers and lakes, like a Chinese paintingscroll rolling before you.

The village now boasts 158 dwelling houses dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, nearly 140 are still in good shape. Hongcun Village was added to the list of the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in late 2000.

Follow me to explore Hongcun Village.

Hongcun Village with hills behind and water in front.

Hongcun is located northward against Leigang Hill and south on the South Lake. The water from the South Lake is distributed through the channels to each household in the village.

Hongcun Village with hills behind and water in front.

Like a Chinese painting scroll rolling before you.

Like a Chinese painting scroll rolling before you.

Fine art students sketching and painting

Fine art students sketching and painting

It’s amazing! Shoot and take it home!

It’s amazing! Shoot and take it home!

Entering the village.

The village now boasts 158 dwelling houses dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

Enter the village along the bridge.

Still fascinated by the unique structure of the village with streamlets distributed into the village from South Lake.

Still fascinated the unique structure of the village with streamlets distributed into the village.

This family is selling fruits and local snacks.

This family is selling fruits and local snacks.

South Lake Academy (南胡书院)

Also called Yiwen Private School with an area of 6600 square meters. It was built in Jiaqing era of Qing Dynasty (1814).

As a typical Huizhou academy, it consists of Zhidao Hall, Qimeng Hall, Huiwen Hall, Lake Viewing Mansion and Zhi Garden. Zhidao Hall.

Zhidao Hall

Water Channels in the village (宏村水系)

The general channels are 60cm and one meter deep, crossing circuitously through the lanes of the villages from the northwestward to southeastward extending in all directions.

In every dooryard flows a limpid streamlet. Like a blood circulatory system, the channel system stimulates the spiritual and material life of the village.

The channel system plays of the role of washing, fire protection, drainage and adjustment of temperature.

Water Channels in the village

All the streamlets flowing through the channels finally converge on a pond – Moon Pond (月沼) at the center of the village. Washing by the Moon Pool.

Washing by the Moon Pool

Taking wedding photos by the Moon Pool.

Wedding photo taking by the Moon Pool

Huizhou Style Dwellings by the Moon Pool

Huizhou Style Dwellings by the Moon Pool

People, houses, ducks and the pool

People, houses, ducks and the pool

Hills, houses and the Moon Pool

Hills, houses and the Moon Pool

Chengzhi Hall (承志堂)

Built in the fifth year of Xianfeng era of the Qing Dynasty (1855), it covers an area of 2,110 square meters. The main hall is in front and at the back is built with two-storey-bat structure. It consists of a study, shrine, pond, garden, a kitchen, a well and 28 rooms.

The exquisite carving, red columns and golden painted beams make it known as ” a forbidden city in the countryside”.

A narrow lane leading to Chengzhi Hall

A narrow lane leading to Chengzhi Hall

Inside the main gate

Inside the main gate

The two story building at the back

The two story building at the back

Chengzhi Hall

Chengzhi Hall

Exquisitely carved window

Exquisitely carved window

Exquisitely carved columns and beams

Exquisitely carved columns and beams

Bye, Hongcun!

Bye, Hongcun!

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

Any questions, just drop a line.