Thursday, January 07, 2010

China - Huangshan

Day 13

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 353RMB per person ***
Bus from Tunxi (Huangshan City) to Tangkou: 15RMB each
Shuttle Bus from Tangkou to Yuping Cable Car: 13RMB each
Yuping Cable Car up Huangshan: 65RMB each
Admission to Huangshan: 150RMB each
Accommodation @ dormitory west of Paiyunlou Hotel: 80RMB each
Food and Others: 30RMB each

Overnight train from Shanghai to Huangshan City

Mount Huangshan
- Listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Listed as Hillman Wonder of the World (Bronze)

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is named in recognition of the legendary Huang Di, who was the reputed ancestor of the Chinese people and made magic pills for immortality here in Huangshan.

There is a Chinese saying: 五岳归来不看山,黄山归来不看岳.
Wu Yue (五岳) is the collective name given to China's most important mountains, namely Mount Taishan in Shandong Province, Mount Huashan in Shaanxi Province, Mount Hengshan in Shanxi Province, Mount Songshan in Henan Province and Mount Hengshan in Hunan Province. It is said that you won't want to visit any other mountains after seeing Wu Yue, but you won't wish to see even Wu Yue after returning from Huangshan. This may give you some ideas of the beauty and uniqueness of Huangshan.

Mercy Light Temple(慈光阁) at the bottom of Huangshan

Great snow scene after the heavy snowing yesterday

Happily playing with the snow =)

Huangshan's Lianrui Peak (蓮蕊峰) @ 1,776m

To the right is Lotus Flower Peak (蓮花峰) @ 1,873m, the tallest in Huangshan

Huangshan's Heavenly Capital Peak (天都峰) @ 1,810m

Huangshan's pine trees and mountains


Guest-Greeting Pine (迎客松) that bows down and welcome all Huangshan's visitors

Huangshan's strange rock formations

Looks like a pear from one angle

But looks like a mobile phone from another!

Clouds flow like a river in a deep valley

Simply magnificent!

Climbing up the steep slope to Bright Summit Peak (光明頂)

Sedans for the tired ones =)

Finally reaching the top of Bright Summit Peak (光明頂) @ 1,841m

Misty surroundings

Huangshan's weather station that strangely look like a soccerball!

Lots of snow around

We bought cheap crampons at the base of Huangshan for walking on these icy pathways

Beautiful black and white contrast!

Snow flakes on the tree branches

Surviving autumn leaves that bring bright colors to the black and white surroundings

Flying Rock (飛來石) in the middle of nowhere

Small pavilions along the way for people to rest in

Beautiful backdrop =)

Views from Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion (排云亭)...looks like heaven!

Day 14

Travel Expenses
*** Total: 233RMB per person ***
Shuttle Bus from Yuping Cable Car to Tangkou: 13RMB each
Bus from Tangkou to Tunxi (Huangshan City): 15RMB each
Food and Others: 30RMB each

Overnight Train from Huangshan City to Shanghai: 175RMB each
*** Click for more trains details ***

~ Train Code: K8420
~ Type: Hard Sleeper (Lower Berth)
~ Departure: 7:15 pm
~ Arrival: 9:39 am
~ Travel Time: 14Hrs 24Mins (672km)

Great panorama views from Beginning to Believe Peak (始信峰)

Clouds dancing around

But disappear suddenly to reveal the valleys and mountains

Sun starting to rise through the Sea of Clouds

Truly amazing!

Clouds start to rise and dispel

While the morning sun illuminates the surrounding mountains with a tinge of orange

Love the combination of different silhouettes

Luxurious Beihai Hotel

Views along the way as we descend via the Eastern Steps

Locals carrying heavy building materials up the mountains

Cute snowman built by the locals

Green bamboos among the white snow


  1. Hi!
    I have stumbled upon your website from Trip Advisor on the Haungshan Trip Report. On looking your site, it's great! I had planned a trip to China but unfortunately, it had fell through (couldn't get my Visa out in time). Thanks for sharing your photos. :-)
    I am curious, why did you pick the season that you did to go?

  2. Hi Wendy,

    No particular reason for going during winter. Just happen to take leave during that period. =)