Clear one minute, cloudy the next
When there is rolling clouds, the scenery of Huangshan is enhanced and becomes heavenly. Suddenly the sun shine, then the clouds covered forever.
TIP: So take your pictures fast and early in the morning for when the day proceeds, the clouds may blanket everything.
TIP: Do not spend too much at one spot, there are so many beautiful vistas, that when you get to the other spots later, the clouds have covered everything.
Bring enough clothes for cold weather in autumn
Bring a day pack if you are on a guided tour because your luggage would be kept in your coach and you are to carry your day pack all the way to your hotel by walking from the cable car station. Sneakers and enough clothes as you should always expect much lower temperature on the mountain. Wear a raincoat instead of carrying an umbrella when there is rain as the wind may be strong and blow away your umbrella
The Emerald Valley is a beautiful scenic area of bamboo groves not far from Tangkou, at the base of Huangshan. There is also an emerald pool located on the north side of Huanghsan mountain (near Taiping) that is more difficult to get to but also worth seeing. The emerald valley is often overlooked but makes for an excellent hike, especially if the weather keeps you from climbing the mountain.
Huangshan, Anhui Province
Huangshan (or Yellow Mountain) in Anhui Province is one of the most popular scenic spots in China. It is known for its unique pine trees, shapes of mountains, and scenery. The highest peak is Lotus Flower Peak at 1,864 meters above sea level followed by Brightness Top Peak at 1,860 meters.
For the hiking enthusiast, Huangshan will surely disappoint. It is designed to appeal to the mass tourist market. You'll likely encounter fellow tourists (almost all Chinese) in suits with dress shoes and high-heel shoes. The 'hiking' is really climbing steep, well-constructed stairs.
However, the scenery is great even if you don't break a sweat getting there.
Note: Some VT posters mentioned how difficult the hiking was. Please keep in mind that certain peaks have steeper climbs and the weather was very accommodating during my stay.
An example of Huangshan's pine trees. You'll see many growing on mountain sides and rocks with little visible soil. Many trees are given colorful names to reflect its unique shapes such as dragon claw pine tree and black tiger pine tree.
Many mountain peaks form distinctive features, much like cloud formations. Mountains, pine trees, and scenery are major draws to Huangshan. However, there are other attractions, such as the waterfalls, and the hot springs in the lower valleys.
The park entrance fee was 85 RMB (low season) and for an extra 1 RMB you can purchase insurance-injury payout is 8,000 while death is 40,000 RMB.