I went to Huangshan May 2007. We went after the May holiday week and it was great.
But we made the mistake of not spending a night on the mountain. I recommend you do.
I've been told that reservation are a good idea for a Sat or perhaps even Fri night. These are the most popular and also the most expensive!
You may not need reservations other nights as long as it not a holiday. Watch out for Chinese New Years, May week holiday (First week in May), and National holiday (First week in October)
I'm also told prices are around 500 RMB for other days of the week, up to about 700 RMB for Sat night and around 650 (?) RMB for Fri night.
Update: Starting in 2008, the May holiday is nolonger a week long.
1,if you would like to go to visit hongcun,I think you should have a night there ,then tomorrow morning to Tangkou.
2,Public bus in Yixian is morn than in Hongcun,so,you had better from hongcun to yixian ,then to Tangkou(best way). publice bus in hongcun,as i know,there are 2 runs available,but i don't if your time can be match.
3,You had better to arrange one night in the peak as weel.RMB100.00/bed min.
4,3 days is enough.
5, if 1 day in huangshan only,you had better take the cable car.but cannot enjoy the joy!!
6,Tunxi to Tanjiaquiao by taxi about RMB120~200.MAX.200RMB.
7,Tongkou to Tanjiaqiao : about 30 minutes.
If you have hiked up or down Mt. Huangshan, you probably have bought a walking stick.
A walking stick is very useful even if you are just going up and down by cable cars and walking the steps on the top of Mt. Huangshan. Help you to balance and reduce the weight on your knees. You may not feel it in your knees now, you could feel it in the future.
Get one that is light and shorter that can fit into your luggage bag. Do not throw them away. Take them home as souvenir to remember those wonderful and tiring moments at Mt. Huangshan.
Hong Cun is an amazing village where the water flow through the entire town for use of each household. It is a place for budding artists and film directors.
A wonderful village worth visiting after the majestic grandeur of Huangshan.
There are many tourist attractions after your visit to Huangshan that are worth dropping by before returning to town:
1) Tea house that demonstrate different method of preparing tea and the different kind of tea for you to sample. Buying the tea is optional and usually can be pricey especially the specialty Huangshan tea.
2) A snake farm that sell all part of the snake for medicinal value and a bear pit where you can hang apples for the bears to stand on their two paws or throw in a live chicken. Please do not do the latter.
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.
But on a rainy day, it felt like Autumn!
This is one place that you could have the "entire" place to yourself many a times.
In fact, on my visit, at most times, this entire mountain range was mine!
It can be scary but exciting as well...
Before the sunset & when there's rain, the clouds in Huangshan can be spectacular.
It's moving & with the rugged mountains, it's basically like viewing a painting in the making.
A chinese painting!
It's a moving experience...
Unfortunately, no camera of mine could capture the essence of those spectacular moments!
I guess you'll have to do the works yourself & to see them for yourself! ;-)
Huangshan is a landscape of your own imagination.
Over the years, artists & travelers have come up with their own version of what they saw.
Try it on your own.
It'll be a happy experiment & you'll be rewarded with moments of joy & thrills unimaginable until you are there yourself!
During the brief periods of no rain, the sceneries were stunning & I enjoyed hiking & stopping by constantly to capture the sights.
It's a great experience to just enjoy nature & letting time slip by you.
On the mountains, for most part of the day, one simply doesn't need to look at time.
It's being carefree that makes it such a wonderful experience.
It was a different sight altogether at the foot of the mountains.
I managed to catch this scenery on my first day up... when the cable cars were still in operation.
Guess what? As soon as I get to the top, the rain poured!
But when I got down, it was bright sunshine at the bottom. Not sure if it's the same at the top.
Most times, the weather differs greatly between the foot & the top of the mountains.
Before climbing the mountain, seek out Mr Cheng (aka Simon). He runs a restaurant in Tangkou and also speaks very good English, and provided us with excellent advice about the best routes and interesting sites on Huang Shan. Without his advice our trip would not have been the same. His restaurant is hard to find but he'll probably find you! Alternatively call his cell phone, 13085592603.
He is a really helpful and nice guy, genuinely!
This is the most beautiful nature sight in China from what I've seen so far. It is just amazing when you walk all the way to the top on stairs that have been there for centuries. Seeing something that is hard to imagine when you would hear someone talk about it. I am glad we had misty weather which made everything look like a mystery, although I would love to go back someday and see this place on a clear day!
It is unfortunaty when it starts raining, which it did on our second day when we had to climb down. But don't let this bring you down, because now I can tell you that climbing it by steps and being on top is an experience that you will never forget and always think back of smiling.
Everybody sems to be keen on staying overnight at the summit in order to get that picturesque postcard sunrise photo. If you go to Huangshan during summer, the most popular season, then you'll be joining the crowds very early in the morning. The Beihai hotels let guests borrow large padded jackets which keep you warm of course but also help you blend in with the army of Chinese tourists who will get there before you do.
Fondest memory: I was not lucky during my one and only visit to Huangshan. I have met people who have been to Huangshan more than once at different times of the year and still didn't get blue sky or the sea of clouds sunrise.
There is a 30 minute time window during which you hve a chance to get those great sunrise photos, but it changes with the seasons:
Summer: 04:10 - 05:20
Autumn: 04:50 - 05:20
Winter: 05:30 - 06:00 (very cold!)
Spring: 05:15 - 05:45
Favorite thing: I was there after the May holiday but there were still Chinese tours on the mountain. It was easy to get away for the tours and crowds they caused at that time of the year.