Preparing for Huangshan
Luggage and bags: Avoid brnging heavy luggage to Huangshan.
Steps even on top of Huangshan are narrow and steep and crowded with tourists.
Porters are available but will cost you an arm and a leg.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It can rain or turn windy and cold.
So be prepared depending on which season you are going to Huangshan.
In summer, sunblock will prevent burns.
Photo Equipment: Everything is much more expensive up the Huangshan.
Miscellaneous: Walking sticks, raincoat, torchlight are essential items
A map of Huangshan will be helpful and a nice souvenir.
Upon arrival, you will find sellers of raincoat or recycled walking sticks.
Raincoat is useful
Luggage and bags: Raining period from Apr to June. Course of quite frequent raining, raincoats is needed. More than 200 days each year on Mount Huangshan are misty and cloudy.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Weather is very cold (if the day before is raining) when you watch sunrise in front mountain. But there is down jackets provide by hotel.
Suggest to bring a jacket even in summer. Its pitty cool at early moring and at night.
Very needy on Mount Huangshan
Luggage and bags: Carry only a small Backpack or Daypack - and leave your furniture home!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear good firm walking shoes, the ones you have tested already somewhere else! No high heel shoes!! Actually I saw a chinese lady walking on high heels! She must have had her feet aching afterwards!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring the essential but leave the unnessary behind! Remember you are climbing steps up & down!
Photo Equipment: Digital camera is very handy and plenty of memory cards - you WILL TAKE PICTURES!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The Walking Stick & something to cover from the rain!
Miscellaneous: You'll find good maps from Tunxi & Tankou. Bring some water bottles & some snacks 'cos the prices get higher as you climb!
- Historical Travel
- Women's Travel
- National/State Park
Things are costly as you get higher.
Luggage and bags: Travel light, if you are going to climb and not take the cable car. Most people would not be wanting to stay in the mountains so maybe you can consider bringing just one extra set of clothes, in case you get drenched. Pack more food than anything, but travel as light as you can.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Raincoat is extremely essential, and if you fear cold, it's always good have gloves
Photo Equipment: water proof important and valuable equipment. Temperature drops as altitude increases. So be prepared for the dews to settle on lenses.
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
It might rain!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Do not forget your raincoat, one that covers all! I brought this bright orange thing from home, but in China they sell much better raincoats and for only 4-5 dollars. Just look for a bike-rainponcho, they are great to use when you get some rain and have no where to hide.
Pack light; take only the essentials listed below
Luggage and bags: A backpack is best. You'll want both hands free as you ascend the mountain.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even during summer it can get chilly on top with strong winds as well. "Huangshan" themed tourist sweatshirts are available for sale at the gift shop near Welcoming Guests Pine if you wait until the last moment. A decent pair of hiking shoes will not be found at the summit, however, so get a good pair elsewhere before you arrive at Huangshan.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: As you should at any other place in China, include a large roll of toilet paper and some pocket tissues on your packing list.
Photo Equipment: If you are thinking of including Huangshan in your upcoming China itinerary and don't already have a digital camera, then plan on packing a lot of film.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pack a swimsuit if you think the hot springs at the base of the mountain might appeal to you after two days of trekking.
Miscellaneous: Buy your bottled water in a Tunxi grocery or someplace else before arriving at Huangshan. Pack some light snacks too. Once you arrive at Huangshan, the higher you climb, the higher the prices climb with you! One final item; a Huangshan map. Support the local touts and contribute to Anhui's economy by buying yours after arrival.
- Mountain Climbing
- Hiking and Walking
- Budget Travel
Bring enough clothes for cold weather in autumn
Luggage and bags: 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.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Sneakers and enough clothes as you should always expect much lower temperature on the mountain.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Wear a raincoat instead of carrying an umbrella when there is rain as the wind may be strong and blow away your umbrella
- Hiking and Walking
Luggage and bags: We each carry a very simple back pack like the one you use when go to college. We packed several sets of changing clothes, rain ponchoes, socks, cameras and films. Cleaning stuff. Maps, and your tour info. A flash light can be very useful at night if you cannot reach your destiny before dark.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: We were there in May, hot and sunny, some thunder storms/showers from time to time. Shorts and sturdy and comfortable hiking shoes (sneakers are good enough). One wind blocker kind of jacket or a light sweater would be enough for late evening and especially very early morning sunrise. Never use umbrella, always wear your raincoat/poncho, as wind in the mountain can be very strong, it would be a safety hazard to you using an umbrella. Sunblock screen cream can be useful when sun is strong.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There are 'star-related' hotels at the mountain area, even some of the public toilets in those hotels are rather dirty and stinky. We always carry many single wrapped anti-bacteria/germ wet tissues (bought from home in US) for personal use. Do not have any expectations about toilet paper, always carry your own in case.
Photo Equipment: Waterproofing camera bag is a must. Use comfortable (sponge type material lined) stripes to proventing your shoulders/neck being hurt (as you are wearing shorts in summer). While we try to carry/use our tripod wherever we go, it is not practical to carry one in this area. Too heavy and clumsy. I just sat my camera on a rock (never short of that).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hiking boots can be a better choice than sneakers with less contraction. The wet stone steps can be very slippery.