Huangshan Travel Guide

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Huangshan Things to Do

  • There are no 'short-cuts' on Huangshan...

    If you are pressed for time and want the easiest route to climb Huangshan Mountain, read this. My 72 yr old mother and I climbed Huangshan in 48hrs in September 2009. The easiest up route is to take the Yungu cablecar up, and ascend the Eastern steps. This is route doesn't have many ascents, and is a fairly easy for even 2 older women to do. The...

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  • Nine Dragon Waterfall

    There are nine sections to this waterfall, hence the name. If you only go as far as the rock where everyone have their picture taken, you will have missed the upper sections. To continue further up, take an unmarked trail to the left and continue to hike some 15 mins and you will see the top of the waterfall. The unmarked trail was pointed out to...

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  • Scenery when hiking

    There is totally different scenery for front mountain and rear mountain. More mountain view at front mountain and there is comparative pine tress views in rear mountain.

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  • Don't miss this Pine

    The famous Welcoming Guests (Yingke) Pine (1,500 years old) and See-Guest-Off Pine have become a symbol of being faithful, unyielding and hospitable.

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  • Taking pictures at Huangshan

    Everyone seem to want to have their shots taken to show their friends back home. Easier for me, as I was mainly taking pictures of scenery but still have to avoid bumping each other's camera or each other off the slope. Because of the crowd waiting in turn to take pictures of all the famous sights with legendary names of characters formed by...

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  • Sunrise at Huangshan

    Depend on weather, you may get a chance to witness this much talked about experience of seeing the red sun shooting out above the clouds in Huangshan. Check with your tour guide and hotel, there is a predictability factor of the chance of seeing sunrise and expected time of sunrise. So plan the time of the year of your trip if this is a must.You...

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  • Hiking up, along and down the mountain

    Depending on your time and fitness level, you can hike all the way or part of the way, taking cable cars. There are two directions, the back or west which is steeper and more dramatic and the front or east. The back or west has cable car for half of the journey and the front or east has cable that goes all the way.So if you cannot walk well, take...

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  • Welcoming Guests Pine (Ying Ke Song)

    Its scientific name is Pinus Hwangahanensis. This legendary pine tree is still alive and welcoming guests to Huangshan. It is so famous in China that a security guard ranger is permanently stationed at its side like a soldier to protect it from the crowds of tourists who jostle for best posing position as well as watching at night through severe...

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  • Old street in Tunxi City

    Before entering into Huangshan, first stop is Tunxi for making preparation such as food, water or clothing etc...You should, by the way, visit the old street, and see what the stores sell.

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Huangshan Restaurants

  • by TrappedInUK Written Sep 29, 2003

    Mr Cheng is a very friendly English speaking resturant owner in Tangkou at the base of HuangShan. His restuarant serves excellent local food, and he gives great free advice for making an ascent on Huangshan.

    Its hard to find but call his mobile and he'll come and meet you: 13085592603

    Favorite Dish: Try his stir-fried onion and tomato dish - its a fantastic side dish with something spicy.

    The pork and mushroom dish is also well worth a try.

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Huangshan Transportation

  • Guilin to Huangshan (Tunxi) by Train

    If you're thinking of catching the train from Gulin to Huangshan? Well, THINK AGAIN - bad idea!!!On my recent trip, I planned to catch the sleeper from Guilin to Huangshan (Tunxi). Could not even get a ticket for my family even though we tried to book 4 days in advance at Guilin. Apparently, the train K156 starts off from Kuming and is usually...

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  • Getting to Huangshan

    Tangkou or Tunxi? Well, I stayed in Tangkou because I wanted to get to Huangshan mountain a little earlier. Tangkou is a little town under the bridge near the base of the mountain. You could stay in Tunxi and still get to Huangshan in about an hour. Tunxi has more to offer in terms of budget accommodations, restaurants, sight seeing. Don't miss...

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  • Cable car - yeah save time

    There is 3 cable car stations in Hsuangshan. 1 station to front mountain. 2 stations for rear mountain. Coz of this facilities, we can save at least 4 hours hiking. Fee: RMB66

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Huangshan Shopping

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    by Confucius Written Jun 13, 2003

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    What to buy: Buy a lock if you want to impress your sweetheart with this tacky reminder of your Huangshan romance. You can get anything engraved on it but the engraver might not be able to translate foreign names. This might be an opportune time to get a Chinese name if you don't already have one. There will be some other tourist in line who is eager to be the scholar who comes to your rescue and volunteer to assist in this matter. Other tourists will also be happy to suggest where to put your lock and soon you and your entourage will be the next unusual attraction drawing a small crowd of Chinese people wearing yellow tour group hats.

    What to pay: Locks range in price from 20 RMB up to 100 RMB. The engraving is complimentary.

    Make sure your romantic memories are locked up! Put one here, next to 999 other locks on the fence
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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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Huangshan Local Customs

  • Locks

    Lovers are said to purchase locks & have them hanged on the railings to signify their "undying" love.Well, I was also told that's a very dangerous things to do as these locks do go rusty after sometime which hamper or rather endanger future climbers.There are also talks that those who sold the locks actually had them reopened & resell them over &...

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  • No smoking in some areas

    Not sure if this should be included in this section. Apparently you are not free to smoke wherever you like. There are designated areas for smoking. I guess the reason could be that your smoke might create discomfort for other climbers (I mean, you can't be inhaling smoke when you are panting on your way up the mountains, YOu need oxygen!). I think...

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  • Steep staircases up and down

    The steps up and down the peaks can be quite steep. Wear sensible shoes, hold onto the railing, and take your time.

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Huangshan Warnings and Dangers

  • No smoking, no umbrella, no rubbish

    !) Smoking is prohibited except in a few smoking designated spots. So do your part of preventing a fire caused by cigarettes which have destroyed part of Huangshan before. Instead breathe the fresh air...2) Do not carry umbrellas as the path is narrow and you may hit or blocked other passing tourists. Also umbrella can be blown away by a sudden...

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  • Weather can be unpredictable

    Be prepared that weather can change. It was August, I was told to have a cap and strong sun screen lotion to avoid sun burn but it started to rain and become misty when I was there.Yet, it was a surreal experience to see Huangshan in this weather. Disposal raincoats are available for less than two yuan.Recycled walking sticks are resold at only two...

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  • Slippy Steps!

    There're steps after steps after steps on Mount Huangshan - up & down the Peaks! Many locations just don't have anything to hold on, exept your walking stick (if you have one!). There're lines of people coming towards you, on the way up you might end up on the outer space of the steps. Beside those steps is nothing exept a drop on the cliffs below....

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Huangshan Tourist Traps

  • See the top, not the bottom of the...

    Our hotel (not on the mountain) recommended we take a tour of areas around but not on the mountain. My recommendation is skip this tour and spend the time on the mountain.

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  • In Huang Shan park, one of the...

    In Huang Shan park, one of the popular thing a Chinese couple would do is to buy two locks (many vendors sell them there in the mountain), and interlock the locks on a safety chain along the hiking path. They said that means their love would last as long as earth exists. However, we do not think it is a good idea. First, it is a SAFETY hazard: with...

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Huangshan What to Pack

  • Preparing for Huangshan

    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. 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. Everything is much more...

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  • Raincoat is useful

    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. 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...

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  • Very needy on Mount Huangshan

    Carry only a small Backpack or Daypack - and leave your furniture home! 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! Bring the essential but leave the unnessary behind! Remember you are climbing...

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Huangshan Off The Beaten Path

  • Mukeng, bamboo village

    Some people enjoyed the hour long trek in the bamboo forest to get to the tiny village of Mukeng. Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I think it was the movie set for a scene in the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The entrance fee was 20 yuan. You can either take a long walk up the road(30-40 mins) or a taxi from Hongcun village. I took...

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  • Hongcun, the cow-like village.

    Visitors used to have to get a special permit to visit these Huizhou villages, but now you just need to pay an entrance fee to go inside these villages, notably Hongcun and Xidi, in the Yixing county.Entrance fee for Hongcun village is 80 yuan. This well-preserved centuries old village is unique. What's so special about Hongcun is that the village...

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  • This rock is famous of its...

    This rock is famous of its shape like a Chinese writing bristle. Its name is 'Meng Bi Sheng Hua' ('Dreamed Pen of Fine Essays'). The name came from a Chinese story: a young man traveled to the capitol for the 'official exam' (Court official selection system), he dreamed that he had such a magic pen enables him to write all fancy essays at the exam...

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Huangshan Favorites

  • Stay at least one night on the mountain

    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...

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  • hope useful for you-huangshan

    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...

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  • You can miss the crowds.

    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.

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Keeping your walking stick
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Flying into Tunxi, then van to Huangshan
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Near Huangshan, Hongcun Village
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At hottom of Huangshan, tea and bears
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Clear one minute, cloudy the next
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Round pond in the village
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Hongshun ( An Ancient Village)
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Very narrow & steep steps!! Watch Out!
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Yuping Cableway Station
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It's Spring!
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Moving clouds
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Imagination
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Hiking & stopping to enjoy the views
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From the top via the cablecar
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Steps to heaven?
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Stay put if you can
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The weather
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Slip & you die
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Beware of tour agents
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Shanghai to Huangshan
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Things are costly as you get higher.
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The most beautiful mountains in the world
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Sleeper train to and from Huangshan
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Unusual shaped rocks
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Love locks
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What happens to old love locks
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Sunset at Brightness Peak
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Lotus Peak
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Cable cars in Huangshan
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Old street in the town of Huangshan
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Stone carved with Chinese charavtors and pictures
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Huangshan sunrise
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Excellent travel advice
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Danger
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Moving on...
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Climbing Huangshan
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Unforgetable Memory
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It might rain!
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Pack light; take only the essentials listed below
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Seasonal Sunrise Time Variables
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