The Yellow Mountain (Huang Shan, 黄山) is among the most visited and notable mountains in China. For those looking for a unique natural landscape and don’t mind having to compete for it with swarms of other tourists, this is the place for you. The following is my guide to Huang Shan, Yellow Mountain.
Your guide to Huang Shan, Yellow Mountain
When at Huangshan there is a chance you might have to use the new martial arts skills you’ve been learning at your Kung Fu School. This will primarily come into play when fending off the other tourist who will also be fighting for rooms and places to stay on the mountain. This is not a joke nor an exaggeration. Tensions can get pretty high over the last rooms when the alternative could be a cold sleepless night on this huge rock.
Once your rooms are secured you have two options to get to the top of the mountain. The first is to hike up the mountain stairs. This is the best way to get a good view of the landscape. The other is by Cable Car. The earlier you get the cable car the better. It’s not unknown for their to be kilometre long lines of people even at the break of dawn. If you successfully get on the cable car, expect more hiking.
Once at the top book into another hotel (this should be done in advance). That way you can relax and enjoy both sunset and sunrise the next day. In terms of the hotel quality, expect them to be overpriced, and rough. Prices range from 200 rmb to 1,000 rmb. For the 200 rmb range think refugee camp conditions.
Here is a link to some of the best accommodation options for Huang Shan.
To avoid disappointment I’d recommend you plan to visit off season, defiantly not on a Chinese holiday. Pre-buy and take with you any expensive food items. Whether expensive snacks or a cheeky bottle of rice liquor everything will be way more expensive at the top.
Address: Huangshan, Anhui, ChinaElevation: 6,115′Highest point: Xuelian FengProvince: AnhuiCountry: ChinaPhone: +86 559 558 0033Listing: Ultra-prominent peakMountains: Tian Du Feng, Xuelian Feng, Guang Ming Ding
Top tips for visiting Huang Shan & Detailed Guide
- Plan ahead, check the weather and make sure its off season.
- Book your accommodation in advance
- Expect lots of people and cues
- Bring your survival and luxury rations
- Expect things to be more expensive
How to get to Huang Shan
Huang Shan is located in the western part of Anhui province. Below are a couple of options by train from either Shanghai or Beijing.
- Shanghai (5 hours on the G1509, leaving in the morning at 8.27);
- Beijing (there are fast trains from 8 in the morning to 15.30, and the trip lasts a little under 7 hours) and on the same line, Tianjin;
From the city of Huang Shan, where long distance options arrive, shuttles depart for Tangkou (汤口), adjacent to the entrance to the Park, at the foot of the mountain. If you choose to climb on foot, the climb starts at Tangkou. If instead you’re going for the cable cars, there are shuttles that connect directly to the station, airport and the city of Tangkou obviously. These city buses don’t cost more than 20 Yuan for the longest trip. Even taxis and tuk tuks are available if you arrive from the airport or station, but to get to the cable cars you can only use designated buses.
Pictures of Yellow Mountain (Huang Shan, 黄山)