Travel Photos of the Yellow Mountains
Presentation of the Yellow Mountains
The Yellow Mountains (Huangshan), located in the south of Anhui Province, are considered to be the most beautiful mountains in China and have been listed as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1990 as a cultural and cultural site. natural.
The region is known for its beauty and grandiose scenery that rests on its granite peaks, its conifers clinging to rocks with fantastic profiles and the sea of clouds that frequently surrounds the massif and standing above the peaks of the mountains, making visual and light effects very numerous and impressive.
The area is also home to hot springs, and mineral springs that supply natural pools. The historical and cultural wealth is no less important. There are many temples, kiosks, pavilions …
These mythical and sacred mountains have not stopped attracting artists (painters, poets …) Chinese for generations and they still fascinate and amaze all visitors and hikers. What an enchanting site! Huangshan is now a popular tourist destination and attracts more than one million visitors every year.
The Yellow Mountains site is easily accessible by car, train or bus from cities like Shanghai and Hangzhou. The infrastructure is generally very good and unpleasant surprises are very rare. That said, Huangshan still has an airport.
How to visit Mount Huangshan?
If you want to reach the top of Huangshan you have three possibilities:
A rather short but difficult climb on the eastern steps
A longer and more difficult climb on the western steps
A quick and easy climb, by cable car.
In the morning, take a vehicle to Tunxi, the ideal base to explore the Mount, then climb the steps of the East. From there, take a tour of the summit. You can even spend the night there. Finally, go down the steps of the West the next day.
Be careful not to underestimate the difficulties of these hikes!
If you want to go there, where few groups of tourists venture, we recommend hiking from the summit of the Mount to the parade of the West Sea.
Trekking by the Eastern Steps
Less impressive than the hike by the Western Steps, on a geological level, this climb of 7.5kms is not less pleasant.
In the spring, azaleas and weigelas (Weigela japonica) add beautiful touches of color to the woody slopes. The climb is largely shaded. Quite tiring, however, it has nothing comparable with the western markets.
Trekking by the Western Steps
For this climb of 15km, count 5 to 6 hours of walking on a steep path. Although it offers dazzling views, know that it requires twice as much effort as the Eastern Steps. Better to take the descent (3 to 4 hours walk).
If you prefer the climb with the cable car, you can take this path in the other direction. The descent begins at the flying Rock.
South of Aoyu Peak, towards the peak of the Lotus Flower, you cross a very narrow chasm, the Heavenly Ray. Save your energy for the climb (1,321 steps) to the peak of the Sky Capital (Tiandu Feng, 1,810 m). Here you will find an exceptional panorama.
The West Sea Canyon Hike
This impressive 8.5 km hike requires a minimum of 4 hours of hard work.
If you are subject to vertigo, forget it! Indeed, you will descend along a gorge and cross sections exposed above the void.
Otherwise, you can still access the canyon via the North entrance or the South entrance.
If you do not have enough time or energy for a difficult hike, take Circular Route # 1 and Circular Route # 2, following a path of 8, then return to the north entrance.
You will nevertheless miss striking panoramas on the lonely pines, but you will avoid a descent will malmènera your knees, as well as a as cruel ascent for your thighs, before joining the southern entry.
Hike to Huangshan Summit
At the top of Mount Huangshan, you will find hiking trails but also walks that go up and down to different peaks. The panorama unfolds on vast valleys of granite and huge rock formations, topped with stones defying the laws of gravity and innumerable gnarled pines of Huangshan.
When to go to Huangshan?
The 2 best seasons for your journey around the Yellow Mountains are spring and fall because the colors are sparkling and brilliant. Average temperatures are around 16 ° C. In winter, the landscape changes dramatically as the mountains are snow-covered. The activities to be planned and the atmosphere are then very different from the rest of the year.
Useful information :
Allow 1 or 2 days for the visit
Name in Chinese: Huangshan – 黄山
From the foot of the mountain, take the bus at 19 ¥ to the entrance. 2 solutions are available: either the cableway 80 ¥, or the climb of the stairs for 2-3 hours.
ATTENTION: stop of the cable car at 16h30.
– From March to November: ¥ 230
– From December to February: ¥ 150
– Monday to Saturday: 06:30 to 16:30
– Sunday: 06:00 to 16:30
Tips & Warnings: If you spend the night in the Yellow Mountains, we advise you to bring a spare business bag and leave your luggage at the foot of the mountain. Also plan for good walking shoes.
Where to sleep in the Yellow Mountains?
Staying in a good hotel is the beginning of a successful holiday. Indeed, a good accommodation can make your vacation even more exceptional … like a bad one can spoil a stay.
The Yellow Mountains is one of the most beautiful Chinese tourist parks, and is full of places to stay. You’ll have something for every budget, from small B&Bs of incomparable charm to large hotels located in the city center, near the main sites to visit, or in the surrounding countryside. That’s why we have selected for you the best hotels in the Yellow Mountains, combining comfort and quality of services.