To fully experience the beauty of Yellow Mountain (Huangshan), you have to reach the peak areas. With the assistance of telphers, this is made much easier. This scenic area has developed this kind of transport since 1986. Now there are totally four on it. They can be described as follows:
1. Cloud Valley Old Telpher
It is the first one on the mountain. Built in 1986, it runs from Cloud Valley Temple (Yun Gu Si) to White Goose Peak (Bai E Ling), taking eight minutes for a single trip. The whole route is about 2,804 meters (3,066 yards) in length. It can transfer 300 people in an hour with one cablecar accommodating 50. From here you can visit the Begin to Believe Peak, Monkey Gazing at the Sea, Refreshing Terrace as well as the West Sea Scenic Area, Cloud Dispersing Pavilion, Red Cloud Peak, etc.
It has been stopped operation since 2011.
2. Cloud Valley New Telpher
It completed in 2007 is the newest of the four. Its route is from Cloud Valley Temple to White Goose Peak. A single trip takes eight minutes also. With one cable car taking eight people, it takes 2,000 people an hour.
3. Jade Screen Telpher
It established in 1996 runs from the Merciful Light Pavilion (Ci Guang Ge) to Jade Screen Pavilion (Yu Ping Lou). One cable car can accommodate six persons at one time. Within 6 to 10 minutes, you can cover a distance that otherwise takes 3 hours on foot to reach the essential scenic area including the symbol of Yellow Mountain - the Guest Greeting Pine.
4. Taiping Telpher
It connects the Pine Valley Nunnery (Song Gu An) to the Pine Forest Peak (Song Lin Feng). It is 3,709 meters (4,056 yards) long, boasting the longest in Asia. 100 people can be taken in one carriage and a single trip takes about eight minutes. It is regarded as the one which offers the best scenery. Sitting in the carriage, you can pull the clouds and fog into your arm and overlook the world aloof. It may leave you a totally different feeling.
How to choose the appropriate one among the four? It depends on the location of your hotel and your sightseeing plan. If you climb from the north gate, your only choice is the Taiping Cable Car starting at Pine Valley Nunnery (Song Gu An). If you plan to enter from the south gate, the other three are available. Jade Screen Cable Car is recommended if you lodge in the Yupinglou Hotel or Guangmingding Resort on the summit, or you want to climb Tiandu Peak on the first day after your arrival. If the hotel you booked is on the back mountain such as Beihai Hotel, Shilin Hotel or White Goose Resort, we suggest you take the Cloud Valley Old or Cloud Valley New Cable Car.
|Cloud Valley||Monday - Sunday||06:30-16:30|
|Jade Screen||Monday - Friday||06:30-16:30|
|Saturday & Sunday||06:00-16:30|
|Taiping||Monday - Thursday||07:00-16:30|
|Friday & Sunday||06:30-16:30|