Telphers Guide in Yellow Mountain
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 Telpher
|Ticket Office of Cloud Valley Telpher|
Completed at the end of 2006, 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 1.7 miles (2,666 meters) in length. It can transfer 2,000 people in an hour with 69 eight-seat cable cars. On your ride, you can encounter the Begin to Believe Peak, Monkey Gazing at the Sea, Refreshing Terrace as well as the West Sea Scenic Area, Cloud Dispersing Pavilion, Red Sunglow Peak, etc.
2. Jade Screen Telpher
It was established in 1996, running 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.
3. Taiping Telpher
It connects the Pine Valley Nunnery (Song Gu An) to the Pine Forest Peak (Song Lin Feng). It is 2.3 miles (3,709 meters) 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.
4. West Sea Valley Telpher
The construction started in April, 2011 and eventually completed in June, 2013. This route is 0.55 mile (892 meters) long from the bottom of the West Sea Valley to the Stone Bed Peak (Shi Chuang Feng). It is said that 800 tourists can be taken in one hour and a single trip just takes around three minutes.
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 Cable Car.
Note: The telphers will be out of service in turn for a month during winter times for maintenance. Visitors should pay attention to the notices published on the official website if they want to visit in winter.
|Cloud Valley/Jade Screen/Taiping||Monday - Friday: 07:00 - 17:00 |
Weenkends: 06:30 - 17:00
|West Sea Valley||08:00 - 17:00|
|Single Ticket||Mar. - Nov.||Dec. - next Feb.|
|Cloud Valley||CNY 80||CNY 65|
|Jade Screen||CNY 90||CNY 75|
|Taiping||CNY 80||CNY 65|
|West Sea Valley||CNY 100||CNY 80|