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Yellow Mountain (Huangshan Mountain)

Anhui Yellow Mountain Map
Map of Yellow Mountain
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Of all the notable mountains in China, the Yellow Mountain is probably the most famous to be found in the south of Anhui Province. Originally known as Mt. Yishan it was renamed Mt. Huangshan in 747 AD in recognition of the legendary Huang Di, who was the reputed ancestor of the Chinese people and who made magic pills for immortality here.

Wu yue is the collective name given to China's most important mountains, namely Mt. Taishan in Shandong Province, Mt. Huashan in Shaanxi Province, Mt. Hengshan in Shanxi Province, Mt. Songshan in Henan Province and Mt. Hengshan in Hunan Province. It is said that you won't want to visit any others after seeing wu yue but you won't wish to see even wu yue after returning from it. This saying may give you some idea of the beauty and uniqueness of it. Together with the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Great Wall, it has become one of the great symbols of China.

It can boast not only of its magnificence but also its abundant resources and great variety of zoological species, for which it has been listed as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site.

 Best times and locations to see sunrise

The best east-facing viewing areas are Dawn Pavilion, Refreshing Platform, Lion Peak, Rosy Clouds Peak, Bright Peak Summit, Jade Screen Peak, Lotus Blossom Peak and Heavenly Capital Peak; best times to view a sunrise:
Spring ---- 05:30-06:00
Summer ---- 04:40-05:10
Fall ---- 04:50-05:20
Winter ---- 05:30-06:00

Best times and viewing areas to see sunglow:
Before and after sunrise is the best time to see sunglow. As with viewing the sunrise, you should be in position early.

Best times and viewing areas to see seas of clouds:
From September to May is the best season for cloud viewing, especially on a clear day after rainy or snowy weather. Seas of clouds are infrequent in summer. To best experience the beauty of seas clouds, tourists should change their viewing locations points according to the height of clouds.

Sea of Clouds
Sea of Clouds

 How to get to Yellow Mountain from nearby cities

Visitors from Hefei, Nanjing and Anqing can enter the mountain via the north entrance through Taiping. Tangkou is the south entrance. Visitors from Shanghai, Hangzhou can go through Tangkou. As to Huangshan telphers (cable car stations), Taiping Telpher is close to the north entrance. Yungu and Yuping telphers are in the south entrance. 

 From Shanghai 
 By Air - Shanghai Hongqiao Airport has a flight in the afternoon, at 14:20 and arriving in Huangshan Airport at 15:25. Take no. 19 bus to the city's Passenger Transport Terminal (also called Tunxi Bus Station) located at no. 31 Qiyun Avenue. There are regular buses to the scenic area. The most convenient way is Taxi. The total fare is about CNY 180 from the airport and CNY 200 from the airport. It takes around 1 to 1.5 hours.
 By Train - Passengers can take Shanghai-Huangshan Trains running from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Huangshan North Railway Station. The travel time is about 4.5 hours and it costs CNY505.5 for a first class seat and CNY 304 for a second class seat. When arriving, change to North Station Special Bus Line, Sightseeing Special Line or taxis in the front square to the resort.
 By Bus - Shanghai South Bus Station has five buses a day departing at 06:37, 07:57, 09:07, 10:27 and 14:57. It takes about 6.5 hours and the ticket price is CNY148. The time may be a little changeable adjusted to the notice of the bus station on the same day of departure.

Climb Yellow Mountain
Climbing Yellow Mountain

For the morning buses, visitors had better go to the bus station for ticket one day in advance. There are also buses here to Tunxi, passing Yixian and Shexian counties. The ticket price is a bit cheaper and it takes about 5.5 hours. Visitors can choose where to go first.

 From Hangzhou
 By Bus - There is no train or airplane from Hangzhou. Bus seems to be the only and easiest way to get there. Hangzhou West Bus Station has about six direct buses every day, leaving at 08:00, 09:50, 10:50, 12:40, 14:10 and 15:10. It takes about 4 hours and costs about CNY 96 to 115 to get to the destination. 
 By Train - Take a bullet train from Hangzhou East Railway Station to Huangshan North Railway Station. The travel time is about 3.5 hours and a second class seat costs CNY 231. Upon arrival, change to North Station Special Bus Line, Sightseeing Special Line or taxis in the front square to the resort.

 From Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake)
 By Bus - Everyday, there are two blue New National Express buses to Qiandao Lake at 06:20 and 13:30 and back to here at 07:10 and 14:30. The bus fare is CNY 80. It needs around 4 hours.
 By Ferry - Take ferry at Qiandaohu Passenger Transport Center to Shendu Ferry Wharf. Then take bus to Huangshan. It takes hours on the ferry, so it is better to choose bus. To Qiandao Lake, visitors can try the ferry to see the scenery of the lake. No need to take the cruise boat after getting to the lake area. It saves some money. 

 From Hefei
 By Air - Hefei Xinqiao International Airport has one flight in the morning, at 08:15 and arriving at 09:15. After arriving, take no.19 bus to reach the passenger transport terminal on Qiyun Avenue and take regular buses to the scenic area from there. Or take a taxi from the airport.
 By Bus - there are six buses from Hefei East Bus Station to the scenic area, which depart at 07:40, 09:20, 10:40, 13:15, 13:43 and 14:40. The bus fare is CNY 88 or 98. It takes around 4 hours.
 By Train - Since the opening of Beijing-Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed Train, passengers can easily get to Huangshan North Railway Station by bullet train from Hefei South Railway Station. The travel time is about 1.5 to 2 hours and it costs about CNY140.5 for a second class seat and CNY 236.5 for a first class seat. When arriving, passengers can take North Station Special Bus Line, Sightseeing Special Line or taxis in the front square to the resort.

 From Nanjing
 By Bus - There is one bus from Nanjing East Long Distance Bus Station. It departs at 14:10. The bus fare is CNY94. Another two buses depart from Nanjing South Coach Station, 07:00 and 11:50. It costs CNY 105 per person.
 By Train - there are seven trains from Nanjing Railway Station. However, visitors may take K8419 (00:25-07:11), K45 (01:29-07:32) and 7101 (06:00-14:42). When they arrive, they still can take minibus to the resort directly.

 From Wuhan
 By Bus - There are two buses from Fujiapo Long Distance Bus Station, 09:30 and 17:20. It takes around 8 hours. Another two buses leave from Jinjiadun Long Distance Bus Station, 07:40 and 16:20. The whole bus journey is around 10 hours. The bus fares are CNY 235 and CNY248.

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Admission Fee:

CNY 230 (Mar. 1-Nov.30); 
CNY 150 (Dec.1-Feb.28 or 29 the next year)

Children below 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) or 6 years old are free of charge.

Cable Car: Mar. 1-Nov.30:
CNY 80 (Single ticket for Cloud Valley)
CNY 90 (Single ticket for Jade Screen)
CNY 80 (Single ticket for Taiping)

children between 3.9 and 4.6 feet (1.2 and 1.4 meters) :
CNY 40 for Cloud Valley and Taiping Cable Cars
CNY 45 for Jade Screen Cable Car

CNY 65 (Single ticket for Cloud Valley)
CNY 75 (Single ticket for Jade Screen)
CNY 65 (Single ticket for Taiping)

children between 3.9 and 4.6 feet (1.2 and 1.4 meters) :
CNY 35 for Cloud Valley and Taiping Cable Cars
CNY 40 for Jade Screen Cable Car

1. West Sea Valley Telpher has been opened since July 9, 2013. A single ticket is CNY 80.
2. Children below 3.9 feet (1.2 meters) or 6 years old are free of charge.
Opening Hours: 06:00 - 16:30
Recommended Time for a Visit: two or three nights

Further Reading: Yixian, Shexian - The Town of the residential houses from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

 Recommended Itineraries:
Natural Wonders of Huangshan: 3 Days of Yellow Mountain - Hongcun Village -Tunxi Old Street
Huangshan to Yixian & Shexian: 4 Days to the Yellow Mountain, Hongcun Village, Tangyue Archways
More Huangshan Tours