Yellow Mountain (Huangshan Mountain)
|Map of Yellow Mountain |
(Click to enlarge)
Of all the notable mountains in China, the Yellow Mountain, aka Mount Huangshan, 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 Yellow Mountain. 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.
Every year, from December to the next March, the West Sea Valley and Heavenly Capital Peak (Tiandu Peak) are closed for winter maintenance. Correspondingly, the West Sea Valley Ropeway temporarily stops receiving visitors.
Best Time and Locations to See Sunrise
The best east-facing viewing areas on the Yellow Mountain 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.
How to get to Yellow Mountain
Visitors from Hefei, Nanjing and Anqing can enter the mountain via the north entrance through Taiping. Visitors from Shanghai, Hangzhou can go through Tangkou, the south entrance. As to Huangshan Cable Cars (cable car stations), Taiping Cable Car is close to the north entrance. Yungu and Yuping ropeways are in the south entrance.
By Air - Shanghai Hongqiao Airport has a direct flight at 13:15 and arriving in Huangshan Airport at 14:25. Then 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 Yellow Mountain scenic area and the bus fare is CNY 20.
By Train - Passengers can take Shanghai-Huangshan High Speed Trains running from Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station to Huangshan North Railway Station. The travel time is 4-4.5 hours and it costs CNY 505.5 for a first class seat and CNY 304 for a second class seat. When arriving, change to a tour bus or taxis in the front square to the resort. The tour buses depart from 09:15 to 20:20.
By Bus - Shanghai South Bus Station has two buses a day departing at 10:27 and 14:49 to Yellow Mountain. It takes about 6.5 hours and the ticket price is CNY 148. The departure time may be adjusted to the notice of the bus station.
|Climbing the 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 5.5-6 hours. Visitors can choose where to go first.
By Train - Take a bullet train from Hangzhou East Railway Station to Huangshan North Railway Station. The travel time is about 3.5 hours. A first class seat costs CNY 388.5 and a second class seat costs CNY 231. Upon arrival, take a tour bus from the front square to the resort.
From Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake)
By Ferry - Take ferry at Qiandaohu Passenger Transport Center to Shendu Ferry Wharf. Then take bus to Shexian county. After arrival, take a bus to Tunxi to transfer to the regular bus to the mountain.
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.
By Bus - there are buses from Hefei Bus Station, Hefei South Bus Station and Hefei East Bus Station to the scenic area, which depart from 7:30 to 15:10. The bus fare is CNY 98. It takes around 4 hours.
By 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 CNY 140.5 for a second class seat and CNY 236.5 for a first class seat. Upon arrival, take a tour bus from the front square.
By Train - there are 5 trains from Nanjing Railway Station. However, visitors are suggested to take K8419 (00:07-07:11) and K45 (01:32-07:32). When they arrive, they still can take minibus to the Yellow Mountain directly.
Departing from other cities? Just search how to get there by using our China Flight or China Train Search Tools.
|Mar. - Nov.||Dec. - next Feb.|
|Admission Fee||CNY 230||CNY 150|
|Cable Car |
single trip ticket
|Cloud Valley/Taiping||CNY 80||CNY 65|
|Jade Screen||CNY 90||CNY 75|
|West Sea Valley||CNY 100||CNY 80|
|Sunday to Friday||06:30 - 16:30|
|Saturday||06:00 - 16:30|
|Recommended Time for a Visit||Two or three days|
Cable Car Hours
|Cloud Valley||Mon. - Fri.: 7:00 - 17:00; Weekends: 6:30 - 17:00|
|Taiping||07:00 - 17:00|
|Jade Screen||07:00 - 17:00|
|West Sea Valley||08:00 - 17:00; closed from December to March annually|
Further Reading: Yixian, Shexian - The Town of the residential houses from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Recommended Guided Tours:
3 Days Huangshan Tour from $379
4 Days Yellow Mountain Hiking Tour from $529
10 Days Group Tour to Beijing - Xian - Shanghai - Mt. Huangshan from $1499
More Huangshan Tours