Yellow Mountain

Yellow Mountain (Huangshan Mountain)

Anhui Yellow Mountain Map
Tourist Map of Yellow Mountain
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Of all the notable mountains in China, the Yellow Mountain, aka Mount Huangshan, is probably the most famous and can be found in the south of Anhui Province. It is famed for its stunning and peculiar natural sceneries composed of four wonders, namely unique guest-greeting pines, absurd stones, sea of clouds and amazing hot springs, as well as high peaks, strange pines and glacial landforms. 

The fairyland-like Huangshan national park occupying an area of 160.6 square kilometers (39,700 acres) boasts not only attractive scenery but also abundant resources and a great variety of zoological species, for which it has been listed as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site. 

In different seasons around a year the mountain has various and unique beauty, such as the wild spring flowers, specular summer waterfalls, colorful autumn leaves and white winter rime. 
 See also Best Time to Visit Yellow Mountain

However, every year, from December to the following March, the West Sea Valley and Heavenly Capital Peak (Tiandu Peak) are closed for winter maintenance. Correspondingly, the West Sea Valley cableway temporarily stops receiving visitors.
 See also Yellow Mountain Travel Tips

Flying Over Stone on Yellow Mountain
Flying Over Stone
Lotus Peak
Lotus Peak

Highlights in Huangshan

Huangshan scenic area mainly consists of six particular areas. Inside the Jade Screen, you can catch sight of lofty mountains, precipitous slopes and antiquated stone carvings. The distinguished Guest-Greeting Pine can be found here, too. From North Sea to Pine Valley, not only the jungle-like steep mountains, but also the lush and verdant pines and cypresses would leave you with a deep impression. The gurgling spring water and imposing waterfalls in Hot Springs and White Cloud will feast your eyes on their distinct beauty and magnificence. With quiet environment and relatively flat paths, the secluded Cloud Valley is suitable for an easier Huangshan hiking. 

The famed four wonders are 4 unique views belonging to Mount Huangshan, namely Strange Pines, Absurd Stones, Sea of Clouds and Hot springs respectively. 

There are hundreds of rare pine trees in Huangshan. As one of the landmarks of Huangshan, the most famous Guest-Greeting Pine stretches out for about 10 meters (33 feet) from the sheer cliffs, like an usher in a respectful greeting gesture. 

The absurd stones can be seen almost on every peak of Huangshan Mountain. From different viewing angles, the stones look like human beings, animals or other objects. Accordingly, they are given different vivid names such as Monkey Stone and Flying over Stone. 

Sea of Clouds is known for its beauty, scarcity, marvelousness, and flexibility. You would be lucky to see this rarely seen scenery as it only occurs around 50 days in a year. The whole mountain is as pretty as a huge ink-wash painting when enveloped in the misty clouds. Looking at the floating clouds pouring down from mountaintops will highlight your Huangshan trip. 

As one of the four wonders, the Hot springs keep an average temperature of around 42.5℃ (108.5℉) averagely all year round. Taking a bath in hot spring while appreciating the wonderful natural landscapes will not only refresh your body and mind, but also help get away from the fatigue after a tiring Huangshan hiking.

Sea of Clouds
Sea of Clouds
Sunrise
Sunrise

Recommended Huangshan Hiking Trails

The Cloud Valley Temple of back Huangshan and Merciful Light Pavilion of front Huangshan are two starting points for a Huangshan hike respectively. In general, for saving physical strength, most tourists like to go up the mountain from its south gate in back part and leave from the north gate in front part.
 

1-Day Trip to West Sea Valley:

Zhaixi Transfer Center - Cloud Valley Temple - New White Goose Ridge Station - Black Tiger Pine - Harp Pine - Beginning to Believe Peak - Black Tiger Pine - North Sea - Unity Pine - West Sea - Cloud Dispersing Tower - Cloud Dispersing Pavilion - Northern Entrance of West Sea Valley – West Sea Valley Bottom - Sky Sea - Bright Peak Summit - Flying Stone - Bright Peak Summit - Legendary Turtle Peak - 100-step Scaling Ladder - Lotus Pavilion - Guest-Greeting Pine - Merciful Light Pavilion - Zhaixi Transfer Center
 

Climb Yellow Mountain
Climbing the Mountain

2-Day Huangshan Trekking Route: (Accommodation: Bei Hai Hotel)

Day 1:
Zhaixi Transfer Center - Cloud Valley Temple - New White Goose Ridge Station - Black Tiger Pine - Harp Pine - Beginning to Believe Peak - Black Tiger Pine - Bei Hai Hotel - Unity Pine - Xi Hai Hotel - Paiyunlou Hotel - Cloud Dispersing Pavilion - Northern Entrance of West Sea Valley - West Sea Valley Bottom - Cloud Dispersing Pavilion - Bei Hai Hotel

Day 2:
Bei Hai Hotel - Refreshing Platform - Monkey Gazing at the Sea - Bei Hai Hotel - Bright Peak Summit - Flying Stone - Bright Peak Summit - Legendary Turtle Peak - 100-step Scaling Ladder - Lotus Pavilion - Guest-Greeting Pine - Heaven Capital Peak - Half Mountain Temple - Merciful Light Pavilion - Zhaixi Transfer Center
 

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 and 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 closer to the south entrance. 

 By Air
If visiting Huangshan by air, from Huangshan Airport, passengers can take bus no. 19 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/ person. From Huangshan airport, the taxi fee to the scenic area directly is around CNY 200. 

 By Train
If arriving at Huangshan North Railway Station by bullet train, transfer to a tour bus or taxi in the front square of the station to the transfer center of Mount Huang. The tour buses depart from 08:00 to 20:20. You can also hail a taxi from the railway station to Huangshan, and it would cost around CNY 160. 

 By Long-distance Bus
There are many regularly direct buses departing from most Chinese cities to Huangshan, so taking the long-distance bus would be one of the available choices to get to Yellow Mountain.

How to get to the Yellow Mountain from Nearby Cities 

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By Air By Train By Bus
How to Travel from Shanghai to Huangshan
One flight at 13:15;
Duration is about 1 hour.
Two bullet trains at 08:42 and 18:07;
Duration is 4 - 4.5 hours.
Two direct buses departing at 10:27 and 14:49 from Shanghai South Bus Station;
It takes about 6.5 hours and the ticket price is CNY 148 per person.
From Nanjing
No direct flight Overnight trains K8419 (00:07 - 07:11) and K45 (01:32 - 07:32) from Nanjing Railway Station are recommended;
Duration is around 7 hours.
Two buses at 07:00 and 10:50 from Nanjing South Coach Station;
a bus from Nanjing East Coach Station at 14:10;
one bus from Nanjing Coach Station at 14:30;
Ticket fare: around CNY 100.
Duration: about 4.5 hours
From Hangzhou
No direct flight Two bullet trains at 09:49 and 19:13;
The travel time is about 3 - 3.5 hours.
About 15 direct buses from Hangzhou West Bus Station daily from 06:50 to 18:20; 
It takes about 4 hours and costs about CNY 90 per person.
From Hefei
One flight at 14:40;
Duration is about 1 hour
Over 20 bullet trains daily;
The travel time is about 1.5 to 2 hours. 
About 15 buses from Hefei Bus from 06:00 to 14:10;
The bus fare is CNY 60 - 100;
It takes around 4 hours.
From Thousand Islets Lake (Qiandao Lake)
No direct flight About 10 high speed trains daily;
The travel time is 35-47 minutes.
Five buses from Qiandaohu Central Bus Station from 07:10 to 14:30;
Duration: about 3.5 - 5.5h;
Bus fare: CNY 60 – 80.
From Wuhan
No direct flight One bullet train at 11:17;
The duration is about 4.5 hours.
No direct bus.
West Sea Valley
West Sea Valley
West Sea Valley
West Sea Valley

Ticket Price

Mar. - Nov. Dec. - next Feb.
Admission Fee CNY 190 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
Note: Free for children below 1.2 meters (3.9 feet);
 

Opening Hours

Sunday to Friday 06:30 - 16:30
Saturday 06:00 - 16:30
Recommended Time for a Visit Two or three days
Note: Generally, the ticket is valid for one entry with an unlimited stay length. So if you want to spend more than one day there, you can camp or lodge in a hotel within the scenic area. If you want to exit after the first day's visit and reenter on the next day, you need to register and obtain proof at the ticket office before leaving.

 Cable Car Hours
Cable Car Time
Cloud Valley 06:50 - 17:00
Taiping 06:50 - 16:30
Jade Screen 06:50 - 17:00
West Sea Valley 08:00 - 17:00; closed from December to March annually

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

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- Last modified on May. 21, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Yellow Mountain
Asked by Nicola from NEW ZEALAND | May. 21, 2019 16:47Reply
How do you get to Huangshan resort and spa? We would like to walk
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Answered by Kevin from CANADA | May. 21, 2019 19:49
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It is about 1.5 km from the peak, and you can walk or take cable car.
Asked by Julie from UKRAINE | May. 02, 2019 23:10Reply
hi, how many days would you recommend to stay in Yellow Mountain?
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Answered by Jeremy from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 06, 2019 18:38
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3 days are better and at least 2 days are needed.
Asked by Sebastian from MEXICO | Apr. 24, 2019 00:11Reply
Hello, in planning to go to the yellow mountains but I only have one day.
I’m arriving a at huangshan station at 9:20. I’ve heard the park closes at 5 pm. We are going on May 3rd so we are expecting it to be crowded. Do you think there is enough time? How long does it take to ride the cable car on holiday season? Thanks
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Answered by Emilie from AUSTRALIA | Apr. 25, 2019 18:19
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Hi, the time is too tight since it takes around 1 hour to the mountain scenic area from the railway station. What's more, May 3 will be very crowded. I'm not very sure about how long it will take during holidays but it is said the queuing time can range from 1-3 hours.
Asked by Jess from USA | Apr. 13, 2019 17:23Reply
Huangshanbei to the park
Hello, I am planning a trip for May and I'm arriving at Huangshanbei station at 3:30. I am an experienced hiker and wanted to get into the park on the same day I arrive. However, I've heard the buses into the park stop at 4:30. Is this true? Do you think I will be able to get into the park and stay at a hotel inside or will I have to stay in the city the first night and go to the park the next day? Thanks.
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Answered by Noah from ITALY | Apr. 16, 2019 22:49
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Oh, don't worry. The direct shuttle buses from North Railway Station to the mountain area depart until 20:20. Thus you can get into the park and stay at a hotel inside the scenic area. However, the you need to get into the scenic area before 16:30.
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