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

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 To run soon 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 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: Xidi, HongcunShexian - The Town of the residential houses from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

 Recommended Guided Tours:
 3 Days Huangshan Tour from $369
 4 Days Yellow Mountain Hiking Tour from $509
 10 Days Group Tour to Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai - Mt. Huangshan from $1449
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- Last modified on Nov. 19, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Yellow Mountain
Asked by Lok from MSIA | Nov. 19, 2018 03:04Reply
When will the new Hangzhou to Tunxi fast train be operational? TQ
Asked by Lok from MALAYSIA | Nov. 17, 2018 09:11Reply
Will be visiting Mt Huangshan on 24 December 2018.
Which cable car route should I take to enjoy the best view? How many cable car routes are there? ( for December ) TQ
Answers (1)
Answered by Osborn from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 19, 2018 00:36

There are four cable car routes on the mountain: Cloud Valley Cable Car, Jade Screen Cable Car, Taiping Cable Car and West Sea Valley Cable Car. You can go up via Cloud Valley Cable Car and down via Jade Screen Cable Car, which is a pretty good route for you to get the best view.

By the way, West Sea Valley Cable Car would be closed after December.
Asked by Lok from MALAYSIA | Nov. 17, 2018 09:07Reply
Is there any buses from Huangshan North Train station to Tunxi?
How frequent are the buses and how much is the bus fare? Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Ursa from USA | Nov. 19, 2018 00:47

Yes, you can take the bus No.21 and get off at Shangmaocheng bus stop, and then walk about 200 meters to the Tunxi Old Street. The interval is about 15 - 20 minutes and the bus fare is CNY5 per person.
Asked by kbg from SINGAPORE | Nov. 11, 2018 22:45Reply
Huangshan Cable car maintenance schedule in dec 2018
has the maintenance schedule be published for Dec 2018? if yes, where can I check?
Answers (1)
Answered by Queenie from USA | Nov. 12, 2018 17:28

I didn't find any news about that.
Here is the previous maintenance schedule in 2017 - 2018.
Jade Screen: November 19 to December 13 of 2017
Taiping: December 14 to 23 of 2017
Cloud Valley: January 3 to 15 of 2018
West Sea Valley will be closed since December every year.

Thus you are advised to keep close attention to the latest news.
Asked by Tyell from ITALY | Nov. 08, 2018 14:37Reply
Best place to stay coming for a 1,5 day from beijing (via bullet train)
I'm planning to get there for a couple of days coming with a train from beijing. Since I'm arriving with luggages (leaving as early as possible in the day from beijing) I think I would entirely waste almost first day for reaching an hotel dropping luggages and stuff and It's my first visit in China, so I'm not very skilled when it comes to transportations there (also I'm travelling alone). The second day I'm staying all day and night and then in the third day I will be leaving for Shanghai.

What would be my best options in terms on hotels position and transportations to optimize my time there?
Any possibility to also enjoy the famous sunset or I'm cut out?

Thanks for any help given, I'm literally lost
Answers (1)
Answered by David from USA | Nov. 09, 2018 01:35

On the first day, you can take the high speed train from Beijing to Huangshan North railway station. Then take the bus to Tangkou Town, the south gate of Yellow Mountain scenic area.
Then spend one night at the hotel in Tangkou Town.

On the second day, check out the hotel and leave your luggage in the hotel. (Most hotels will help to keep the luggage.) Then take the shuttle bus at Tangkou transfer center to the scenic area. As you arrive at the scenic area, start to climb the mountain and enjoy the scenery. And then see the sunset and live in the hotel on the mountain, such as Beihai Hotel, Baiyun Hotel, Lione Forest Hotel...

On the third day, see the sunrise and go down the mountain. Return to Tangkou and get your luggage back, then leaving for Shanghai.
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