Sooo, I feel like I’m constantly repeating myself on this blog when saying something like “this is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen”, “epic” or “breathtaking, awe-inspiring experience”. I’ve expressed these feelings of astonishment and stupefaction already multiple times when talking about the Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces in Longsheng, the Great Wall of China (normal edition and camping edition) or about Guilin. Soon I will run out of vocabulary to express my overwhelming amazement. Those places were awesome, but the scenery of Huangshan is by far the most breathtaking thing I’ve seen so far. And to even think that we were both rather reluctant at first to go to the Yellow Mountains, thinking it was only inferior to Zhangjiajie (a.k.a. the Avatar Mountains). We’ve never been so wrong! Anyway, enough with all the slightly emotional talking about how these beautiful places left an impression, here is our awesome Yellow Mountains Huangshan journey!
First we took the Friday night train from Shanghai to Huangshan, where we arrived at 7:11 the next morning after an 11 hour train ride. Our plan was to stay until Monday evening and take a night train back to Shanghai.
On the first day we weren’t really lucky because of bad weather conditions. It was cloudy the entire day, which made it impossible to see the mountains around us. Luckily we still had two days in Huangshan ahead of us.
We first took the Yuping Cable Car at Ciguang Station (or Mercy Light Station) to Yuping Peak (Jade Screen), which was also the place where we had booked a room in the Yupinglou Hotel for our first night in the mountains. We dropped of some stuff at the hotel – which was very nice by the way – and went to see what probably is the most iconic view of Mt. Huangshan: The Welcoming Guest Pine (Yingkesong), which is just an average tree. A beautiful one, but no so special.
After seeing the somewhat disappointing tree – we didn’t really have high hopes though to begin with -, we started our climb to Lotus peak which, unfortunately, was closed. However, due to the cloudy weather, I don’t think we would have seen anything anyway.
We continued our voyage to The Fairy Walking Bridge (Buxian), a small bridge linking two steep rocks looking over the Xihai Scenic Area. After a ninety minute hike to get there, we were rewarded with a beautiful view over the West Sea Canyon (Xihai). We took a lot of pictures, made a few time lapses, recorded some drone footage and then started our walk to Bright Top (Guangming ding), where we had planned to see the sunset.
The entire day we could barely see anything of the mountains, making us a bit demotivated, but all of this went away once we were lucky to see the amazing sunset from Bright Top. Happy that our day wasn’t a complete ‘waste’, we headed back to our nice hotel where we enjoyed a suprisingly good – and a tad overprized – meal.
Normally there would be epic mountains behind Nathan, but due to the weather, the only thing we could really see and photograph were some nearby trees, so that’s exactly what I did.