On our second day in the Yellow Mountains we woke up with tired legs but were still very enthusiastic and completely ready for another day full of adventure! Luckily the weather was better than on the first day spent in the mountains. We checked out of the hotel at 8:00 and left for our next stop, the Beihai Hotel. To get there, we had to hike the paths we had already walked on the day before, such as the tiring Hundred Step Cloud Ladder (Baibu Yunti) where you can see two rocks looking like a turtle and the other one like a snake, and Bright Top or Brightness Peak (Guangming Ding), the second highest peak of Huangshan.
Once arrived at the Beihai Scenic Area, we dropped off all of our unnecessary luggage, ate something at the restaurant of the hotel and then continued our journey to the Cloud Dispelling/Dispersing Pavilion (Paiyun Ting), the best place to see a beautiful cloud blanket over the West Sea Grand Valley (Xihai). We left early enough to go to Lion Peak (Shizi Feng) where we wanted to see the sunset, but we still had some time left to climb the Purple/Red Cloud Peak (Danxia), located east of the Xihai Grand Canyon.
We then headed back to Beihai to start hiking the Northern Route, which generally includes the following viewing points: Dawn Pavilion (Shuguang Ting), Refreshing Terrace (Qingliang Tai), Monkey Watching the Sea (Houzi Guanhai) and Lion Peak (Shizi Feng). The latter apparently offered, together with Cloud Dispelling Pavilion, the best sunset. Unfortunately though, it was closed off to the public, leaving us a bit annoyed because we didn’t have much time left before the sun went down and if you’re in a beautiful place like Huangshan, the one thing you certainly do not want to miss is the setting sun. So we decided to go – run – back to Cloud Dispelling Pavilion, which was one hell of a workout, but we made it on time and we were rewarded with an amazing sunset over Xihai Grand Canyon.
After checking out the Monkey Watching Over The Sea (as seen on the picture above), we went back to the Dispelling Clouds Pavilion to see the sunset. The awesome thing was that we could see both above and beneath the clouds!