Our second day in Huangshan and we were very enthusiastic and completely ready for another day full of adventure! Luckily the weather was better than our 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: the tiring Hundred Step Cloud Ladder (Baibu Yunti) and Bright Top or Brightness Peak (Guangming Ding), the second highest peak of Huangshan.
Huangshan Beihai Area
We arrived at the Beihai Scenic Area and dropped off all of our unnecessary luggage to continue 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).
After this, we climbed the Purple/Red Cloud Peak (Danxia), located east of the Xihai Grand Canyon. We left early enough to go to Lion Peak (Shizi Feng) to see the sunset.
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 saw the most 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!