I feel like I’m constantly repeating myself when saying something like “this is the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen”. I’ve expressed these feelings multiple times already when talking about Longsheng, the Great Wall of China 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, here is our awesome Yellow Mountains Huangshan journey!
From Shanghai to Huangshan
First, we took the Friday night train from Shanghai to Huangshan. 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.
What to See in Huangshan
We first took the Yuping Cable Car at Ciguang Station (or Mercy Light Station) to Yuping Peak (Jade Screen). This was also the location where we had booked a room in the Yupinglou Hotel for our first night. We dropped off our luggage and went to see the most iconic view of Huangshan: The Welcoming Guest Pine (Yingkesong), a tree.
After seeing the somewhat disappointing tree, 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 90-minute hike, 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.