Huangshan is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in China. Located at the east of China and close to Hangzhou. Huangshan is steeped in picturesque natural landscapes and history. Marvel at the peculiarly-shaped rocks and pines on the Mountains. Today it holds the same fascination for visitors, poets, painters and photographers who come on pilgrimage to the site, which is renowned for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of a sea of clouds.

It is also called Yellow Mountains because, during the Tang Dynasty, Emperor Li Longji believed that the Yellow Emperor became immortal here, so he changed the name from Black Mountain to Yellow Mountain.

How to get there?

After visited Hangzhou the day before, we catch a bus to Huangshan from Hangzhou West Bus Station. There are different stations all over the place, the one you need is the West Station. You may need to grab a map from your hotel in Hangzhou or use google map. The bus journey was about 3.5 hours and it will stop at nearest town, Tangkou. If you’re coming from Kuala Lumpur, I would suggest you to take flight direct to Hangzhou.

Bus departure times from Hangzhou to Tangkou: 08:00am, 09:50am,10:50am, 02:10pm, 03:10pm

Tangkou is the town at the base of Mount Huangshan. It’s quite a modern little town and there are plenty of places to eat and some really great places to stay. We’ve stayed at Huangshan Castle Youth Hostel for 1 night before the hiking on the next day. You can ask the bus driver to drop u at your hotel if the hotel located at the main road.

Hiking to Huangshan

There are two routes to the peaks: cable car and trekking. It should be noted that regardless of how you decide to reach to the top, you should be aware how much time you need to reach the peaks, how much time you need to get down, or you want to spend the night at the top. If you’re planning to trekking from bottom, get local guides from the nearest town prior to your arrival.

There are three different cable cars that take visitors to different peaks within the mountain range. Cable cars stop operating after 4 p.m. so factor that into your plans as well. Since we didn’t take any local guide, we decided to take a cable car from the Southern gate of Huangshan. The cable car from Yungu Station is going up to Mushroom Pavillion. From here, we trekking up to Brightness Top (Guan Ming Ding), second highest peak in Huangshan with elevated of 1860m.

Cable car going up to the mountain.
What to See & Do

A visit to Huangshan is all about the scenery, particularly the sunrise. People flock to the mountain to watch the sunrise over the misty peaks. If you’re staying overnight on the peaks, the beautiful of sunset is also not to be missed.

China has a particular affinity for naming peaks, valleys, certain crags, and certain trees with names that are reminiscent of other things. So you’ll visit many places with interesting names such as Turtle Peak, Flying Rock, and Begin-to-Believe Peak. I will attached some photos of all the must-visit places below this page.

All the places you can stop, enjoy the view and take as many pictures you want. Just follow the sign name and be extra careful because it’s steep. If you afraid of height, stay away from the edge.

Since we are overnight on the peaks, so we take a slowly walk and no rush to reach to the peaks. After a long trekking, we finally reached to Brightness top at sunset. The weather was quite cold up there but the view was awesome.


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Published by Lina Sariff

Travel photographer

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