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- We visited Huangshan mountain during the Golden Week, when it get super crowded.
We started from the town of Hangkou.
If you happen to stay in the town of Tangkou, give local guide and driver Simon a call. We met him by coincidence. He used to be a guide and is now providing driver service, growing up in the area he took us to some very nice places nearby. And he speaks perfect English so a great help. He made some great recommendations about the best entrance to go up Huangshan in the busy days of the Golden Week. WeChat ID cjc5626316
We wanted to hike up the western steps but Simon advised us to take the lesser known North Entrance. This was indeed much more quiet, downside is that it was 1 hour drive from Tangkou, but certainly worth it. the walk up is beautiful, but be prepared: instead of hiking you find yourself walking stairs the whole way. From the north entrance it’s about 7-8 km to walk up, and the stairs get pretty steep and and some point we were quite done with it. But the views are good.
Once up on the mountain we stayed 2 nights at XiHai hotel, situated a bit towards the north. Still at the top it’s all steps up and down, don;t expect some good hiking trails to take you off the paved paths and stairs.
We tried to walk the West Sea Canyon route as we were told this is less crowded. But during Golden Week, everything simply gets crowded and the small steps and paths on this route were packed. Views again are great.
For sunrise and sunset, when it’s crowded, it actually pays to find a place that does not have a perfect view. We did a sunset at the start of West Sea Canyon, where you do not really see the sun set (it sets behind a mountain) but the colors are gorgeous and the setting is so serene compared to the hot spots where there are tons of people trying to take photo’s. We did the same for sunrise and had a nice experience this way, with more peace and quiet (if this is what you like of course. For the perfect picture you best go to a top)
We stayed 2 nights on the mountain, which was really more than enough time. We had some time to relax as well, but if you are pressed for time you can do 1 night.Written 7 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- If you didn't get enough steps walking up Mt Huangshan, take this side trip. Approximately 1 hour each way with steeper stairs than you encountered before. Worth it? You bet!Written 1 November 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Our lovely guide Echo took us late afternoon to this old street. Lots of interesting shops and restaurants but quite crowded. Worth a look though.Written 1 November 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The mountain was a highlight and took a full day. Wish we would have spent another full day in the area to explore more at the base as there is quite a few things to do. We would say two days in the area would be perfect! During our trip in December it was quite chilly so remember to bring good boots and a few layers you can quickly change in and out of. Food in the park is a bit overpriced so plan to bring stuff in from town. A stay on the mountain looks nice but we stayed in Tangkou Town and enjoyed our time all the same!Written 22 December 2020
- Chengkan village has well preserved residential architecture from Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 A.D.). Chengkan village is also widely known as Bagua Village (八卦) relating to Taiji philosophy that focuses on two aspects – Yin and Yang. This can be seen in a lot of the old residential houses. It is highly recommended that you hire a guide. If you can understand Chinese, then local guides can be hired at village entrance for a small fee of rmb50 (the guide will take you through the village and explain a lot of Fengshui design of the buildings to you. The tour would take around 1 hour and if you want to spend longer than it is another rmb50). The local village has very limited English speaking guide. While you can tour the village yourself, a lot of cultural knowledge is lost without someone explaining. While this is not as tourist or famous as Hongcun and Xidi, it is definitely worth a visit.Written 26 October 2019
- Did not do enough homework to realize how challenge and somewhat dangerous this hiking is. It is an ultimate hiking especially with strong wind. Tian Du Feng is due to close for five years after Dec. 1. Took us almost 2 hours to complete the hiking. The views from the top of mountain is second to none. Ten of 16 us completed the challenge. Three of us gave up right before reaching the top around the turning because it was very strong wind. In addition to the gorgeous views, we were so lucky to see the “Buddha light”. My friend who had been Huangshan 39 times, only saw it once (twice including this trip. The tour guide only saw twice in his 20 some years professional career. It’s a huge challenge and definitely worth hiking to to top. However, don’t push yourself. After all, safety is the #1 priority.Written 15 November 2018
- It is a 10 mins hike from Yuping cable car station. This place is crowded with tour groups. There are few food and snacks stalls. A good place for stop over and toilet break. Many tourists are taking selfies and personal photos of the iconic Greeting Pine, which can be seen from the platform down a few steps. Personally, this Greeting Pine is nothing spectacular as pine trees are everywhere. I think the pine trees at Refreshing Terrace and Black Tiger Pine are much more imposing.Written 1 October 2018
- Nice path leading through the valley. But this season you need to walk all theway to the Green Pearl Pool to see the clear and clean water, as emerald is in your mind!Written 9 November 2019
- If you are visiting China, you will surely see The Great Wall and perhaps the Terracotta Warriors, but Huangshan should be on your China bucket list. There are so many beautiful sights and wonders here. It is crowded but not like the other places I mentioned. Your China trip would feel empty if you don’t visit Huangshan and this peak is very accessible to people with even limited physical abilities.Written 24 June 2019
- The hot springs are on the more expensive side but are worth the trip in our opinion. There are many different types of aroma pools with varying temperatures. During our visit we tried many different pools and our favourites were the carnation, ginseng and red wine pools! They also had vitamin C (citrus), milk and various floral ones. The temperatures of the water range from 36°C to 42°C.
We tried the hot springs after coming in from Hangzhou via train. There are lockers on site and they provide towels but Bath robes are extra. They do sell swim suits here but we would recommend bringing your own style. The shower facilities are pretty good and there is a steam room too. Due to covid we had to get ourselves pre-approved via our hotel's front desk with our health codes and travel itinerary prior to coming here. There are a few buses that go through Tankou Town directly to the hot springs and cost 11 RMB one way. Our hotel helped us to the bus stop and there is an English speaking manager at the hot spring that helped us get back to our hotel.
It is 178 RMB per person and we spent about 2 hours here in December. In the summer I could see us spending a little bit more time as there are lounge chairs.Written 21 December 2020
- This is our second visit and we’re content that we stopped again. This place is just so peaceful and relaxing and that is what you’ll need after visiting some of the touristy spots in Huangshan. There is not much to do, souvenirs to buy but what it has is a nice place to take a relaxing stroll in nature.Written 24 June 2019
- Well preserved Tang village with a small river running through it. It’s not as popular as some other ancient villages in the vicinity so it’s quite peaceful and you almost feel like one of the active residents there. Worth a visit if crowds are not your thing.Written 17 January 2020
- After the Xihei Grand Canyon awesome scenery exploration, we checked in the White Cloud Hotel. Took a shower, had a good
Lunch and started another natural beauty exploration heading to Buxian Bridge. How lucky we were, the overnight raining built up sufficient moisture to let the Mother Nature played the great symphony to have the mist, the fog, the cloud ocean flowing around the awesome mountain peaks. OMG, this morning’s Grand Canyon already shocked me, and now another shock with different kind of natural beauty. Actually, the pictures can only tell very little of this natural beauty. You have to come by yourself with your owns to see such a gorgeous place like an awesome photo after another.Written 15 November 2018
- visited on a rainy day. the falls were spectacular following a few days of heavy rain. from park entrance, to reach the highest accessible point of the falls requires a 30 - 40min walk including some steep stairs. the entrance ticket costs RMB 85, free entry for senior citizens (above 65 yrs I think...). To reach the park, travel time from Tangkou took about 15mins by car.Written 18 June 2019
- There are a lot of nice architectures and old buildings in the old village. It could be managed better to avoid the merchants ruining the nature of this ancient village. The moon lake was the place that Li An’s famous movie “crouching tiger, hidden dragon” took several famous shoots. Overall, it’s a nice walking tour and quite relaxed.Written 20 November 2018
Frequently Asked Questions about Huangshan
- The best day trips from Huangshan according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Huangshan Ancient Villages Sightseeing Private Day Tour
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