Mount Huangshan is full of things to see, and travelers are suggested to make a good plan before the final trip, such as choosing the best time to visit, right itinerary to take, suitable hotels to stay in, etc. With our well-concluded guidance, you can easily design the ideal Yellow Mountain trip of your own.
Best time to Visit Huangshan
Mount Huangshan is usually mild and humid all year around, as the features of the Subtropical Monsoon Climate. The yearly average temperature is around 10 °C. Highest temperature is about 33 °C in August, and the lowest is -3°C in January. There is a big temperature difference during daytime and night. Remember to bring a warm cloth for the early morning sunrise watching. Rainfall is plentiful on the mountain, mainly from June to October. Chances are big to have a mist day or a rainy day, so you’d better check the weather forecast before your trip. learn more about Huangshan Weather.
Generally speaking, you can visit Mount Huangshan in every season and get different sightseeing – wild flowers in Spring, vibrant pine trees in Summer, cool temperature and red leaves in Autumn, stunning snow in Winter. Our suggestion is to avoid the Chinese Holidays, such as New Year Festival, Labor Days, National Days, etc.
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Yellow Mountain Winter (Dec to Feb)
How to Get to Huangshan
Get to Huangshan City from other Cities
By Flight – Huangshan Tunxi International Airport operates flights to Huangshan city from Shanghia, Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, and Guangzhou. The Shanghai-Hangzhou is the most popular air line. During the tourism peak season, there are usually two and more flying from Shanghai to Huangshan each day (duration: about 1 hour and 40 minutes). The airport is only 7km from Huangshan central downtown area. (6 Days Shanghai Tour with Yellow Mountain by Flight)
By Trains – Currently there are nearly 60 high speed bullet trains stop or passing by Huangshan North Railway Station. You can easily get to Huangshan from Beijing (as fast as 5 hours and 25 minutes), Shanghai (1 hour and 44 minutes), from Hangzhou (3 hours and 9 minutes), Xian (8 hours), Xiamen, Qingdao, Changsha, Zhengzhou and others. (5 Days Shanghai Huangshan Tour by High Speed Train)
Get to Mount Huangshan from Huangshan City
The Yellow Mountain (Mount Huangshan Scenic Area) is located 80km away from Huangshan City. Travelers usually firstly get to Huangshan on the first day, and transfer to the mountain on the third day early morning. So far, there are buses from Huangshan Bus Station to Tangkou Town where tourists have to change to take park bus to the entrance of Yellow Mountain.
High Speed Train to Huangshan
How to Design the Itinerary
The Yellow Mountain is consists of more than 50 peaks. The itineraries vary according to your dates, budget, interest, etc.
Yellow Mountain Day Tour
To visit Huangshan and return in a single day, you have to start very early at around 7 AM (you can accommodate at Tangkou, nearest town from Yellow Mountain). Take park bus from Tangkou to Yungu Temple to take cableway up. Visit Begin-to-Believe Peak and Lion Peak then walk to the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion to enter the West Sea Grand Canyon. After reaching the bottom of the canyon, take a cable car up to Baiyun Hotel for lunch. Keep walking from Baiyun Hotel to visit Turtle Fish Peak, One-Line Sky, One-Hundred-Steps Gladder. Then you will get to the symbol of Yellow Mountain – Greeting Guests Pine. Lastly, take cableway down the mountain before 4 PM to catch the park bus to Tangkou. Transfer from Tangkou to Huangshan City for accommodation.
Two Days’ Classic Itinerary
Two day’s trip allows you to visit Yellow Mountain at a leisure pace, and give you opportunities to enjoy as many as sights you can as well as the magnificent sunrise and sunset.
D1: Transfer from Huangshan city to Tangkou, then take park bus to Yungu Temple to ride the cable car to the top region of Yellow Mountain. Visit the Begin-to-Believe Peak firstly, then check in your hotel on the mountain. Then go to spend about 2~3 hours to hike the West Sea Grand Canyon, and about 1.5 hours to tour the Flying-over Rock and Bright Summit.
D2: Watch sunrise around 6 AM. After breakfast, go to climb the Lion Peak and see sites like Dawn Pavilion and Stone Monkey Looking over the Sea. Lastly, take the Yungu Cableway down the mountain and transfer to visit Hongcun Village or directly return to Huangshan City.
Itineraries for Hiking Lovers
For hiking lovers, it is necessary to spend at least two days on the mountain to explore both the Front Mountain (Greeting Guests Pine, Lotus Peak, One-Line Sky…) and the Back Mountain (Begin-to-Believe Peak, Lion Peak).
D1: Route: Greeting Guest Pine – Bright Summit – West Sea Grand Canyon / Length: about 10km/7 hrs.
Drive about 80 kilometers (1.5 hours), and take park busto Mercy Light Pavilion to ride a cableway to upper Jade Screen Scenic Area. Visit the symbol of Mount Huangshan – Greeting Guests Pine firstly, then follow the uprising stone steps to the highest peak on the Mount Huang – Lotus Peak(1864m). Walk down the One Hundred Cloud Ladder, then climb the steeping path of One-Line-Sky to get to Turtle Fish Peak, Bright Summit and Flying-over Rock. In the afternoon, go to explore the dreamland – West Sea Grand Canyon. Generally speaking, it takes about 3 hours for energetic hiker to hike from the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion, via 1st Ring and 2nd Ring to the bottom and return to the starting point. For beginners, children, and senior travelers, you can decide the hiking length on your own according to your, usually 2 hours for the 1st Ring and 2.5hrs for the 2nd Ring.
D2: Route: Greeting Guest Pine – Bright Summit – West Sea Grand Canyon; Length: about 9km/4 hrs.
Get up early watch sunrise. After breakfast, continue on your hiking to see the famous Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea on the Lion Peak (1690m). Then walk to another legendary peak – Beginning-to-Believe Peak. Lastly, you will descend the mountain from the White Goose Ridge to Yungu Temple, which is an easy walking of about two and a half hours along wide but a bit precipitous stone steps.
West Sea Grand Canyon
Where to Accommodate on Mount Huangshan
Currently there are only 7 hotels on the top of Yellow Mountain. They are located at different regions. It is very important to choose the right hotel. A great hotel with good location and cozy beds will make your Huangshan trip more enjoyable. When choosing hotel, you have to consider the hotel location (perfect for watching sunrise or not, reachable or not), price and amenities.
Generally speaking, if you enter the mountain from Back Mountain (Yungu Cableway), you are suggested to accommodate at Beihai Hotel which is the close to the Refreshing Terrace (the best location for sunrise). If you enter the mountain from Front Mountain (Yuping Cableway), you can accommodate at Baiyun Hotel near to the Bright Summit. If you finish your hiking at West Sea Grand Canyon, stay at Xihai Hotel or Paiyun Hotel.
Xihai Hotel on the Mountain
Extension Trips to Yellow Mountain
If you have more days for your vacation, you can take a half-day visit to Hongcun or Xidi, the featured ancient villages of World Heritage Sites. Visiting both two villages will take more than a half day. You can also take a day tour to She County to explore the unique Huizhou-style culture – classical gardens, archways, geomancy, etc.
Hongcun Ancient Village