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Yellow Mountain

Huangshan mountain in winter with snowHuangshan, which means Yellow Mountain, has been a well-known destination for scholars, poets and the occasional recluse, all seeking personal inspiration and enlightenment—when you visit you will easily appreciate why. Huangshan has been a major tourist destination since ancient times and still captures the imagination of those who have glimpsed its jade mountains protruding through the frosty mists.

Situated in the southern portion of the agriculturally rich Anhui Province and bordering Jiangxi and Zhejiang provinces, the picturesque Huangshan has long been effusively described as"awesome." "a wonderland" and "Heaven on Earth." The formation of the remarkable peaks and breathtakingly sharp precipices has been attributed to the many thousands of years of geological activity on the imposing granite mountains, creating the astounding natural wonder visible today.

During the qin dynasry, Huangshan was called Black Mountain because of the dark color of its cliffs. Legend has it that Tang dynasty emperor Xuanzong, who reigned during the Tang's golden age, changed the name of the Huangshan mountain top with fogmountains to Huang Shan because the legendary Huamg Emperor was thought to have made his pills of immortality here.

The Huangshan Scenic Area extends about 40km from north to south and 30km from east to west. As an important national scenic area, Huang Shan was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990 and as a result, the park is very well kept and amazingly enough in China, a no-smoking zone is stricly enforced.

There are 72 peaks in total with Lotus Peak, Brightness Apex and the Celestial Capital Peak being the three major ones, all towering above 1,800m. Although 1,800m might not seem too awe-inspiring at first, the sheer steepness of the peaks and sense of remoteness one gets when on Huang Shan coupled with frequent "weak kness" willl make you think otherwise. As yo initially ascend the mountain, yuou'll come across stunted pine trees contorted into shapes. What's more amazing is that these gnarled trees sprout from rocks that are just as oddly shaped. Eroded by wind and time, the rock formations, together with the stunted pines growing off them, have long been the muse of many painters and poets. The gnarled trees and craggy rocks are the subject of numerous traditional Chinese paintings and poems and have become a recognized symbol of Huang Sham. If you see such a painting, chances are Huangshan was the inspiration for the work.

Beautiful scenery in Huangshan

Ever wondered what it would be like to float on a sea of clouds? At Huangshan you can or at least get a close approximation. The sea of clouds in the Beihai Scenic Area is ever-changing and unpredictable; one moment you've got the picture-perfect shot of a twisted pine on the next peak and in the next, it has disappeared, engulfed in a swirl of mist and clouds. Resulting from the "now you see it, now you don't" effect, a certain surreal quality develops which can make you feel rather like an immortal.

There are hot springs at the foot of Huangshan, at Purple Cloud Peak, For those aching after a strenuous but unforgettable climb, this opportunity should be utilized to pamper those tired and aching legs and feet. First tapped over a thousand years ago, the clear waters remain at a constant 40 C year round and can be used for drinking and bathing, though not at the same time and from different pools. Special therapeutic baths and swimming pools have Huangshan mountain with trees and a little fogbeen built around the natural springs.

0n the eastern side of Huangshan close to the summit, is the Begin-to-Believe Peak. It's probably the most visited peak in Huang Sham due to its deep chasms and classic Huang Sham scenery. Along the wav you might notice many locks clasped around the chain railings - these locks are meant to represent everlasting love. Couples romantically fasten their locks and throw the key off the peak, thereby cementing their relationship.

The Beihai Scenic Area is at the summit of Huangshan. Paths are newly paved and well kept. This is the best place to view the sunrise above the eternal sea of clouds and pine tree-studded peaks.

Flying Rock in the western part of the summit of Huangshan is a huge pear-shaped rock 10m high perched precariously precariously on the top of the peak. Steps leading to the top of the peak have one dubious looking handrail allowing the brave to really experince being on top the world if your eyes dare to stay open.


Huangshan Tour

Watching the blazing sunset on top of the mountain with its magnificent red and orange hues. Once the sunsets, darkness quicky enveloped you and the temperature suddenly became much colder-unforgetable.