Huangshan Mountain

On March 14, 2011, in Cool Places, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

Once you think of China Travel, Beijing Tours might be the first to come in your mind, or you may consider of other modern cities such as Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. But after so much quick-fixed life, why not going out to enjoy some nature wonders? Then Huangshan Mountain will be a pleasant choice.

Huangshan is the general name of a mountain range in southern Anhui province, well known throughout China for its extraordinary beauty. As the saying goes, no mountain is worthy seeing after a trip to Mt. Huangshan. It is located 1045 kilometers south of Beijing and 402 kilometers northwest of Shanghai, named by the emperor of Tang dynasty in the Tian Bao period (747 AD). The Huangshan mountain range covers an area of 150 square kilometers, and comprises over 70 peaks, of which the three tallest peaks are Lianhuafeng (Lotus Peak,1,864 m), Guangmingding (Bright Summit Peak, 1,840 m), and Tiandufeng (Celestial Peak, literally Capital of Heaven Peak , 1,829 m).

For hundreds of years, Chinese poets and painters have immortalized the four wonders of Huangshan, which are peculiarly-shaped stones, sea of cloud lingering around the peaks, ancient pines clinging to the cliffs, and world famous hot springs. Huangshan was, and still is, a preferred vacation destination for the Chinese and foreign guests.

On arrival of Huangshan, tourists are faced with thousands of stone steps on an 80-degree cliff. They should be warned that the pains and efforts to climbing those stone steps are as many as climbing the stairs of the Empire State Building. Depending on your stamina and tolerance for crowds, there are several ways to tackle HuangShan. Three cable car lines connect peaks also linked by well maintained trails. Most tourists choose taking tour buses to arrive at the mountainside along a winding mountain road, and then walk for three hours. That is an easy way to climb to the peak, with many pavilions and terraces half-way for the tourist to rest and enjoy watching near limpid pools and thundering waterfall. Those who reach the top can even have a truly memorable experience — walking into a living Chinese ink landscape painting.

It is damp and cold at the peak. Winter temperatures may fall to minus 18 degrees centigrade, and the average summer temperature is not more than 8 degrees centigrade. The best time to visit Huangshan is early spring or autumn, when the peaks are covered with fresh green plants or red defoliations. Most tourists are keen to view the sunrise at five in the morning, but it is rare to seeing the sun between the jagged peaks, which float in the sea of clouds like islands.

The famous Huangshan hot springs are located between ziyunfeng (Purple Cloud Peak) and Taohuafeng (Peach Blossom Peak) at 630 meters above sea level. The water stays at 42 degrees centigrade. Nearby are Wangpurting (Pavillion for watching Waterfalls) and Taoyuanting (Peach Source Pavillion).

Huangshan Mountain is destined to be one of the most visited tourist destinations in the 21st Century. If you are interested in such wonderful Chinese landscape, please book your China Flights and come to Huangshan.

Jack Li

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