On some mountains, the scenery is nice. On others it is otherworldly spectacular. Huangshan (黄山, literally meaning Yellow Mountain) in China's Anhui province falls firmly into the latter category. If there was ever a mountain in China that made you feel like walking right into an old Chinese water painting, this one is it.
Huangshan is a combination of dramatically towering rocky peaks of granite. On it, pine trees in all shapes and size seem to spring up in the strangest of places. On sunny days it is a spectacular sight (especially the sunrise or the sunset, though view it at the wrong place and you'll be seeing more heads than scenery), but it looks even better when the peaks tower through the clouds.
There are many scenic viewpoints on Huangshan, and the sights are a bit different from every one. You typically get up to the mountain by one of the five cable cars, and then make your way around on the paved paths and stairs. A note of warning if you are expecting that climbing a mountain in China will be like climbing mountains in the Alps: it is not. You will not be alone on these paths and at times the obnoxious Chinese tourguides with their loud microphones can become a bit annoying.
Tourists coming here will typically sleep a night in either nearby Tangkou or Tunxi (nowadays called Huangshan City) and then make their way up the mountain, either to return at the end of the day or to spend the night up there at one of the hotels. [Review by travelindicator]
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