How To Plan A Tour To Huangshan

Briefing about Huangshan

Huangshang city, known as the cradle of Hui culture and Hui merchants, is located in Anhui province. The city got its name from Mount Huangshan, the most spectacular mountain under heaven. Apart from the natural wonders of Mount Huangshan and Mount Qiyun, distinctive Hui style villages are also must-see highlights to attract tourists from home and abroad.

Best time to go

Huangshan city is good for sightseeing all year round. For tourists whose main focus is on Mount Huangshan, warmer weather during mid-March to mid-November makes a comfortable tour. However the little crowd, fantastic views of cloud seas and rimes in winters are bonuses as well.

Notes for tourists sightseeing Mount Huangshan,

  1. Overnight stay on the Mountain is necessary if there is a need to see both sunset and sunrise. Even so, with the changeable weather in mountains we can’t promise it.
  2. Pack light for the overnight on the Mountain, suitcases can be kept at hotels in Huangshan city for free.
  3. Raincoats rather than umbrellas should be prepared for spring tours, just in case.
  4. Temperatures can be dramatically different on the mountains during daytime and nighttime (that’s why cloud seas are formed!); hotels offer down coats for free in each room, but bringing your own sweaters or wind-proof coats is recommended.
  5. Cable cars are available, but still you need to walk on stairs to reach each and every highlight on the Mountain. Expect one to two hours of walking, so make sure you wear comfortable sneakers for the tour.
Data
Period
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mean Maximum °C 7 8.4 14 20 25 29 32 32 27 22 16 9.7
Temperature  ºF 45 47 56 68 78 84 90 90 81 72 61 49.46
Mean Minimum °C -2 0 4.4 10 16 20 25 24 19 13 6.1 -0.1
Temperature ºF 29 32 40 51 60 69 76 76 66 55 43 31.82
Rainfall Amount mm 29 48 69 87 96 159 188 124 95 60 56 25
Days with Rain days 7 9 11 12 10 11 13 11 10 8 8 6
* denotes number of days with at least 1.0 mm of rainfall

What to see

Mount Huangshan
The general name for a mountain range of 72 named peaks, with Lotus Peak at an elevation of 1864 meters being the highest peak. Mount Huangshan is famous for its odd-shaped pines and granite rocks, cloud seas and snow views. It was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1990, and it is the ultimate destination for poets, painters and photographers.

hongcun village

Hong village
Located at the foot of Mount Huangshan, Hongcun Village is a distinctive ancient village where a large amount of Qing and Ming style buildings could be found. It was listed as a World Heritage Site along with other similar villages in the area in 2000. One of the distinctions of Hongcun Village is its water supply system; another is its layout in the shape of an ox. Scenes from the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were captured in Hongcun Village.

Recommended Tour (3 Days)

Day 1, Your tour starts when you are greeted by your tour guide at the arrival hall of the airport; together you will take the private, comfortable A/C vehicle to your hotel. Rest well for a full day tour on the following day.

Yellow Mountains

Day 2, After a big buffet breakfast at hotel, you will take the private vehicle to Mount Huangshan in about an hour; a shared bus arranged by the scenic area will then take you to the cable car station. The 10-minute cable ride takes you up to one of the stations, based on your needs, and your walking tour begins. On the way to your hotel marvel at the masterpiece of odd-shaped rocks and pine trees created by nature. Lunch is arranged at a hotel restaurant. Danxia Peak offers great sunset views. Get up early for sunrise views. Overnight on the mountain.

Day 3, You are not the only one who wants to witness a breathtaking sunrise! Paiyun Pavilion or Lion’s Peak offers amazing sunrise views. After taking enough photos of the sunrise, head back to the hotel for breakfast and to freshen up. See more peaks while going towards the cable station. The cable car takes you down the Mountain, the private vehicle will then take you towards Hongcun Village. After lunch, you will take a leisurely walk around Hongcun Village which is full of the black-roofed and white-walled architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport on time for your flight out of Huangshan city.

How to get there

Zhangjiajie can be accessed by various means from major cities in China.

Recommended Hotels

Category Hotel Name Hotel Class Why Recommend Ranking on Trip Advisor
International Chain Banyan Tree Huangshan 5-star √ Fantastic view of the Lucun Mountains from spacious balcony
√ Buffet breakfast with a wide choice
√ Clean rooms and fantastic décor
3
Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng 5-star √ Conveniently located in Huanshan with connection to the airport
√ Good sized rooms, gym and pool are available
√ Free wifi in non-smoking rooms
1
Best Value Huangshan International Hotel 4-star √ Spacious, clean and comfortable rooms
√ 15 min lazy walk beside the river bank to Tunxi Old street
√ Very good value for money
17
Huangshan Parrion Hotel 4-star √ Spacious rooms and with full facilities
√ Great views of the river and Tunxi skyline
√ Friendly and helpful staff
9
Xin an Country Villa Hotel 3-star √ Large rooms
√ Nice restaurant nearby
√ Excellent service
69
Hotels on Mount Huangshan Xihai Hotel 5-star √ Clean room with a great view
√ Close to cable car
√ Best place to catch sunrise or even sunset
4
Beihai Hotel 4-star √ Good heating in room
√ Plenty of options for breakfast
√ Fast check-in and check-out
41
Paiyunlou Hotel 3-star √ Very near to Yungu Cable Car
√ Clean rooms and nice food
√ Helpful and friendly Staff
38
Boutique Pig's Inn 4-star √ Ancient house sitting in the fields of vegetables and rice paddies
√ Wonderful meals with fresh organic vegetables picked by local farmers
√ Two showers- one inside the other outside open-air in a small cobbled private courtyard
5