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The Huangshan City locates in the extreme south of Anhui Province, its northeast connects with the Jixi County, Shide County and Jing Country of the region of Xuancheng; its northwest connects with the Qingyang County, Shitai County and Dongzhi Country of the region of Chizhou; its southwest connects with Jingdezhen City and Aoyuan County of Jiangxi Province, its southeast connects with Kaihua County, Chunan Country and Linan County of Zhejiang Province. It is in the north side of the middle subtropics, broad leaved evergreen forest, red earth, yellow earth ground. It lies in between E171Cto 118°53'and N29C 24'to 30C 31', the easternmost point is in the southeast side of the Zhupu Village in An County, the westernmost point is in the west side of Xinan Village in Qimen Country, it is 164.14 kilometers long from east to west; The southernmost point is in the Lotus Peak in Lingnan Village in Xiuning Country, the northernmost point is in the north side of Xinfeng Village in Huangshan District, it is 123.35 kilometers of breadth from south to north. The total area is 9807 square kilometers.

Huangshan City was approvable to establish by State Department in September of 1987, the precursor is the region of Weizhou, governs three areas which are Tunhe District, Huangshan Area, Weizhou District, four counties which are An County, Xiuning, Qimen, Mo County and Yellow Mountain Scenic Areas now, the areas and counties govern 42 towns, the city government locates in the Tunhe District.

The Huangshan City is one mountain area of eight mountains, one water and one penny farmland. The group of peaks in the city are up in the sky, the hillocks hold the row, the interleave of the mountain and valley, there is deep mountain, valley, also having the basin, plain, the wave flow pure, the river water is wreath, the pure glory is luxuriant everywhere, the water show and mountain work properly, as if beautiful scenery draw. Tian Mountain and Yellow Mountain Mountain Ranges are the natural boundary of Anhui Province, Weizhou and Zhejiang Province, Jiangxi Province. The main Qingliang Peak which locates in the northeast of An Country and whose elevation is 1787 meters, Guniujiang which stands in Qimen Country and whose elevation is 1728 meters, Baiyueqiyun Mountain is in the northwest if Xiuning and whose elevation is 580 meters, they all are magnificent and miraculous paintings by nature. Yellow Mountain intersects between An County, Yellow Mountain Area and Xiuning and Mo County, the Lotus Peak whose elevation is 1860 meters is the highest peak, the ridges and peaks are beautiful, split a ground for day, the heavy rock folds, are great and sumptuous, it is the famous scenery divine spot.

The biggest characteristics of Huangshan City are that the tour resources are abundant, the view is special, there are not only the not an equal in the world landscape that great universe educate, and a great deal of humanities view which display Chinese the old culture. It is full of beauty spots in the Yellow Mountain Scenic Areas which is 154 square kilometers, they are very strange, and it is known for the strange pines, strange stones, a sea of clouds and the hot springs. The posterities spread that you do not see the mountains from Wu yue, do not see the Yue from returning the Yellow Mountain.

The strange pines, absurd stones, sea of clouds and hot springs are the four wonders of Mt. Huangshan.

Strange pines
Huangshan pines are seen in every corner of Mt. Huangshan. You will be amazed by their vitality and strength. The seeds fall into the crevices where they take root and grow with great vigor. The uneven terrain prevents the pines from growing upright. Instead they become crooked and even downward. Another feature of Huangshan pines is that many trees grow branches on one side only. The pines grow very slowly due to the poor soil and climatic conditions. A tree less than 3 meters (9.84feet) high may have grown for over one hundred years or even several hundred years. The root of a pine is several times or several dozens times longer than the trunk, therefore Huangshan pines stand firmly with dignity, withstanding wind and rain. Every pine is unique though: Guest-Greeting Pine (in front of the stone lion of the Jade Screen Pavilion in the Jade Screen Scenic Area), Guest-Goodbye Pine (to the right of the Jade Screen Pavilion), Cushion Pine at Lotus Valley, Phoenix Pine at the Sky Sea, Chessboard Pine at Pingtian Stone Bridge, Kylin Pine between Bei Hai Hotel and the Refreshing Terrace, Black Tiger Pine and Sea Exploring Pine are among the most famous ones.

Absurd Stones
Spectacular rocky peaks will inspire your imagination. Some look like human beings, birds or animals or many other objects. Something that makes the stones even more fascinating is that they assume varied shapes when seen from different angles. Every stone has its own fantastic legend.

The rocks known as the 'Celestial Basking Shoe' and the 'Celestial Basking Boot' share a most romantic story. Once upon a time, in the Celestial Heaven Taoist Temple on Zuoshu Peak lived an old Taoist priest Dao Xuan and his disciple Tai Qing while in the Purple Cloud Temple on Pine Forest Peak lived a Taoist nun Lian Yu and her disciple Miao Zhen. The West Sea Valley separated the two temples as well as a strict commandment, therefore they had no dealings with each other. However, one winter, there was no kindling in Celestial Heaven Taoist Temple. Seeking help, Dao Xuan asked Tai Qing if he could borrow some from the nun at the Purple Cloud Temple. It so happened that the two young disciples fell in love at first sight. From then on, they spent time together when they fetched water or collected firewood. Unfortunately, they were discovered by both masters and the two disciples were punished severely. They were forbidden to go beyond the boundaries set by their masters and threaten with a beating should they disobey. One day when both the masters went down the mountain, they stealthily dated again and agreed upon a good idea: Tai Qing would place a boot in front of the mountain gate if his master was not at home; likewise Miao Zhen would place a shoe. One day, when they were together, their masters unexpectedly returned. Knowing they would be punished, the lovers pondered over their plight. Eventually, they decided that since they could not live together, they would rather choose to die together. Thus, they jumped into a cloud sea. They even did not have time to take back the boot and the shoe. As the days passed, the boot and the shoe turned into two rocks - 'Celestial basking shoe' and 'Celestial basking boot'.

Sea of Clouds
Mt. Huangshan is home to clouds and mists. The Sea of Clouds has a fairy tale beauty. Winter is the best season for this spectacle. According to their locations, the seas of clouds are divided into East Sea, South Sea, West Sea, North Sea and Sky Sea. If you climb up the Lotus Peak, the Heaven Capital Peak and the Bright Peak, you will find yourself above the level of the clouds and they appear as a sea beneath you. It is true that a sea of clouds can be seen in many high mountains but that of Mt. Huangshan is unique with its oddly shaped rocks and ancient pines. Peaks, large and small, hide and reappear in the boundless waves of clouds. The Heavenly Capital Peak and the Bright Peak appear as isolated islands within this white sea. 字串5

All the colors seem more vivid in the sunshine. The clouds are forever changing, from being like a mirror when all is calm to rolling waves when the wind is strong. At sunrise or sunset, the glistening clouds assume every hue from red to purple. You cannot help marveling at this gift from the Creator! You will be struck by the beauty when all the red leaves are floating on the white clouds in autumn, when the clouds gush between the peaks like a raging river while the red leaves flutter delicately in the breeze. 字串2

Go to the Jade Screen Pavilion to view the South Sea, the Refreshing Terrace for the North Sea, the Paiyun Tower for the West Sea, the White Goose Ridge for the East Sea and the Legendary Turtle Peak for the Sky Sea.

Hot springs
To be able to refresh yourself in the hot springs on Mt. Huangshan must be one of the best ways of enjoyment and relaxation. Running out of the Purple Peak of 850 meters (2, 789 feet), the hot spring in Mt. Huangshan is the first stop following the entrance. Legend has it that Huang Di, the ancestor of the Chinese nation, bathed here 49 days before he ascended to heaven and became immortal.

1. Hot spring is not suitable for everyone. If you suffer from high blood pressure or heart diseases, it would be wise to consult your doctor first.
2. Do not bathe in the hot spring if you do not feel very well or when you are hungry.
3. Leave the hot spring whenever you feel uncomfortable. 字串2

In addition to the spectacles we have mentioned there are three large waterfalls that are well worth a visit. These are Renzi (like the Chinese character for human being) Waterfall, the Baizhang (100 zhang, over 1,093feet) Spring and the Nine-dragon Waterfall

Four hundred kilometers (248.5miles) from the East China Sea, Mt. Huanshan is absolutely the best place to watch the sunrise. It would be wise to choose the place according to where you live or are staying so as to attain the best vantage point without being exhausted. For example, the Dawn Pavilion (Shuguang Ting), the Refreshing Terrace and the Lion Peak are the optimum places if you live near the North Sea; the Red Cloud Peak for tourists near Xihai Hotel and Paiyunlou Hotel; the Bright Peak for Qixiang Hostel and Tianhai Hotel and Jade Screen Peak for those near Jade Screen Pavilion. You have to wake up earlier but the magnificent sight is certainly rewarding. 

In contrast, Red Cloud Peak and Paiyun Tower are the best places for watching the glow of the setting sun.

Animals and plants
Mt. Huangshan is an ideal environment for wild animals and plants. The distribution of the animals and plants changes with elevation. Flowers bloom as though in all the four seasons due to the change in climatic conditions as you proceed up the mountain. So if you are fond of animals and plants, be prepared to encounter some precious ones here.

  1. 1.Gate of Yellow Mountains---Hot Spring    0.5Km
  2. 2.Hot Spring---Mercy light Tower    0.5Km
  3. 3.Mercy light Tower---Half-way Temple    2.5Km
  4. 4.Half-way Temple---Top of Heavenly Peak    1.1Km
  5. 5.Top of Heavenly Peak---Foot of Heavenly Peak    6.5Km
  6. 6.Foot of Heavenly Peak---Jade Screen Tower    1.0Km
  7. 7.Jade Screen Tower---Foot of Lotus Peak    2.5Km
  8. 8.Foot of Lotus Peak---Top of Lotus Peak--- Heavenly Sea    2.5Km
  9. 9.Heavenly Sea---North Sea Guest House    2.5Km
  10. 10.North Sea Guest House---West Sea    1.5Km
  11. 11.Diaoqiao Nunnery---Haixin Pavilion    7.0Km
  12. 12.Haixin Pavilion---Peak Flying from Afar---Paiyun Pavilion    2.5Km
  13. 13.North Sea Guest House---Pine Valley Nunnery    10Km
  14. 14.North Sea Guest House---Cloud Valley Temple    0.5Km
  15. 15.Cloud Valley Temple---Nine Dragon Falls    4.0Km
  16. 16.Cloud Valley Temple---Hot Spring    7.5Km


How to get to the Yellow Mountain Scenic Area from Nearby Cities
Visitors from Hefei, Nanjing and Anqing can enter Yellow Mountain via the north entrance through Taiping. Tangkou is the south entrance. Visitors from Shanghai, Hangzhou can go through Tangkou. As to
Huangshan telphers (cable car stations), Taiping Telpher is close to the north entrance. Yungu and Yuping telphers are in the south entrance. 

Shanghai - Yellow Mountain
 By Air - Shanghai Hongqiao Airport has a flight in the afternoon, at 15:03 and arriving in Huangshan Airport at 16:00. Take airport bus to Tunxi first and then take bus to the scenic area then. The most convenient way is taxi. The total taxi fare is about CNY120, one hour. 
 By Train - There are two trains from Shanghai Railway Station to Huangshan: K782 (12:31-00:27), K8418 (18:45-6:55). The second train is two hours slower but time is better. If taking the first train, visitors should stay one night first at the city center of Huangshan. Then take taxi or bus no. 9 to Tunxi Bus Station in Qiyun Dadao for the bus to Tangkou, 1.2 hours ride. After getting out of the railway station, you can see minibus to the mountain resort too. The journey will take about 2 hours to get there. Buses are available from 6:30 to 17:30. 
 By Bus - Shanghai South Bus Station has four buses a day to Yellow Mountain scenic area at around 6:30, 7:50, 10:10 and 14:15. It takes about 6.5 hours and the ticket price is CNY140. The time may be a little changeable adjusted to the notice of the bus station on the same day of departure. For the morning buses, visitors had better go to the bus station for ticket one day in advance. There are also buses here to Tunxi, passing Yixian and Shexian counties. The ticket price is a bit cheaper and it takes about 5.5 hours. Visitors can choose where to go first.

Hangzhou - Yellow Mountain
 By Bus - There is no train or airplane from Hangzhou to Huangshan. Bus seems to be the only and easiest way to get there. Hangzhou West Bus Station has about five direct buses to Yellow Mountain every day, leaving at 8:00, 10:50, 12:40, 14:10 and 15:10. It takes about 4 hours and costs about CNY 50 to get to the destination. 

Qiandao Lake (Thousand Islets Lake) - Yellow Mountain
 By Bus - Everyday, there is one blue New National Express bus from Yellow Mountain to Qiandao Lake at 07:00 (arrive at 9:40) and back to Yellow Mountain at 14:30. 
 By Ferry - Take ferry at Qiandaohu Passenger Transport Center to Shendu Ferry Wharf. Then take bus to Huangshan. It takes hours on the ferry, so it is better to choose bus to Yellow Mountain. From Yellow Mountain to Qiandao Lake, visitors can try the ferry to see the scenery of the lake. No need to take the cruise boat after getting to the lake area. It saves some money. 

Admission Fee: CNY 230 (Mar. 1-Nov.30); CNY 150 (Dec.1-Feb.28 or 29 the next year)
Cable Car: Mar. 1-Nov.30:
CNY 80 (Single ticket for Cloud Valley)
CNY 80 (Single ticket for Jade Screen)
CNY 80 (Single ticket for Taiping)
CNY 40 (ticket for children 110cm - 130cm tall)
CNY 65 (Single ticket for Cloud Valley)
CNY 65 (Single ticket for Jade Screen)
CNY 65 (Single ticket for Taiping)
CNY 35  (ticket for children 110cm - 130cm tall)
Opening Hours: 08:40 - 16:00
Recommended Time for a Visit: two or three nights

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