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 Huangshan

Huangshan

Huangshan (黃山)

On May, 2017 we went to visit Huangshan (yellow mountain), one of the five sacred mountains of China and one of the most popular to visit. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you have seen the many Chinese paintings of jagged mountains with trees growing out of the tops and shrouded in mist with a pagoda or two, Huangshan is an example of where these come from. The views are astounding, but the crowds are also impressive, especially on the weekend.

To avoid the weekend crowds, we left on Wednesday afternoon, following my class and took the overnight sleeper train to Huangshan which is located in Anhui Province. We shared a 4 person sleeper with another couple. This was actually a close catastrophe for me. When we reached Huangshan in the early morning, we were halfway out of the large train station when I realized I didn’t remember putting my laptop in my backpack. I rushed back to the train which was fortunately not bound for another city or it would have been gone, found our sleeper car and found the laptop under the covers of the upper bunk. 

Huangshan is not a single mountain but a complex of closely spaced peaks. It is famous for the “sea of clouds” that often roll in and cover the peaks. One could easily spend more than a week exploring all of the various peaks. We stayed for 2 nights on the mountain top at the Xihai Hotel (not cheap!) and came down on Saturday which had huge crowds and long lines waiting to climb each peak. The views are spectacular, though.

Flower blooming on paint brush

Flower blooming on paint brush

Monkey gazing at the sea of clouds

Monkey gazing at the sea of clouds

Lil with monkey in the back

Lil with monkey in the back

Panorama with the monkey

Panorama with the monkey

Panorama view

Panorama view

Ancient pine trees growing in rock

Ancient pine trees growing in rock

Traveling the easy way

Traveling the easy way

Carrying garbage down the mountain the hard way

Carrying garbage down the mountain the hard way

Flying rock (飛來石) is one of the most famous sites. It overlooks a tall sheer cliff. It is interesting to speculate how such a rock could come to this position naturally.

Flying rock (飛來石) is one of the most famous sites. It overlooks a tall sheer cliff. It is interesting to speculate how such a rock could come to this position naturally.

Taking a rest at a scenic spot

Taking a rest at a scenic spot

Nice view

Nice view

Cliffwalk across the valley

Cliffwalk across the valley

Trees on the mountain top

Trees on the mountain top

Rainy and foggy morning

Rainy and foggy morning

Rain drops on pine needles

Rain drops on pine needles

Yellow mountain

Yellow mountain

Sea of clouds rolling in

Sea of clouds rolling in

Rocks and pine trees in cloud

Rocks and pine trees in cloud

Sea of clouds rolling in

Sea of clouds rolling in

Panaramic view with the flying rock across the valley in the middle at the very top

Panaramic view with the flying rock across the valley in the middle at the very top

Trees growing in rock

Trees growing in rock

Lone tree in the mist

Lone tree in the mist

Waiting for the sea of clouds

Waiting for the sea of clouds

Sea of clouds rolling in

Sea of clouds rolling in

Sunset view

Sunset view

Sunset over Huangshan

Sunset over Huangshan

Welcoming pine tree, one of the most famous spots on the mountain and possibly the most photographed tree in the world

Welcoming pine tree, one of the most famous spots on the mountain and possibly the most photographed tree in the world

Saturday queue to climb the mountain

Saturday queue to climb the mountain

Vertical panorama of Heavenly Capital Peak, an impressive upward climb. See the line of hikers snaking up to the peak.

Vertical panorama of Heavenly Capital Peak, an impressive upward climb. See the line of hikers snaking up to the peak.

Crowds climbing the mountain

Crowds climbing the mountain

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Xi'an, Pingyao, Datong and Beijing

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Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang, and Guilin