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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 06, 2016
Anyone travelling to Huangshan this weekend?  (1 Answer)

Looking for fellow travelers to tag along to Huangshan over the weekend!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 14, 2016
Safe to hike up huangshan in darkness?  (4 Answers)

I'm going to huangshan 2 nights during the spring festival and i want to stay at the top of the mountain at the baiyun hotel.
I will arrive at 2:30 pm at tunxi airport and i read the last cable car is at 4 pm so probably i won't be on time and i'd need to walk all the way up.
Is it safe to start walking up the mountain at this time? It's around 4 hours hike to the hotel and it will be dark.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 01, 2015
Walking in the dark and distance to Baiyun Hotel  (1 Answer)

I only have one night and two half-days on the mountain so I'm trying to fit as much as I can without over exhausting myself. I decided that staying at Baiyun would be the best midpoint for this trip but I was wondering if it would be safe for a 31 year old average-moderately athletic man to walk these routes in the dark in July.

I want to see Cloud Dispelling Pavilion during sunset but how long would it take to return to Baiyun and would it be safe to walk this route in the dark?

And in the morning, I wanted to wake up at 4am and walk to Fairy Walking Bridge for sunrise. How long is the walk and would this be do-able or would is it too dangerous in the early morning?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 11, 2015
weather queston  (4 Answers)


I am planning a trip to Huangshan in late December. I know it will be cold. However, I am wondering if there is heavy snow there at that time of year. I don;t mind the cold. However, heavy snow is another matter. Has anyone been there during late December?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 28, 2015
One day trip from Shanghai to Huangshan  (3 Answers)

Hey guys, i am planning on taking a trip to shanghai in july and was wondering if its possible to visit the mountain in a day and be back in shanghai? i found that a bus from shanghai station to Tangkou will take roughly 6 hours if i leave on the first one at 6am, spend a few hours on the mountain (4-5hrs) and then take a bus back to shanghai. is this a good idea or crazy? also, i dont know exactly which bus goes back to shanghai and from where (Tangko or tuxni) if anyone has experience/advice/suggestion or specific bus routes to take would help a lot!. thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 31, 2015
transfer from Hefei to huangshan

I would like to share the cost of a car from Hefei to Huangshan and back . Dates april 21 &28

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 11, 2015
Can I arrange a guide when I arrive in Huangshan and how much per day?  (2 Answers)

I will be travelling to huangshan in November this year and wondered how I can arrange a tour guide (I don't mind joining in with a small group tour) after I arrive and for how much?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 27, 2013
At the 'Fairy Walking Bridge' on Huangshan

Has anyone been to this bridge? I was there a few years back and after going through the tunnel and over the bridge and out the other side, you reach a plateau you can stand/sit on and have a break. If you look out over the way in THAT direction (can't recall which way it was, just new it was directly opposite from the bridge) you can see a rock formation in the shape of either a Canadian Inukshuk or a Chinese Gate. Does anyone have any info on what this is or who built it or when? It was there in 2009, my first trip, and I think it's still there, according to some shots I've seen on the web.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 07, 2013
The last cable car of the day up to huangshan  (1 Answer)

My friends and i will only be able to reach huangshan at around 9pm. We are planning to stay at huang shan for that night. Can i know what is the last cable car up to huang shan?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 23, 2013
Trekking off the beaten path in Anhui  (1 Answer)

I would like to go trekking in southern Anhui in areas that are not in the park and are not on the tourist trail. Ideally the trek would start Thursday afternoon and end on Sunday morning (so I can get back to Shanghai for Monday), cover some beautiful scenery away from any major roads and we would stay in some local villages with the simplest food and accommodations. I would be on my own and am looking for one guide who can speak some English. Can anybody recommend a guide to contact? How much would such a guided hike cost? THANKS~! E

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2013
Huangshan CITS

we are considering booking a tour with Huangshan CITS (travel agents in Tunxi)in April 2013 around the Huangshan region - has anyone traveled with them before - and able to comment on their experience

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 13, 2012

Is there any 5 star hotel up Huangshan Mountain?
How old is Beihai Hotel and when was it last renovated?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 05, 2012
Going to Huangshan for 3 nights with 2 kids  (1 Answer)

We are looking to go to Huangshan areas during April 3 to 6. Here are our questions:
1. We are planning to stay in Tang Kou the first night (after flying in from Shanghai) then at the top the second night at Baiyun Hotel. Which cable car should we take and how long would it take to hike from the nearest cable car station?
2. Where can we leave our luggage at the mountain base?
3. Which route is easy enough for me and my wife to take care of our 2 kids (10 and 6yrs old)? Can they take on the West Sea Canyon? How far is the hike from Baiyun Hotel to Taiping cable car station?
4. We are looking to stay at either Tunxi or Hong Cun for the 3rd night. Is there a direct bus from Tanghou to Hong Cun in the afternoon? How long would the bus ride be? We need to catch the bus to Hangzhou on 4 April. Is there a direct bus from Hongcun to Hangzhou?
Sorry for too many questions. I have spent hours looking through the web and have not found all the answers that we need. Many thanks for all the help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2011
Rain on Huangshan?

My mother and I are set to climb (cablecar) Huangshan next week (Monday and Tuesday) and the forecast says there may be rainstorms. What can I expect up there (weatherwise, precautions, etc) and what extra should I bring?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 15, 2011
Walking times

Have you walked the newest path on Huangshan along the Xihai West Sea Canyon route? How long does it actually (realistically) take to walk from the PAIYUNLOU HOTEL via the Fairy Walking Bridge to the BAIYUN HOTEL? 5 hours? More if I'm taking photos along the way? Were there toilets along the way? I refer to the map on the CITS site showing the newest path (has a couple loops along the way) and it suggest maybe 5 hours but I wanted to get another person's time score on this one, since I am doubting that 5 hrs is accurate. Can anyone help? I did walk from the BAIYUN HOTEL to the Fairy Walking Bridge and back, but it took me 3.5 hours just to do that bit. Also, which direction is easier to walk in terms of elevation? Please and thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2010
Huangshan - Taiping Telpher  (2 Answers)

Hi. I will be staying at Beihai Hotel for 2 nites. Is it better to take the Yungu Cablecar and hike from there to the hotel or to take the Taiping Telpher?

How far is the hilke from Taiphing telpher to Beihai Hotel - distance and time?

I will be going to Huangshan from Hangzhou. If I want to take the Taiping Telpher to ascend the mountain, which bus to take from Hangzhou and to which city - Tangkou or Tunxi? How much by bus or and how much by taxi?

Thank you very much in advance.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 25, 2010
Transportation from Huang Shan to Shanghai by Bus  (2 Answers)

We are planning to visit Huang Shan this month and we've been reading on various websites that we can catch a bus from Huang Shan to Shanghai. Would anyone be able to advise where can we catch this bus, how much it would cost and if bus tickets would need to be purchase in advance. - Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 19, 2010
Shanghai to Huanshan flight from Pudong or Hongqiao airport?  (5 Answers)

Yay! Going back to Huangshan again in the spring. I noticed that all the flights from Shanghai to Huangshan seem to operate from Hongqiao airport. Is that correct? They flew out of Pudong airport in 2008. This will really affect my schedule so need to be very sure. Hoping someone here can confirm.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2010
July Trip - Please Help  (3 Answers)

Hi - I'm going to Huangshan in July and trying to make reservations but have some lingering questions. Any help would be much MUCH appreciated.

1) Is Beihei Hotel too far to walk to if you ascend via Taiping cablecar in the morning and then walk around West Grand Canyon first? What if you are traveling with parents in their early 60s.

2) Is Cloud Dispelling Pavilion the best sunset spot in July?

3) Is Lion Peak better than Bright Top for sunrise?

4) About what time would I get back to Tunxi if I left Beihei hotel at 8 am, descend via the Western Steps (no Heavenly Capital Peak), and take the Yuping cablecar down.

5) Other than location, are there big difference between Beihei hotel and Baiyun hotel? I've heard horror stories about booking online for these hotels, is it better to call them?

6) How much in advance do you need to buy bus fare from Tunxi to Shanghai? Do they all take the same amount of time (5 hrs) and go to the same bus station in Shanghai?

7) Is the trekking map on the best treking map available?

Thanks so much!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 30, 2010
planning for 2D1N on Mt.Huangshan  (3 Answers)

Is it possible for average physical strength people to do this in Huangshan?
First day: Go up to the top by Yungu Cable car and walk to Beihai Hotel for checking in, then walk to Fairy walking bridge via the Flying-over rock. Walk back same way to see sunset at Cloud Dispelling Pavilion, then walk back to Beihai Hotel in the dark. As we will avoid going up to the peaks, so just stick on the flat main trail.
Second day: Walk to Lion Peak for sun rise, back to hotel, check out then go down from Yungu cable car (same as the ascending).


First day: Go up to the top by Yungu Cable car and walk to Beihai Hotel for checking in, then walk to Cloud Dispelling Pavilion for sunset, walk back to Beihai hotel.
Second day: Walk to Lion Peak for sun rise, walk back to Beihai hotel for breakfast and check-out. Then follow the trail to Flying-over rock and Fairy-walking bridge and then take Yuping cable car down.

Need help please. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 23, 2010
Need some advice please!  (4 Answers)

Will be visiting Huangshan in approx. 2 weeks. I have have arranged lodging at the Bei Hai Hotel on the mountain.

My questions.....
What is the best route up to the hotel (I will be staying in Tunxi the night before).

The next day we plan to spend the morning on the mountain and then head down to visit Nanping & Hongcun. Any suggestions on how to spend the morning before our descent?

Finally, are there any really good walking maps to the mountain?

Thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2010
Hot springs area hotels  (5 Answers)

On our next trip to Huangshan in the spring, we want to stay near the hot springs scenic area. I am aware of the Taoyuan Hotel, and the Best Western Huangshan. Are there others to consider which are very close to the hot springs? We won't have a car, so we will be on foot so we'll also be needing access to taxi service to get a ride to the Yungu cablecar to start our ascent.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2010
Huangshan or Taishan?  (3 Answers)

For my third photography trip to China, should I go back to Huangshan (beautiful, but really strenuous for me, who is sorely out of shape) or should I try Tai Shan in Shangdong (never tried before)? I heard this one was great too, but perhaps not as ethereal as some of the scenery I saw on Huangshan? Advice from those who have climbed both, please? Thanks! Keep in mind I love photographing fairy bridges and odd rock formations (found a few good ones on Huangshan).

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 11, 2010
Huangshan by plane or train from Shanghai  (5 Answers)

I would like to spend a few days in and around of Huangshan and I still undecided how to go there.

So far I found only one train connection leaving Shanghai South Railway at 17:49; arrival in Huangshan on 9am.
Is there any faster connection?
E.g. from Shanghai to Hangzhou by train and then by coach or train to Huangshan?
I read that it takes just three hours from Hangzhou to Huangshan by express bus.
Is the express bus stop in Hangzhou near the rail station?
Or is there a coach between Shanghai and Huangshan?

Would there be an express bus stop near Huangshan Scenic Area?
Or would I need to change the buses in Huangshan?

Based on the information I found on the net, China Eastern offer flights between Shanghai and Huangshan, but on these two websites

I didn't find anything.
Have they discontinued serving Huangshan?
Are there other airlines available?
On I found this flight:
FM9265 SHA TXN 14:50 15:55
But I don't want to sacrifice an afternoon to travel from one place to another place.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 15, 2010
How stupid was that? Climbing 1/2 mountain  (5 Answers)

So I'm looking over my photos of my climb on Huangshan, which I did in September 2009. We took the cable car up the Eastern side, and hiked up to the Beihai hotel to watch the sunrise the next morning. After breakfast, we headed toward the Western cable car. The path split in 2 directions, one headed to the West Sea Canyon (right hand path), and the left hand path headed straight up. On my map, it looked like it was a shortcut to get to the cable car but ended up being an upward stair-climbing journey which took a couple of hours and was murder on the legs! In hind-sight, did I really miss out the THE most beautiful section of this climb?? I can always re-schedule another trip back to Huangshan, but it would have to be worth it to go through it all again. So, for those of you who have hiked that section from the Beihai hotel to the Cloud-dispelling pavillion, and then past the flying rock, was it really something I shouldn't have missed? Was the walk harder than the one I did (the shortcut?). I mean, it was so hard on us that we ended up hiring the porters to lug us down the mountain (at top speed) for125 each (and we tried to bargain but they wouldn't budge on the price) from the Bright Summit area....So, thoughts? Should I do it again? I did take the detour at Baiyun Hotel and go to the Fairy Bridge, which was precarious but definitely worth the risk, judging by the photos I took...what to do?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 12, 2010
Transportation from Hangzhou to Huangshan  (2 Answers)

Hi there, I need some info about the transportation from Hangzhou to Huangshan. I heard there is an express bus which ply Hangzhou - Huangshan. Where can I get the ticket of the bus? I also need some info about the schedule and fare of the bus.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2010
Last-minute: Snow on the mountain?  (10 Answers)

hi folks,

I've got a last-minute question before leaving for china tomorrow:
is there a lot of snow on the mountain at the moment?

(I'm not sure which shoes to take...)

thx a lot for your quick reply!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 02, 2009
Bus Tunxi - Taiping  (5 Answers)

Just one more question:
How long does the bus take from Tunxi to Taiping?
(and the buses and planes end in Tunxi = Huangshan right?)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 01, 2009
Baiyun Hotel  (5 Answers)

Hi all,

I've just spent hours reading all your posts and answers concerning Huangshan- thanks a lot to all of you!

Now one question for myself:
Ellyse mentioned she prefers to stay at the Baiyun Hotel on top.
1. Where exactly is it located?
2. I just found an offer on the net: 1280 CNY regular price, 680 CNY if you book in advance on the site
I will spend a night on the mountain on Jan. 12th - a Tuesday in the low season. Do you think I need to book in advance?
3. I'll be arriving in Huangshan on Jan. 13th - which Hotel do you recommend
(I'd like to start early next day going up the Taiping Cable car)

Thank you very much for your advice!
Greeting from snowy Austria,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2009
Trip to Huangshan  (1 Answer)

I plan a trip to Huangshan for mid october; brobably I will come direct from Shanghai or from Hangzhou, if I decide to stay also for one or two nights in Hangzhou.
After Huangshan I want to continue to Hongcun and Xidi and than further down to Wuyuan, afterwards continue to Wuyi shan (if transport available) or back to Tunxi and by Train down til Yongding (Hakka area).

I plan to arrive in Tangkou before lunchtime, leave my big lugguage somewhere and go up to the top (or take the cable car). Then I would like to walk on top til evening for sunset and stay on top in a dorm for the first night. Next day I would like to hike west sea canyon and stay another night in a dorm-room. On day 3 I would got down the western steps and take the 2 o'clock bus to Hongcun.

I plan 2 nights on the mountain to have enough time for photography and also I don't want to hurry since I think Huangshan will be the top-highlight of the trip. I plan to avoid the weekend and go between monday to friday.

My questions:
1) Like I already mentioned: Is Tangkou a good base for leaving the luguage (probably I won't stay a night in Tangkou because after the mountain I want to continue to Hongcun)?
2) I want to go up the eastern steps, but I also think about the option to take the cable car, because then it would be easier to transport more water. Would I miss a lot skipping the eastern steps?
3) Another option going up would be the Taiping cable car: Is it very difficult to go to Taiping from Tangkou, is there public transport?
4) Where to book the dorm-bed for 2 nights, how many days in advance?

By the way, I already stayed on Huashan (near Xi'an) in a dorm for 80 (without shower). This time for 2 nights in a dorm a shower would be essential!

5) How much is a bed in a dorm with shower?

Well, thanks for your info.

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