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Huangshan Travel Guide

The Yellow MountainsThe Yellow Mountains

One of the most popular tourist destinations in China, Huangshan is steeped in picturesque natural landscapes and history. Marvel at the peculiarly-shaped rocks and pines on the Yellow Mountains, appreciate the ancient-styled dwellings in Xidi and Hongcun villages, then have a taste of Huangshan’s most famous tea — maofeng tea (毛峰茶), one of China’s top 10 teas.


  • The seas of clouds on the Yellow Mountains
  • The sunrise and the sunset over the Yellow Mountains — mountaintop hotels are near the popular view points
  • A relaxing bath in the hot springs at the Yellow Mountains
  • The peaceful and graceful ancient villages at the foot of the Yellow Mountains — Hongcun and Xidi, the constant fieldwork foci of art students
  • Classic and idyllic East Chinese rural life in She and Yi counties (both are about 1½ hours’ drive from the Yellow Mountains)
Shexian County, HuangshanShexian County

Planning a Huangshan Trip

Huangshan City is about 410 km (255 mi) southwest from Shanghai. It is a tourist destination often combined with Shanghai and Hangzhou (about 250 km or 155 miles east). The Yellow Mountains are the highlight of Huangshan Prefecture. So buses directly linking Shanghai/Hangzhou and the Yellow Mountains depart daily.

Cable cars are available on the Yellow Mountains. You don't need to do much mountain climbing to get to the tops. Stone steps and amenities are provided on all major paths. The Xihai Grand Canyon Sightseeing Monorail has been open since 2013.

Recommended Tours

hongcun villageHongcun Village

China Highlights’ 3-Day Huangshan Highlights Tour starts from Shanghai, and includes the Yellow Mountains and Hongcun Village. You can watch the sunset and sunrise on the mountains because you will stay overnight on the Yellow Mountains on the second day. If you have never traveled to Shanghai before, you can combine it with a tour of Shanghai.

Our 3-Day Yellow Mountain and Hongcun Village Tour is similar to the one above, and can be combined with any China tour.

Want to see more attractions in Huangshan, which are not included in our ready-made tours? No problem. We at China Highlights specialize in tailor-making tours.

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