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Photography Tips at the Yellow Mountains

Huangshan Mountain, located in Huangshan City in the southern part of Anhui Province, is one of the most breathtaking sights in China, and is credited to be the king of all the mountains. For thousands of years, travelers at home and abroad, including celebrities and scholars, have been attracted to Huangshan by its reputation.

Huangshan is well known for its unique scenic features: legendary pines, picturesque rocks, the sea of clouds, and hot springs. Also, it enjoys the reputation of being a "natural zoo and arboretum". The scenery here shows different characteristics at different times and in different seasons.

The beauty of Huangshan defies all description therefore it's necessary for photography-lovers to use their cameras to keep those moments for eternity. Here are some recommended tips for photography-lovers.

Best Seasons to Travel

all seasons, but particularly:

April: flowers perfume the air everywhere.

July: it is great to watch the sunrise and sunset in bright weather.

December-February:the snowy landscape there is amazing; moreover, the tickets are not expensive in winter.

Best Places to Take Photos

Best places to take pictures of a sunrise: Lion Peak, Stone Monkey Gazing at the Sea, Refreshing Terrace, Dawn Pavilion,Shixin Peak, Danxia Peak, Bright Peak, and Jade Screen Tower.

Best places to take pictures of a sunset: Paiyun Pavilion, Lion Peak, Bright Peak, Flying Stone, and Danxia Peak.

Note: To take pictures of a sunrise and sunset, photography-lovers need to arrive at the places ahead of time because the best positions in these places are only big enough for less than ten people. Shixin Peak may be capable of accommodating more than ten.

Best places to take pictures of the sea of clouds: Jade Screen Tower for the South Sea, Refreshing Terrace for the North Sea, White Goose Ridge for the East Sea, Paiyun Pavilion for the West Sea, and Bright Peak for the Sky Sea.

It is necessary to pay attention to the time of when to take pictures of the sea of clouds. Usually, the sea of clouds appears in the fine weather following rain or snow. In addition, the photography position is a critical factor.  

Best places to take pictures of snowy scenery: North Sea, West Sea, Sky Sea, Jade Screen Tower, Pine Valley, Cloud Valley and Hot Spring.

Detailed Description for Some Photography Locations

Bright Peak

Best times: winter and spring for sunrise, sunset and the sea of clouds.

Bright Peak, one of the main peaks, is located in the middle of the Huangshan Mountains. Also, it is the second highest peak with about 1,860 meters above sea level. It is great to watch the scenery of the peaks of the East Sea and the West Sea because it is smooth on its top.

Note: Photography-lovers are recommended to stay at Beihai Hotel or inns around there in order to see the sunrise. Find out the sunrise time in advance and book a morning call. It takes one hour to get to Bright Peak from Beihai Hotel.

Yaotai of West Sea

Best time: evening for sunrise.

Yaotai is newly developed. It is surrounded by the hills and mountains in mist and fog.

Grand Canyon of West Sea

The U-shaped Grand Valley is 12 kilometers long, with a maximum altitude difference of 400 meters. It is the most precipitous site with the most original natural view. Stone forests are everywhere and the walking distance is so long that it is a favorite destination for backpackers.  

It will take four hours to walk through the canyon; it is necessary to have sufficient water and food because there are no shops on the way. It is worthy of mentioning that it is maybe an expedition for most of the way and the paths have been built on the cliffs' edges.

Flying Stone

Best times:winter and spring for sunset.

Flying Stone is seated at the north-west part of Bright Peak. It is nearly 1 kilometer away from Bright Peak and about 1,730 meters above sea level. Flying Stone is oddly shaped, being 12 meters high, 8 meters wide, and 1.5-2.5 meters thick. Moreover, it weighs about 360 tons. It is amazing that such a stone stands upright on a 15 meter long and 10 meter wide flat stone.

Paiyun Pavilion

Best times:winter and spring for sunset.

Paiyun Pavilion is about a 1 kilometer walk from the Flying Stone. Opposite the peaks, it is an ideal place in West Sea to see the exquisite stones. From the pavilion, photography-lovers can have a fine view of the hills and mountains that are sometimes half hidden in the mists, like the islands in the sea.

Refreshing Terrace

Best times: winter and spring for sunrise and the sea of clouds.

Refreshing Terrace sits on the side of the Lion Peak, projecting over a crag with three free surfaces. It is surrounded by cement balustrades which travelers can lean against to observe from the terrace. The scenery around there is wonderful: in front of the terrace is the North Sea, below it are the 18 spiral stone steps, and on its right is the Shisungang where the rocks and stones look like bamboo shoots.


  • Tripod, raincoat, and walking stick are necessary.
  • It is not acceptable to hold the iron chain during thunderstorms.
  • Don't take cover under a tree when it rains.
  • Take warm clothing, especially a down jacket in winter.
  • Take food for yourself as it is expensive to buy at the scenic sites.


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