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Weather: April is cool, rainy, and cloudy. It is the beginning of the monsoon season. Rain might cut short a hike, but it is one of the best months for touring because flowers bloom and rainfall is much less than in later months. There is about 233 mm of rain, and rain falls on 18 days of the month.
The average nightly low temperature is 5 °C (41 °F), and the average daily high temperature is 11 °C (52 °F). When it is sunny, the UV index is very high. The average humidity is 79%. Stay abreast of the local weather forecast>>
Clothing: Rain gear and waterproof shoes with good traction are important. A warm jacket and layers of clothing will enable you adopt to changing conditions.
Green trees and various flowers blooming all over the mountains and plains make gorgeous scenery.
Expect crowds when the weather is good. A hike to the summit of China's famous, legendary mountains is moderately strenuous. It takes fit hikers two or three hours.
To avoid the stair climb, you can ride a cable car to the 1,400m+ (5,000 feet) hotel area.
Wuyuan Village: In April, yellow seas of rape flowers nestle this picturesque well-preserved village that is about 1½ hours' drive (90 km / 56 mi) southwest of Huangshan.
The annual mountain bike race is through the foothills and the streets and alleys of the World Heritage villages of Hongcun and Xidi. We could modify our Yellow Mountain and Hongcun tour to facilitate attending this event (held in March or April).
Expect crowding. Hotel rooms and Yellow Mountains flights are relatively expensive. Accommodations and train tickets may be difficult to obtain.
The 3-Day Yellow Mountains Tour from Shanghai: The mountains' hot springs are included on this tour of highlights.