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Weather: January is the coldest month. The average daily high temperature is 1 °C (34 °F), and the average nightly low temperature is -6 °C (21 °F). There is about a 1,000 meter difference between the peaks and lower regions of the park where the temperature is about 6 °C (11 °F) degrees warmer.
The average precipitation is 79 mm, and it snows or rains about 14 days of the month. So you can enjoy the beautiful snow all around, but be cautious hiking on the icy mountain paths. At higher altitude, the wind blows strongly sometimes.
You can generally expect much foggy or cloudy weather. Often, the fog impedes visibility. Check the local weather forecast>>
Clothing: Wear a thick coat, gloves, thick socks, head coverings, and good slip resistant shoes. Waterproof snow boots, and crampons that are hirable/buyable at the foot, are recommended for ice and snow.
The Yellow Mountains are one of China's famous, legendary mountain ranges, and many Chinese aspire to climb the 1,800m+ mountains once in their lives, almost like a pilgrimage. The scenery can be safely enjoyed in virtual solitude in winter, unlike in the churning crowds of summer.
Walking safety: If paths are treacherously slippery, the management will restrict access for safety reasons. Generally however, workers continuously clear off the paths every day.
Many people find the three or four hour climb up to the highest peaks difficult even in fine weather. Take one of two cable routes from the main gate zone, or the record-breaking telpher from the north, to fly above the amazing snowy scenery and alight comfortably at the 1,400m+ (5,000 feet) area near a hotel. The three cableways alternately shut for maintenance in winter.
Tunxi Ancient Street is a favorite sightseeing and shopping street in old Huangshan city. You can get gifts, souvenirs, and knick-knacks, and appreciate the architecture.
Prices for tickets and accommodation are lower, and you can avoid noisy Chinese tour groups. Good discounts on hotel rooms and Huangshan flights are available, and train tickets are readily available except during Chinese Year. Tourism picks up if the major holiday week falls in January.
Winter entrance ticket: about 24 USD.
3-Day Yellow Mountains Classic Tour: Enjoy the Yellow Mountains' natural beauty and discover the beauty of an ancient Chinese village as well.