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Huangshan Mountain

Huangshan Mountain is located within the domain of Huangshan City, south Anhui Province. The scenic area stretches 40 kilometers from north to south and 30 kilometers from east to west and takes up an area of 1,200 square kilometers.

Huangshan Mountain is an important scenic area and was listed as a world heritage site in 1990.

The mountain has a rich history. A legend claims that Emperor Xuanyuan of the Tang Dynysty cultivated himself into an immortal on the mountain. Emperor Xuanzong, a Taoist, renamed it Huangshan Mountain in 747 and during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) the noted traveler and geographer Xu Xiake inspected it twice. There is a saying that "you have no wish to visit any other mountains after viewing the Five Mountains (Taishan Mountain in Shandong, Hengshan Mountain in Hunan, Huashan Mountain in Hunan, Huashan Mountain in Shaanxi, Hengshan Mountain in Shanxi and Songshan Mountain in Henan) and you do not even wish to visit them after you come back from a trip to Huangshan Mountain."

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Huangshan Mountain is famous for its unique and spectacular scenery. There are 36 huge peaks, 36 minor peaks and three main peaks-Lotus Flower Peak, Kaidu Peak and Brightness Summit, which are 1,800 meters or more above sea level, Seventy seven of the peaks are over 1,000 meters above sea level apart from the spectacular rocky peaks there are strangely shaped pines, crystal clear mountain springs and seas of cloud. In the valleys there are Huangshan Pines, a tree unique to the mountain. Thousands of the pines are 100 or more years old and 31 are well known with names such as the Guest-Greeting Pine, guest-Sending off Pine and Lying Dragon Pine. There are 120 sites with spectacular rock formations. The rocks come in a variety of shapes and the big ones make rock forests while the small ones are exquisite. The peaks and dense forests in the deep valleys give rise to seas of cloud and plentiful rainfall. The spring on the mountain are clear and the water is good for drinking and bathing.

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Huangshan Mountain is a natural zoo and botanical garden supporting 1,452 varieties of plants and 552 types of animals. Forest coverage is as high as 56 percent.

The long history and rich culture of the mountain can be seen in the 200 surviving temples, pavilions, pagodas, zigzag passages, ancient bridges and stone sculptures.

There are hotels and sanatoriums at the base of the mountain and at the top which can now be reached by cableway.

It's included in the UNESCO world heritage list in 1990. 

The pines with their fascinating shapes, the rocks with their strange contours, the sea of mist and clouds, and the hot springs -- these are the four wonders of Huangshan. Many of the pines on the mountain have their roots deep in rock crevices; the famous Welcoming Guests (Yingke) Pine is representative of these hardy trees. The temperature of the mountain's hot spring-water is around 42C throughout the year. Clear and sweet, the water is ideal for drinking and bathing.

Tourists should not miss a visit to North Sea, (Beihai), West Sea (Xihai), Celestial Capital (Tiandu) Peak, Jade Screen (Yuping) Tower, and Cloud Valley (Yungu) Temple, which are among the prettiest sights on Mount Huangshan. Cool (Qingliang) Terrace is the best place for watching the sunrise and the clouds.

Huangshan's charm has drawn many distinguished travelers, including poets, writers, and painters of various dynasties, and tourists continue to flock to this legendary mountain all the year round.

Add: Huangshan Scenic Area, Huangshan City;
Entry ticket: 120 yuan (March 1 to November 30); 200 yuan (December 1 to end of February);
Phone: 0559-5562258.

Other Tourism Information

1. Places and Times to Watch Sunrise

Places: Shuguang (Morning Glory) Pavilion; Qingliang (Cool) Platform; Shizi (Lion) Peak; Danxia (Red Cloud) Peak; Shixin (Beginning-to-Believe) Peak; Qishi (Chess and Rock) Peak; Gongyang (Merciful Light) Mountain; Guangming (Bright Light) Peak; Bai��e (White Goose) Range; Shisun (Stone Bamboo Shoot) Peak; Yuping (Jade Screen) Peak; Lianhua (Lotus Flower) Peak and Tiandu (Celestial Capital) Peak.

Times: Spring and winter: 5:30 to 6 AM; Summer: 4:40 to 5:10 AM; Autumn 4:50 to 6:20 AM.

2. Best Time to View Sea of Clouds

The best visibility is between November and the following May after rain or snow fall, and clouds are most colorful at dawn and dusk.


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