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The MT.Huangshan scenic areas

Huangshan is located in the south of Anhui province. With its 72 peaks, it is onsidered one of the most unique and beautiful mountain ranges in the world and it is the only mountain listed in China's Top Ten Scenic Spots. If you climb one mountain in China, let it be Huangshan ! Four features of Huangshan Scenery: Sea of clouds, strangely shaped rocks, unusual pine trees, and bubbling hot springs.

Hot springs scenic area
    The Hot Spring of the Yellow Mountains of nationwide fame, was discovered and tapped more than a thousand years ago. Gushing forth from the foot of Purple Cloud Peak, it has never run dry during the most severe droughts nor overflooded during excessive rain. It is of a high-temperature carbonate type, with therapeutic effects for metabolic disorder, cardiovascular disease and malfunctions of digestive, nervous and motorial systems. Its clear waters remain at 42`C all the year round and can be used for drinking and bathing. Baths and swimming pools have been built around the spring.

    Huangshan Hot Spring, which had ever been called as "Ling Spring", "Tang Spring", "Vermilion Spring", is celebrated for its fresh, clean and cool nature, and it can serve various purposes, such as drinking, bathing; it is a wonder of Huangshan. MT.Huangshans is the watershed of the two main rivers, Yangtze River and Qiantang River. The special geographic position has cultivated the development of 36 big canyons, the sources of 36 branches, therefore, Huangshan is also famous for its waterfalls, and some famous ones are "Inverted V Falls (Renzi Falls)", "Hundred Feet Waterfall", and "Nine Dragons Waterfall".

    Six hundred and thirty meters above the sea level, the Hot Spring has a large tourist complex, including the Yellow Mountain Guest house, Taoyuan Hotel, Xuanyuan Hotel, the Hot Spring Bath, the Hot Spring Swimming Pool, the Postal Telecommunications Building, villas and tourist shops. The scenic area straddles the Peach Blossom Brook that flows between Purple Cloud Peak and Peach Blossom Peak. Across the brook are the Purple Cloud Bridge, the Scenery Watching Bridge, the Famous Spring Bridge and the White Dragon Bridge. Scattered around are the Fish Watching Pavilion, Falls Watching Pavilion, Peach Blossom Land Pavilion, and the Falls Watching Tower. Here one can watch Hundred Feet Spring and Inverted V Falls as well as Celestial Capital Peak, Lotus Peak, Cinnabar Peak, Purple Cloud Peak and Purple Rock Peak. Going up along the brook, one will see such scenic spots as Roaring Lion Rock, Dragon Head Rock, Tiger Head Rock, the Red Well, Intoxicated Rock, Sword Testing Rock as well as Green Dragon Pool, White Dragon Pool, Three Folding Spring and Ringing String Spring.

    Departing from the Hot Spring, travelers can take two routes for mountain sightseeing: One is to ascend the imposing and steep mountain front and then descend the picturesque back mountains and then return to the Hot Spring. The other is just to take the opposite route.

Cloud Valley scenic area 
To go to the Cloud Valley Temple Scenic Area in the East Sea, one needs to turn left from the North Sea (Beihai) Hotel and go eastwards. Passing the Black Tiger Pine, visitors reach White Goose Ridge, and the beautiful and steep White Goose Peak stands in the left direction. White Goose Ridge is the terminal of the 2803.96 meter long cable car route between the Cloud Valley Temple and the North Sea. Traveling on the telpher gives one a bird's-eye view of the East Sea. Those who prefer to walk may down the valley and appreciate the scenery on the way. Descending White Goose Ridge, one is greeted by numerous rocks of bizarre shapes around the brook as well as picturesque valley scene consisting of woods and springs. Passing the Fascination Pavilion, the Cloud Valley Temple is in sight.

    Situated between Arhat Peak and Incense Burner Peak, the 890 meter high Cloud Valley Temple is half way between the North Sea and the Hot Spring along the mountain as well as the departure station of the cable car route to the North Sea. Tourists going both ways may stay at the hotels here. In particular, the Cloud Valley Hotel in the traditional local architectural style of the Ming Dynasty provides comfortable service for tourists. Here, one can also see the rare aged yellow Chinese fir and iron Chinese fir and enjoy the Yellow Mountains Maofeng, a famous local tea. Descending the mountain path to the left of the Cloud Valley Temple and going through the bamboo grove, tourists can watch the Nine Dragon Falls four kilometers away.

    On the way back from the Cloud Valley Temple, one can stop to watch the pouring and thunderous Hundred Feet Warerfall at close distance before finally returning to the Hot Spring.

The North Sea scenic area
The North Sea Scenic Area is just a few kilometers away from the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion in the West Sea Scenic Area, with the Yellow Mountains Xihai Hotel on the way. The Beihai Hotel is located near the Lion Peak, at an altitude of 1,630 meters above sea level.

    In the Dawn Pavilion in front of the hotel, one may enjoy the beautiful scenery of Beginning-to-believe Peak and Goddess Peak as well as the Stalagmite Bridge that inspire imagination of various fairy scenes. To the right of the hotel is the Flower House. In front of it is the Sunken Flower Valley with many rocks of fantastic shapes in it. Turning left from the hotel and passing the Unicorn Pine leads one onto the Refreshing Terrace and Lion Peak. Reaching out from the cliff and facing the valley in three directions, the terrace is an ideal place for watching sunrise and the sea of clouds. Atop the Cooling Apex of Lion Peak, one can look down at the rocks on Pingding Hill which is famous for resembling a scene of a monkey watching the sea. Below Lion Peak is the Ten Thousand Pines Forest which sends out constant pine soughing. Turning right from the guesthouse, while viewing various ancient pines on the way, one crosses the Immortal Bridge and ascends Beginning-to-believe Peak. Here, a magnificent view of stalagmites unfold itself.

West Sea Scenic Area of Mt.Huangshan
West Sea Scenic Area is the best place for viewing the sea of clouds and the sunset on Huangshan Mountain. Here, the beautiful peaks and ancient pines leave visitors awe-struck. The clouds and mist clinging to the peaks are ever changing making the many peaks appear like small islands in a sea of clouds. As the sun sets, the whole canyon is bathed in light, and the ridges, the peaks take on multicolored hues. It is really a spectacular sight!

The West Sea Scenic Zone is endowed with the most beautiful landscape on Huangshan Mountain. The peaks here are so numerous that they cannot be counted. Visitors to this area will see an old styled pavilion nestled in the mountain side. Looking into the distance, successively stunning peaks making visitors feel as though they have stepped into an open-air stone museum. On the right side of the pavilion, visitors can see the Immortal Putting His Shoes in the Sun rock formation and on the left side the Immortal Putting His Boots in the Sun. Straight in front of the pavilion, the Wusong Fighting with a Tiger formation can be seen. Behind the pavilion, the Red Clouds Peak rises to over 1700 meters above sea level

The West Sea Scenic Area will fire visitor's imaginations when looking down into the mysterious canyon, listen to the wind whispering in the pines, and bathing in the ever-changing mist.

Jade Holds scenic area
The Jade Screen Tower stands against the 1,668 meter high Jade Screen Peak. Originally the seat of Manjusri Temple, it is now a tourist center with complete service facilities. Around the Tower are elephant and lion shaped rocks and ancient pines. In front of the Tower there emerge to the left the Celestial Capital Peak and Ploughing Cloud Peak. On Ploughing Cloud Peak there is a rock which looks likes a squirrel jumping at the Celestial Capital Peak. Below the peak there is another odd shaped rock which conjures up a scene of an immortal getting off a sedan chair. To the right are Lotus Peak, Lotus Pistil Peak and Holy Spring Peak. Viewed from distance, the rock on Lotus Pistil Peak looks like a small boating sailing through the ocean of clouds. Beside the peak there stands a rock that resembles a peacock playing in the lotus. Standing on the terrace in front of the pine, one is greeted by a panorama of numerous peaks and rocks half hidden in the clouds. Therefore, a visit to the Jade Screen Tower has long been considered a must for a tour of the Yellow Mountains.

    The Jade Screen Tower is a half way stop between the Hot Spring and the West Sea and North Sea scenic areas. Going further ahead, tourists pass the Farewell Pine and the Hassock Pine. If one looks back, an ox-shaped rock on Ox Nose Peak comes into sight. The scene is known as Rhinoceros Watching the Moon. The distance from Jade Screen Peak down to the bottom of the Lotus Ravine is about two and half kilometers. Here the terrain rises. Climbing up several hundred steps stairs, one reaches Lotus Ridge. Standing above in the right direction is Lotus Peak.

White Cloud scenic area
The West Sea, long known as the Mystery Valley for the many clusters of peaks and the fathomless depth of the valley has been opened up as the White Cloud Stream Scenic Area. The seven-kilometer long newly paved staircase extends from the Hook Bridge Nunnery inside the West Gate of the Yellow Mountains, across the bottom of the valley, and reaches the newly built Central Sea Pavilion at the Heavenly Sea. Tourists may go to Qianxun Falls via the Hook Bridge Nunnery and the Shy Spring. The highest falls in the Yellow Mountains, Qianxun Falls has a drop of 140 meters, and is ice-free all the year round. The falls thunder can be heard at Swan Rock near the brook and one can also have a near look on the Immortal Walking on Stilts. Passing the Dropping Spring and the Lucky Cloud Bridge, one comes to the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion. Then, a twisting path leads one through Walking Fairy Bridge and to the Goddess Flower Bed and finally to the Central Sea Pavilion at the Heavenly Sea. On the way, one can watch pines in all kinds of odd shapes.

Pine Valley scenic area
Located in the north slope of Mt. Huangshan, the Pine Valley Scenic Area covers 12.5 km (7.77miles) with a fall in altitude of 1,100 meters (3,609 feet) made up of over 6,500 steps. Rocks and ponds are the highlights. Among this refreshing world, the Emerald Pool, the Five-Dragon Pond, and the rock of Guan Gong Resists Cao Cao (both were famous generals during the Three Kingdoms Period) are the main scenic points.

The Emerald Pool is surrounded by rocks, with a crystal stream from the Pine Valley flowing into it. The reflections of the mountains and trees create another fairy world in the water. No matter how tempted you may feel Do Not swim in this 10-meter (33-feet) deep pool for the water is far too cold even in summer.

In addition, the Pine Valley Scenic Area is located at the North Gate of Mt. Huangshan with Taiping Telpher starting here.

Here peaks are green and water is clear around the year. Beautiful scenic attractions include Old Dragon Pool (Laolong Tan), Green Dragon Pool (Qinglong Tan), Black Dragon Pool (Wulong Tan), White Dragon Pool (Bailong Tan) and Emerald Pond.

To fully experience the beauty of Mt. Huangshan, you have to reach the peak areas. With the assistance of telphers, this is made much easier. The three telphers on Mt. Huangshan can be described as follows:

Cloud Valley Telpher runs from the Cloud Valley Temple to the White Goose Peak, taking 8 minutes for the single trip. From here you can visit the Begin to Believe Peak, the Monkey Gazing at the Sea, the Refreshing Terrace as well as the West Sea Scenic Area, the Cloud Dispersing Pavilion, the Red Cloud Peak, etc.

Jade Screen Telpher runs from the Merciful Light Pavilion to Jade Screen Pavilion. Within 6 to 10 minutes, you can cover a distance that otherwise takes 3 hours on foot to reach the essential scenic area including the symbol of Mt. Huangshan-the Guest Greeting Pine.

Taiping Telpher connects the Pine Valley Nunnery to the Pine Forest Peak. This boasts the longest telpher in Asia. Sitting in the carriage, you can pull the clouds and fog into your arm and overlook the world aloof. It may leave you a totally different feeling about Mt. Huangshan.

1. For biological protection, peaks in Mt. Huangshan may be closed down from time to time. So please always refer to the latest news bulletins.2. For smokers, be aware that smoking is allowed only in certain places.

Lotus Peak of Mt.Huangshan
Lian Hua Peak (Lotus Peak) has an elevation of over 1873 meters. Its shape resembles a lotus blossom, giving the peak its name. The "blossom" is over ten feet in width. There is a small pool located in the middle of the "blossom" named Moon Pool. From the apex, visitors can see thousands peaks and numerous ravines in the misty clouds. On a clear day, Tianmu Mountain can be seen in the east, Lushan Mountain in the west, Jiuhua Mountain and the Yangtze River in the north. The sea of clouds viewed from Lotus Peak is most spectacular after a rain.
Climbing from Lotus Peak, visitors can see the many ancient pines that dot the landscape. Scenic spots such as Flying Dragon pine, Head Downwards Pine, and Huangshan Mountain's azaleas can be seen along the way.

In Huangshan Mountain, there are lofty peaks, steep valleys, winding streams and brooks, luxuriant plants and trees - so many beautiful scenes that one simply can't take them all in. Huangshan Mountain has a pleasant weather, and its charming scenery changing during different seasons attracts tourists all the year round.

    Huangshan Mountain's wonders are completely the masterpiece of nature without any adornment so it is of a pure natural beauty. An ancient tourist once remarked:" Huangshan Mountain's beauty is unparalleled on earth. Once you ascend the Huangshan Mountain Mountains, you will find other mountains nothing but mounds or hillocks." What a praise Huangshan Mountain has won!

There are two main ways of getting to the top of Huang Shan, by foot or by cable car. A recommended route is to take the cable car up, ascending from the east side of the mountain to reach the Beihai, stay overnight at the summit and catch the magical sunrise, then descend by foot down the western side of the mountain. The western side is a lot steeper and isn't for the faint of heart. Although the scenery serves as a good distraction, don't be too distracted and lose your footing. If you do decide to climb the mountain, it's a 3-hour, 7.5km climb from the east and a hefty 15kmfrom the western approach, which will take at least twice as much time.

On the eastern side of Huang Shan close to the summit, is the Begin-to-Believe Peak. It's probably the most visited peak in Huang Shan due to its deep chasms and classic Huang Shan scenery. Along the way you might notice many locks clasped around the chain railings – these locks are meant to represent everlasting love. Couples romantically fasten their locks and throw the key off the peak, thereby cementing their relationship. The Beihai Scenic Area is at the summit of Huang Shan. Paths are newly paved and well kept. This is the best place to view the sunrise above the eternal sea of clouds and pine tree-studded peaks.

Flying Rock in the western part of the summit area is a huge pear shaped rock 10m high perched precariously on top of the peak. Steps leading to the top of the peak have one dubious looking handrail allowing the brave to really experience being on top of the world if your eyes dare to stay open.

Along the central axis of the mountain is the Brightness Apex at 1,840m, this is the second highest peak on Huang Shan which it separates the physically challenging western side from the more gentle eastern side. This is a good place to contrast the two faces.

Jade Screen Pavilion is also known as the Jade Screen of Heaven. These fantastic sheer cliff faces feature unique rock formations with green pines. It looks like a giant Chinese landscape painting brought to life.

On the western side Lotus Peak is Huang Shan's highest peak. Surrounded by a group of lower peaks, Lotus Peak looks like a lotus flower in full bloom. The top of the peak offers panoramic views of Huang Shan though sore and wobbly legs are also inevitably part of the deal.

The Celestial Capital Peak faces Lotus Peak in the west. At 1,829m, it's the steepest peak, but a stone stairway is cut into the near vertical cliff face and those wanting to venture up, much of it on all fours, are aided by heavy chains hammered into the rock face. This stone stairway can easily be spotted from afar as a thin white line creeping up to the summit. It should be noted that during winter this peak may be closed. Even so, just looking at the peak is mind-blowing enough to give anyone vertigo.

After leaving the Huang Shan Scenic Area, in Tunxi there is an old trading street known as Tunxi Ancient Street. This 1.5km street has been a bustling center of trade since the Southern Song dynasty, taking its present day form during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Paved with bluestone, the street is lined on both sides with old shops in an unmistakable Huizhou architectural style characterized by fine woodcarvings on lattice windows and doors. The shops retain the essence of traditional stores of yesteryear, selling wares such as traditional medicines and local specialties including Shexian ink stones, Huang Shan Maofeng tea and Huizhou ink sticks.

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