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● Huangshan

Huangshan-Majestic Beauty

Huangshan (literal meaning: Yellow Mountain) is a mountain range in southern Anhui province in eastern China. Vegetation on the range is thickest below 1,100 meters (3,600 ft), with trees growing up to the treeline at 1,800 meters (5,900 ft).

The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan pine trees, hot springs, winter snow, and views of the clouds from above. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of China's major tourist destinations.

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Climate

Huangshan has an oceanic climate (Cfb) according to the Köppen climate classification. Its elevation makes it colder and wetter than the rest of Anhui.

Best Time and Locations to See Sunrise

The best east-facing viewing areas on the Yellow Mountain are Dawn Pavilion, Refreshing Platform, Lion Peak, Rosy Clouds Peak, Bright Peak Summit, Jade Screen Peak, Lotus Blossom Peak and Heavenly Capital Peak; best times to view a sunrise:

   Spring ---- 05:30-06:00

  Summer ---- 04:40-05:10

   Fall ---- 04:50-05:20

   Winter ---- 05:30-06:00

Best times and viewing areas to see sunglow:

Before and after sunrise is the best time to see sunglow. As with viewing the sunrise, you should be in position early.

Best times and viewing areas to see seas of clouds:

From September to May is the best season for cloud viewing, especially on a clear day after rainy or snowy weather. Seas of clouds are infrequent in summer. To best experience the beauty of seas clouds, tourists should change their viewing locations points according to the height of clouds.

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Shopping

Tea City is the largest and highest tea trade center in south Anhui Province. You can not only buy every kind of tea but can also experience tea culture first hand in tea history hall; you can have a tea taste at tasting tea hall and appreciate tea ceremony in any of the existing performance halls.

Address: No. 35 in Hehua West Road

The next wonderful place is Tunxi Ancient Street. Stores in this street mainly deal with the elegant art wares, native products and some tourist souvenirs.

The traditional art wares are the four treasures of the study, Hui (Huizhou) Ink and She (Shexian) Inkstone. Folk arts including brick carving, stone carving, wood carving and bamboo carving, also the miniature gardens of Hui style and the jumped-up bamboo articles and furniture are all characterized with and decorated with local art flavor.

Also you can buy some local specialty of mushroom, glossy ganoderma (a kind of precious Chinese medicine grow on cliff), loquat, Chinese gooseberry (a kind of popular fruit in China with abundant vitamins), tribute chrysanthemum and wild walnut. Remember to buy some dry bamboo shoot; the tine of the bamboo shoot is the best.

New Street Shopping Marketplace

Address: east Huangshan Middle Road, Tunxi District

Suguo Super Market-bigger all-around supermarket

Address: Qianyuan South Road, Tunxi District


Transportation

Air

Tunxi Airport, usually referred to simply as the Huangshan Airport, is located in the Tunxi District, about 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the center of Huangshan City. Mt. Huangshan is approximately 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) away.

Train

There are two railway stations in the city for passengers' convenience:

Huangshan Railway Station only operates ordinary trains to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Nanjing, Kunming and so on.

Huangshan North Railway Station is the junction point of Huangshan-Shanghai and Beijing-Hefei-Fuzhou High Speed Rail Lines. It mainly operates bullet trains to/from Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Jinan, Hefei, Xiamen etc.

Long-Distance Bus

The City Bus Station is near the railway station in Huangshan Dong Lu - 10 minutes on foot from the railway station. The city is connected with Shanghai, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Hefei, Mt. Jiuhua, and Jingdezhen by national highways. In addition the Hui-Hang (from Anhui Province to Hangzhou City) highway, Hefei - Tongling - Mt.Jiuhua - Mt.Huangshan highway, Mt. Huangshan-Jingdezhen highway, and the round-Mt. Huangshan-highway form an efficient network. There are luxury buses leaving everyday for the main cities in south China including Hangzhou (2.5-hour journey), Ningbo, Shanghai, Wuhan, Jingdezhen, Suzhou, Wenzhou, and Hefei.

Ship

The city is located on the south bank of Yangtze River. From Sichuan or Hubei Provinces in the upper reaches of the Yangtze, travelers can cruise to Guichi City, Anhui Province, then take a bus from Guichi to here. Tourists may, however, find travel by ship slow.

City-Bus

There are nearly 20 public bus lines in the city, taking travelers to nearly every corner of the city. Most of them run between 06:00 – 18:00 while some may run later. Nearly all the routes pass the city center – Yuzhong Garden.Buses No.1, 2, and 6 run to the Railway Station and No.18 runs to the airport.

Rickshaw

Rickshaws similar to those found in the Beijing hutongs are common here. They cost CNY2 to CNY5 in the downtown area. They can be found in Tunxi Ancient Street. It is a convenient way to travel through the narrow streets. Watch out for the pullers who try to persuade you to visit some extremely expensive restaurants or hotels in the ancient street.


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