1. Short hikes to the iconic viewing points of Yellow Mountain.
2. Trek down 600 meters into the West Sea Grand Canyon.
3. Easy walks in and around the villages of Hongcun, Mukeng and Nanping.
4. Hike the off the beaten path - Xihong Ancient Trail.
Arrive Huangshan City by train in the morning, our guide and driver will welcome you at the train station. Then drive an hour to Huangshan Scenic area (Yellow Mountain). Take cable car at Yungu station up to the mountain top. Before reaching Xihai Hotel, we take some short hikes to some iconic viewing points including Beginning to Believe Peak, Black Tiger Pine, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea and Lion Peak. Walking distance today is around 7.5km, 2.5 hours. And it can be shorter or longer depending on your arrival time.
If weather permits, we can get up early to catch up a sunrise at lion peak or Danxia Peak. Back to the hotel for a good breakfast and get prepared for a strenuous hiking trip with thousands of stairs. Afterwards we trek down 600 meters into the West Sea Grand Canyon, from Cloud Dispelling Pavilion to the sightseeing monorail at the bottom. The views of the Grand Canyon are breath taking with deep valleys, steep cliffs, magic mist, fog and cloud. It truly worth the time and efforts. For almost of our guests, we only suggest the downwards path which takes 2.5-3 hours depending on your pace, then we take the monorail for 5 minutes up to Tianhai station and walk 500m to Baiyun hotel for lunch. If you are a good hiker, in the afternoon you will still have energy to go Buxian Bridge to enjoy beautiful scenery on other side of West Sea Grand Canyon (Xihai). The round-trip takes about 2 hours.
There is one more chance to catch up a sunrise (Bright Top). Today we will complete the hiking trail down to the mountain foot via the western steps. The whole journey is about 12 kilometers taking about 6 hours. Fortunately, there are cable car option on the halfway if the exhausting steps are not interesting to you. Icons of this part of the mountain includes One Hundred adders, Jade Screen Pavilion where the Greeting-guests Pine stands, and the Celestial Capital Peak.
The well-preserved villages and Hui-style architectures are very significant parts of Hui Culture. Their grey-lined tiers and white-walled houses with mountains as backdrop are the most typical scene that you can enjoy from traditional Chinese paintings. Besides, the exquisite homes, ancestral halls and memorial archways also draw your attention when step into the villages. We will visit Hongcun, a world heritage sites, Mukeng and Manping villages, less popular but allows you tranquility and close touch to the real life and local customs.
There is still a surprise waiting for you today. Before moving to the airport, we will do an 8 km hike (3 hours) starting from Hongcun village, arriving at another world heritage site of Xidi. This ancient trail once was an import network connecting the south and north, and frequently used by locals. It is now developed into hiking trail and famed as the most beautiful parts in Yixian county. The trail runs alongside the river with dramatic view of lakes, river and untouched villages.
a. All sightseeing as listed in the itinerary.
b. Ground transfers with air-conditioned vehicle (car, minibus or coach depending on the size of your group)
c. Lunches (as specific) at local restaurants with a cup of soft drink per meal.
d. Hotel accommodations with breakfast (based on double occupancy).
e. Local licensed & experienced English-speaking guide.
f. Accident insurance during your travel.
a. Chinese visa.
b. Transport to and from China.
c. Tips to driver and tour guide.
d. Personal expenses.
a) West Sea Grand Canyon usually closes from December to March of the next year due to the snowy weather. Canyon hiking will be removed from winter travel itinerary.
b) Any healthy adult can experience this hiking trip, but if you have knee problem or heart problem, don’t try the Canyon Trail as there are thousands of stairs and some paths are very narrow and steep; Small children are not recommended. You may need both hands and can not carry tired kids.
c) Prepare hiking shoes for rocky trails, sunglasses, raincoat (depends), gloves, trekking pole (depends).
d) Mountain weather can change dramatically in short period and temperature vary a lot in the morning and noon hours even in the summer. Our travel advisor will give you more detailed suggestions according to your travel date.
e) Pack light as you need to carry whatever you bring. Your large pieces can be held at the foot of the mountain.
f) If for a hike of the whole trail, best time is April to May, Oct to Nov but do avoid the public holidays (May 1st to 7th, Oct 1st to 7th).
2. More about the hiking
a) The suggested itinerary on Yellow Mountain is a moderate hiking. The most strenuous part is West Sea Grand Canyon with thousands of stairs when trekking down 600 meters to the bottom. To make this trail suitable for all levels of hikers, the park opened a monorail in 2013, from the bottom to the station near Baiyun Hotel on the mountain top; on the other hand, there are 1st Ring and 2nd Ring trails designed before descending to the bottom, to allow a taste of the Canyon views.
b) Cable car available both on the eastern and western steps. Anyone with decent physical condition can enjoy an easy hike to this No. 1 Mountain in China.
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