Throughout Chinese history, Huangshan (or Yellow Mountain), has been the inspiration for poets and painters. Scholars believe that one must pay homage to the mountain at least once in his lifetime. Dating back millions of years, Huangshan, with its unique pine trees, cloud-shrouded peaks and stunning sunrises, is picture-perfect from any angle. If you are lucky, you may even catch ‘Buddha’s Light’ (foguang in Chinese), an occasional treat during sunrises. Today, 15 million tourists visit the mountain annually and you can even take the cable car to some of the peaks. The temperature during summer is a pleasant 15 to 18 degrees Celsius and during winter it can drop to minus two degrees Celsius, while the highest rainfall is during the months of June to August. Spring (April) is probably the best time to visit when the flowers start to bloom.
Getting there: Fly to Huangshan Airport, located five km outside Tunxi town. From the airport, you can take a taxi directly to Huangshan. Alternatively, you can go downtown and catch the bus to Tangkou, which is near the entrance to the mountain.