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Huangshan, in the south of Anhui Province, is mainly known for the Huangshan Scenic Area, home to Huangshan, the "Yellow Mountain." Huangshan is one of China's most revered and respected landmarks, comprising multiple granite peaks, many reaching 3,250 feet elevation. While Huangshan is no doubt the reason most people travel to the area, as a tourist city, it offers a good selection of other attractions, such as Hongcun Village and Tunxi Ancient Street. China's tea culture is particularly prominent in this area, and you can expect to samples scores of different locally-harvested leaves.
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The muse of poets and painters for centuries, Huangshan draws an endless stream of visitors year round and is a must-see in the region. You can ascend one of the many peaks via well-constructed walkways and stairs carved into the side of the mountain (there are said to be up to 60,000 stairs in the park). There are also cable cars to the walkways at the summits. Home to hundreds of animal and bird species and a rich diversity of trees and plants, the Huangshan Scenic Area is worth at least a full day of exploring – you can cover all the major peaks in a single day of hiking. You can also camp on the mountain for a closer experience with nature.
Xidi and Hongcun Ancient Villages
This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to Hongcun and Xidi ancient houses, with more than 100 different well-preserved examples of Ming and Qing Dynasty residences. Wandering through its cobblestone lanes, through archways and past old pavilions with intricate stone and wood carvings, you can get a feel for life as it was experienced In China around the 14th century.
Tangyue Memorial Archway
This collection of seven ancient arches in Shexian County is the biggest complex of arches in the province. Each beautifully constructed archway has its own moving history – they memorialize a person or family – some of them dedicated to women, which was not a common practice in ancient China.
Tunxi Ancient Street
Dating back to the Song Dynasty at the turn of the 1st century, this historic corner of Tunxi District began as a collection of shops and became somewhat of a trade hub in the province. It comprises a pedestrian commercial zone paved with dark red flagstones, and provides a classic example of the traditional Chinese shophouse with retail space the front and residential zone in the back. Not only is it a great place to view well-preserved historic architecture, it's also where you can find unusual curios and mementos.
Journey through China’s most picturesque landscapes on this exciting 13-day luxury journey. You’ll hike through the stunning Yellow Mountain and Jiuzhaigou National Park, tour Tibetan villages of the Zharu Valley, and play with Pandas in Chengdu, while staying at luxury hotels like Amanfayun or Banyan Tree.
Take in some of China’s most breathtaking natural surroundings as you travel 14 days from Changbaishan to Zhangye Danxia, stopping along the way in the stunning valleys of Shangri-La, below the majestic Huangshan Mountain, and aside colorful geocliffs millions of years old, staying at luxury hotels along the way.
In a quiet location that allows guests to wake up to an incredible view of mountains peaking through the skyline, the Huangshan Beihai Hotel is beautifully situated high on Huangshan Mountain, just a 20-minute hike from the renowned tourist hotspots, Mengbishenghua Peak and Qingliang Terrace. The hotel itself offers a variety of amenities, including a karaoke room, beauty salon, fitness facilities and 220 guestrooms, each equipped with sofas, plasma TVs and complimentary WiFi. A business center with several meeting rooms, as well as 24-hour front desk services, provide a convenient stay for people on more formal trips. Guests can arrange sightseeing trips at the front desk, such as a trip to the Tunxi Old Street in Huangshan Town, an hour and a half away by car, or further treks into the wild forests. An on-site restaurant and bar provides tasty meals throughout the day, contributing to a pleasant stay.
Set in a stunning natural setting, the Xihai Hotel is a luxurious abode in a remote location. Enjoy crisp, white linens in warmly-lit rooms after spending the day exploring the “yellow mountain” range in the southern Anhui province. Deep bathtubs are perfect for soaking tired traveler’s bones. The hotel goes the extra mile – even providing warm parkas for those unprepared to watch the sunrise in the cold temperatures. Just a 25-mile (40 km) drive from Huangshan Tunxi International Airport, this hotel is just far enough away for guests to feel as though they are truly escaping the rest of the world. There’s free WiFi in public areas and LAN access within the individual rooms. Each room has a television for guest’s enjoyment. The friendly concierge is more than happy to help with any questions concerning the area. There’s an onsite modern-style restaurant serving up a wide range of cuisine – from local favorites to foreign comforts. There’s a salon for any pampering needs, as well as shops.