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Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan March 25th 2019

DAY 1 The alarm was set to 6am Saturday morning. We had to travel with train from Ningbo to Hangzhou and then again from Hangzhou to Huangshan before arriving to The Yellow Mountain. We arrived to The Yellow Mountain southern gate by bus at 3pm. Because we didn’t have that much time before the sunset we chose to take the Yungu Cable Car to the top. If you have the time, you can hike all the way up. At the top, we walked from the Mushroom Pavilion to the Harp Pine. From the Harp Pine, you could walk to the Beginning-to-Believe Peak. From the Harp Pine we walked to Black Tiger Pine before we arrived at your hotel, Beihai Hotel. After checking in at the hotel, we walked to the Bright Top to see the sunset. ... read more
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Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan August 23rd 2017

I hiked up Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) for a 2 day trip. I started by taking the 5:30am bus from Tunxi to Tangkou. Tangkou was teeming with Chinese tourists. After a few minutes I figured out I needed to take a second bus to the start of the hike. I chose the Eastern steps. It was a 2.5 hour slog up the steps in the heat, drenched in sweat. The majority of Chinese tourists take one of the cable cars up, but the steps were pretty busy nonetheless. I passed many porters (see picture) carrying heavy loads up the steps on their backs using a stick and good balance (why they don't use the cable cars during the quiet times (or before/after)... I don't know. After getting to the top I dropped my stuff off at my ... read more
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Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan August 23rd 2017

Before and after going for a hike to Huangshan, I visited a couple of villages around. First village I attempted to go to (via public transportation) was Chengkan. When I arrived, I was refused entry due to lack of ticket, but there was no ticket vendor in site and all "information" desks were empty / non-existent. The locals were quite rude and got angry at me if I tried to venture into the village (even outside the "paid ticket" zone). However they were completely unwilling to help me figure out how to get a ticket so I gave up and left by walking to the highway for a couple of km and hitchhiking back into town. The second and third village I visited on a Chinese tour bus, Hongcun and Xidi. Hongcun was packed with people. ... read more
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Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan April 24th 2017

Mount Huangshan – Yellow Mountain I’ve written this as we were looking for information to help plan our trip to Huangshan Mountain and couldn’t find enough to give us a clear view of what is possible in a day especially relating to the trekking route. We wanted to go up and down the mountain in one day as time was short. Key for us was maximising the walking time and keeping costs low. This is more factual than painting a picture of the mountain views etc. For some background, we’re two 27 year olds from London. Both have done walking trips before but would be no means far above beginner in terms of walking ability. We both keep fairly active and fit in normal life. We visited mid April 2017. It’s tough to predict the weather, ... read more
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Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan May 31st 2016

Séjour de 2 jours à Huangshan, la montagne jaune (Shan : montagne, Huang : jaune si on ne m'a pas dit de bêtises). C'est un des parcs naturels les plus courus de Chine. Mais il n'y a pas que la montagne qui soit intéressante, les villages à côté le sont aussi. J'ai fait une journée dans le village se Hongcun et une dans la montagne jaune. Le village de Hongcun est un village ancien, très typique et très joli. Il a même servi de décor pour le film Tigre et Dragon. Donc visite très agreable, avec une promenade le long des rizières dans la campagne environnante après et une dégustation de thé avant de repartir. La montagne jaune : beaucoup de marches, beaucoup de touristes et beaucoup de brume, mais ça vaut le coup justement pour ... read more
Huangshan - dans la descente
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Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan September 8th 2015

Je survolerai Hangzhou où nous avons passé quelques jours. Je retiendrai cependant les brochettes d'araignée de mer, la beauté du Lac de l'Ouest -immense tâche bleue que l'on a sillonnée à vélo et à pied- ainsi que notre hôte, Zhenan. Zhenan a une bonne vingtaine d'années, et a accepté de nous héberger Alexis et moi, via couchsurfing. Pour ceux qui l'ignorent, couchsurfing est un site mettant en relation des voyageurs ayant besoin d'un logement pour une nuit ou plus, et des gens prêts à les héberger. Le tout est gratuit, et fonctionne sur le principe de l'échange, les hôtes sont très souvent des voyageurs "à terre"; généralement les deux parties échangent des histoires de voyages, des projets, des conseils etc. Zhenan lui, était quelque peu différent de mes hôtes précédents. Son appart notamment, était assez spécial ... read more
Lac de l'Ouest, Hangzhou
Quidditch session
Levé de soleil au sommet de la montagne

Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan June 25th 2015

Today’s stop was in Hongcun Village, which is one of many “ancient villages” throughout China that have been protected by the government as historic zones. Hongcun Village is one of many in the Huangshan Mountain area. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was another location for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”. Hongcun is small, but has over 140 dwellings that date from as far back as the 14th Century. Many are considered among the best examples of architecture of their eras. The Village is a draw for artists. The day I visited, student artists sat throughout the village working on pieces. It’s picturesque, but also suffers from one of the major Western influences on China. The Village is more a tourist site than village at this point. There’s about a $10 admission charge to enter ... read more
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Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan June 24th 2015

After descending Huangshan Mountain today after two days of climbing up and descending stairs, I decided to stop at the hot springs at the mountain’s base to sooth my tired legs. With a single admission fee you can luxuriate in over 30 different pools including the wine (French, of course), coconut milk, ginseng, jasmine, green tea and rose water tubs. There’s a restaurant, various rest areas, and all the green tea you can drink (not from the taken from the pool of the same name, I presume). The place was immaculate. I arrived at about 1 PM and was tempted to hang out into the evening. After about 3 hours, though, i thought I'd relaxed enough and headed back to my hotel in Tangkou.... read more
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Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan June 23rd 2015

Finally did arrive here at Huangshan Mountain by bus from Hangzou and had my first experience with the Whatsapp of China, WeChat. The owner of the hotel I booked in Tangkou, the town just outside of the South Gate to Huangshan, volunteered to pick me at the bus station on arrival. Our contact had to be through WeChat. (A technology digression. Whatsapp is pretty good, but generally isn’t used in China. WeChat is the Chinese equivalent, but so much better. Let me count the ways: 1) it can translate incoming messages. The hotel owner only spoke Chinese, but we carried on conversations fairly successfully on WeChat, even when we were having dinner together; 2) as I approached Tangkou, the hotel owner could follow my location real time through WeChat when I allowed it; 3) you can ... read more
Tankou Hotel, Owner and Wei from Front Desk
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Asia » China » Anhui April 23rd 2015

Hey it’s Hannah. Yesterday and the day before we had to leave our luggage because your not allowed to bring luggage to the hotel at the Yellow Mountain. Yesterday we finished climbing the YM. Then we went to two villages like my tour guide’s village. Then we went to the old street and had some hot cocoa - my mom got Bailey’s coffee and it had a panda face with paws that were made out of crème. Ha ha ha. Then we went to dim sum - yum yum. We had very good foods like sticky rice and dumplings. Then my mom, and Mrs. Montague (mont-a-gue wrong pronunciation last time oops)(name:Karen) one time they brought out wooden hammers to “RELAX THEM”. Then we went to the airport and flew to Shanghai. It’s so sad we have ... read more




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