POETIC PEAKS & MING TOWNSHIPS
Mt. Huang or Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is one of the most scenic areas in China and has inspired generations of artists and poets alike. It is most famous for its granite peaks jutting through the swirling mist and pine trees protruding from improbable cliff-face locations. An overnight stay at the top of the mountain will afford possibly the most spectacular sight of all - sunrise from the summit.
A cable car with stunning views is the usual way to reach the top but a hike up well-made steps is available for those seeking a more challenging approach. The walk may take about three hours each way but you can rejuvenate in the hot springs on your return.
The area around the base of Mount Huang has been inhabited for hundreds of years and has many townships dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. The main city of Tunxi has an ancient street where the shops remain as they have been for generations and is best seen at night lit by traditional lanterns. An exploration of the villages in the Anhui countryside such as Xidi and Hongcun reveals traditional architecture, ancient waterways and a way of life that has changed little over the centuries.