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“Quite nice, but too many people & solely paved trails” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Huangshan Geopark

Huangshan Geopark
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2-Day Huangshan Sunset and Sunrise Tour
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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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“Quite nice, but too many people & solely paved trails”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Our starting point was Shanghai. So we took a bus for 132 Yuan from Shanghai Railway Station to Huangshan. We stayed for the night ar the "Old Street International Youth Hostel". In the early morning of the next day a bus picked us up at the hostel and took us for 22 Yuan to the South Entrance of the Yellow Mountains National Park in Tankou. From there you can take two other buses to either the Mercy Light Temple to the northwest or to the YunGu Cable Car Station. Both costs 19 Yuan. We took te second option. From there we walked up the hill. You should take along sufficient water and food if you don't want to pay four times the usual price on the peak! If you want to stay on the peak overnight, there are several places where you can set up a tent (e.g. on the helicopter landing at Bright Summit). It's free there and a tent costs only 200+ Yuan when you buy it before you come. We had a reservation for the BaYun Hotel and stayed the night there. It's the closest one to the Bright Summit and was actually the cheapest option (1080 Yuan in the double room). I'd have prefered to have brought my tent along.
The Bright Summit is also the spot where many tourists want to watch the sunrise. If you want go see the sun and not only other people's backhead, you shouls be there one hour before the official sunrise that you get from the internet!!
Unfortunately, all the trails are paved and have stairs all the time. There are no small and narrow hiking trails like you perhaps know them from the Alps or Rocky Mountains :(

Visited March 2014
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“huangshan-a must for every mountain lover”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2014

Huangshan, a must for every mountain lover. We put up two nights at the peak, first night at Xihai Hotel (best location), and second night at Baiyun Hotel (full of regrets). We took the cable car from Yungusi station and reached the White Goose Hill. From there, it was a stroll to Beginning-to-believe peak. Scenery was captivating. Then, we arrived at Beihai area, soothing wind (cool) and various forms of rocks/hills/peaks. We reached Xihai Hotel at 1 pm. After lunch, the weather changed, heavy mist/fog, drizzling and cold wind. The rain stopped at 4 pm. Xihai Grand canyon was closed to visitors due to snow (first week of March). We hiked up to Paiyunting, magnificient view. The next morning, the sun was blocked by heavy mist, so, no sunrise. We trekked up to the north entrance, splendid views. Only to be scared by a group of Huangshan short tail macaques, the size doubled our Malaysian species. Next, we moved to tianhai area, and put up at Baiyun Hotel. The place was crowded with domestic tourists, loud-speaking guides with amplified speakers. The worst part was they smoke and spat as they wished. A word of advice, skip Tianhai area, nothing in Guangmingding. The consolation prize was the south entrance, where you walked to the fairy walking bridge. This route was worth all the pains and sweats. Less crowd, no guides, no smoke, no spat. The third day, we used the Chixiangge cable acr, passing through turtle peak, hundreds steps and welcoming pine. Another regrettable route. We met the crowd again. Another advice, skip the welcoming pine, it was a market place. In conclusion, just focus on Beihai and Xihai area, and avoid the local crowd. After returning home, I discovered that the best time to visit will be the third and fourth week of October.

Visited March 2014
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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“Awesome morning sunrise”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2013

We are there for sun rising above sea of clouds. We certainly imagined the view was so incredible. A young guy from Jinan was there with us waiting for the sun rising. He told us he has been waiting for the moment for three days. We are pretty lucky, we experienced it on our first morning atop the mountain.
The mountain trails are mainly stairs and very narrow. Benches are available at certain area for hikers to rest. Every spot has different view. Physical fitness is a must. Wear proper hiking boots or sneakers with a good grip.

Visited August 2013
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“Must see!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

Absolutely a bucket list place, top of the most beautiful places in the world. Allow yourself at least 2 nights on the top to get to see enough points, sanest and sunrise are must see! Every spot has different view. Physical fitness required for the most

Visited November 2013
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“Incredible experience! A must see - I will come back”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

I was already very much looking forward to the visit, but I could have never imagined HOW amazing this was!
I was lucky to catch 2 sunny days and the view points and trails give you stunning views of this magic place! I wish I would have had more days and already plan to come back here for several more days at it is an eldorado for hike-lovers! The sunrise is an incredible experience!
If you are in the area - don't miss this! It will be a memory of a lifetime.

The trails are mainly stairs and sometimes very narrow (i.e. queuing if a lot of people). There are handles and rails on all the "scary" places and even though I'm a very experienced hiker, it is also possible to do be easily managed by "non-experienced" ones. There are benches and possibilities to take a rest available everywhere. The audience up there is thus also very mixed - all ages can be met and everyone at their own pace.
Even though it is mainly "paved" I recommend to bring proper hiking boots or at least sneakers with a good grip. Maps, hiking poles and other equipment are available everywhere for purchase.

How to get here: I took an overnight train from Shanghai to Huangshan (263 RMB for 1st class soft sleeper). Sort of oldish train but the beds were convenient and I had a good night sleep. The train takes 12h though (snake speed...). I found out afterwards that there are also busses available that take about 5-6 hours instead. There are even flights from Beijing and Shanghai to Huangshan. So make sure to check that as well if time is your constraint.

Visited November 2013
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