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 :(
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