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Reviewed 11 April 2014

Made a short trip to Hangzhou from Shanghai by bullet train and scoot on to Mount Huangshan (3 hours drive) last month for 2 days. This trip would not have been possible with the help of John. Thanks to you guys for recommending him! He arranged our journey right to the minute details after i expressed my concerns in getting halal food there. He put together our itinerary so we could avoid the huge surge of local tourists (met them on our way back - massive!) so we could have a fairly comfortable hike & never have to worry about food at all. Do your homework! They don't accept int'l credit cards, so bring loads of cash & findout the best time to travel there (avoid public holidays or weekends, or ask John...LoL). Since there is no halal food on the mountain, John introduced me and my friends to an Imam of the masjid. Ohh, not only did the Imam's wife cooked for us, but they even provide us packed lunch for our trip up the mountain. They even loan us their mini electrical pot for us to heat our food -- isn't that great? We did not spend a cent (seriously!) when we were up there!! The tour guide knew every crook n cranny of the mountain, so we were brought to spots that were less touristy. Waiting time at the cable car, incredibly was like 5 mins, not 3 hours (for our tour guide to purchase the tickets). Porters were available to carry our loads so we could have a comfortable climb to our hotel. Weather were on our side so the 2-day hike was beautiful. Hotel was okay and clean. John-you made this trip a very memorable one for us. Thank you for taking care of us. The muscles and joint aches were worth it! I hope other Muslim travellers would give it a shot and enjoy this majestic mountain. We were just lucky to meet the right people and be there at the right time.

6  Thank ZGhazali
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Huangshan_Guide, Public Relations Manager at Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2014

Thank for your nice comment and so good appetite here in Huizhou area. Actually Huizhou is an original name of Huangshan region. If next time, you got more time, please wander around some other places esp. some remote ancient Hui-architecural village in the deep high mountain. That would be quite special experience for you!

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Reviewed 10 April 2014

The scenery is first class, but the out of control development has largely ruined the vistas. Huangshan is obviously a cash cow for the government, which does not regulate the numbers of people on the mountain. The scene looks more like the wildebeast migrating across the Serengetti than the "majestic" and "spiritual" place it is hyped as. The day we visited there were tens of thousands of tourists (only a handful of which were foreigners) pushing and shoving their way around the trails. It's worth doing, but sadly it could be a lot better if it was managed properly. And another thing...don't forget to pack a lot of cash. With a cable car ride up and back it can be an expensive day. If you get caught out, as I did, don't expect to be able to use an international credit card - that would be far too easy. The cable car company will only take domestic Chinese cards. Their response to my protestations was to refer me to the police or walk down the mountain at 4.00 pm (two hours) with my 15 year old son. A friendly British tourist thankfully lent me 100 RMB, but the complete lack of understanding from the piggish cable car ticket saleswoman left a very sour taste in my mouth.

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Huangshan_Guide, General Manager at Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2014

Terribly sorry for your bad experience here. It's indeed understandable you felt unhappy that you could not use your credit card here. Both the language and facility here is overestimated by you. I may submit your proposal and complaints to the authority. Anyway, indeed hope the beautiful scenery on the summit could release your unhappiness and anger. Next time, if anyone meets the similar situation, you cloud feel free to contact:

• 旅游投诉 Tourism Complaints
• Telephone number: 0559-8500237
• 黄山风景区服务电话 Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area Service
• 0559-2580880 or 400-8899-808

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Reviewed 4 April 2014

Loved Mt Huangshan - extremely picturesque and probably the number 1 highlight of my trip to China. Definitely a full day trip up the mountain (I stayed in Tangkou the night before and after). I'd recommend taking the cable car up as it's a long walk up and you will have a day full of steep walking to do once at the top of the mountain. There is a lot of steps to climb so be prepared for a hard day of walking but if you're not able it is still worth the cable car ride alone.

Be careful of national holidays as park entry is half price for locals and the number of Chinese tourists was through the roof on the day I was there. This meant lengthy queues (2-3 hours) catching the bus/cable car and when on the mountain.

For budget travellers I'd recommend the Mr Hu Hotel in Tangkou, especially if you need help finding your way to the mountain (which i did). He speaks competent English, did pickup/dropoff for everywhere i needed to go and booked my connecting buses off to the next destination.

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Huangshan_Guide, Public Relations Manager at Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2014

Glad to hear that this part is your highlight of Huangshan Mountain.
Frankly speaking, Huangshan region so far is not as that commercial as the other tourist destinations in China. Crown as world natural heritage, cultural heritage and world geopark, I'm pretty sure this site is worth you travel again with more off the beaten track places. And hope next time we could help you with your tour to see more local and native things: nature_1984@163.com

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Reviewed 26 March 2014

We are a french couple doing currently a trip around the world, so we try to manage our budget as best as possible. Huanghsan can be really expensive, but you can still visit this place for a decent price with a bit of knowledge. Also with some preparation you won't experience the bad things that people say about this place.
Before : check the weather and if possible get there when it's good, plenty of websites for that, just do your howework, but if your dates are already fixed then like us just pray that the wind will move the clouds for you to see the scenery (which is amazing by the way), also buy water and food in a supermarket before climbing up (like all mountains in the world, everything up is more expensive), book not a room as prices are insanely huge comparing to "normal" China, book a bed in a dorm, all the 4 stars hotel up there have dorms, they are expensive, around 150-200 (and that's if you book through a chinese speaking person like we did, it can be more) but it's the cheapest solution to spend the night in the summit area. Then you're all set!
Going there & getting in : bus from Tunxi is around 20, then normally they drop you at the bus station of the mountain, you NEED to take another bus around 20 again to get to the bottom and you need to chose which way to go up, our advice take the Eastern Steps (Cloud Valley), you can take the Western steps (mercy light temple) but it's so hard that it's better we think to do them on the way back, then at the eastern steps 2 choices, climbing the stairs or the cable car, hard or easy way, honestly if you're not very old or with a condition, the stairs are the best option, it will save you some money, you'll see some good stuff and it's just 2 hours and a half (NOT a day like I read in some previous comment), then you'll have to pay the huge entrance price, this is the only expensive thing we paid in Huangshan honest, buy a map also, quite useful and cheap
On the summit : with your map and the ones displayed frequently you should find your way easy but please have in mind that the maps you find on the way are displayed from the point of view of where you are standing, there is no North, South, etc orientation, and also names can differ a bit (if it looks almost the same then it probably is, to be sure check the chinese caracters), when you understand this logic this is really simple. There's plenty of food stalls to buy stuff, if you go to eat in the hotels of course it will be expensive. Unfortunately for us it was really foggy the first day, we couldn't see a thing. But Fairy bridge is nice, and Beginning to Believe looked good too (we could only imagine the view). We didn't go to the sunrise as it was obvious that it will be packed but the Bright Summit, Central Sea Pavillion and Cooling Terrace are the places to see it. The second day was perfect, sunny and enough clouds to be just above them with the sun on all the peaks (so good after the previous day!). We hiked a bit on the summit, then start our way down.
Going down : cable or walking, of course walking :) Western steps are really hard even when going down, very heavy on the knees, but the scenery is really gorgeous with good weather (and that's what we had), it should be the best way to get out the mountain. After almost 4 hours you're at the bottom, same story than before, 1 bus for reaching the mountain bus station, another one to Tunxi, 20 each
One word about the people : you won't find many westerners at the top, mostly chinese people and lot of them in tour groups. So yes, it's gonna be noisy with tour group guides shouting in megaphones, with the usual chinese spitting and way of speaking so loud, it's gonna be crowded, there will be some rudeness, blablabla...hey wake up you're in China! Not the same manners, not the same culture. One good way to avoid that, go off season, you won't feel that packed and you will enjoy the place (at least more).
Conclusion : we really enjoyed our trip at Huangshan but it's thanks to the weather on the second day, if it was foggy all the time, we wouldn't have probably. It was late march and not so busy, even on the eastern steps. The good majority of chinese people we met were nice and friendly, a lot of "Hellos", some "where you come from" and a few pictures (yeah they spit and eat loudly but I dare you find a place in France today where people are that friendly with foreigners). The scenery is beautiful and worth the entrance price, just pay attention to the other costs (do you really need this cable car ride? or this fancy room and dinner at the hotel?). Go there off season, I don't want to imagine how packed can it be during high season. So it can be crowded, can be foggy and there's too much concrete and 4 stars hotel for such a beautiful and natural site. But is that a reason to not go there...I don't think so.

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Huangshan_Guide, General Manager at Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2014

Thank you so much for praising this mountain. And truly Huangshan is the combination of Chinese water-and-ink painting and Chinese poetic culture. Wish both the natural and cultural landscape have brought you some really nice inspirations. You may feel exhausted after you descend from the mountain. Probably next time you could take a spa in Huangshan Hot Spring scenic area or a comfortable foot massage will relax you.

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Reviewed 29 January 2014

Walked up the mountain which was rewarding, but there is loads of hiking to be done once up the mountain with much better scenery than the hike up in my opinion. Take a lunch and spend the entire day up there. No need to stay on the mountain in my opinion. I decided to watch the sunset and hike down at dusk with a head lamp. No problems what-so-ever. Pre-arrange a taxi if possible once you're at the bottom because the busses stop just after the last gondolla descends. Stayed at Pine Ridge Lodge just outside the gates. Great, clean and comfortable budget accommodation!

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