Top choice in Anhui

When its granite peaks and twisted pines are wreathed in spectral folds of mist, the idyllic views of Huangshan (黄山; Huángshān) easily nudge it into the select company of China’s top 10, nay, top five, sights. The summit's huge network of connecting trails and walks meander up, down and across several individual sublime peaks. More than a few visitors spend several nights on the peak, and catching the first rays of sunrise from the North Sea (北海; Běihǎi) is a highlight for those overnighting.

Legions of poets and painters have drawn inspiration from Huangshan’s iconic beauty. Yesterday’s artists seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the temporal world have however been replaced by crowds of tourists, who bring the hustle and bustle with them: the mountain is inundated with tourist traffic at points. But Huangshan still rewards visitors with moments of tranquillity, and the unearthly views are simply breathtaking.

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1. Flying Rock

0.57 MILES

The Western Steps descent begins at the Flying Rock, a boulder perched on an outcrop half an hour from Beihai Hotel.

2. Huangshan Summit

0.91 MILES

The summit's huge network of connecting trails and walks meander up, down and across several different peaks. More than a few visitors spend several…

3. Banshan Temple

0.92 MILES

Located at 800m, this Huangshan temple's name literally means 'Halfway up the Mountain Temple'.

5. Refreshing Terrace

1.24 MILES

The vantage point for watching the Huangshan sunrise, five minutes’ walk from Beihai Hotel. Lucky visitors are rewarded with the luminous spectacle of…

6. Tachuan

12.3 MILES

Tachuan is a favourite with photographers, especially in the early spring, when the rapeseed blooms, and in the autumn, when the leaves of the old-growth…

7. Mukeng Zhuhai

12.59 MILES

A rich and dense forest of feathery bamboo, Mukeng is most famous as the setting for the breathtaking zero-gravity bamboo-top fight scenes in Crouching…

8. Chengzhi Hall

13.95 MILES

Flung up by a salt merchant, the Chengzhi Hall dates from 1855 and has 28 rooms, adorned with fabulous woodcarvings, 2nd-floor balconies and light wells…