Welcome to Huangshan
When its granite peaks and twisted pines are wreathed in spectral folds of mist, Huángshān’s (黄山) idyllic views easily nudge it into the select company of China’s top 10, nay, top five, sights. Legions of poets and painters have drawn inspiration from Huángshān’s iconic beauty. Yesterday’s artists seeking an escape from the hustle and bustle of the temporal world have been replaced by crowds of tourists, who bring the hustle and bustle with them: the mountain is inundated with tourist traffic at points, so the magic can rapidly evaporate, especially during holiday periods and weekends. But Huángshān still rewards visitors with moments of tranquillity, and the unearthly views are simply breathtaking.