Huangshan National Park is located in the south part of the Anhui province of eastern China. The national park covers an area of 62 square miles (160.5 sq km). Huangshan is a mountain range with peaks reaching a height of 6,115 feet (1,864 m).
Huangshan translated “yellow mountain,” showcases the three highest peaks of Lotus Peak, Bright Peak, and Celestial Peak. Lotus is the tallest and represents the highest point in the national park.
The vegetation changes as the rise in altitude occur. Below 3,600 feet (1,100 m), the mesic forest dominates the vegetation. Deciduous forest covers the area between that and tree line at 5,905 feet (1,800 m). Alpine grassland covers the rest.
Over half of the fern species found in China are accounted for by Huangshan National Park and the surrounding region. There is biodiversity of plant life that is great with the park.
Visitors can take the cable car from the base to the summit area. Hiking up is possible but more challenging to those who are not up for the climb.
Huangshan National Park is renowned for the scenic views it affords to visitors of the park. It is renowned for granite peaks, oddly-shaped pine trees, clouds amongst the peaks and trees, hot springs, and amazing snow-covered tops. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the leading tourist destinations in all of China.
The mountain range of Huangshan is an inspiration to artists, photographers, and poets. The aesthetically beautiful scenery leaves most people standing in awe of the majestic scenes created by the sculpted trees, granite peaks, and rolling clouds.
Buddha’s Light is a naturally occurring optical phenomenon created by the mist from the clouds and their interaction with either the sunlight or moonlight.
The hot springs are said to help with different skin conditions and illnesses, but to most, they offer some of the most scenic hot tubs in the world.
Trails in Huangshan National Park
The mystique of Huangshan beckons the hikers to come and explore and learn about the striking mountains that are enchantingly blanketed with clouds and forests. There are a variety of trails that explore the mountainous region.
Huangshan West Path: This is an easy rated trail that will ascend 515 feet (156.97 m) over 3.6 miles (5.79 km). The cloud forest, striking rock faces, and the mountainous landscapes are all part of the views hikers will experience. It is a great taste of the region.
Nine Dragons Fall Trail: This is a trail out to a waterfall while meandering through the forest. The 1.9-mile (3.06 km) trail ascends 656 feet (199.95 m) with chances of seeing wildflowers along the way.
Flying Rock Trail: This is a short 2.0 mile (3.21 km) loop trail that ascends 675 feet (205.74 m) along the way. The trail comes to a unique rock formation as well as an astounding panoramic view over the area below. There are chances to see wildlife and wildflowers.
Huangshan Trail: This difficult rated trail travels 10.1 miles (16.25 km) with an ascent of 4,803 feet (1,463.95 m). The trail up the mountains provides a series of scenic views while also having chances of seeing wildlife and wildflowers. It is a challenging endeavor and hikers should be in good physical condition.
- Experiencing the “sea clouds” from atop the mountains
- Panorama views from atop the mountains
- Watching the sunrise
- Seeing “Buddha’s Light
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