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Huangshan Travel Guide

Huangshan Overview

Huangshan City is located in southern Anhui Province, famous for Yellow Mountain where is known as a world’s famous travel destination. It has jurisdiction over three districts, four counties and Huangshan Scenic Zone. With the beautiful landscapes and many relics, Huangshan is the cradle of the Hui School and one of the three locality studies in China.

Huangshan city boasts two world heritages sites, Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) and the ancient villages of Xidi and Hongcun. You can visit not only the beautiful Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), but also the well-preserved ancient houses, memorial archways, shrines, bridges and streets.

Huangshan City is also a region with time-honored history and splendid cultures. Shexian and Yixian Counties were established more than 2,000 years ago. In the Jin Dynasty (265 A.D. -420 A.D.) Huangshan City was called Xin’ an Shire. In the Song Dynasty ( 960 A.D. -1279 A.D.), the name was changed into Huizhou, the city was famed for its affluent Hui merchants, Xin’an School of painting and carvings, Xin’an traditional medicine, Hui ancient architecture, Hui Cuisine, and Huangmei Opera.

Huangshan Airport is situated in the west suburb of Tunxi of Huangshan city, 71 kilometers from Mt. Huangshan scenic area. It covers an area of 75 hectares with runways 2,200 meters long and 45 meters wide. Nowadays, it is up to the state second-class airport standard, competent for taking-off and landing for medium airliners like Boeing 737. So far, there are 21 air routes linking up Huangshan and Beijing, Shanghai, Xiamen, Xi’an, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Hefei, etc. There are charter flights between Huangshan and Hong Kong. The year 2005 also witnessed for the first time charter flights between Huangshan and South Korea.

Huangshan Facts
Huangshan Geography
Huangshan Climate & Weather
Best Time for Huangshan Travel

Area Code: 0559

Zip Code: 245000

Area: Huangshan City has an area of 9,823 square kilometers.

The mountain is also often named as a magnificent ‘sea of clouds’ covering the highest peaks– the Lotus Flower Peak (Lianhua Feng) about a height of 1864m, the Bright Summit Peak (Guangming Ding) and the Celestial Peak (Tiandu Feng).

Population: Huangshan City has a population of 1.5 million.

Administrative Division: The prefecture-level city of Huangshan administers 7 county-level divisions, including 3 districts and 4 counties.

Yellow Mountain and is the cluster of 72 peak mountain ranges, extending in the south of Anhui region. The mountain is distinguished for its majestic rocky peaks, erotic shaped pine trees and pristine springs.

Located in the subtropics, Huangshan City has a wet mild monsoon climate. Heaviest rainfall occurs from May to August; average annual temperatures range from 15 C (59 F) to16 C (60.8 F). Most areas are free of severe winter cold. The comfortable Huangshan weather affords good opportunities to travel throughout the year in the city and its stunning environs.

Visitors to Huangshan City are there mostly for the stunning sights on Mt. Huangshan, so weather on Mt. Huangshan is a prime factor for tourists.

The scenic area has a mountain climate, which means it is colder and wetter than the surrounding area below. As the temperature on Mt. Huangshan is about 10C (50F), lower than in the flat areas, and it is windy, you are advised to bring a coat even in Summer, although some hotels do offer overcoat rentals. Be prepared for the change of weather as you go up.

Climate Data Table for Huangshan

            Month
   Item
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
maximum
temperature
(℃)
8.0 10 15 21 26 30 33 34 28 24 18 11
minimum
temperature
(℃)
-4 -2 3 9 15 18 23 22 18 11 5 -1
Rainfall (mm) 37.4 47.1 81.8 73.4 102.1 193.4 185.5 129.2 72.1 65.1 50.8 24.4

Tips for Huangshan Weather

Spring
Huangshan has its seasonal good points all year round. In April the average temperature on Mt. Huangshan is 10C (50F). Flowers, trees and grasses emerge, making Spring in the Yellow Mountains among the best seasons to visit Mt. Huangshan.

Summer
Summer time is the tourist high season. On the mountain, Summer is cool and tranquil in cloudy weather, but beware, you may still get burnt when the clouds clear. The wettest months are May through to August, with 300mm or more of rain each month. This makes Summer the best time to enjoy the Sea of Clouds, one of the famous four features of the mountain (the other three are the oddly-shaped pines, grotesque rocks and hot springs). For safety reasons during Summer thunderstorms visitors are not permitted to hold umbrellas as the wind may catch them and cause falls down the mountain. Raincoats are preferable.

Autumn
The climate is most comfortable and the scenery is stunningly beautiful in Autumn. Yellow Mountain is one of the best places to enjoy Autumn foliage in China, looking down on the deciduous trees of the ravines and valleys. The pines of course retain their verdant needles. The first week of October is another high season, being a national holiday, so Huangshan is more crowded and it costs a bit more to travel and stay at hotels.

Winter
Many tourists recommend the Winter landscapes of Mt. Huangshan as the most spectacular. Winter, the longest of the four seasons, is chilly without being severe, though it can be freezing up on the mountain and spectacular snow-scapes are seen every year. It’s the low season, so the mountainside is less crowded and it is cheaper to travel. If you do go to Mt. Huangshan in Winter, bring warm clothes, preferably fleece or down.

Whatever the season, it is always wise to check the weather report the day before you climb.

The best time to visit Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is in spring; the blooms of the exotic flowers decorate the hills and slopes with different colors and fragrance. In autumn, the mountains are beautifully decorated with red and purple blossoms while winter leaves the mountain covered with frost and ice with silver boughs and rocks around. Summer beautifies Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) with pine shades everywhere as the dashing waterfalls contrast with the crystal clear waters from the mountain streams.