Mt Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990, has featured in Chinese art and literature since the eighth century. Considered one of China’s most beautiful mountains, this peak rising above a sea of clouds in Anhui Province is famous for its irregular granite formations, gnarled pine trees and perpetual mist.
The mountain’s name, however, is a bit misleading; Huangshan isn’t a single mountain but a series of peaks, many of which reach over 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) in height. Paths winding through the park are well-maintained, and many include handrails and paved walkways. It’s also possible to take a cable car to the top and explore on foot from there. Tourists hoping to catch a sunrise or sunset can stay at one of half a dozen hotels located on the mountain top.
Mt Huangshan is at its most crowded from May to October, particularly during Chinese national holidays.