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Amazing Huangshan Photography Tour | 1-6 Days

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If you ever see a Chinese painting with foggy mountains, it is probably based on either the karst mountains around Guilin or the Yellow Mountains in Huangshan.

This Yellow Mountain tour involves a 1 to 6 days itinerary, including almost all the best Huangshan photography locations and activities; rocky mountains, ancient villages and birds, sunrise and sunset.

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DAY 1 in
Xidi & Hongcun Ancient Villages
Hongcun Village

After driving an hour from downtown, we are going to visit the two ancient villages Hongcun and Xidi, both listed among UNESCO'S World Cultural Heritage Sites.

Hongcun has been nicknamed "the village in the Chinese painting", with 800 years of history. It is one of the locations featured in the Oscar-winning movie "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon". At any time, it is a perfect place for shooting traditional houses or reflections.

Xidi is an ideal place for seeing typical Anhui-style houses, where people have lived for centuries. It gives visitors a rare opportunity to explore China's ancient culture and architecture. Photograph the unique roofs.

Suggested Accommodations

Huangshan International Hotel (Medium)
Highlights in your itinerary
Hongcun Village Old Houses Reflections in Hongcun Village
Xidi Village Xidi Village
Snow Scenery in Xidi Village Snow Scenery in Xidi Village
DAY 2 in
Yellow Mountains

Drive to the Yellow Mountains from your hotel downtown: 70 minutes to the parking lot, 20 minutes by shuttle bus, and 20 minutes by cable car. The cable car provides a good opportunity to enjoy the scenery and pine trees from above.

Your guide will first take you to Shixin Peak, with many other photography spots along the way, where you can shoot amazing rocks and pine trees.

After lunch in a hotel, you proceed to Lion Peak, one of the best locations for rocky mountain and valley photography. Expect to shoot a sunset, or mist in the valley.

Suggested Accommodation

Beihai Hotel (Medium)
Highlights in your itinerary
Lion Peak of Yellow Mountains Rocky Mountains
Lion Peak of Yellow Mountains Misty Valley
Lion Peak of Yellow Mountains Rocky Mountains and Pine Trees
DAY 3 in
Yellow Mountains

Starting at 5 am, climb Lion Peak to shoot the rocky mountains in the sunrise.

After breakfast, move on to the next big photography location: West Sea Grand Canyon. This is a great place for photography of the mountains, seas of cloud, pine trees, canyons, and birds.

Take some amazing shots in Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion, an ideal spot for shooting the stone forest and U-shaped valley. Then walk down in an hour to the bottom of the canyon, and shoot spectacular rocks close up.

After a short break at the next hotel, walk to a cliff-side to shoot the mountains and stone forest at sunset. This is the most likely place from which to obtain good photographs of the sea of clouds.

Suggested Accommodation

Baiyun Hotel (Medium)
Highlights in your itinerary
xianggong hill sunset and li river bend Misty Rocky Mountains
herbalist doctor West Sea Grand Canyon
local farmers worked in the fields Birds Photography & Birding
DAY 4 in
Ancient Villages & Birds Photography
water baffulo in village bridge

Starting from town, travel to an ancient village hidden on top of a mountain. The village still preserves houses built in the traditional Anhui-style. After walking 30 minutes to the viewpoint, shoot the traditional village in a bamboo forest, with a sea of clouds as backdrop.

Move on in the afternoon to Xixinan village next to a stream. This is a good place for photography of birds and squirrels. You may be able to see red-billed blue magpie, gray-headed woodpeckers, kingfishers, light-vented bulbuls, lonchura striata, etc.

Suggested Accommodations

Huangshan International Hotel (Medium)
Highlights in your itinerary
Xixinan Ancient Village Xixinan Ancient Village
Gray-headed Woodpecker Gray-headed Woodpecker
Kingfisher Kingfisher
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Our Service:
  1. Private English-speaking photography guiding;
  2. Private van with A/C.
  3. Meals: We take you to restaurants that locals go, you pay for what you order;
  4. Hotels: We book the hotels on Yellow Mountains depending on the trip. Only 8 hotels on mountains.