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.
3 steps to make this tour to meet your needs
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.
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.
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.
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.