Top 10 Things to do in Huangshan, China

December 22, 2017 Milan Banda

Discover the best top things to do in Huangshan, China including Xihai Great Canyon, Hongcun Ancient Village, Xidi Ancient Village, Jiuhuashan (Mountain of Nine Lotuses), Huangshan Geopark, Qianxian Nanping Village Scenic Resort, Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Lucun Village, Tunxi Ancient Street, Dagu Ridge of Huangshan.
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1. Xihai Great Canyon

Inside the Mount Huang Scenic Area, Huangshan District, Huangshan 245700, China
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
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5 based on 153 reviews

Xihai Great Canyon

Reviewed By T S - Jupiter, Florida

Try to arrive early since huge tour groups make passing through this area very difficult. We arrived around 13:00 and it took hours to pass through walkways and stairs made for one or two people. When you add hikers from the other direction, the wait was unbelievable.
The loudspeakers from the tour guides really took away from the serenity of this location. Imagine 50+ tour groups within earshot all shouting at the same time.

2. Hongcun Ancient Village

Northwest Corner, Yi County 245500, China +86 559 555 3333
Excellent
54%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 520 reviews

Hongcun Ancient Village

Reviewed By Jarko2015 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I was a bit disappointed in this village. It's certainly charming and interesting, but it's mainly packed with restaurants and souvenir shops, making it far less authentic than I'd hoped. Getting there from Tunxi is very straight forward, taking a two hour bus ride for RMB24. I found the Xidi village more interesting and easier to manage, especially as it's less crowded than Hongcun. The other issue with Hongcun is that despite the entrance fee of RMB104, you'll also need to pay for other houses and sites once you're inside the village. Pretty outrageous. The three main halls are all worth seeing and thankfully, they are included in the entrance fee. I was expecting this to be an entire day trip, but after only 3 hours wandering around, I'd seen all there was to see. Perhaps because I'd already experienced the fabulous Pingyao ancient town, it's difficult for anywhere else to measure up.

3. Xidi Ancient Village

Xidi Village, She County 245501, China +86 559 515 4138
Excellent
46%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 169 reviews

Xidi Ancient Village

Reviewed By TheOExpress - Hong Kong, China

...that is arguably even more impressive than Hongcun due to its larger size and less polished nature. What it lacks in 'sights', it makes up for in beautiful courtyards which are now guesthouses and still lived-in old residences, all incredibly ornate in decoration. Even in the sweltering heat, this place is a joy in which to get lost.

4. Jiuhuashan (Mountain of Nine Lotuses)

Qingyang County, Chizhou, China
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 166 reviews

Jiuhuashan (Mountain of Nine Lotuses)

Considered on of the four most important Buddhist Mountains in China, this picturesque area is characterized by many dramatic ridges, peaks, gushing Fountains and roaring Waterfalls.

Reviewed By Bruce H - Brisbane, Australia

We were totally enthralled with the Mountain of Nine Lotuses. It is easy to see why Li Bai (701-762) visited in the mountain and was intoxicated with the fascinating scenery of nine lotuses shaped peaks upon green river. He described the landscape in his poem. Mt. Jiuhuashan now boasts ofexquisite architecture and grand structures of temples.

5. Huangshan Geopark

Huangshan District, Huangshan 245800, China +86 559 556 2155
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
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4.5 based on 340 reviews

Huangshan Geopark

Reviewed By Raintree_Thailand - Bangkok, Thailand

Huangshan is many things: World Heritage Site, National Scenic Area, protected area, and a "geopark." I'm not quite sure what a "geopark" is expected to be, but I assume it has to have important geological features. This is certainly the case for Huangshan. There are incredible granite rock formations, ancient glacially scoured sites, deep Valleys, etc. I'm not a geologist, but I can imagine anybody interested in rocks, Mountains, and geological processes will love Huangshan. All the caveats for visiting and avoiding the crowds of Huangshan more generally apply.

6. Qianxian Nanping Village Scenic Resort

Nanping Village, Biyang Town, Yi County 245500, China
Excellent
55%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
3%
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Qianxian Nanping Village Scenic Resort

Reviewed By xingming - Shanghai

...or so it seemed. No tourists (besides our group of 3), saw only 5 locals over a period of several hours, but many art students. A beautiful village nestled by Nanping Shan (not sure where the terms 'qianxian' or 'resort' comes from) and one which was used (as well as Mukeng and Hongcun) as a set for Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Nanping had its beginnings during the Yuan dynasty (1271-1368) dominated originally by the Ye clan, and eventually it grew during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) when they were joined by the Cheng and Li families. Today there are about 300 Ming and Qing houses, among them 8 ancestral shrines, 72 alleys, and 36 "eye-wells". I believe eye wells evolved as a safety measure - the eye being difficult for children to fall through. 

7. Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Huangshan Scenic Area, Huangshan District, Huangshan 245000, China
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Mt. Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Mt. Huangshan's peak offers excellent views of the surrounding territory. Transportation: Private bus Private car Public transportation Bicycle English Level: Fluent Services Provided: Tour guide Interpreter Business assistant Car rental Airport/train station pickup Ticket booking Hotel Reservations Story teller and history narrator

Reviewed By jasekiz - Sydney, Australia

There’s no other place that comes to mind quite as much as Huangshan does when you think of China in the winter. While the other cities offer activities and food that don’t differ too much during what’s offered in Summer, visiting this mountain is what makes withstanding the freezing temperatures across China worth it.
You make your way up the mountain firstly by a bus (19元) towards Yungu. You then have the option to hike three hours up the mountain to get to the main scenic areas (no photo opportunities during this hike and it’s pretty dangerous) or get the cable car up (65元). Note that Chinese citizens must pay another separate entry fee for 115元 but foreigners get free entry if they show a passport at the ticket gate where you purchase cable car tickets. This is incredibly handy! You also have to buy cable car and bus tickets again on the way down. The cable cars shut at 4PM so make sure to visit mighty early.
We visited the mountain on 1st Feb 2018 where it had snowed only two nights before. This meant that the peaks were capped with snow and trees had icicles dripping from them. The mountain ranges are incredibly vast and the visiting path spans up to 8km from the Yungu cable car point so you have an entire day of hiking and sightseeing to behold. There are NUMEROUS flights of stairs so be prepared for this. It’s not made for the unfit.
If you’ve come to visit China during winter, make sure you visit Mt Huangshan.
Tips:
• Bring loads of snacks and water as you’ll need up there
• Put on your most comfortable walking shoes and buy studs (for walking on snow) at the bottom of the mountain as it’s more expensive on the mountain
• A tour is entirely unnecessary and probably overly expensive. A taxi to the base of the mountain from the main city will NOT be more than 200元 so make sure they either turn on their meter or you arrange the price beforehand (record them saying this even). There’s nothing that a tour guide really needs to explain - it’s a mountain that’s well signed in English. You will be okay as we were.

8. Lucun Village

2 km away from Hongcun Village, Yi County 245500, China
Excellent
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4.5 based on 13 reviews

Lucun Village

Reviewed By tonyking8652 - Essen, Germany

It's a really lovely spot, which we bypassed Hongcun's crowds to visit! The little village strung out along a stream has over 100 lovely old buildings which really take the visitor back to the early Ming dynasty, especially the Zicheng Hall which contains some of the finest fretted carved wood in China.

9. Tunxi Ancient Street

Tunxi District, Huangshan 245000, China
Excellent
28%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 415 reviews

Tunxi Ancient Street

Reviewed By Phang L

Per the title. I visited one cold December's night and it was not as touristy and overcrowded as some of the other old streets I've been to in China. But I didn't see anything particularly special there.

10. Dagu Ridge of Huangshan

Junction of Meixi Country, Hongtan Country, and Hongxing Country, Yi County 245500, China
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
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4.5 based on 23 reviews

Dagu Ridge of Huangshan

Reviewed By Vladimir0614 - Moscow, Russia

Очень может быть, что вы окажетесь в этом месте спустившись с Хуаншань вниз. К сожалению, в начале ноября мы увидели почти пересохший водопад. Но его каменное русло отчетливо показывало, насколько могуч он может быть и иногда бывает.

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