China Huangshan (黄山)

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Oscar Tarneberg

About This Spot

A UNESCO heritage sight and one of China’s major tourist destinations, the soaring granite peaks and twisted pine trees of Huangshan, along with the “sea-like” clouds below, feature often in Chinese painting and literature. Today the area is a popular spot for photographers. The name Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, was reportedly given to the mountain not because of its appearance, but in honour of the Yellow Emperor.

Some of the more than 6,000 stone steps covering the mountain are thought to date back more than 1,500 years, and make this by far the most physically challenging of the locations in this guide - even if the cable car is used to bypass the most gruelling parts. Remarkably, the shops and restaurants on top of the mountain are stocked by porters who carry everything from bed linens to fresh water up the mountain by foot.

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