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The Yellow Mountains


Drawing inspiration for countless poets and artists over the centuries, these ancient mountains rise as pillars into the clouds.

Dotted throughout eastern China are spectacular mountain ranges of pinnacles and spires, often with hanging temples perched above the highest points that has drawn inspiration of poets, artists, emperors and locals for thousands of years. One of these most striking ranges lies in the heart of China, not far from the flow of the Yangtze River, known as Huangshan, or the Yellow Mountains. In the 8th century, the Emperor of China, Huang Di, claimed Haungshan as a place of long sought-after immortality, placing the mountain in the minds of every Chinese and giving its name.

The journey to the top consists of thousands of stone-carved steps hugging and carving through the natural granitic rock, often with precarious drop offs. Weather dances back and forth between thunderstorms and sunshine, with clouds rolling in and out, hiding and then revealing amazing geologic formations. The area also harbors many botanical wonders such as the Huangshan pine that gracefully grows on the steepest slopes, giving the appearance of a Chinese painting brought to life. Thousands of Chinese tourists ascend these mountains today, spurred by legends created thousands of years ago and the glimpse of China’s “loveliest mountain.” A modern cable car takes visitors up and down in a quick yet scenic fashion, but there is something intriguing about stepping on the ancient stones and retracing the same steps that countless people have done before me. It is an inspirational natural wonder, especially considering that Hangzhou and the end of the Silk Roads is only a short journey away.

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How We Got Here

The Yellow Mountains are the highlight of Anhui Province and one of China's most popular destinations. We arrived by overnight train from Shanghai, then an early mountain bus to the actual mountain.

The Highlight

Hiking up the entire mountain while watching the scenery unfold, traverse trails hugging the steep cliffs and trudging through rain and shine to make it to the top.

Our Treasure

The first day hiking up was rainy and cloudy all day. However, after waking up early the next morning at the top of the mountain, we were amazed at the perfect  weather.

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At long last,and countless steps, and stories, later, the Silk Roads are coming to a dramatic conclusion.

Walk the final stretch to what explorers over hundreds of years have called paradise on Earth - the city of Hangzhou.


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