Huangshan: Peaks Of Inspiration

By , September 14, 2010 8:37 pm

Huangshan

Huangshan is like nothing I have seen before. The exaggerated peaks all around you seem surreal. I think its beauty and uniqueness makes this a must-see destination in China. If you ever do make it out here, do what we did not and check the weather.

Me & Frenchie At Huangshan

Me & Frenchie At Huangshan

Despite the not-so-good weather we had, we continued as planned and went to the top of the mountain. Having my parents with us was a great excuse to take the cable car instead of trekking it up and down. The price of admission plus the roundtrip cable car was pretty hefty. We ended up using our old student ids and got almost half off the admission price (but not saying you should do the same).

Cable Car Up

Cable Car Up

On our first day on the mountain, Boris planned a short hike for us. The first 1.5 hours was mostly downhill. There were moments when the fog slightly dispersed and we got a glimpse of the peaks and the local pines. The next 4 hours, however, were completely dreadful. We felt like we were climbing straight up the mountain for days. To be more dramatic, we had no food and ran out of water. Note for next time, the map they give you is not drawn to scale!

Beginning Of Our Hike

Beginning Of Our Hike

It is not clear if this location or another mountain in China was the inspiration behind the movie “Avatar”. It could easily be Huangshan, as it is known for its breathtaking scenery of sharp granite peaks, views of the clouds from above, and unforgettable sunsets. While we were not so lucky to see all that because of the rain and fog we had for the entire two days, it was still an awesome experience.

Huangshan

Huangshan

Huangshan

Huangshan

Huangshan

Huangshan

Very Strong Frenchie

Very Strong Frenchie

Locks Left By Past Visitors

Locks Left By Past Visitors

Huangshan

Huangshan

Local Pines

Local Pines

The Town At Night

The Town At Night

Bamboo

Bamboo

Frog

Frog

Pepper

Pepper

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2 Responses to “Huangshan: Peaks Of Inspiration”

  1. Troy says:

    Wow beautiful. If you ever make it to Central America on your
    journeys, this reminds me of Boquete, Panama. Valley of eternal
    rainbows!

  2. Julie says:

    L’atmosphere qui se dégage de ces montagnes me fait penser à
    certaines photos de Marc Riboud… Sublime !

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