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Huangshan

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All year round

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Clara Favini Seasoned Traveller
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The city of Huangshan lies in the southern part of Anhui Province, around 500 km west of Hangzhou and 400 km southwest of Shanghai.

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It is the gateway to the celebrated Yellow Mountain (also known as the Huang Mountains, the Yellow Mountains or simply Huangshan), often described as the loveliest mountain in China. 

It owes its name to a legend, according to which the Yellow Emperor (Huang Di), one of the ancient ancestors of the Chinese, discovered an elixir of immortality there. The spectacular landscape and scenery, consisting of old pine trees, imposing rocks, granite peaks and hot water springs, with the whole rendered even more beautiful by the effects of the mist and the clouds, has inspired numerous Chinese artists (painters, poets, landscapists, etc.).

The Huang Mountains are today inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage and consitute one of the country's major tourist attractions. They are especially popular with fans of nature and photography, who come to ascend the peaks (either on foot or by cable car) for a better view of the "sea of clouds" that lies across these impressively wild mountains.