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Once we were at the top, we found the mountain to ourselves; To our delight. we discovered that since Christmas is not a widely practiced holiday, Winter is by-and-large considered a low season. Lee (Our ever helpful tour guide) told us that we were saving almost a third of the cost compared to if we were to visit during the summer.
After a 30 minute hike from the cable car, we arrived at the most famous of the ten pines of Huangshan, Ying Ke Pine (迎客松).
Our tour guide told us that this is a common location for foreign VIPs to take pictures while in Huangshan, so of course, we had to observe tradition:
We continued on for a few more hours, climbing up to Beginning-to-believe Peak and marveled at our luck, as the clear weather afforded us amazing views of the entire range and plains below.
Back in December, I had the amazing opportunity to travel with my wife and our friend Senai to the famed 黄山 (Yellow Mountain). We had planned to make this one of our must-see trips while staying in China, due to its relative proximity to Shanghai, as well as being close to Hongcun (宏村), another beautiful UNESCO heritage site in the Anhui region.
There were a number of options getting from Shanghai to Huangshan; A 6 hour bus ride, an overnight sleeper, and a daily flight. We choose the sleeper since none of us have ever tried it, and the price was quite reasonable (~$40 per person)
The sleeper turned out to be an excellent option, as it was a very comfortable way to travel for the price. We arrived in Huangshan city in the next morning, ready for adventure.