Tourism Chinese: Yellow Mountain “Huang2 shan1” 黄山

    Huangshan was declared one of the “ten sites of scenic beauty and historic interest” by the Chinese government in 1986; the only mountainous scenic spot granted such a title. It was named a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site in 1990 and in 2004, Huangshan was placed on the list of global geoparks. In 2002, Huangshan was named the “sister peak” of Jungfrau in the Swiss Alps. Huangshan is well known for its pine trees, rock formations, the sea of clouds that surrounds it and its natural hot springs.
    You will be amazed by the vitality and strength of the Huangshan pines that can be seen in every corner of the mountain. Pine seeds fall into rock crevices where they take root and grow with great vig-or. The uneven terrain prevents the pines from growing upright; in-stead they become crooked and even grow downward on occasion.
Huangshan’s spectacular rocky peaks will inspire your imagination. Some look like human beings, birds and other animals or many other objects. Something that makes the stones even more fascinating is that they assume varied shapes when seen from different angles.
    Mt. Huangshan is home to clouds and mist. The Sea of Clouds has a fairy tale beauty. Winter is the best season for observing this specta-cle. If you climb up the Lotus Peak, the Heaven Capital Peak and the Bright Peak, you will find yourself above the level of the clouds and they appear as a sea beneath you. It is true that a similar phenome-non can be seen in many high mountains but Mt. Huangshan’s Sea of Clouds is unique, complemented by the mountain’s oddly shaped rocks and ancient pines.
    To be able to refresh yourself in the hot springs on Mt. Huangshan must be one of the best ways to enjoy one’s visit and relax. Flowing from Purple Peak at an elevation of 850 meters (2, 789 feet), the hot spring of Mt. Huangshan is the first stop following the park’s en-trance.
    Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. The mountains have also appeared in modern works. The creators of the 2009 film “Avatar” cited Huangshan as one of the inspirations for the movie sets depict-ing Pandora, the fictional world of that film.
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