With lots of steps up and down Huangshan Mountain, the best way to have a leisurable Huangshan Hiking trip is take the cable car up/down and hike the rest sections. It saves your time and energy to view the highlights scenery on mountain top. Professional and experienced hikers, if fit enough, can challenge the full hiking (include West Sea Canyon and not taking the cableways). Please beware that since the whole hiking is very challenging and strenuous, most tourists choose to take cable car to get up quickly and start real hiking afterwards.
On Mount Huangshan, there are totally 3 cableways located in different gates/entrance to up and down mountain area, including Yungu Cable Car, Yuping Cable Car and Taiping Cable Car. If you go up the Mountain from Southern Gate Entrance via Tangkou Town, you can Yungu Cable Car in Back Mountain or Yuping Cable Car in Front Mountain. The most popular route is to up from Yungu and descends from Yuping. Taiping Cable Car is available for visitors entering from Northern Gate. Besides, there is 1 ropeway in Xihai Great Canyon. Take which cable car? That depends on your tour begins from front or back mountain. So plan your routes carefully before starting your trek and decide which cable car to take accordingly. Huangshan/Yellow Mountain Cable Car Map >>Huangshan Cable Cars Location Map
Location: Back of Huangshan Mountain
Running between: Yungu Temple（Cloud Valley）Station 云谷寺站 ⇄ Baieling (White Goose Peak) Station 白鹅岭站
(One-way)Ticket: 80RMB（Peak, Shoulder Seasons: March ~ November); 65RMB（Winter: January, February, December)
Length & Duration: about 2666m, 10 mins
Opening Hours: 07:00 am - 17:00 pm (Monday ~ Friday) 06:30 am - 17:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Nearby Attractions: Beginning to Believe Peak, Lion Peak
Yungu Cable Car (云谷索道), started in 1985, is one of the earliest passenger ropeway used in China. The upgraded cableway was put into use in 2007 with 18 supports. Each cable car can carry 8 passengers. The ropeway equipment and all else sets adopted on Huangshan are designed and provided by Doppelmayr, a world’s leading manufacturer of cable cars and ropeways from Austria. The level difference is nearly 775m, but it rides very smoothly and slowly with the highest speed of 6 m/s.
If you get into Huangshan Mountain from Tangkou Town (汤口镇) through Southern Gate Entrance ( How to Get to Tangkou Town >>), and start from Back Mountain, you can take the Yungu Cable Car on the eastside. By 10 minutes riding, tourist will ascend to Baieling Station, nearby Beginning to Believe Peak, Lion Peak. All the way up the scenery is spectacular while passing Celestial Capital Peak, if weather is good. Beihai Hotel is the closet hotel on uphill area, about 1.5 hours downhill walking from Baieling Station. At the Yungu Cable Car Station, you can purchase tickets for both entrance and cableway. Expect huge tour crowds and long queues, especially during major Chinese national holidays. Skip the Yungu Cable Car, it takes you about 3 hours or more, nearly 8~10km of steps upwards. Tourists could also take Yungu Cable Car down and return back to Tangkou Town.
Recommended Huangshan Hiking Tours with Yungu CablewayYungu Cable Car on Yellow Mountain
Location: Front of Huangshan Mountain
Running between: Ciguangge (Mercy Light Pavilion) Station 慈光阁站 ⇄ Yuping (Jade Screen Pavilion) Station 玉屏楼站
(One-way)Ticket: 90RMB（Peak, Shoulder Seasons: March ~ November); 75RMB（Winter: January, February, December）
Length & Duration: about 2012m, 6~10 mins
Opening Hours: 06:50 am - 17:00 pm （Monday ~ Friday） 06:30 am - 17:00 pm (Saturday & Sunday)
Neareby sites: Lotus Peak, Guest-greeting Pine, Yuping Peak, Mercy Light Pavilion
The newly constructed Yuping Cable Car (玉屏索道) starts from Viewing Waterfall Tower (观瀑楼) in Hot Spring Scenic Area and gets to Futon Pine (蒲团松) in Yuping Scenic Areas. The elevation rises with a gentle difference of 871m, passing 12 kickstands. One cable car can also accommodate 8 passengers.
Usually, trekkers who decide to hike from the front Huangshan Mountain (Western Steps) will take Yuping Cable Car up the mountain top. It’s a truly visual feast to see the amazing scenery out the window, such as the grandiose Lotus Peak, Guest-greeting Pine, Yuping Peak and other famous sites. After getting off, there will have about 500m of uphill steps to the nearest Yupinglou Hotel (Jade Screen Hotel) and the Guest-greeting Pine - the most famous landmark on Yellow Mountain. Hikers can see the Futon Pine (蒲团松) and See-Guest-Off Pine (送客松) en route. Instead of taking cableway, it takes more than 3 hours hiking up on steps.
Recommended Huangshan Hiking Tours with Yuping CablewayYuping Cable Car down the Huangshan Mountain
Location：Xihai Grand Canyon
Running between: Paiyunxi (Cloud Dispelling) Station 排云溪站 ⇄ Tianhai (Heavenly Sea) Station 天海站
(One-way)Ticket: 100RMB (March ~ November), 80RMB (December ~ February)
Length & Duration: about 892m, 5~8 mins
Opening Hours: 08:00 am - 17:00 pm (Monday ~ Sunday)
The West Sea Cable Car (西海大峡谷地轨缆车), located in the southern valley of West Sea/Xihai Grand Canyon, is the convenient transport from bottom of the valley to Bright Summit. The whole monorail ascends with a 34% gradient, rising about 497m from Paiyunxi Station to the up Tianhai Station. The car offers fully enclosed transparent carriages with 3 levels, which are able to hold 60 passengers one way. No seats are provided, and all passengers will stand. Noe that coming down and up is very quick, but you may meet long lines waiting to get on the cars.
Normally, hiking from Paiyun Pavilion down to the valley floor (via 1st and 2nd Ring) takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. Extra 4 hours is needed to hike uphill to Baiyun Hotel, a very strenuous route. Therefore, most tourists take the tram-cable car up the mountain, just within 8 minutes, then head towards Bright Summit, Turtle Peak, Flying-over Rock and other scenic wonders around. Still, some people take the monorail down to the bottom to save time and protect knees, because the downhill hiking has lots of steep stairs and narrow paths.
Recommended Huangshan Hiking Tours with West Sea Cable CarTram Car Running in West Sea (Xihai) Grand Canyon, Huangshan
Running between: Songgu Temple Station 松谷站 ⇄ Danxi (Purple Cloud Peak) Station 丹霞站
(One-way)Ticket: 80RMB（Peak & Shoulder Seasons: March ~ November）; 65RMB（Winter: January, February, December）
Length & Duration: about 3709m, 8~12 mins
Opening Hours: 07:00 am - 16:30 pm (Monday ~ Sunday)
Nearby Attractions: Bright Summit, West Sea Grand Canyon, Flying-over Rock
Currently, Taiping Cable Car (太平索道) is the longest and the largest passenger cableway in Huangshan and Asia. It begins from the Songgu Temple (松谷庵) down mountain and gets to Paiyun Pavilion (排云楼) in West Sea Scenic Area, rising about 1014.5m. Among the three cableways up mountain, the north Taiping Cable Car is the lesser chosen option, for the complicated transfer to get there.
It is the easiest and least physically demanding route to arrive the nearest Paiyunlou Hotel and Xihai Hotel. If you can’t climb so many steps (uphill hiking on this route needs 4 hours), but want to see the essence beauty of Xihai (West Sea) Grand Canyon, you can enter from North Gate Entrance, take Taiping Cable Car to go up. Then, have a quieter start route, shorter waiting time and longer time to enjoy breathtaking views. After getting off, walking 1km and head towards the closet Xihai Grand Canyon takes 15 mins, 30 mins to Beihai, and further to Bright Summit and view Flying-over Rock and Cloud Dispelling Pavilion on the way. We suggest you take some time to enjoy view of Xihai from Paiyun Pavilion, where the scenery changes by minutes depending on fog and mi st levels blown around.Taiping Cable Car in North Huangshan
1. Ticket Booking: Tourists can purchase tickets from the Ticket Office after arrival. The price is listed for reference only, and it is subject to change according to relevant adjustment. Travel with China Discovery, we will offer worry free service for your Huangshan tour. >> Popular Huangshan/Yellow Mountain Tours
2. Ticket Discount for Children: Children between 1.2m (above) and 1.4m (including 1.4m), travel together families, can get 50% discount of ticket fares. For children who meet the standard, the Yungu, Taiping Cable Car is 40RMB (Mar ~ Nov), 35RMB (Dec ~ Feb), Yuping Cable Car is 45RMB (Mar ~ Nov), 40RMB (Dec ~ Feb), Xihai Grand Canyon is 50RMB (Mar ~ Nov) and 40RMB (Dec ~ Feb).
3. Opening Hours: The cable cars on Mount Huangshan need annual overhaul. So some of them will be closed during end of year. Better check the closing dates before planning your Huangshan hiking route. Meanwhile, all our Huangshan/Yellow Mountain tours which includes cable cars will be adjusted accordingly.
4. Running Time: The exact running time of all cable cars can be adjusted according to different occasions. They will open earlier and be closed later during summer and some Chinese national holidays, but will operate later and close ealier in winter due to bad weather. You may feel lightly bumpy when it runs faster passing the supporters, if there has long queues.
5. Baggage Policy: Heavy luggage is not allowed to carry up mountain. Highly suggested to left your baggage (like suitcase) in the hotels at the base of mountain. The best option is to take a back pack with necessary things, clothes and a pair of comfortable good shoes. >> Baggage Storage before Huangshan Hiking Trip
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