As a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage, Huangshan Mountain (Yellow Mountain) presents its picturesque beauty and stunning charming in four seasons throughout the year. Spring and Autumn with beautiful color, pleasant temperature and great views are two ideal travel time to Huangshan Mountain. Otherwise, it’s either too hot or too cold in other seasons. Are you planning to visit Huangshan during spring months? Check the updated weather data below to get prepared.
Spring on Huangshan Mountain begins from March and ends in May, and warm temperature comes later for rising elevation. When most flat regions welcome spring in March, it’s still chilly with some snow and ice scenery on Huangshan Mountain.
As April comes on Huangshan Mountain, it’s gradually getting warmer and warmer, and the average maximum daytime temperature increases to 5℃~12℃, minimum temperature goes up between a few degree Celsius to ten more. During the following May, daily mean temperature rises to 10℃~16℃. Most days during this period are rainy and cloudy, which brings a common sight, misty views of mountains and pine trees. Perfect sunny weather largely depends on your luck. On the whole, the beautiful scenery, weather comfort and travel convenience attracts large groups to visit Huangshan Mountain during mild spring days.
The most attention-attracting spectacles on Huangshan Mountain during Spring must belong to West Sea (Xihai) Grand Canyon and Lotus Peak, two fabulous and adventurous sites that will be reopened in April, 2019. Surely, other scenic spots will also open to public as usual. (>> What to See on Yellow Mountain)
West Sea Grand Canyon (西海大峡谷) will be closed during winter and reopen in late March or early April. By next spring, tourists can hike thrilling stairs, and enjoy the stunning geological formations, amazing landscape of cliffs, lush green small pine trees as well as impressive overlooks in Xihai Grand Canyon. The 1st Ring Road and 2nd Ring Road, and the up/down hill trails are dramatic hiking with breathtaking views and scenery. Meanwhile, the Xihai Monorail Car will resume operation accordingly.
As the highest peak on Huangshan Mountain, Lotus Peak (莲花峰) has been closed nearly 5 year since 2014, for maintenance and regeneration. Excitingly, from April 2019, travelers can visit this mysterious peak to discovery magnificent sightseeing and featured dragon-like pines. The peak is located between Turtle Peak and Yupinglou (Jade Screen Pavilion). It’s highly suggested to go up Lotus Peak from Yupinglou and down from the back mountain, because the former pathway is extremely steep and the latter stairs are relatively gentle, otherwise, it would be very strenuous and risky.
※Pine Trees, Rocks & Sea of Clouds: Whenever you visit Yellow Mountain, the wide variety of peculiar pine trees and grotesque rocks are always visual feast everywhere. If it rains during spring, you may get awesome scenery of the famous phenomenon, “ Sea of Clouds” floating among mountains after it stops and sky clears. It is one of four dramatic natural wonders of the Yellow Mountain, a surreal and spectacular sight！If the weather remains rainy and bad, you might meet situation that can see nothing but pine tree close to path, and thick smog around. >> Top 8 Huangshan Pine Trees
※Huangshan Hot Spring: Another natural wonder, Hot Spring offers a great way to relax your body and mind after a long hiking. Apart from the healing experience, you can also view beautiful landscape and nature nearby the characteristic architectures. Massage service and private room are available as needed. The hot spring is located very close to Mercy Light Temple (慈光阁), where can be reached by bus from cable car station. There are more than ten pools, some will be empty during low season like May (Peak Season of Hot Spring is December, January, February, early March). >> Huangshan Hot Spring & Resorts
※Spring Blossom of Colors: With increasing temperature, the colorful spring blossom of Rhododendron and Magnolia flowers becomes a lovely decoration of Huangshan Mountain. During mid-March and April, tourists can view flaxen and white Magnolia flowers along trails from Heavenly Sea to Lotus Pavilion, Sanhua Dock in North Sea, and in Hot Spring, Yungu Temple and other sites on sunny slopes between elevations of 600m ~1700m. Period of mid-April and early May are also the best time to enjoy roseate azalea bush near Beihai Hotel, hiking path from Heavenly Sea to Turtle Peak. It’s also expected to watch more beautiful flora and fauna on Huangshan Mountain during spring days.
Recommended Huangshan Mountain Tours:
>> 3 Days Huangshan Highlights Leisure Tour (Back Mountain + West Sea Grand Canyon)
>> 3 Days Huangshan Class Brief Hiking Tour (Highlights of Front & Back Mountain)
Watching sunrise and sunset over the peaks is an exciting and unique experience on Huangshan Mountain after the hiking. During spring, the sunrise time is around 05:30am to 06:00am and the time of sunset is between about 18:30pm to 19:00pm. As time goes on, sun rises earlier and sets later, and days get longer gradually. The best points to see the sunrise includes Bright Summit, Lion Peak, Beginning to Believe Peak, Refreshing Terrace, Dawn Pavilion and Lion Peak. Besides, if you would like to catch the sunset, Bright Summit, Turtle Peak, Cloud Dispelling Pavilion in Xihai, Danxia Peak, Flying-over Rock and Fairy Walking Bridge, and etc. It’s certainly that you can access to different places to view sunrise/sun set from your hotel.
Location and Distance of Hotels and Sunrise/Sunset Viewing Sites
|Hotel||Best Spots (Sunrise & Sunset)|
|Beihai Hotel / Shilin Hotel||Sunrise: Refreshing Terrace /
Dawn Pavilion / Lion Peak (10 minutes’ hiking) /
Beginning to Believe Peak (30 minutes’ hiking)
|Xihai Hotel / Pingyunlou Hotel||Sunrise: Danxia Peak (15 mins’ hiking) / Lion Peak (30 mins’ Peak)|
|Baiyun Hotel||Sunrise: Bright Summit (15 mins’ hiking) / Turtle Peak (20mins’ walking)
Sunset: Bright Summit (15 mins’ hiking) / Turtle Peak (20mins’ walking)
Though the daytime on Yellow Mountain in spring rises to very warm comfort, the temperature difference is great between day and night. It’s still a little chilly in early Spring, especially in the morning and evening, even can be pretty cold. So it’s recommended to dress warm clothes (such as jacket), in layers, easy to put on and take off.
Some sites maybe windy with sharp stairs, so better wear gloves, comfortable trekking shoes, rain gear (disposable raincoat can be easily bought at base of Huangshan Mountain), hiking stick and etc.
Bring your camera, especially when you are lucky enough to get the “Sea of Clouds” phenomenon (most frequently occurring in the spring) and other fantastic views.
Prepare sunblock to protect yourself from the strong ultraviolet light and a few bottled water, or you will for a higher price on the mountain areas.
Travel light with a backpack and leave your large baggage in hotel at the base of the mountain.
1. Pay attention to Spots that Interest You. On Yellow Mountain, some peaks will be closed for repairment, and dangerous sections will also be closed for the ice formed on the pathway. So before you plan your itinerary, check if they are opened or not.
● Usually, Xihai Grand Canyon will be closed from December to end of March (or early April) each year due to safety concern during freezing winter.
● Lotus Peak (the highest peak, elevation: 1864.8m/ 6,118ft) and Celestial Capital Peak (3rd highest peak, elevation: 1,810m/5,938ft) take turns to open every 5 years. And Lotus Peak will open from April to November between 2019 to 2023.
2. Prepare for Crowds. Huangshan Mountain is a famous spot for both domestic and international tourist. It’s often crowded, especially during Chinese public holidays and weekends. Expect large loads up and down when taking cable car, even along the hiking paths.
3. Check out Weather Forecast in Advance. Before packing and booking hotel, check carefully the weather forecast of Huangshan Mountain. Then you can decide where to watch sunrise and sunset. The amazing “Sea of Clouds” occurred after rain largely depends on the weather too.
No matter you are hiking lovers or just want to enjoy the scene and take some really amazing pictures, interested in the nature or the culture, travel alone or with your family, a Huangshan tour will never let you down. Here we have selected 3 most recommended Huangshan tours for your reference. If you just want try hiking on the mountain but in an easier way, 3 Days Huangshan Highlights Tour will meet your requirements. This tour covers most of the best highlights in Back Mountain and West Sea Grand Canyon, and you can take your time to enjoy them. 3 Days Huangshan Classic Hiking Tour is a little more physical demanding than the previous one, but you will be rewarded with the stunning scenery of both back and front mountain. If you are also interested in the local lives and cultures, then you can check this 4 Days Huangshan Mountain and Local Village Walking Tour. Hongcun and Xidi Ancient Village are together listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Tunxi has a history of nearly 1000 years. Taking a walk in these places will be another wonderful experience different from hiking on Huangshan Mountain.
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