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Huangshan Photography Tour

5-Day Huangshan (5Days)

As the saying goes “No mountain is worth seeing after a trip to Huangshan”, Huangshan is the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most beautiful mountains in China. What make Huangshan worth photographing are "Four Wonders", including the wind-carved pine trees, grotesque rocks, sea of clouds and hot springs. There are also interesting ancient villages, such as Xidi and Hongchun Ancient Villages, both famous for Hui-style architecture and listed with UNESCO as a world heritage site. The antique buildings, together with lakes and trees, makes up a picturesque painting. Huangshan is definitely the paradise for photographers and hikers as there are too many natural landscapes and cultural buildings.

  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Best Season: All seasons
  • Exprience:

From $1,249 USD p/p

Inquiry This Tour


  • Step into West Sea Canyon to find out extraordinarily beautiful valleys
  • Look at the “Four Wonders” closely and take meaningful pictures from the top
  • Witness the wonderful sunrise and sunset from the top
  • Admire antique Hui-style architectures and experience local living style
  • Take a harmonious picture for ancient buildings and natural mountains

Tour Itinerary


Huangshan Arrival

Airport Transfer (Huangshan)

Your guide and driver will pick you up from the airport. You will be transferred to the hotel by a comfortable non-smoking car. The guide will help to check you in and introduce the schedule in detail for you. Then you could take a great rest, or go out to taste local snacks.

airport pick up

Huangshan Airport pick up



Yuping Cable Car, Jade Screen Pavilion, , The Yellow Mountains

Yellow Mountain -Yuping Tower - Tianhai Scenic Area

After breakfast, the guide and driver will escort you to the foot of Yellow Mountain to take the Yuping Cable Car to upper Yuping Scenic Area, also known as the Front Mountain. When ascending on the cable car, you can overlook the Celestial Capital Peak, Lotus Peak, Standing Horse Bridge, Mid-Hill Temple, The Drunken Stone, streams and sometimes choppy sea of clouds. It feels like fly through a natural picture. After arriving, you will reach the symbol of Huangshan -- the Greeting-guests Pine. It’s worth of spending some time to take pictures as it’s the most famous pine tree in China.

Then head to Yuping Tower after lunch. Yuping Tower stands against Yuping Peak with the high of 1668 meters. Originally the seat of Manjusri Temple, it is now a tourist center with complete service facilities. Look far from the tower, you could see the famous "Squirrel jumps up the Tiandu Peak". It is a unique rock on the top of Genyun Peak, like a squirrel squatted on the rock, as if to jump up the Tiandu Peak. This will be a unique picture with imagination.

Move on to the Lotus Pavilion to see the major peaks of Huangshan. Walk along the One Hundred Cloud Ladder and reach Tianhai Scenic Area -- a botanic garden. There are a lot of plants indigenous here. From here you can go to the White Clouds Scenic to enjoy the unique and unparallel views down.

After one-day exploring and photographing, you will be settled down in Baiyun Hotel, which is surrounded by soaring peaks and wistful pines. After a short rest at hotel, you can hike to the Fairy-walking Bridge with your camera. The sunset here is magnificent and the scenery is pretty.

Flying Rock in Yellow Mountain

Flying Rock in Yellow Mountain

Yellow Mountain Photography

Landscape Photography

Stunning Views of Yellow Mountain

Stunning Views of Yellow Mountain



Paiyun pavilion, West Grand Canyon,

Dispelling Cloud Pavilion, West Sea Canyon, Bright Summit

After breakfast, hike about 500 meters to the Bright Summit, the second highest peak as well as the central location of Yellow Mountain. Along with the Heavenly Capital Peak and Lotus Peak, they are regarded as the three main peaks on Huangshan. With a height of 1860 meters above sea level, Bright Summit is the best place to see the sunrise and watch the Sea of clouds. You can take pictures with a panoramic view of the impressive wonders like Heavenly Capital Peak and Lotus Peak, Yuping Peak, etc. The Flying-over Rock is also an interesting scenic spot, which a 12-meter high giant rock standing still on a flat but small stage for millions of years.

Enjoy your lunch on the mountain top and head to the West Sea Canyon to take photos of deep valleys, beautiful stone paths, mysterious mists and towering peaks. West Sea Canyon, also known as "White Cloud Valley", has a total length of about 15 km. You will start photography from the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion, then hike down the valley via 1st Ring and 2nd Ring, and return to the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion. Stepping into the canyon, it collects the quietness and magnificence together.

Return to the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion to catch the beauty of the sunset. There is a platform in front of the pavilion which is around 70 square meters. You can lean on the railing to see forest-like ridges and peaks layer after layer. After today's photography, go to check in Shilin hotel on the mountain.


You can decide the hiking length on your own according to your physical condition, usually 2 hours for the 1st Ring + return and 4 hours for the 1st Ring + 2nd Ring + Return. Do take sufficient water and food because there are no supplies along the way.

Sea of Cloud

Sea of Cloud

West Sea Canyon

West Sea Canyon



Hongcun Village, Sunrise and Yungu Cable car down

Beginning-to-Believe Peak, Hongcun Ancient Village

To capture the magnificent sunrise of Huanghsan, you need to get up at about 5am and walk to the Refreshing Terrance within 8 minutes. The Refreshing Terrance sits on the side of the Lion Peak and the North Sea is just in front of it. In clear days, you can see the golden light of the sun piercing the mists, and towering peaks rising above the ever-changing sea of golden clouds. After the sunrise, get back to your hotel for breakfast.

Continue on your wonderful photography to take pictures of the legendary peak -- Beginning-to-Believe Peak, 1668 meters above sea level. The name comes from a story that a traveler began to believe that Huangshan was the most beautiful mountain after seeing the stunning landscapes on the Beginning-to-Believe Peak. So there is an old saying that “One won’t see the best of Huangshan until he see the Beginning-to Believe Peak”. Then take the Yungu cable car down.

Enjoy your lunch in Leigang Hostel and begin photography tour in Hongcun. With a history of over 800 years, Hongcun is recognized as a “Chinese Village in Picture”. You can capture stunning Hui-style architectural reflections in the lake. Southern Lake and Moon Pond are two best shooting places. Southern Lake is an arched lake surrounded by old trees and weeping willows while Moon Pond is surrounded by ancient houses and bluestones. The lake surface reflects the blue sky , green trees, the mountains and ancient houses, making up a fabulous picture.

Overnight stay in Hongcun Village.


Sunrise time will be change according to the season.

Sunrise View at Yellow Mountain

Sunrise View at Yellow Mountain

Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village

Hui Style Architecture

Hui Style Architecture


Huangshan Departure

Xidi Village, Hotel to airport Transfer (Huangshan)

Xidi Photography and Huangshan Departure

After brief breakfast, you can pack your luggage and head to enjoy the last photography day in Xidi. It is another remarkable ancient village, which is a World Cultural Heritage Site. Currently, there are still 124 well-preserved ancient dwellings with unique style in the village. The scale is much larger than that in Hongcun while there are fewer visitors. Here the historical architectures, together with natural landscape, makes up a harmonious beautiful picture. Ancestral halls and bluestone alleys continue conveying special historical charm. Wherever you take a photo in Xidi, you can see a vivid ancient village from the picture.

The photography tour ends with lunch. The guide will take you to the airport and help you with the boarding procedure.

Xidi Ancient Village

Picturesque Xidi Ancient Village

preserved pig head

Local Flavor – Preserved Pigs’ Head

What to Photography in Huangshan?

Sunrise: Best locations for sunrise include the Refreshing Terrace, Bright Summit, Lion Peak, Beginning-to-Believe Peak, Yuping Tower. Sunrise time changing with season and usually around 5:00am to 7:00am. The Refreshing Terrace and Bright Summit are usually crowded. So please be early to find a good spot.

Sunset: Best locations for sunset are the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion, Bright Summit, Red Cloud Peak, Flying-Over Rock and Lion Peak. Sunrise time changing with season and usually around 17:00pm to 19:00pm. Get back to the hotel directly as it’s dangerous in the mountain after dark.

Sea of Clouds: There are great locations foe photographing Sea of Clouds, including the Yuping Pavilion, Refreshing Terrace, White Goose Ridge, Dispelling Cloud Pavilion and Bright Summit. Sea of Clouds depends on the cloud height, wind direction, and specific traits of each seasons conditions. It will appear on the first sunny day after rainy days in winter and spring.

Hui-style architecture: Hongcun and Xidi villages are two famous places for photographing ancient building with lake, mountains and trees.

Famous scenic spots: West Sea Canyon, Flying-Over Rock, "Squirrel jumps up the Tiandu Peak", the Greeting-guests Pine, forest peaks from Bright Summit.

Best Time to Photography

With a wet mild monsoon climate, Huangshan features distinctive four seasons which are beautiful all year around for photography. It’s highly recommended to visit in spring and autumn as the weather is good for photography.

In Spring from Mid-March to May, yellow rapeseed flowers are blooming and hills are turning green. With gentle spring wind, the mountains present different colors and fragrance. When walking through the canyon, you can hear cuckoos singing clearly. Ancient Hui-style villages are flooded in yellow rapeseed flowers.

Summer from June to September is the best season to photography the Sea of Clouds, especially on clear days after rainy weather. Sunrise and sunset in summer are splendid and enchanting as the sun lights spread over the peaks and the plants, making the whole world glowing.

In Autumn from September to November, it’s time to take a traditional Chinese picture when red autumnal leaves all around the mountains, such as green pine and cypress, red maples. Sea of Clouds is also miraculous at this time.

Winter from December to March of the following year features the most spectacular winter landscape. The mountains and trees are covered with snow and ice, turning it into a crystal wonderland. Sea of Clouds is frequently appear in winter.

Photography Planning

2 days:

  • One night on the mountain
  • Capture the sunrise and sunset
  • West Sea Canyon
  • Hui-style Hongcun village

3 days:

  • Two nights on the mountain
  • Sunrise and sunset
  • West Sea Canyon
  • Forested peak from Beginning-to-Believe Peak
  • Hongcun and Tunxi

4-5 days:

  • Three nights on the mountain
  • Sunrise and sunset
  • West Sea Canyon
  • Forested peak from Beginning-to-Believe Peak
  • Sea of Clouds from Bright Summit
  • Grotesque pine trees
  • Hongcun and Xidi village

Travel Tips

  • 1. Check the weather forecast one day in advance as great weather is extremely important for schedule arrangement and high-quality picture.
  • 2. Pay attention to your safety. Do not look around when walking on the mountain.
  • 3. Wear comfortable shoes as there are lots of climbing.
  • 4. Take necessary medicine and mosquito repel.
  • 5. Bring umbrella and hat as there are usually rainy days in summer.

Price Per Person in US Dollars

Apr.1- Nov.31 Tourist Class Superior Class Deluxe Class Single Room Supplement
1 person - - -
2-5 persons - - /
6-9 persons - - /

* The price may change during some festivals including the Spring Festival, Tomb Sweeping Day, Labor Day (1st May), Mid Autumn Day and National Day (1st Oct.).

* The price is subject to change based on exchange rate.

What's Included & Excluded

Price Inclusion

  • Entrance fees.
  • Meals listed in the itinerary.
  • Private transfers.
  • Private English-speaking guide and driver.
  • Hotels listed in the itinerary.
  • Service Charge & Taxes.
  • China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers.

Price Exclusion

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
  • Personal Expenses.
  • Any meals that are not mentioned in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.