On the evening of our first day on the mountain, we headed up to one of the peaks to catch the sunset. There was about a 60% chance of being able to view it, and after seeing a few previews of what it might look like, we liked our expected returns.
On our way up, we saw many little flowers like these cutting through the usual green and brown. There were quite a few rhododendrons on the mountain as well, making for quite the sight.
Throughout the mountain, you'll find people like these who will carry you up and down the many stairs if you're unable to make it. I didn't catch the price, but one can only assume that it's a luxury considering the prices of everything else.
After reaching this peak, we were absolutely stunned. The beautiful landscapes, drifting fog, crisp air, truly something you must experience in person to fully appreciate.
The fog, while gorgeous, limited our view of the sunset unfortunately. Throughout the hour we stayed, we were constantly teased with glimpses of the sun, but also worrisome periods when the fog took over the whole range.
Eventually, the fog unfortunately took over, totally obscuring the view of the sunset and mountains. To add insult to injury, it rained for the rest of our time on the mountain.
On the second day, we decided to take the long way down the mountain. This meant going up and down three separate peaks. Normally, I'd always take a longer scenic route over a shorter, less beautiful route, but it was raining cats and dogs.
This meant that 1, we would be utterly soaked for our 6 hour bus ride home, and 2, the view was almost totally obscured by fog.
Luckily, vendors selling colourful plastic rain ponchos are everywhere. We hadn't thought of purchasing shoe covers though. Those are highly recommended in rain, as walking 3 hours and bussing for 6 in soaked shoes is possibly the worst feeling imaginable.
One plus of the rain is that all of the streams and canals were extremely lively. There was a bit of flooding onto the pathway, but luckily this didn't make the stairs slippery.
Also, my apologies for the image quality. I had an umbrella in one hand and my cheaper camera in another. There was a bit of water on the front element for much of the time, and there wasn't a dry piece of fabric anywhere on me to wipe it off.
The sheer scale of the mountains is something hard for me to convey in photos, there's this unique sense of grandness that is a main aspect of Huangshan's beauty.
Despite the rain, the trek down was still an absolutely beautiful experience. For all the rain takes away from the view, it also adds many unique elements as well. I especially loved how every person on the mountain now wore a super colourful poncho, making it easy to spot people from afar.
As I said many times, the charm of this mountain is something one must experience in person to fully appreciate. I'd highly recommend it for anybody planning to travel in, just be sure to be prepared with water and heavy rain gear.
To conclude, here's a photos of a wonderful elderly couple we made the trek down with. The man was fascinated by how many variations there are of saying "washroom" in English.