Huangshan, which translates to “Yellow Mountain,” is a rich, scenic mountain range of many peaks, with Lotus Peak, or Lianhua Feng, being the highest at 1,864 meters. Its other two most prominent peaks are Bright Peak and Celestial Peak.
The mountain range is located in eastern China in the Anhui province. Because of its striking beauty, it is the object of much artwork. There has been so much interest in Huangshan ink painting, that a school of painting was developed from the mountain. It has also been inspiration for many poems.
Some of my favorite paintings of Huangshan are by the Chinese master painter Liu Haisu, who created a series of 101 paintings of the mountain. He was deeply moved after visiting Huangshan ten times, and stated, “The mountain is my favorite place. Its great view has been imprinted in my mind deeply. Even I am old, when I think of it, I can touch its vigor and beauty.”
It receives large numbers of tourists each year, and has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural importance.
It is also known for its unique rock formations, formed as a result of glacial and interglacial periods known as Quaternary Glaciation.
Visitors also come for the mountain’s hot springs, vegetation, and wildlife, including Tibetan macaques.
Mountain Range: Huangshan
Elevation: 6,115 feet / 1,864 meters
Fun Fact: Huangshan is known for its spectacular sunrises, and on some days, observers will experience Buddha’s Light, where a halo can be seen around the observer’s head.