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Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), Anhui, China

How much does it cost to travel to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)?

You should plan to spend around $58 (¥414) per day on your vacation in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $19 (¥138) on meals
  • $10 (¥72) on local transportation
  • $50 (¥358) on hotels

A one week trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) for two people costs, on average, $811 (¥5,791). This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
  • One Week Per person
  • 2 Weeks Per person
  • One Month Per person
  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) cost?

A one week trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) usually costs around $406 (¥2,896) for one person and $811 (¥5,791) for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) on average costs around $811 (¥5,791) for one person and $1,623 (¥11,582) for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) on average costs around $1,739 (¥12,409) for one person and $3,478 (¥24,819) for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.

Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) expensive to visit?

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in China, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within Asia, Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Wuyuan or Boracay.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)?

The average Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) ¥358 ($50)
Local Transportation 1 ¥72 ($10)
Food 2 ¥138 ($19)
Entertainment 1 ¥193 ($27)
Alcohol 2 ¥56 - 167 ($8 - 23)
Accommodation Budget in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
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The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is $25 (¥179). For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is $50 (¥358). This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room

Hotel Prices in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

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Transportation Budget in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $10 (¥72) per person, per day, on local transportation in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain).

  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.

Flights to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
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Rental Cars in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)?

Typical prices for Transportation in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Shuttle Bus to Tangkou for Two

Food Budget in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
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  • While meal prices in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) can vary, the average cost of food in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is $19 (¥138) per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) should cost around $7.73 (¥55) per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.

  • Food2 Meals for one day

Entertainment Budget in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
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  • Entertainment and activities in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) typically cost an average of $27 (¥193) per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.

  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.

What did other people spend on Entertainment in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), but your costs will vary based on your travel style.

  • Two Entrance Tickets
  • Two Cable Car Passes

Alcohol Budget in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
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  • The average person spends about $16 (¥111) on alcoholic beverages in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.

  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day

Water Budget in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
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  • On average, people spend $1.75 (¥13) on bottled water in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) per day. The public water in Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) is considered safe to drink.

  • Water2 Bottled water for one day

Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) On a Budget
Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)
In the heart of the Anhui Province of China is the stunning Mount Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain. This UNESCO World Heritage Site draws in visitors from around the world to take in the stunning views and conquer a new challenge.

Mount Huangshan is one of the most popular destinations in China. Because of this, most of the towns and regions around it also use the name Huangshan. Even the closest town, Tunxi, has begun going by Huangshan City. Keep this in mind as it could potentially cause some confusion in transit.

The whole of Huangshan has 36 separate peaks rising approximately 1,800 meters into the air. It is often covered in a spiritual-feeling mist that makes the peaks appear to live in the clouds. It has inspired artists for centuries, and is often thought to be the model for the typical mountain ranges seen in ancient Chinese paintings.
The mountain itself serves as the best sightseeing of the whole trip. Stroll along the paths, take photographs and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. Make a full day of it as the sunrise and sunsets are said to be spectacular. If you can stay into the night, the stargazing is a sight to behold. This high up, you're away from the smog, smoke and light pollution, and you can truly see the full sky of stars.

Overnight accommodation is available on top of the mountain, and it is suggested to make reservations. Nice hotels as well as dorm-like budget facilities are available. Most hotels in the Tangkou area or in Tunxi can arrange for accommodation (and tours) if needed.

The mountain is known for its four wonders: the pines, the rocks, the clouds, and the hot springs.

The pine trees on Mount Huangshan are tough and sturdy. They look as thought they have grown straight out of the rocks, and many have been named after their appearanc,e while some have legendary stories behind their names. The Greeting Guest Pine is likely the most famous of the trees – possibly the most famous in the country. The 33-foot tree looks like a man, standing tall and stretching out his hands to guests of the mountain. This image has become iconic in China leading many to hang photos of the tree in their living room or restaurants.

Much like the trees, the rocks have their own names and stories. Flying-Over Rock is the most notable rock on Mount Huangshan. The 39-foot stone leans over a huge ledge, sitting ever so slightly along the edge. It is stunning to see and one wonders how it even stays up.

The clouds and mist surrounding the mountain certainly add an ethereal feeling to the atmosphere. The best time to experience this heavenly appearance is from November to May. Sitting amongst the thousands of peaks in the region are five seas of clouds. They are called North Sea, East Sea, West Sea and the Heavenly Sea sits right in the middle. If you climb to the Celestial Peak, the Lotus Peak or the Bright Top Peak you'll be sure to receive a view of the sea clouds you'll never forget.

Lastly, the hot springs are the best way to relax after all that climbing. These springs were discovered more than a thousand years ago and have been providing soothing and restoring feelings ever since. There is a legend that the Yellow Emperor once bathed in these springs and became younger. So they are now also referred to as the Springs of Youth.

If you are lucky, you may get to see the lesser-known fifth wonder of the Yellow Mountains – Buddha's Light. If everything aligns as it should and you are between the sun and a cloud, then you will see your shadow surrounded by a halo indicating your own enlightenment.

The town of Tunxi is not only a hub of transportation for Huangshan and the Anhui province, but is also a town worth visiting itself. A historic old street stretches through the middle of the town full of shops, restaurants, historic architecture, art galleries, and more. Running a few blocks over from the somewhat scenic river, visitors could spend at least a few hours here, if not a couple of days. Several accommodation options are available, some of which are in charming historic buildings.

Food and Dining
Be sure to pack your own snacks and food, as there aren't many spots to replenish on the mountain. You may see a few small grocery stores, and hotels will serve food, but it will all be fairly pricey. It is better to take your own for the day. Stock up in the towns at the base of the mountain, such as Tunxi or Tangkou.

Tangkou has a handful of restaurants and some markets that provide anything you could need.

Tunxi is much larger, and has many options from small markets to larger grocery stores. Restaurants abound in Tunxi as well.

Buses to and from Tunxi or Tangkou are available from all nearby major cities such as Hangzhou, Jinhua, or Wuhan.

From Tunxi, buses run frequently to Tangkou where you can stay the night or begin your hike right away if you're early enough.

The main entrance to Huangshan is near Tangkou in the south. From there it is quite a distance to the mountain paths, though. You can't enter by taxi. The National Express shuttle buses are allowed into the scenic area. They travel from Tangkou to a number of places – either the Mercy Light Temple, the Yuping Cable Car or to the Yungu Cable Car. They run approximately every 20 minutes, with another 20 minutes for travel.

There are no roads, buses or taxis on the mountain due to the steep geography and high cliffs. You can use one of the many cable cars to go to the top and then come back down, although many people choose to walk back down to admire the scenery. The vast majority of the walkways are paved paths complete with handrails. Be ready for some step climbing – there are approximately 60,000 steps on the paths.

If stairs really aren't your thing, there are sedan chairs carried by two porters you can hire. You'll find them along the mountain, but the paths are well maintained and fairly easy for most to tackle.

Although most of the trails are paved, comfortable shoes are recommended. However, don't be surprised to see some local Chinese tourists wearing fancy shoes, as some of the young women even wear high heeled shoes.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.

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