Huangshan Tunxi Airport is 65 kilometers south of the mountain, and has flights from Taipei, Seoul, and domestic cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Guilin. If you don't want to walk up the mountain, a cablecar ride is RMB80.
Hotels on the mountain are overpriced but the only option if you want to see sunrise and sunset. The Beihai (beihaihotel huangshan.com; doubles from RMB1,000) and Xihai (xihaihotel huangshan.com; doubles from RMB1,000) offer the most comforts. If sunrise views aren't a priority, Banyan Tree Huangshan (banyantree.com; doubles from RMB3,500) has elegant modernmeets-traditional villas and suites nestled in the mountains about 30 minutes away from the national park. The Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yuchen (ihg.com; doubles from RMB650) is the best high-end option in Huangshan City.
The hotels on the mountain serve pretty uninspiring Chinese fare, but you're not on Huangshan for a culinary experience. After trekking, head to Huangshan City for dinner at Mei
Shi Ren Jia (247
Old St., Tunxi; 86559/251-2222; mains from RMB30), noted for its authentic
Nimble hikers can do a full day's trek up and down the mountain, climbing up the Western Steps, sightseeing along the top trails, and descending from the Eastern Steps, but this will make for a long and tiring day. Better to spend a night on top. The Xihai Grand Canyon area is a three-hour steep descent, but worth it for the unique rock formations and scenery. — D.S.