Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Linh came for a short visit last week and because she has come to Shanghai a few times before, I decided to get out of the city so we could see more of China. We headed out to Anhui Province, home of Huangshan, also known as the Yellow Mountains.

Huangshan, Anhui Province

Huangshan, Anhui Province

I’ve wanted to visit this area since we moved to Shanghai in 2011 but was never able to fit it into our schedule. Anhui Province neighbours Shanghai and so it is very close and yet always felt so out of reach. My friends VB and CA, fellow Shanghai residents, have also always wanted to go to Huangshan and now they are both facing repatriation this year and so I thought ‘why not?’ and invited them to join us on a three day, two night trip to Huangshan.

All together I managed to fill our car with Linh, our Beijing friend CL, VB and CA. We ended up with a group of five ladies plus our lovely and forever patient driver, Kevin. Off we went to Huangshan!

It’s a beautiful area and we went mid-week when crowds were minimal. We stayed at a very affordable and modern guesthouse in Tunxi and spent the first afternoon exploring Hongcun, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The village has a 900 year old history and is where scenes from ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ were filmed. Very lovely.

The next day, after breakfast, we headed to the cable car and went up the mountain. Beautiful scenery, not so beautiful loud groups of people :o( Nevertheless, we enjoyed the trip and spent the day walking the paths leading to the various lookouts. It was amazing to see the porters carrying huge loads of goods on their shoulders and then there were the porters carrying people on sedan chairs! Who does that anymore?! Hard work.

Overall it was well worth the trip out to Anhui Province. The ancient village was lovely, the local people very friendly and the mountain views were wonderful. We were lucky to have such brilliant weather and the area was so green and lush that it was a feast for the eyes! We ate ‘mountains’ of fresh bamboo, a local specialty, which was delicious and here you can find photos from our little trip.