Breathing fresh air: the Yellow Mountain and small villages around Anhui

A couple of day off from university, and we decided to do a small trip to the Yellow Mountain, some four hours far from Hangzhou. We stopped at Tunxi village for the night. It is a nice village, touristy though, as the most used departing place for the Huangshan trekking.

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In the morning we reached the foot of Mt. Huangshan and decided, as we didn’t have a lot of time,  to take the cable car up to the mountain and spend more time walking up the peaks. The cable car is slowly going up, so the view is really good, but we wasted a lot of time to buy the tickets as the place was really crowded. We probably didn’t choose the best day, as it was holiday in China and the whole place was packed with Chinese tourists as well. At some point, taking pictures from a good viewpoint meant queueing. nevertheless, it was a good day, The weather was awesome, the trekking is not really tough and the scenery is definitely worth it.

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The day after we moved by bus to the lovely, fascinating old village of Xidi. The village is not so frequented by tourists, at least the day we visited it, it is easy to walk around and surrounded by working fields and a lake which makes it even more scenic. one of the best thing are the students of art painting everywhere. The feeling is that the village is a little artificial, but it is so good for once to stay far from big cities and breathe.

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Next stop: Hongcun village. Fair to say, to enter the village costs Y104, and to spend time there costs even more. Foreigners are only allowed to stay in a specially designated hotel, and the experience of being rejected by many was not pretty. However, the village is a little beauty. Art students and artists come to this elegant ancient village to capture its beauty on paper. Quite picturesque, with beautiful water scenes, as well as interesting historical buildings.

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Last stop before going back to normal life and polluted sky: Mukeng bamboo forest. A few minutes drive from Hongcun village, you can start a short circuit hike up the hills through the dense bamboo (a couple of hours are sufficient). The day we went there it was completely empty, so it was really beautiful. Last year the zip line was not working. Not sure if they repaired it.

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