With two days in Huangshan, it’s possible to see both the sunset and sunrise from Mount Huangshan. There’s also time to see more of the attractions on the mountain. Read on for how to make the most of two days in Huangshan.
Day 1: Hiking and Sightseeing
**Morning:**With two days, keen hikers have time to walk up the mountain—use the Eastern Steps, which take two to three hours, versus the longer Western Steps. Everyone else should take a cable car to save time and energy. Start at the North Sea Scenic Area and Beginning-to-Believe Peak. Visit Mushroom Pavilion or Brush Pen Peak nearby.
**Afternoon:**Enjoy lunch at a mountain-top hotel, and then continue sightseeing. Head to Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion, which offers views of Xihai Grand Canyon. Hike down the circular path into the canyon, and take the monorail back up. Get to one of the viewpoints—Purple Cloud Peak, Fairy-Walking Bridge and Cloud-Dispelling Pavilion—to watch the sunset.
**Evening:**Enjoy dinner, and make it an early night to rest up for a pre-dawn wake-up, though entertainment options range from foot massages to karaoke bars.
Day 2: Mountain and Village Scenes
**Morning:**Get up early to catch the sunrise. Popular viewpoints include Refreshing Terrace, Dawn Pavilion, and Monkey-Watching-the-Sea-of-Clouds. Afterwards, fuel up with breakfast at your hotel before setting out to see additional attractions such Lion Peak, Lotus Pavilion, Turtle Rock, and Fascinating Pavilion.
**Afternoon:**Depending on your preference, explore the mountain, including its temples and waterfalls, or take the cable car down. Soak in the hot springs at the base of the mountain, or head to a nearby scenic villages, such as Hongcun or Tongmo. Most have a history going back nearly a thousand years and offer examples of classic Hui architecture.
**Evening:**Stay for dinner in the village or head back to Huangshan City and check out Tunxi Old Street. It’s one of the best-preserved ancient streets in China and still features buildings from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Explore the street, grab a bite to eat, and pick up souvenirs.