This has been our second trip to the Yellow Mountain and this time we were lucky with the weather. The first time, in March this year, it was foggy and it rained (apparently this is very usual on this site) and we could not see a thing except for the pine trees which were really close to the foot path. So, our advice is, if the weather is bad, do not bother to take the trip. Even in a sunny day, there will be clouds around the peaks which in this case added to the beauty of the place.
There are a three cable cars going up the mountain - we took the Yugu cable after a trip with the mountain bus. Once on top, you still need to walk quite a lot, up and down. However, all foot paths are paved so special mountain boots are not a must if it does not rain. We walked for approx. 2 hours (with a lot of picture breaks) to the Clouds Dispelling Pavilion where the Great (West Sea) Canyon starts. We only walked down in the canyon approx. 1 km to a very nice bridge and then up again. If you wish to see the canyon - which we think is a great thing to do, you should better take the Taiping cable car which brings you very close to the start of the canyon.
It can get very crowded at some of the "scenic" spots and it sometimes feel quite unsafe with so many people on a small platform above the abyss.
Food is available on top of the mountain but is expensive and not really nice so if you can, come prepared with a sandwich. Toilets are available in a few locations. Smoking is only allowed in restricted areas, usually near the hotels.
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