Much appreciate it if any Huangshan expert can suggest a route/hotel stay for us on Huangshan. We are family of 4 from Australia, planning to arrive at Huangshan (from Hangzhou) on the 22-09.
Day 1, we will check into a Tangkou hotel and do a half-day trip to Hongcun in the afternoon;
Day 2 - 3, this is where I am not sure...after reading all the posts and looking at all the maps, I feel that we might need 2 nights on the summit, rather than 1 as suggested by most popular itinerary. Our kids are good walkers - done plenty of medium/hard bush walking in AU national parks, etc. So they can do up to 3-4 hours hike a day, but more than that we will be pushing it...
We would like to definitely see Xihai canyon and hopefully a sunrise, and a hotel where you can just step out see sun rise rather than walking for another 20-30 minutes would be ideal. We do have time on our hand so an extra night is ok. the main thing is to enjoy the view and not rushing the kids. I was originally thinking on day 2:
we go up Yungu cable car - beginning-to-believe peak - stop at Beihai hotel have a rest and have lunch there - walk to stone money and back - Paiyunlou hotel (check in and stay for the night)
day 3: do Xihai Canyon, we all walk down, kids and I then take the new cable car back up, husband will walk all the way back up - lunch & rest at Baiyun hotel - walk down to Yuping cable station and get down.
Now I am not sure if both day 2 and day 3 contain too much walking, whether we should use White Goose hotel (Ala hotel recommends it as sun rise view from hotel room?) as 1st night nd then Baiyun hotel as 2nd night (after Xihai Canyon).
Any suggestion would be much appreciated!