We were 3 (2 adults and one 10-year old child), and we had a great time.
Our tour guide, Ms Wang (汪雪芳) was very, very good: After a tour on the hangzhou lake and the silk museum, on the first night she understood our wish to stay in small hotels/hostels rather than big hotel chains and took us to Long Qui Wan village, where we ate and slept. The food was excellent and the early morning visit of the agricultural museum was wonderful.
then, we travelled to Huang Shan cable car station and started the famous climb of the mountains. We were very lucky as the weather was beautiful and so we enjoyed all the views of the famous pines and rock formations. the sunset was especially beautiful.
the hotel at the top of the mountain was acceptable: clean and tidy, it still had the same problems of all hotels in high altitude locations: poor and relatively expensive food, very average service. However, that is to be expected as food has to be taken up by porters and a captive audience does not encourage the cooks to excel in their work.
On the second morning, the mountains were shrouded in mist, but no sea of clouds! we are not disappointed as seas of clouds are a rare occurance and we would have been increadibly lucky to see one. however, the mountains in the mist were an amazing sight.
Worth the effort to climb to the top!
Great tour, even with a child, but you must be prepared to climb a LOT of steps!
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!]
Date Added: 04/12/2010
—— review written by Laurence ***