Last weekend we went to the Yellow Mountains in Huangshan, China. I can easily say this was one of the most incredible experiences I've had!
Day One: Our train left Suzhou at 10:30 pm to go straight to Huangshan city. The ride was 12 hours and we shared a bunk 'room' with 4 other people. We ended up making friends with two young Chinese adults and spent most of the weekend with them. We had an itinerary for this trip figured out, but ended up completely changing our plans (I'm not even sure why we changed our plans, but it couldn't have been more perfect). When we arrived in Huangshan we started making the ascent up the mountain. It was crazy difficult and extremely foggy, so we didn't see much for a couple of hours...
^^After about 2.5 hours of hiking straight up thousands of steps, the fog cleared and we caught a glimpse of what was around us.^^
When we got to the top of the mountain our new friends helped us get a hotel room. This place was the sickest place I've ever stayed in. Tate and I were in separate rooms that was shared with 12 other people. We were the only white people in this hotel, there were no showers, the toilets were covered in crap, but it was cheap (like 5 bucks cheap). We checked in then kept exploring.
I didn't do much research on what was on the top of the mountain, but when I saw a map I knew I really wanted to see this view. It was a hard hike but the view was worth it. I've never seen anything like this before; I wish my camera could capture how incredible this moment was.
This area is called the "Sea of Clouds"
I've seen this bridge all over Pinterest and China Guides so seeing it in real life was so cool. The only thing keeping me from falling thousands of feet was this bridge! The English name for this place is called Fairy Bridge.
Hiking in Huangshan was exhuasting but worth it; I would do it all again in a heart beat! We relaxed along this bridge for a while and then made the ascent back up the mountain to our 'hotel' for the night. Day one was so good!