Huangshan is one of China’s top scenic cities and is a must-visit for every travel and nature photographer! Huangshan hosts a number of mountains and natural landscapes such as the picturesque Yellow Mountains. The scenic region served as a huge source of inspiration for traditional Chinese art and literature that dates back all the way to the Tang Dynasty. Besides traditional art forms such as poetry and ink paintings, Huangshan has more recently inspired modern photography and cinematic works such as the movie Avatar.
Only able to travel during a certain season? You definitely need not worry, as there are plenty to experience in Huangshan all-year round! A few days’ stay in Huangshan will definitely leave you in awe of nature. If you’re wondering where to stay in Huangshan, check out our hand-picked accommodations, especially for photographers.
One of the top-rated accommodations in the Huangshan Scenic Area, the Cheng Jin Hotel is surrounded by forestry and mountains. It is also located conveniently next to the Tourism Transfer Center and Bus Station and is a few minutes’ drive to Mount Huangshan’s Scenic Site - a must-go for the avid climber and photographer!
The 24-hour front desk is constantly ready to serve your every transportation need by helping you book tickets if public transportation is what you prefer. Alternatively, car rental services are also available.
Cheng Jin Hotel
Address: West Transfer Center, Tang Kou Town, 245000 Huangshan Scenic Area, China (see map)
Price: from 57 USD
The site of a fusion of traditional Chinese and modern architecture and situated in the ancient tree village of Tachuan, Oh Dear Each Boutique Hotel is perfect for those who crave peace and quiet. According to locals, the morning mist covering the village is the perfect photo opportunity. Don’t miss the chance to participate in the annual tourist photography festival in mid November! Choose rooms with a balcony, terrace or the garden view to enjoy the lush scenery surrounding the hotel when you wake up in the morning.
This hotel has a huge common space and an on-site bar for you to work and mingle with the other guests over drinks and a billiard or table tennis game.
Huangshan Oh Dear Each Boutique Hotel
Price: from 207 USD
Number of Guests: 4
If you’re looking for a no-frills stay, look no further! Simply furnished and located in the Huangshan Scenic Area itself, guests get to enjoy waking up to the mountain view from the kings room. Qike Inn is also a short drive away from numerous other scenic places such as the Nine Dragons Waterfall and Huang Shan Hot Spring. You can also sign up for a guided tour around Emerald Valley which is only 100 metres (328 feet) away. Both bike and car rentals are available.
Address: Feicui Xincun Building 26, Shancha Cun, Tangkou Town, 245800 Huangshan Scenic Area, China (see map)
Price: from 45 USD
Youth hostels are a great way to meet other international guests with the same passion for traveling. Kunlun International Youth Hostel is quaintly decorated with tasteful interiors and boasts a wide common space for you to hang out and meet new people. The hostel is located in the Huangshan Scenic Area itself and is also located near numerous natural landmarks such as the Heavenly Capital and Bright Summit Peaks.
Kunlun International Youth Hostel
Address: No. 1, Block 8, Tangkou Yinxiang Tangchuan Rd, Huangshan Qu, Huangshan Shi, Anhui Sheng, 245899 Huangshan Scenic Area, China (see map)
Price: from 32 USD
Forretreat Hostel is located within walking distance of Emerald Valley. Besides its convenient location, it also has a game room as well as a bar for you to mingle with other guests. The hostel also boasts a terrace for you to experience a 360° view of the surrounding valley. The hostel provides excursions and offers pickups and shuttle service to different landmarks in the Scenic Area.
Address: 041, Feicui Renjia, Tangkou Town, 245899 Huangshan Scenic Area, China (see map)
Price: from 81 USD
Looking for an apartment instead? The Point is a quaint yet fully furnished apartment that houses two. The apartment is equipped with a kitchen as well as a washer so you can cook and do your laundry without having to source for restaurants and laundromats for those lazy days. Located in Huangshan City, The Point is within walking distance from numerous landmarks such as Xinan River, Liyan Old Street and Tunxi Historic Area, making it a convenient place to stay in.
Price: from 28 USD
Number of Guests: 2
Beautifully decorated, this boutique hotel is a must-stay for those who want to experience living in a traditional Hui-style house. Guests who have stayed in this hotel recommend it not only for the beautiful and stylish architecture (which is of course, great for photographers) but also for the traditional breakfast served.
Although peaceful and quiet, there is no shortage of things to do in the area. A 10 minute walk would lead you to the “Oriental Ancient Rome” or Tunxi Ancient Street, where there are many century-old shops for you to get your souvenirs for your loved ones back home.
Guzo Su The Old House Boutique Hotel and Café
Address: A06 Liyang In Alley, Tunxi District, 245000 Huangshan, China (see map)
Price: from 59 USD
Huangshan Scenic Area is known for its beautiful sunrise and sunsets so make sure you leave space in your itinerary for a night mountain stay. The Huangshan Yupinglou Hotel is located near the peak of the Yellow Mountains and is accessible by the Yuping Cable Car. Considering the cost of making the trip to and from the summit, an overnight stay on the mountain is definitely value for money.
Make sure to ask the local staff to point you to the perfect locations to get the perfect sunrise and sunset pictures from the mountain! The hotel also provides complementary duvet jackets to those who wish to seek the sunrise on cold mornings.
Huangshan Yupinglou Hotel
Address: Huangshan Parkland, Yuping District, 245800 Huangshan Scenic Area, China (see map)
Price: from 31 USD
Located 200 meters (656 feet) from the Huangshan Hot Spring, this hotel is the perfect place to stay if you are looking to unwind and relax after a day’s worth of hiking. According to the Chinese, the hot spring has healing and restorative powers that help with numerous ailments such as cardiovascular disease. The local Chinese have been using the hot spring for over a thousand years and it has never dried up or over-flooded. The hot spring also has spa and massage facilities for you to pamper that tired body from all that hiking.
The hotel provides delicious welcome tea for its guests and has an on-site restaurant that serves traditional Chinese cuisine that has both a buffet and an à la carte option.
Huangshan Hot Spring Hotel
Address: 245000 Huangshan Scenic Area, China (see map)
Price: from 118 USD
Located bang in the middle of Old Street, this historic building is styled in Hui design - very traditional and pleasing to the eye. You might just end up spending a day indoors photographing this beautiful hotel. All air-conditioned rooms come with private bathrooms, complimentary toiletries, and even an electric kettle. Roam the Old Street, which is a great location for portrait shots and capturing the way of life of locals. For jaw-dropping scenic views, head to Huangshan Mountain, which is just over an hour’s drive away.
As Huangshan Railway Station is only an 8-minute drive away, you’re well connected to all parts of the city. And if you’re someone who likes to click away till the last minute, you can drop off your luggage at the hotel storage to make the most of your last day.
Xishan Wutong Qinyuan
Address: No. 9 Yanhe Alley, Old Street, Tunxi District, 245000 Huangshan, China (see map)
Price: from 65 USD
Get your cameras ready
No matter where you choose to stay, Huangshan has so much to offer the avid photographer, from mountains and hot springs, to valleys and trees. Capture Huangshan’s extraordinary natural beauty today!
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