Huangshan

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Literally meaning "yellow mountain," Huangshan is, by general consensus, the most beautiful mountain in all of China. There's no wonder it's

acclaimed through art and literature during a good part of Chinese history (e.g. the Shanshui 'mountain and water' style of the mid-16th century). Today it holds the same fascination for visitors, poets, painters and photographers who come on pilgrimage to the site, which is renowned for its magnificent scenery made up of many granite peaks and rocks emerging out of a sea of clouds.

according to UNESCO.

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The mountain is the setting of a Tang-era legend from the 8th century about the elixir of life. Thirteen hundred years later, the very same peaks inspired James Cameron's Avatar to take shape.

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Known for its sunrises, Huangshan is one of the most popular countryside destinations in China. To catch one of these, you'll want to book accommodations in the area.

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The mountain is linked by train, plane, and automobile to Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Wuhu, most notably. Cable cars can also carry tourists to one of the mountain peaks, so now all 1.5 million tourists who visit the site each year are guaranteed excellent pictures.

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