Misty Yellow Mountain
Those old Chinese painters were not exaggerating. I had always thought their romantic depictions of fantastic rock formations, with tiny hermitages hiding behind swirling whips of clouds, were pure fantasy. But they were only painting what they saw! It is a four hour climb to the top of Yellow Mountain (Huang Shan). In the old days hermits and monasteries clung to the peaks. Now there are a couple of hotels, which require a constant stream of porters streaming up loaded with stuff to keep replenished with towels, food, and fuel.
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