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Huang Shan Panorama
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Huang Shan Day 2 Day 2 was much brighter, and sunny, but at 1,800 meters, it was still cold. From our first Hotel we walked along the Western Steps, these are much steeper, and more exposed in places.
On Bright Summit Peak (Guang Ming Ding), one of the highest peaks at 1,841 meters, there is a small hotel next to a very odd looking weather station.
The views on the Western Steps are even more breathtaking than on the Eastern side. Every few minutes there is yet again, another stunning view.
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Me and May Flying Rock Huang Shan Day 2

There are many strange shaped rock formations, all of which have names.
Flying Rock is a large rectangular rock, which seems to be placed on the sheer edge of a cliff, and looks like it could topple over at any minute.

Some of the rock shapes can be a bit vague, but in the picture below on the left, you really can see two people sitting on an Elephant walking down the hill!

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Elephant Rock Huang Shan Day 2 Huang Shan Day 2
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I was really interested in the pine trees that grow in the poorest conditions. The Huangshan pine (Pinus hwangshanensis) is named after Huangshan and is considered an example of vigour because the trees thrive by growing straight out of the rocks. Many of the area's pine trees are more than a hundred years old and have been given their own names (such as the Ying Ke Pine, or Welcoming-Guests Pine, which is thought to be over 1500 years old). The pines vary greatly in shape and size, with the most crooked of the trees being considered the most attractive. In the late afternoon light on the weirdly named 'Now-I-believe-it-Peak', This plucky little pine isn't the true Welcoming-Guest Pine, but I thought it of it as a 'Bonsai' version of the original. It's out-stretched branch gestures like it is welcoming you to the view you are about so see. And what a view it is, what you get is the panorama I put together at the top of this page, and the wooden sign really isn't far wrong.
Plucky Pine Huang Shan Day 2 Now I Believe It Peak Huang Shan Day 2
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