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Huangshan Eastern Steps

The Eastern Steps proceed from the Cloud Valley Temple Cable Car southern terminal (730 meters above sea level). The trail continues north past White Goose Ridge (See: Huangshan Map), Beginning to Believe Peak and onto the mist-filled valley of Beihai (the North Sea).

There are a number of well marked points of interest along the way, including Jade Valley, which receives alpine runoff from Liandan Peak and Beginning to Believe Peak (so named. Legend has it, as being the point where a skeptical visitor first realized that Huangshan is every bit as mind blowing as advertised). The valley features scores of small, colorful crystalline pools.

This route is less strenuous than the Western Steps, though some feel it is also less spectacular. The steps cover about 7.5 km (4.6 miles), making for a good three to four hours' hike. A popular full-day route through the mountains is to ascend the Eastern Steps, do the Peak Circuit, then descend via the lengthier Western Steps. The whole thing takes around 10 hours at a steady pace. An titleernative is to stay in one of the hotels overlooking the Beihai, rising early to catch the sunrise over the mist-filled valleys before descending on the west side, to arrive at the Hot Spring Area (at which point, your legs could no doubt use a long hot soak).

You can reach the steps from the south via the access road connecting to the Hot Spring Area or from the eastern gate to Huangshan. From the north, the trail connects with the Peak Circuit. If you'd rather float over the steps than walk them, take the Cloud Valley (Yungu) Cable Car.

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