Huang Shan Mountains in the Anhui region of China is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly-shaped granite peaks, Huangshan Pine trees, and views of the clouds from above. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of China's major tourist destinations. The three main peaks are Bright Summit, Capital of Heaven and Lotus Peak, all just over 1800m high. Paths between the peaks are unobtrusively attached to the vertical sides of the mountains and mostly feature steep steps with clearly defined photo stops and the occasional stone pagoda for a little sit down. Huangshan's moist climate facilitates the growing of tea leaves, and the mountain has been called "one of China's premier green tea-growing mountains". The mountaintops often offer views of the clouds from above, known as the Sea of Clouds because of the clouds' resemblance to an ocean, and many vistas are known by names such as "North Sea" or "South Sea."
The foot of the mountains is linked by rail and by air to Shanghai. There are over 50 kilometers of footpaths providing access to scenic areas for visitors and staffers of the facilities. Today there are also cable cars that tourists can use to ride directly from the base to one of the summits. Throughout the area there are hotels and guest houses that accommodate overnight visitors, many of whom hike up the mountains, spend the night at one of the peaks to view the sunrise, and then descend by a different route the next day.