pat: i heard about huangshan and about the crowds but, i think maybe this might be my best option since i'm short on time. i realize shanghai isn't the most ideal locale to do any type of mountaineering,etc...but, just trying to squeeze in a peak or a scramble ideally if at all possible while i'm out there.
do you know any specifics about the overnight train from shanghai or any other details you could share about this hike or can it be arranged with any recommended local shanghai guide companies? i also heard that there are other peaks in the surrounding area as well so are these do-able in a day and not too difficult to route find?
if anybody has gone out to huangshan from shanghai please post up here and would be cool to hear about your experiences and please share any info. about this hike here or feel free and shoot me a PM too.
bob: thanks for the info. about mountaineering in tibet...would love to check out your suggestions but, think i'm too short on time...definitely will keep it in mind the next time i'm out in this part of the world!
I lived in Shanghai for a year. Good climbing but only if you like climbing stairs of tall buildings. The only place I recommend within a day's drive or train ride isHuangshan
which has great scenery and hiking but is sometimes crowded.
If you can fly somewhere, your best bet is Yangshuo (near Guilin) for sport climbing and scenery or go west to Sichuan/Tibet for some real mountaineering. For Yangshuo you'd want at least 4 days and for anything in Sichuan/Tibet I'd recommend 8 days minimum.