Mount Huangshan is celebrated as the first mountain under heaven. Located in east China's Anhui province, Mt. Huangshan is famed for its romantic scenery. Crystal-clear hot springs bubble from the ground surrounded by ancient gnarled pines and grotesque rock formations. The whole mountain is often veiled in cloud and mist. 77 of Mt. Huangshan’s many peaks are over 1,000 metres above sea-level. During the Ming Dynasty Xu Xiake, a noted Chinese geologist and traveler, visited Mt. Huangshan. He was impressed with its many waterfalls, pines, forests of stone pillars and hot springs, with the whole mountain veiled in cloud. Since Xu Xiake’s visit, the Chinese have regarded Mt. Huangshan as the crown of all mountains. Mt. Huangshan’s power, despite its spectacular beauty, is in its place at the center of Chinese culture.