We stayed in tunxi and made a day trip of huangshan. It was a very long day. We caught first bus from tunxi bus depot (¥15 per person) to tangkou. The first bus is suppose to depart at 6:30am but it was low season (December) so we departed when the bus filled up, which was an hour later!
Bus trip into tangkou took approx 1 hour and we were dropped at the tangkou bus station. We waited another 30mins for bus to take us up to the entrance of the mountain (cost ¥11 pp).
Price in low season ¥180 per person for entry into huangshan and ¥65 for gondola per person each way. As it was low season there were no cues for tickets or gondola. Access to the mountain is either on the west side or east side of the mountain. When we visited the gondola on the west side was closed due to repairs so we entered on the east side of the moutain. On the east side of the mountain you can either walk up or take the gondola. It was -5, windy and icy so we decided to take the gonadal up. We were advised in the current weather conditions walking up would take at least 3 hours.
Despite limited visibility, the entire mountain top was blanketed in snow and it was beautiful. If you go in winter I recommend you wear appropriate warm clothes, it is a long day of walking to really explore the mountain and the only shelters are hotels scattered around. Before going to huangshan I had read on tripadvisor from other folks reports to bring a map, I am glad I did as the sign posts were a little confusing. Our hotel provided us with a free map of the mountain. Water and food are available up on the mountain however are expensive. In one hotel a cup of tea cost ¥50. Before heading up I recommend you know what lifts are open, we walked all the way over to a lift only to discover it was closed for 5 days due to bad weather.
The last gondola down the mountain is at 4pm. From base of the mountain we caught a bus back to tangkou and then a bus to tunxi. All prices are the same as listed above. The bus dropped near tunxi bus station and train station.
Beautiful scenery from mt huangshan but next time I would visit when it was warmer weather and stay in tangkou to avoid the long commute.