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5 Days Yellow Mountain Tour from Hangzhou

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Hangzhou is the best representation of classic beauty of Chinam, mostly thanking to the romantic West Lake which is as beautiful as a classic Chinese ink and wash painting. While Huangshan, also known as Yellow Mountain, is praised as the most beautiful mountain in China. So this tour is undoubtedly the "most beautiful" trip in China.

Highlights of this tour

  • Enjoy the classic beauty of Hangzhou by cruising on the West Lake, strolling on Hefang Street, Visiting Dragon Well Plantation, etc;
  • Go to visit two of most charming ancient villages in China - Xidi and Hongcun, near Huangshan;
  • Measure the beauty of Yellow Mountain with your feet - lofty peaks, cloud sea, ancient pine trees...

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Hangzhou / Huangshan
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-HZHST-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Hangzhou Arrival

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Welcome to Hangzhou, the most romantic city in China. Upon arrival at Hangzhou, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at train station/airport, then transfer to check in your hotel in Hangzhou city.

After some rest, you will drive about 20 minutes to Six Harmonies Pagoda to see the masterpieces of ancient Chinese architecture. Climbing onto the top, you could have a spectacular view of Qiantang River and surrounding hills. Leave Six Harmonies Pagoda, and go to take an enjoyable walking at the famous Hefang Street, a unique pedestrian street full of ornate Chinese architectures, local delicious snacks and interesting handcrafts. (Optional activity: if you are interested in traditional Chinese medicine culture, you can take a brief visit to the Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine where you can learn about the history and development of traditional Chinese medicines, observe processing herbs into medicine, even buy some Chinese medicine if you like.)

Hefang Street
Day 2 Hangzhou Sightseeing ( B,L )

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In the early morning, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby or railway station, and then set out on today’s sightseeing in a comfortable, air-conditioned and private vehicle.

Firstly, spend the peaceful and less-crowded morning time to visit the iconic and World Heritage site of Hangzhou – the picturesque West Lake. Just as the famous traveler Marco Polo did and wrote: “A voyage on this lake offers more refreshment and pleasure than any other experience on earth”, you will start with a 45-minute leisure cruise to enjoy the tranquil lake views as well as the ancient pagodas, traditional arched bridges, tree-lined walkways, beautiful hills, green islands and lush gardens. After the cruise, disembark the lake shore to stroll leisurely on the famous Su Causeway and Bai Causeway, and explore the poetic sites around, such as Three Ponds Mirroring the Moon, Fish Viewing at the Flower Pond, etc.

Leave West Lake, and move on to next site – Lingyin Temple, about 3km west away from the West Lake. With a history of nearly 1700 year, Lingyin Temple is hidden in the luxurious forest, and offers charming and peaceful landscape and impressive Buddhist culture. Next, extend your visit to the adjacent Feilai Peak, also known as Peak Flying from Afar, which flew to China to spread Buddhism from India according to the legend. It features in uncountable Buddhist carvings lining the riverbanks and hillsides and tucked away inside grottoes. 

Lastly, drive about 7km to Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village, a picturesque wonderland surrounded by mountains with large area of tea plantations. Guide by the tea farmer to go for a walk among the tea plantations, marvel at the beautiful surrounding sceneries, also sit down to enjoy a cup of the best Dragon Well Tea and listen to the interesting introduction about authentic traditional tea culture. After the enjoyable tea time, say goodbye to the host, and drive to the China National Tea Museum to learn systematically about Chinese Tea Culture, such as the general history, classification of tea, also take a look at the tea exhibits and precious tea wares, machines, etc.

Today’s visit end. Drive back to your hotel.

Optional evening activities: watch a magnificent night show – the Impression West Lake, a live performance with changing lights, music and dancing on the West Lake, which usually starts at 7pm.

Beautiful West Lake - BridgeLingyin TempleDragon Well Tea Culture TourImpression West Lake
Day 3 Hangzhou - Huangshan ( B,L )

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Today after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to take a high speed train to Huangshan City, which will takes about 3.5 hours to get there. After arrival, be greeted by your local tour guide and driver. Then drive about 1 hour from the train station to visit the famous Chinese-painting-like ancient village - Hongcun.

Hongcun Ancient Village is a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its layout, landscape, architectural form, decoration, and construction techniques are the best examples of ancient Huizhou-style architecture. Originated during Song Dynasty (960-1276), is praised as the most beautiful village in China. It is famous as the ancient village in the Chinese painting. The most beautiful sites are the Moon Lake, the crescent-like pond surrounded by several grand dwellings, and Southern Lake Academy, a private ancient school served for the village. One interesting fact is that the whole village is arranged in the shape of an ox. The famous Oscar-winner film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed in Hongcun.

After the Hongcun visit, you will be escorted to your hotel in Huangshan City.

HongcunHongcun Old Town
Day 4 Huangshan ( B,L )

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Today after breakfast, our guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel, then drive about 80 kilometers (1.5 hours) to the foot of Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the most beautiful mountains in China. Your memorable Huangshan trip starts!

To save energy and time, you will directly transfer by park bus from the mountain foot to Yungu Temple to take a cableway to upper beautiful sightseeing area of Huangshan Mountain – North Sea Scenic Area which is famous for marvelous precipitous peaks, beautiful giant pine trees and far-reaching vision. Walk to lofty Begin-to-Believe Peak (1668m) to stretch your eyesight over cloud seas to far distance, and then hike about 40 minutes to Dispelling Cloud Pavilion to look down the Dreamland - West Sea Grand Canyon. Walk down along the stone steps to the bottom of the canyon while enjoying the Avatar-like rising rock peaks, unfathomable cliffs, bizarre stones and tenacious pine trees. 

Generally speaking, it takes about 3 hours for energetic hiker to hike from the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion, via 1st Ring and 2nd Ring to the bottom and return to the starting point. For beginners, children, and senior travelers, you can decide the hiking length on your own according to your, usually 2 hours for the 1st Ring and 2.5hrs for the 2nd Ring. In the bottom of the canyon, there is also a monorail cable trains for those who don’t want to return by walking to transfer back to the peak area. 

If time and energy allow, you can spend about one hour to explore the Sky Sea Scenic Area where you can enjoy the sunset from the second highest peak - Bright Summit (1840m), visit the incredible Flying-over Rock, then return back your hotel and have a good rest.

Yungu Cable Car on Mount HuangshanBreathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West SeaMt. Huang Tourists Taking Pictures
Day 5 Huangshan Departure ( B,L )

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Get up early (usually around 5am to 6am) to enjoy the magnificent sunrise from Huangshan. We suggest you watch the sunrise from the Refreshing Terrance which is only a few minutes’ walking from Beihai Hotel. In good-weather days, you can see clearly the golden light of the sun piercing the mists, and rocky peaks rising above the frothy, ever-changing sea of white clouds. After the sunrise, get back to your hotel for breakfast.

Continue on your wonderful sightseeing on the Yellow Mountain to see the famous Dawn PavilionStone Monkey Watching the Sea on the Lion Peak (1690m). Then walk along the wood path to the cable station to take a cable car to exit the mountain. Your driver is ready at the mountain foot to transfer you back to Huangshan City for lunch.

After lunch, go for a relaxing stroll on the 900-year-old Tunxi Ancient Street to appreciate authentic old Huizhou-style architectures. Next comes an interesting visit to Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory to find out how ancient Chinese people produce ink sticks (major item used to write and paint in ancient time).

Tour ends. Your tour guide will escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination.

Note: All attractions can be customized according to your arrival and departure arrangements, lowest price & best-value guaranteed. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

Huangshan sunriseTunxi Ancient Street evening

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