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6 Days China Mountains Tour with Classic Shanghai

Holy Buddhist Mountain & Yellow Mountain

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China is home to many notable mountains, which attracting many travelers to enjoy wonderful natural and cultural landscape. Just 3 to 4 hours’ high speed train journey from Shanghai, you can conveniently visit two magnificent mountains in Anhui Province. One is Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site which has been praised as the most beautiful mountain in China and the inspiration of numerous Chinese literati. Another one is Mount Jiuhua, one of China’s four most sacred Buddhist mountains and most popular Buddhist pilgrimage destinations. This 6-day tour perfectly combines the best highlights in international metropolis - Shanghai, beautiful Mount Huangshan and holy Mount Jihua. You will experience contrast between modernity and tradition, witness concrete human achievement, soak in natural miracles and devout spiritual power.

Highlights of this tour

  • Hike on Mount Huangshan to witness its breathtaking natural wonders, like spectacular rocky peaks, odd-shaped pines, fairyland-like sea of clouds;
  • Make divine Buddhism tour on Mount Jiuhua, visit most important Buddhist temples with long history and rare relics;
  • Feed your sight on striking skyscrapers and famous landmarks in Shanghai, witness its economic boom and blending culture of the East and West;
  • Take a fast high speed train travel to know the local popular transport nowadays.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Shanghai / Jiuhuashan / Huangshan
Travel Length:
6 Days and 5 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-HSJJ-06
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Ni Hao! Welcome to Shanghai, the biggest metropolis of China!

Upon arrival, you will meet your local tour guide and driver at the airport or train station. They will escort you to check in your hotel in downtown by a private comfortable vehicle. The rest of today is on your own to relax. If you want to explore nearby, feel free to get some practical suggestions from your tour guide.

Optional Evening Activity - Enjoy an entertaining and breathtaking Acrobatic Show at Shanghai Circus World or other acrobatic theatres.

Shanghai Night
Day 2 Shanghai (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to start your Shanghai exploration. The first stop is to visit Shanghai Museum, one of the Best Four Museums in China. This modern museum, with a round top and a square base which symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as "round sky, square earth", has collected many international-standard exhibits of bronzes, paintings, calligraphy, sculpture, ceramics, jade from more than 5,000 years ago to the Qing dynasty. It is an ideal place to learn about the profound Chinese history and culture.

Then, take an interesting visit to Yu Garden, a shining star among all dotted ancient Chinese gardens in Jiangnan which fully embodies the traditional design of architecture. Jagged pavilion with elegant decoration, glittering pools with roving fish, sprouting pine trees, all these pleasant scenes refresh both your eyes and mood. Adjacent to the garden is the Yuyuan Bazaar where you can savor tasteful local snacks or bargain at some elaborate traditional Chinese handicrafts and art works as souvenirs.

After lunch, drive a few kilometers to Lujiazui Area of Pudong New District to visit visit “the eye of Shanghai” - Shanghai World Financial Center (SWFC) where you can have a panoramic view of the whole Shanghai and Huangpu River area. Ascend yourselves to 474 meters on the 100th floor to experience sky walk on the transparent glass-walled walkway and feel Shanghai lying under your feet and blue sky hanging above your head.

Later, move to another popular landmark of Shanghai - Nanjing Road which is shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the local modern atmosphere. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund. Originally the towpath for transporting, the Bund transformed into a feverish trading district during European concession period. Stroll along the Bund, feel the perfect fusion of Chinese culture and Western culture, and seize the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes.

Optional Evening Activity - Take a relaxing Huangpu River night cruise to see the city’s most significant edifices and streets sparkling under the atmospheric cover of darkness (about 50 minutes).

Shanghai Museum - One of the Best Four Museums in China Exquiste International Buildings at The Bund Classical Yu Garden in Shanghai
Day 3 Day 3 Shanghai to Mount Jiuhua by High Speed Train & Mount Jiuhua Half-day Tour (B)

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up and escorted to the railway station to catch a G High Speed Train to Chizhou in southern Anhui Province, a city most famous for the holy Buddhist mountain - Mount Jiuhua. Upon arrival, your tour guide and driver will meet you at the Chizhou Railway Station, and then escort you to Mount Jiuhua directly. Check in your hotel in Mount Jiuhua and take a short rest. In this afternoon, you’ll have a half-day Buddhism exploration.

First, you will get to Great Vow Culture Park at the north foot of Mount Jiuhua to start your Buddhism exploration. You can take tourist bus to witness the 99-meter Golden Statue of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva, a new pilgrimage landmark of Mount Jiuhua and the tallest outdoor bronze Buddhist statue in the world. Beyond the spacious square, archways, bridges, clear ponds, the most impressive sight is the giant Buddhist statue standing before layered majestic green mountains.

Next, you will go to visit the towering, fresh, moist and lush Flower Terrace Scenic Area which is famous for colorful wild flowers over the hill and dales in May days. Ride a sightseeing bus from the tourist center to cable car station, and then hop on the 20-min pleasant cable car ride going over peak after peak to get to the beginning of the hiking trail on the mountain. Well-paved stone steps lead you gradually up to the top mountains of Flower Terrace. Enjoy the panoramic view of surrounding and afar. The clouds envelop mountains, producing a kind of mesmerizing sensation. Then come to the most highlighting Hanging Plank Road which is 1.4km long, and constructed along the side of the mountain with high drop-offs and full of surprisingly beautiful landscape of rugged rock peaks and bizarre pine trees.

After exploration of scenic Flower Terrace, take cable car down the mountain, and transfer to Jiuhua Street by sightseeing bus. Jiuhua Street gathers a lot of important Buddhist temples. You will go to visit Huacheng Temple, the first and leading temple of Mount Jiuhua. The temple was built in Eastern Jin Dynasty more than 1,600 years ago and most existing buildings are from Qing Dynasty. Now the temple has been changed to the Jiuhuashan Museum of Historical Relics, exhibiting thousands of cultural treasures, like Buddhist sutras, ritual instruments, imperial decree, jade seal, ancient paintings and calligraphy.

Stay overnight in Jiuhua Street on Mount Jiuhua.

Chizhou Railway Station 99-Meter Ksitigarbha Statue - the Highest Bronze Buddhist Statue in the World Hanging Plank Road - best highlight of Flower Terrace Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Statue in Huacheng Temple
Day 4 Mount Jiuhua Tour & Drive to Mount Huangshan (B, L)

After breakfast, take cable car to Longevity Palace, a Ming Dynasty five-storey ancient Buddhist temple on a hilltop (elevation: 871m). The temple, built in Southern Anhui folk residence style, is a major must-visit Buddhist temple of Mount Jiuhua, most famed for consecrating the intact saint corporeal body of monk Haiyu (style name: Wuxia) in the Incarnation Hall. He once spent over 20 years copying the Avatamsaka Sutra with his blood of tongue and gold powder here. You can get a grand view of Jiuhua Street and see 500 life-like statues of Arhats in different gestures and looks in the Hall of Five Hundred Arhats, a unique sight that can only be seen in Mount Jiuhua. Walk to the observation deck to view the undulating mountains in Flower Terrace Scenic Area perfectly forming a splendid view of a natural sleeping Buddha.

Later, take another cable car to Heavenly Terrace Peak (Tiantai Peak, elevation: 1,306 meters), the main peak of Mount Jiuhua. An old saying goes “you never reach Mount Jiuhua without a visit to Heavenly Terrace Peak”. Take a short hike to visit Ancient Lecture Temple, a small Tang Dynasty temple siting steep hillside, where Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva is said to once chant Avatamsaka Sutra.

And then, hike upward to visit Tiantai Temple on the summit, the highest temple of Mount Jiuhua that has been visited by many famous monks, including Kim Qiaojue - the manifestation of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. Take your time to visit Wanfo Hall (Ten-Thousand Buddha Hall), Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Hall and Avalokitesvara Hall, trace footprints of master monks and absorb the strong Buddhist culture. The maintain top is still a wonderful location to catch a panoramic view of breathtaking natural scenery of Mount Jiuhua, including thin mist floating among gently rolling hills, grotesque pine trees growing on monstrous rocks and nearby Shiwang Peak - the highest peak of Mount Jiuhua (elevation: 1,344.4 meters).

After the tour, drive about 2 hours to Tangkou Town located at the foot of Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain), the UNESCO World Natural & Cultural Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful mountains in China. Stay overnight in Tangkou Town.

Five Hundred Arhats in Longevity Palace Ancient Lecture Temple under Tiantai Peak Tiantai Temple on the Summit of Tiantai Peak
Day 5 Mount Huangshan (B)

To save your energy and time, after breakfast, your tour guide 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 (1,668 meters) 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 deeper area 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 physical condition, 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 to your hotel on the mountain and have a good rest.

(Please Note: from December to the late March of next year, West Sea Grand Canyon is usually closed for the cold weather and heavy snow. Please feel free to contact us to adjust your itinerary.)

Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan Mt. Huang Tourists Taking Pictures Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea
Day 6 Mount Huang & Hongcun Tour, Departure (B, L)

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 Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea on the Lion Peak (1,690 meters). 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, transfer to Hongcun, a remarkable ancient village and one of the best examples of ancient Huizhou-style architectures, which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Xidi. Quite different from other traditional ancient villages in China, the layout, landscape, architectural form, decoration, and construction techniques all retain the original features. Hongcun and Xidi are much more exquisite and grandiose, because they were built by successful officials or merchants returning home from official appointments and business.

Originated during Song Dynasty (960-1276), Hongcun 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 was filmed in Hongcun.

After the sightseeing, it’s time for departure. Your tour guide and driver will escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination. Our service ends.

Huangshan sunrise Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak) Poetic Hongcun Ancient Village

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