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5 Days Huangshan Tour with Buddhist Pilgrimage to Mount Jiuhua

A Mountain Visual Feast and Spiritual Trip of Buddhism


Are you looking for wonderful nature to escape from the chaotic urban? Mount Huangshan (Yellow Mountain or Huangshan Mountain) and Mount Jiuhua in southern Anhui, eastern China are two of the best ideal destinations highly recommended. Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural & Natural Heritage, Mount Huangshan is widely recognized as the most beautiful mountain in China, displaying eye-opening mountain landscape, including odd granite peaks, pine trees, sea of clouds, sunrise, winter snow and hot spring. Mount Jiuhua, only 2 hours’ ride, is worshiped as the Bodhimanda of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva and one of China’s most sacred Buddhist mountains. This 5-day tour provides you both incredible natural sights and profound Buddhist culture.

Highlights of this tour

  • Make a leisure Huangshan hiking trip, sightsee top essences, like the West Sea Grand Canyon, sunrise, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea;
  • Explore Buddhist culture on Mount Jiuhua, visit the main Buddhist temples and honor the blessed flesh body of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva;
  • Private transfer and tourist cable cars are arranged for your convenience.

Basic Trip Information

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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:
Huangshan / Mount Jiuhua
Travel Length:
5 Days & 4 Nights
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Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
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Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Huangshan Arrival

Welcome to Huangshan! Upon arrival, be greeted by our local tour guide who is holding a sign with your name in the Arrival Hall of Huangshan Tunxi Airport or Huangshan North Railway Station. Then a comfortable vehicle (non-smoking) with an experienced driver will transfer you directly to your hotel in Huangshan downtown. Your guide will help you check in.

After a rest in your hotel, 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).

Arrival ideas: Currently, there are non-stop flights to Huangshan from Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian and Chengdu, etc., usually 2 daily flights from each city. You can also take high speed trains from Shanghai (2.5~3.5hrs), Hangzhou (1.5~2hrs), Beijing (5.5~7hrs), and Guangzhou (7hrs), etc.

Tunxi Ancient Street
Day 2 Mt. Huangshan Tour (B)

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). 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 (1,668 m) 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 (1,840 m), 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  Jack and Emily from UK visited West Sea Grand Canyon, Yellow Mountain in October, 2019 Flying-over-Rock on Yellow Mountain Taken by Our Customer Andreas
Day 3 Huangshan to Mount Jiuhua (B)

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 (1690m). Then walk along the wood path to the cable station to take a cable car to exit the mountain.

After the sightseeing, it’s time for departure. Your tour guide and driver will directly escort you to Mount Jiuhua (about 2 hours). First, you will get to Great Vow Culture Park at the north foot of Mount Jiuhua to start your Buddhism exploration. Take a 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, transfer to Jiuhua Street by sightseeing bus and check in to your hotel to have a good rest.

99-Meter Ksitigarbha Statue - the Highest Bronze Buddhist Statue in the World Our Client Jenny's group from Vietnam enjoyed sunrise on Yellow Mountain in November, 2020
Day 4 Mount Jiuhua Tour (B, L)

Jiuhua Street is the core area of Mount Jiuhua, which gathers lot of important Buddhist temples.

After breakfast, firstly, take cable car to Longevity Palace, a Ming Dynasty five-storey ancient Buddhist temple on a hilltop (elevation: 871 m). 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.

Then, visit Huacheng Temple, the oldest 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.

Next, walk to Incarnation Grand Hall, a national key Chinese Buddhist temple where enshrines the flesh body of monk Kim Qiaojue - the manifestation of Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva. After that, go to Zhiyuan Temple, the largest Buddhist temple and the only palatial temple on Mount Jiuhua. Beyond the most complete architectures, the temple preserves the precious Tripitaka, the only official Tripitaka of Qing Dynasty, over 100 Buddha sculptures and huge cooper pots.

Stay overnight in Jiuhua Street on Mount Jiuhua.

Five Hundred Arhats in Longevity Palace Zhiyuan Temple - the Largest Temple of Mount Jiuhua Endless Pilgrims in Incarnation Grand Hall
Day 5 Mount Jiuhua Tour & Departure (B)

After breakfast, meet your tour guide and driver in your hotel, and drive to take 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: 1344.4 meters).

After the tour, you will be escorted to the airport or train station to catch your flight or train to next destination.

Ancient Lecture Temple under Tiantai Peak Stunning looking over Tiantai Peak from Shiwang Peak

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