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9 Days East China & Mt. Huang Tour by Speed Train

Shanghai / Suzhou / Hangzhou / Mt.Huang

Morbidezza of Southern China - This is a unique trip full of diverse things to see and experience. You will explore the southeastern China, the most prosperous region which is known for diversity of culture - modern metropolis, beautiful water towns, art of Suzhou Classical Garden, Buddhism, Chinese tea culture, Huizhou-style architecture… The fabulous Yellow Mountain pleases both your mind and eyes, which combines the landscape enjoying with cultural exploration in a single trip. You will start the trip from Shanghai. Soak in the excitement of Shanghai's vitality and busyness, then go to experience the exquisite Jiangnan-style elegance in Suzhou and Hangzhou. Lastly, be amazed at the four wonders of the Yellow Mountain. You will also experience China’s advanced high speed railway system as you taking the bullet trains to Suzhou, Hangzhou and Huangshan.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-SHHT-09
  • Price : $1,391
  • Trip Length : 9D/8N
  • Theme : Hiking / Photography

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Witness the magnificent achievements made by modern Shanghai - the Bund, Nanjing Road, and World Global Financial Center (492meters high), interesting Former French Concession...
  • Appreciate the art of classical gardens, architect I. M. Pei’s masterpiece Suzhou Museum and beautiful water town of Zhouzhuang during your visit in Suzhou.
  • Visit the poetic West Lake, original plantation of Dragon Well Tea at Meijiawu, ancient Streets of Ming and Qing Dynasties, Lingyin Temple in Hangzhou.
  • Hike Yellow Mountain, and admire its archetypal granite peaks and twisted pines and visit Tunxi Ancient Street which was built in Song Dynasty with centuries-old history.
  • Visit two remarkable ancient villages, best examples of ancient Huizhou-style architecture, which are listed in UESCO World Heritage Sites - Hongcun and Xidi.
  • Using high speed bullet train as the major transportation which is fast (average speed over 250km/h), comfortable and punctual.
9 Days East China & Mt. Huang Tour by Speed Train
  • Day 1 ~ 3 Visit Shanghai and Suzhou
    One flexible day for arrival, and one full day to explore the great contrast of modern and old Shanghai by visiting Shanghai Museum (one of Four Greatest Museums in China) and peaceful Former French Concession, modern and prosperous Shanghai World Financial Center, the Bund, etc. Then take a high speed train (0.5 hours) to Suzhou to visit Lingering Garden, Shantang Ancient Street, Tiger Hill. Also learn about Chinese silk culture in Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory.
  • Day 4 ~ 5 Visit Zhouzhuang and Hangzhou
    Before driving about 0.5 hour from Suzhou to Zhouzhuang, you will visit Suzhou Museum, the masterpiece of the world famous architect I. M. Pei. Spend a half day at Zhouzhuang to explore this No. 1 Water Town in China. Then get back to Suzhou city to take a high speed train to Hangzhou. In Hangzhou, you will have a day tour to see the landmark - West Lake, and nearby Lingyin Temple. Also go to enjoy the beautiful plantation of Dragon Well Tea.
  • Day 6 ~ 9 Huangshan Tour & Departure
    Take a morning high speed train to Huangshan (about 3.5 hours). Be picked up at railway station, and transfer to Huangshan city to visit Tunxi Ancient Stree. Then spend two days hiking Yellow Mountain and sightseeing its famous attractions, including Begin-to-Believe Peak, West Sea Grand Canyon, Bright Summit, Flying-over Rock, Lion Peak and enjoying sunrise and sunset. Before departure, go to visit UESCO World Heritage Sites – Hongcun and Xidi Ancient Villages.
Itinerary Day by day
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Day 1 Shanghai Arrival

Airport or railway station pick up and check in hotel

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

Upon arrival, you will be met by local tour guide at the arrival hall of the airport and escorted 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.

Evening Optional Activity: attend an entertaining and breathtaking Acrobatic Show, including balls of death, balance of chairs, hula hoops, juggling benches, walking in the air, etc.

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Day 2 Shanghai ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Shanghai Museum, Former French Concession, Shanghai World Financial Center, the Bund

You will take a full day of sightseeing to explore both the past and present of Shanghai. Your first stop is 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. To help you learn about the history and facts about the relics in the museum easily, an Audio Explanation Device will be prepared for you.

Then, take an interesting walking through the charming Former French Concession which used t be designated for the French and residential and as the premier residential for expats and retail district of Shanghai during the settlement period(1849 until 1943) and the Republic of China era(1912~1949). Its juxtaposition between the ultra-modern and the colonial past,tree-lined streets, boutique shops, historic lane houses and villas make it a window into the city’s up-and-down history. Next you will drive several kilometers to enjoy a panoramic view of the modern face of Shanghai from the 100th floor (474m) of “the Eye of Shanghai” Shanghai World Financial Center.

You will then be transferred to another popular landmark of Shanghai, Nanjing Road, a shopping paradise as well as a great place to take a wonderful walk to experience the modern atmosphere of the City. Lastly, you will stop at the Bund, originally a simple towpath for transporting goods but now transformed into a feverish trading district. You will stroll along the Bund, seeing and feeling the perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures while at the same time taking in the stunning Shanghai skyline with your own eyes!

Optional 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).

  • Yu Garden Yu Garden: The Classical Garden Built in 16th Century
  • The Bund Night Views in Shanghai The Bund Night Views in Shanghai

Day 3 Shanghai - Suzhou ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Lingering Garden, Shantang Ancient Street, Tiger Hill, Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory

In this morning, you will be taken to the train station to take an early high speed train to Suzhou (0.5 hour). 

After arrival at Suzhou, start today's trip with an interesting visit to Lingering Garden, one of the Four Greatest Gardens in China as well as the perfect representative of traditional Suzhou Gardens. The Lingering Garden has synthesized almost all the classic features of Suzhou gardens. It is composed of residential areas, shrines, family temple and garden, making fully use of the changings between big and small, bend and straight, bright and dark, tall and low, tight and disperse, with the surrounding landscapes, such as trees, flowers, lake, sky, as backgrounds to create an ingenious system of space. After visiting Lingering Garden, move on to next site - Shantang Ancient Street, a wonderful place for a relaxing walking or leisure cruise on canals. It used to be an important trade and culture center during Ming and Qing Dynasties, and now is famous as “the miniature of old Suzhou and the window of Wu culture”. Enjoy the ornate water-town style architectures, marvel at the bustling streets and savor at local snacks.

In the afternoon, you will go to explore the most historical site in Suzhou - Tiger Hill. The hill is only 36 meters in height, but covers about 3.5 acres areas with a number of historical sites some of which have history over 2,500 years. The most famous site is the Yunyan Pagoda which is an over-1000-year-old pagoda with seven stories in height and famously leans much the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Apart from the history, the Tiger Hill is also an amazing place to go for a walk, enjoy natural scenery and experience local custom. Next, transfer to Suzhou No.1 Silk Factory where you could not only see how the silk is processed from worm to the final product, but also learn some history and culture of silk in China.

After the tour, go to check in your hotel. Have a good rest!

  • Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Pan Men Scenic Area Pan Men Scenic Area

Day 4 Suzhou - Zhouzhuang - Hangzhou (B,L)

Today's highlights: Suzhou Museum, Zhouzhuang Water Town

Today after breakfast, you guide and driver will pick you at your hotel to visit the most outstanding museum in Suzhou - Suzhou Museum which is the masterpiece of the world famous architect I. M. Pei who has built Louvre's pyramids in Paris, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, the Miho Museum in Japan and many extraordinary buildings all over the world. While he was designing the Suzhou Museum, he combined the features of classical Suzhou Gardens with modern and fashionable characteristics. The museum has collected more than 40,000 decent items of ancient Chinese art, ancient Chinese paintings, calligraphy, porcelains, jade wares, handmade crafts, etc., from bronze ages to Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Next, take about a half-tour driving to the beautiful water town of Zhouzhuang. Reputed as the No. 1 Water Town in China, Zhouzhuang is one of the “ten most beautiful towns in the globe” and “world charming water town”with a long history of over 1000 years, appealing sightseeing and authentic flavor of regions south of Yangtze River in China. Visiting Zhouzhuang Ancient Town, you can see 14 ancient particular stone bridges built in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties, multiple courtyards linking together on the winding water, more than 800 residents living by the river, etc. which is exactly the look of serene historic water town in east China. Besides the scenery, the special folk culture in Zhouzhuang will tell you about the real gem of culture in Wu area and the sole of this charming place. Famous attractions include the Double Bridge,Quanfu Temple, Zhang’s Residence and Shen's Residence, etc. 

Lastly, drive to take a high speed bullet train to Hangzhou(about 1.5hrs). 

  • Suzhou Museum Architecture Suzhou Museum
  • Zhouzhuang Zhouzhuang

Day 5 Hangzhou ( B, L )

Today's highlights: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Meijia Dock Dragon Well Tea Village, China National Tea Museum

In the early morning, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel lobby, 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. 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 which 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. After arrival, you will go for a walk among the tea plantations, marvel at the beautiful surrounding scenery, and sit down to enjoy a cup of the best Dragon Well Tea. 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.

Optional evening activity: 1) 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; Notice: the Impression West Lake would be unavailable during December 16, 2017 to the mid-March, 2018 for the cold winter in Hangzhou. 2) feast your eyes to enjoy an amazing Music fountain show at Third Park , near the eastern lakeside of West Lake.

  • West Lake Shuangtou Bridge Enjoy Sunset at Shuangtou Bridge at West Lake
  • Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour

Day 6 Hangzhou & High Speed Train to Huangshan ( B, L )

Today's highlights: Tunxi Ancient Street

Today after breakfast, you’ll be transferred to take the morning high speed bullet train G1509 from Hangzhou East Railway Station to Huangshan. The fast and comfortable train journey costs you only about 3.5 hours to reach Huangshan North Railway Station. After arrival, your private tour guide and driver will pick you up and go to check in your hotel in Huangshan City.

After some rest, you will go to explore the most famous ancient street - Tunxi Ancient Street. First built about 900 years ago, during Song Dynasty (960-1279), Tunxi Ancient Street is a 100% “old” street with well-preserved houses in Huizhou style. It was once called “the Eastern Ancient Rome” by an ancient Western-European architect. Strolling along this 1.5 kilometers long and 7 meter wide street, you could taste the delicious local snacks, purchase some souvenirs, antiques or knick-knacks in the shops, and sip the region’s special tea like Maofeng with hospitable locals…all are the finest experience in this ancient street.

  • Tunxi Ancient Street Survived Relatively Untouched Tunxi Ancient Town
  • Tunxi Ancient Street evening Tunxi Ancient Street evening

Day 7 Huangshan ( B )

Today's highlights: Begin-to-Believe Peak, West Sea Grand Canyon

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.

(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)

  • Amazing Yellow Mountain in Winter Amazing Yellow Mountain in Winter
  • Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain
  • Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain

Day 8 Huangshan ( B )

Today's highlights: sunrise, Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea, Lion Peak

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. The rest of today is free for you to relax and have a good rest.

  • Beautiful Sunrise of Yellow Mountain Beautiful Sunrise of Yellow Mountain
  • Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain

Day 9 Hongcun - Xidi - Huangshan Departure ( B )

Today's highlights: Hongcun and Xidi Ancient Village

Today, you are going to visit two remarkable ancient villages, best examples of ancient Huizhou-style architecture, which are listed in UESCO World Heritage Sites - Hongcun and 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.

Hongcun, 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.

Xidi Village is only about 10km from Hongcun. Its well-spaced houses with white walls, elegant decorations and black tiles are surrounded by mountains, which makes Xidi an ideal place for paint from life. Xidi is a magnificent villager of imperial officers. It contributed about 130 government officials, some of whom were dignitaries in the imperial courts, during Ming and Qing Dynasties. Currently, there are still 124 well-preserved ancient dwelling with unique style in the village. 

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.

  • Hongcun Old Town Enjoy a Tranquil Country Life in Hongcun
  • Peaceful Xidi Ancient Village Peaceful Xidi Ancient Village

The quotation for this trip is from $1,391 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2020.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.7. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) or high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Audio explanation device in Shanghai Museum;
  • Cableways to ride up and down Huangshan Mountain;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Shanghai arrival flight or train on the first day;
  • Huangshan departure flight or train on the last day;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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The tour was very good, me and my party (in CC) are very satisfied.

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I forgot to respond to your email.

The tour was great. attached are a couple of pictures from the trip.

1) Yes. VERY prompt responses via email. Emails were also very clear and answered all of my questions.

2) The tour guide was great. It would have been nice if Lee had some more stories about the history of the area or land to tell while we were walking around.

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  • Yu Garden Yu Garden
  • The Bund Night Views in Shanghai The Bund Night Views in Shanghai
  • Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden Elegant Jiangnan Sceneries in Humble Administrator's Garden
  • Pan Men Scenic Area Pan Men Scenic Area
  • Suzhou Museum Architecture Suzhou Museum Architecture
  • Zhouzhuang Zhouzhuang
  • West Lake Shuangtou Bridge West Lake Shuangtou Bridge
  • Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour Dragon Well Tea Culture Tour
  • Tunxi Ancient Street Tunxi Ancient Street
  • Tunxi Ancient Street evening Tunxi Ancient Street evening
  • Amazing Yellow Mountain in Winter Amazing Yellow Mountain in Winter
  • Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea
  • Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain
  • Beautiful Sunrise of Yellow Mountain Beautiful Sunrise of Yellow Mountain
  • Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain
  • Hongcun Old Town Hongcun Old Town
  • Peaceful Xidi Ancient Village Peaceful Xidi Ancient Village

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1. How to travel by high speed trains in China?
Understanding China Train Designations
China trains are divided into two kinds: High Speed Trains and Normal Trains with different speeds, facilities and names. There are three kinds of High Speed Trains in China, differed by the letters G/D/C plus several digits. Generally speaking, G trains are faster and with better amenities. Normal trians are not recommended.
Facilities and Services in China’s High Speed Trains
All China high speed trains are fully air-conditioned and non-smoking. Western toliets are provided. There are also luggage racks, dining car, power plugs, water-dispenser and some other user-friendly facilities equipped on the train.
Which Class of Seat to Take
Second Class Seats, First Class Seats, Business Class Seats are three common seats you can find on most China high speed trains. First Class Seats are strongly recommended. They are larger and less-crowded.
How to Book China Train Tickets
Currently, you can only book China train tickets 30 days in advance. You can book on China Railway’s official website or some online travel agencies, or go to purchase tickets at any of China’s railway station. Passport is always required no matter you book online or at railway stations. If you book ticket online, you can collect ticket at the ticket counters in any railway station in China any time.
Security Check & Luggage Check
After arriving at railway station, firstly get your ticket and passport prepared and represent to the staff, and then pass Security Check & Luggage Check, and find the right boarding gate. It's easy and simple.
How to Handle Your Luggage
Travelling with luggages on China train is not a problem. If you take high speed trains, it will be easier to handle your luggage because there are plenty of spaces to place your luggage, and there are also many ways to deliver your luggages.
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When is the best time to take this trip?
This tour is available all year around. Generally speaking, April to November is the best time to take this tour. In winter, West Sea Grand Canyon of Yellow Mountain is usually closed. But you can get good rates of hotels and other tour services. Rainfall is plentiful especially in July and August. The average temperature on the mountain is about 10C (50F), you should bring a coat even in summer. If you go to visit it in winter, bring warm clothes. While Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou are warm, humid, and not very cold during winter.
Huangshan Mountain hiking can be tailor-made.
1. Hiking Routes and Distances on Huangshan

The hiking routes on Huangshan can be customized according to your days, energy condition and interest, basically for one day, two days or three days. It doesn't matter a lot to start your hiking from the Front Mountain or the Back Mountain.

1.5 Days Back Mountain + West Sea Grand Canyon Leisure Hiking:

- Day 1: Yungu Cableway - Begin-to-Believe Peak - Lion Peak - West Sea Grand Canyon (hiking around 9km/6hrs)
- Day 2: Sunrise - Flying-over Rock - Bright Top (hiking around 7km/3hrs)

2 Days Front Mountain + Back Mountain + West Sea Grand Canyon Full Highlights Hiking:

- Day 1: Yuping Cableway - Greeting-guests Pine - Lotus Peak - One-line Skye - Bright Top - Flying-over Rock (hiking around 11km/6hrs)
- Day 2: Sunrise, West Sea Grand Canyon, Lion Peak, Begin-to-Believe Peak, Yungu Cableway (hiking around 7km/5hrs)

3 Days In-depth Hiking:

- Day 1: Mercy Light Pavilion - Half Way Temple - Greeting-guests Pine - Lotus Peak - One-line Skye - Baiyun Hotel (hiking around 14km/7.5hrs)
- Day 2: White Cloud Stream, Fairy Walking Bridge, Sanxi Bridge, 2nd Ring, 1st Ring, Dispelling Cloud Pavilion (hiking around 11km/7hrs)
- Day 3: Sunrise, Flying-over Rock, Bright Top, Lion Peak, Begin-to-Believe Peak, Yungu Cableway (hiking around 9km/4hrs)

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Hotels and Dining
The choices for accommodation are flexible when you are travelling in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou. The standards of hotels range from local 3-star to some international 5-star. We usually use 4-star and 5-star hotels for our customers to ensure better stays. But please kindly know the hotels on the mountain are not as good as the 4-star and 5-star hotels in the big cities while the prices are sometimes higher because there is no vehicle road can be built to the top area of the mountain, which made these hotels cost much longer time and much more money during their the constructions. Besides, the supply of the hotels are basically rely on porters who usually walk for many hours to carry the foods, drinks, vegetables, eggs, beddings from the foot of the mountain. Our guests usually accommodate at Xihai Hotel, Beihai Hotel and Baiyun Hotel as they have better rooms, facilities and foods. All the hotels we choose are usually based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Air conditioning and Wi-Fi are usually available. Chinese food is mainly provided in this trip. Western food can be arranged in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Suzhou too if you want.
Travel light and Wear Comfortable for Huangshan Mountain trip
There are a lot of walkings that you can't avoid on the mountain, so it is very important to travel light to save energy. Before going up to the mountain, you can store your luggages in a hotel located at the bottom of the mountain. Recommended packing list: comfortable and breathable clothes, hiking shoes, alpenstock, sunblock, raincoat, small bag.
Vehicle and Road Condition
In this tour, the driving hour is usually less 2 hours each day. Most of the roads are in good condition. There may be traffic jams in rush hours and holidays. We usually choose the suitable time to start your trip to avoid large traffic. Our drivers are licensed drivers with many years’ driving experience. All our vehicles are air-conditioned, non-smoking, clean and well-maintained.
Payment and Booking Guide
1. What kind of payment method do you accept?
PayPal, Wire Transfer/Bank Transfer, Western Union are acceptable before your arrival, and after your arrival, CASH is required.
2. How soon before our trip do you need payment?
Early booking is always better than being rushed, and we would suggest booking to be 2-3 month earlier than your arrival so as to guarantee the booking items. If you are interested in any of our tours, you can pay a deposit first and balance to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. You can also choose to pay the full amount so as to avoid small loss caused by currency exchange rate fluctuation.
3. When should we pay the deposit and the balance?
Certain deposit will be paid if you decide to book, and balance is required to be paid 30 days prior to your arrival. If booking is less than 30 days, full payment is required.

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