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3 Days Amazing Fanjingshan & Fenghuang Ancient Town Tour

Unspoiled Unusual Mountain Plus Beautiful Ancient Town in China

Mount Fanjing is the most unusual mountain in China with remarkable strange peaks formed in the sea of Karst since billions of years ago. It is also reputed as the Fifth Buddhist Mountain in China with unique temples built on the mountain top. This is a fairy mountain well worth your exploration. Fenghuang Ancient Town, about 125 kilometers away, is the best extension after the mountain visiting. Travelers who take this 3 days Fanjingshan short tour will not only fully enjoy breathtaking natural mountain scenery, but also immerse in the exotic featured traditional ancient town in China.

Trip Extension Ideas: Many travelers would like to take a longer tour and go like this: Fanjingshan - Fenghuang Ancient Town - Zhangjiajie for 6 days. It means you can head to Zhangjiajie after Fenghuang Ancient Town visiting to explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge of Grand Canyon, Tianmen Mountain, etc. If you are interested in this plan, please feel free to contact us and our travel consultants can customize the tour for you.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-FJFH-03
  • Price : from Request
  • Trip Length : 3D/2N
  • Theme : Nature / Hiking / Culture

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Explore UNESCO endowed Fanjinshan heritage in the most classic hiking way to enjoy all its highlights of peculiar rocks, strange mountains, Buddhist culture and enchanting sightseeing!
  • Have the closest look at the symbol of Fanjingshan - Mushroom Stone that was shaped by the versatile nature into the incredible form from more than one billion years ago;
  • Marvel at the sight of Red Clouds Golden Summit and hike up to explore Fanjingshan Temple constructed on the crest in the air;
  • Command the panoramic scenery of Mount Fanjing from its best viewing platform on peak of Old Golden Summit of 2,494m above sea level;
  • Take one day to extend to the most beautiful tiny town in China - Fenghuang Ancient Town which is about 125 kilometers away from Fanjingshan. Enjoy the totally different day view and night view of this old town.
  • Experience personal driver with private car, professional local guide to explain all the history and culture about Fanjingshan and Fenghuang Ancient Town. Enjoy worry free service all the way.
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Day 1 Fanjingshan Arrival

Pick up in Tongren - Transfer to Fanjingshan

Welcome to Tongren! Upon your arrival, your local guide and driver will meet you at the arrival hall in the airport / train station. And then escort you directly to your hotel around Fanjingshan (about 1.5 hours) and help you check in. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the surrounding part of the sacred beautiful mountain. Have a nice sleep to prepare for the hiking exploration of Mount Fanjing on the next day!

Arrival Ideas: Visitors heading for Tongren can take a flight from domestic cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing, Kunming, Xiamen, etc. Besides, you can get to Tongren South Railway Station by bullet trains from Guiyang (1.5-2hrs), Kaili (1hr), Huaihua (1-2hrs), Chongqing (6.5hrs), Changsha (2-2.5hrs), Chengdu (5hrs), Guangzhou (5hrs), etc. or to Tongren Railway Station by overnight trains from Chengdu (11-11.5hrs), Guangzhou (14.3hrs), Changsha (13hrs), etc. Please feel free to contact us for the arrival info from your destination to Tongren.

Fanjingshan National Nature Preserve was listed as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage in 2018 with the peculiar conspicuous mountains formation in sea of karst retained from the remote era 65-2 million years ago and praised as the No.5 Buddhist Mountain in China for being the place of enlightenment of Buddha Maitreya.

  • Fantastic Aerial View of Fanjingshan - Fantastic Aerial View of Fanjingshan
  • Tongren Fenghuang Airport Tongren Fenghuang Airport

Day 2 Fanjingshan & Drive to Fenghuang Ancient Town (B, L)

Fanjingshan Sightseeing Bus - Cable Car - Mushroom Stone - Old Golden Summit - Red Clouds Golden Summit - Chengen Temple - Drive to Fenghuang Ancient Town

After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel. Then, you will be driven to the entrance of Fanjingshan to discover this world well-known fantastic holy mountain along the popular south route. 

Enter the mountain and take a sightseeing bus to Yu’ao Station and continue to take the cable car there to catch a bird’s eye view of the dense emerald forest of Mount Fanjing. Now, start your hiking from the Forest Hiking Road to witness the famous Mushroom Stone. It is the landmark of Fanjingshan and draws people’s follow by its unbelievable image of the bigger top quadrate putting off center on the smaller quadrate bottom, which forms like a mushroom vividly and seems easy to fall. However, for one million years, it just stands so still there after centuries of rain, snow, wind and sunburn. Remember to take a standard photo of tourists with it!

Then, continue to hike to the Old Golden Summit and walk up to its peak. With an elevation of 2,494 meters, it is the best observation deck to appreciate the panorama of Fanjingshan. Also, from the summit, you will see the iconic Red Clouds Golden Summit clearly from a distance. Then, walk down gradually to admire the natural scenery along the way to visit the sacred Buddhist attractions including Wanming Cave, Buddha Worshipping Stage, Monk Pagoda, Pudu Square, etc. You will not miss the Cheng En Temple that was built first from the Ming Dynasty and one of the four royal temples at Fanjingshan. Walk in the major temple with solemn scarlet walls and dark tiles, worship among the about 10 halls, and imagine the rising and falling and recovery of Fanjingshan’s Buddhist status in the past hundreds of years.

Here, take your challenge to hike along the narrow, steep and rough steps with iron chain up to Red Clouds Golden Summit that shows particularly often on Fanjingshan photographs. This thumb-like peak is a world rare miracle erecting about 100 meters high from the flatter mountain bed millions of years ago and is separated with two peaks and a gorge by natural wearing and with a bridge linked between. After reaching the top, visit the appealing Temple of Buddha, the bridge and Maitreya Temple in sequence to feel walking from present to the future in Buddhist belief. While witnessing the hard-to-believe difficulty of building houses on such a steep crest, stand on the peak to command the panoramic view of Fanjingshan and enjoy the feeling of being in the “space in the sky”. (Note: You can choose to go up or not considering your physical condition at that time. Just tell your needs to the guide.)

After the physical consuming hiking, walk by Jingxin Pool and go to see Wanbao Rock. You will truly believe Fanjingshan was in fact a part of ocean in the remote 1.4 million years ago by the strong proof of the cobbles, shells, paleontological fossils, and so on left within the shale rock there.

After the tour, you’ll be driven about 125 kilometers (around 2 hours) to Fenghuang Ancient Town well located on the border of Guizhou and Hunan Province. Upon arrival, your guide will help you check in your hotel. When night falls, every old house lights up and the whole atmosphere becomes festive, colorful and amazing. Take a relaxing walk and appreciate the fabulous night view of this ancient town.

  • Bizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone - Jessica's Group from Malaysia Bizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone Taken by Jessica's Group from Malaysia in November 2019
  • Red Clouds Golden Summit View from Old Golden Summit - Jessica's Group from Malaysia Red Clouds Golden Summit Taken by Jessica's Group from Malaysia in November 2019
  • Panorama of Sacred Cheng En Temple Panorama of Sacred Cheng En Temple
  • Red Clouds Golden Summit at Fanjingshan Red Clouds Golden Summit at Fanjingshan
  • Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest
  • Challenging Steep Steps Up to Red Clouds Golden Summit Challenging Steep Steps Up to Red Clouds Golden Summit
  • Snow Scenery of Wanbao Rock Snow Scenery of Wanbao Rock
  • Mr. Pasquale from Italy - Amazing Night View of Fenghuang Ancient Town Amazing Night View of Fenghuang Ancient Town Taken by Our Client Mr. Pasquale from Italy in December, 2018

Day 3 Fenghuang Ancient Town & Tongren Departure (B, L)

Tuojiang River boat experience, Former Residence of Shen Congwen, Rainbow Bridge; Flight / Train off Tongren

In this morning, you’ll have a nice tour in Fenghuang Ancient Town. With over 300 years’ history, it is located on the western edge of Hunan Province and next to Guizhou Province. Praised as the most beautiful tiny town in China, it sets an example of what villages were like before the start of modernization. In the town dozens of lanes are paved with stones that run between the wooden houses built on stilts. Generations of local people have stepped on the lanes and worn them down bit by bit.

Fenghuang Ancient Town offers a totally different day views which would really bring you back to ancient time. Have a slow walk and feel the calmness and zen of this beautiful place. Take a small boat ride on the Tuojiang River passing through the most essence part of the old town (from Beimen Pier to Longevity Palace) to imagine what life was going in the past. Visit Former Residence of Shen Congwen to listen to the beautifully novel of “Border Town” which is Shen Congwen's masterpiece for its brilliant portrayal of Chinese rural life before the Communist Revolution. Enjoy more memorable time to have a look at the landmark of the ancient town - Rainbow Bridge and explore East Gate TowerWanming Pagoda, etc.

In the afternoon, drive to Tongren and escort you to the airport or train station to next destination. Service ends! 

Other Departure Option: It is also available to leave Fenghuang Ancient City directly by taking a high speed train to Changsha (2~2.5 hours),Guangzhou (5 hours), Zhengzhou (6 hours), Wuhan (4 hours), Beijing (9.5 hours), etc.

Trip Extension Ideas: Many travelers would like to take a longer tour and go like this: Fanjingshan - Fenghuang Ancient Town - Zhangjiajie. It means you can head to Zhangjiajie City with China Discovery after Fenghuang visiting for another 2 to 3 days’ exciting tour to explore Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge of Grand Canyon, Tianmen Mountain, etc.

  • Mr. Pasquale from Italy - Fenghuang Ancient Town Fenghuang Ancient Town Taken by Our Client Mr. Pasquale from Italy in December, 2018
  • Mrs.Tracey's Group from USA - Fenghuang Ancient Town Our clients Mrs.Tracey's groupfrom USA visited Fenghuang Ancient Town in May, 2019

The quotation for this trip is from Request 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, 2025.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 7.00. 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) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • 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;
  • Domestic/International flights or high-speed trains to/off Tongren;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.;
  • Personal expenses.

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Dear Rita,

We have just arrived at our next destination in Thailand, and our Malaysian friends have arrived back home in Penang.

Thank you so much for all the arrangements, which was initiated over 4 years ago and disrupted by the outbreak of Covid 19. I am especially thankful that you have accepted my frequent request to add additional participants which eventually increased from 2 to 4 to 6 and finally to 7.

The tour itinerary was very comprehensive covering not just Tibet itself but also the two cities where Tibetans have strong influence, namely Xining and Shangri-La.

The only regret we have is not being able to take the train from Xining to Lhasa as this was to be one of the highlights of this trip, but the flight between these two cities was an excellent one with a beautiful view of the snow capped mountains.

I would certainly recommend China Discovery to anyone who would wish to visit China, especially the Tibetan region.

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Aki‚ Japanese, May 31, 2024

Hi Rita,

Thank you for the arrangement last time, my family had great times.

Susi

Susi‚ Indonesia, May 31, 2024

Hi Rita,

Apologies for my delay in responding. We only came home last week and have been busy with work getting back up to date.

We had a fantastic tour. David was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable about the area and responsive to our needs. He helped us with recommendations for food and shopping and we really enjoyed his company for the 8 days. He knew when to give us information about the area and also when to give us some space and quiet to enjoy the views.

The itinerary suited everything we were looking for. David also adapted it to the weather for the best views and experiences and arranged extra stops, at our request. We couldn't have asked for a better tour or guide. The driver and car was also excellent, very clean and comfortable. The hotels met our expectations and were really well located. Overall the tour exceeded our expectations and I would be happy to share my experiences anywhere you would like me to. I'll send on some photos separately this weekend that you can use as you wish.

In terms of any suggestions, it is just to give some extra information before your guests travel, as many things are quite different in China than in Europe or the USA. I suggest giving the following advices to clients when they book the tour:

• Bring a small backpack to carry snacks and water each day.

• There are limited food options within the national park, so you may wish to bring some favourite snacks from home. You can purchase snacks in the local town, however they may not suit your taste so it is good to have some familiar snacks to hand. Some fruit, chocolate, crisps and nuts are available locally.

• You will walk quite a bit during the trip (including steps), so make sure you have good walking shoes with you.

• Hotel rooms typically do not have travel safes in them, so be prepared to carry your cash/ valuables with you each day.

• Coffee is not popular in this region of China. There may be days that coffee is not available. We suggest bringing some coffee sachets with you if this poses a difficulty for you.

• We suggest to download the 'WeChat' app before travelling to China to communicate with your guide. WhatsApp, Google, Instagram, Facebook and many other apps and websites do not work in China.

• We recommend having some local currency with you for purchases in rural villages, as not all accept card payments or your card may not work as it does at home.

The final recommendation I would give is to include the fox fairy show and Huanglong cave in itineraries. Both were amazing and unlike anything we had seen before. Also on the coffee piece, Europeans drink a lot of coffee. In Furong there was nowhere in the old or new town to get coffee in the morning. It might be an idea for the guide to have some coffee that they could give to the tourists to make their own.

I hope that has been helpful and thank you again for making this trip one that we will never forget. I'll send the photos in a few days.

Regards,

Fiona

Fiona‚ Irish, May 30, 2024

Hi Leo.

We have ended our private tour today with you. Thank you so much for the wonderful arrangement.

All the 3 drivers and guide are very experienced and knowledgeable. We really get a deep understanding of Xi’an, Chengdu and Chongqing.

Vincent

Vinent ‚ Singapore, May 30, 2024

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Tour arrangements went smoothly. We appreciate the suggestions and the itinerary.

Definityly! 100% would recommend your service to our people.

The reviews online were exactly what we had experienced. If I were to travel China (Yunnan), I would like move off the beaten tours not major tourist attractions.

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Amanda‚ Singapore, May 29, 2024
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  • Fantastic Aerial View of Fanjingshan - Fantastic Aerial View of Fanjingshan -
  • Tongren Fenghuang Airport Tongren Fenghuang Airport
  • Bizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone - Jessica's Group from Malaysia Bizarre Fanjingshan Mushroom Stone - Jessica's Group from Malaysia
  • Red Clouds Golden Summit View from Old Golden Summit - Jessica's Group from Malaysia Red Clouds Golden Summit View from Old Golden Summit - Jessica's Group from Malaysia
  • Panorama of Sacred Cheng En Temple Panorama of Sacred Cheng En Temple
  • Red Clouds Golden Summit at Fanjingshan Red Clouds Golden Summit at Fanjingshan
  • Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest Fanjingshan Temple Built on the Crest
  • Challenging Steep Steps Up to Red Clouds Golden Summit Challenging Steep Steps Up to Red Clouds Golden Summit
  • Snow Scenery of Wanbao Rock Snow Scenery of Wanbao Rock
  • Mr. Pasquale from Italy - Amazing Night View of Fenghuang Ancient Town Mr. Pasquale from Italy - Amazing Night View of Fenghuang Ancient Town
  • Mr. Pasquale from Italy - Fenghuang Ancient Town Mr. Pasquale from Italy - Fenghuang Ancient Town
  • Mrs.Tracey's Group from USA - Fenghuang Ancient Town Mrs.Tracey's Group from USA - Fenghuang Ancient Town

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