Enjoy two complementary hiking experiences in a single trip!
This excellent hiking tour has combined both the classical walking trails on Huangshan Mountain and the beautiful countryside walking from Hongcun Village to Xidi Village, which give you a chance to hike 3 full days with 2 completely different-style experiences. On Huangshan Mountains, you will spend one day hiking the Front Mountain which is famous for idyllic smaller peaks, shapely pine trees and magnificent clouds sea, and spend another day hiking down the Back Mountain which features dominating peaks, beautiful stone paths and far-reaching views. The walking trails are all well-paved with stone steps, and require you to have good physical strength, good knees and strong mind. While, the walking from Hongcun to Xidi is much relaxing without lofty mountains to climb over. It takes only about 3~4 hours to finish, but you can explore a lot - green jungle, flowing canals, rural villages, quiet country roads, local culture, etc. Two walking trails are complementary very much. You will be accompanied by our experienced local hiking guide who knows the routes well too.
Day 1 Huangshan ArrivalAirport or railway station pick up and check in hotel
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. The rest of the day is on your own to discover this beautiful city.
Free time ideas: Go for a relaxing stroll on the 900-year-old Tunxi Ancient Street to appreciate authentic old Huizhou-style architectures. Or take 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).
- Tunxi Ancient Street
Day 2 Huangshan Mountain Walking (B)Greeting Guest Pine - Lotus Peak - One Hundred Cloud Ladder - One-Line-Sky - Bright Summit - Flying-over Rock
Route: Greeting Guest Pine - Bright Summit - West Sea Grand Canyon
Length: about 10km/7 hrs
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 hiking starts!
To save more time and energy to explore the highlighting mountain top area, you will directly transfer by park bus from the mountain foot to Mercy Light Pavilion to take a cableway to upper Jade Screen Scenic Area (Yuping Scenic Area), also known as the Front Mountain. After a few minutes’ ascending walking from the upper cableway station, you will reach the symbol of Mount Huangshan - Greeting-guests Pine where you can spend some time taking pictures with this most famous pine trees in China, and enjoying the beautiful view of the grandiose Celestial Capital Peak (1810m). The big stone by the side of the Pine is the best sightseeing location. From the Greeting Pine, walk about 20mins on the up-and-down stone steps to the fork where you will go the left road to get to the Lotus Pavilion to save energy. Leave the Lotus Pavilion and walk down along the One Hundred Cloud Ladder to a lower valley, then climb up the steeping path of One-Line-Sky to get to Turtle Fish Peak. From the peak, an even path leads you to the middle way of today - Baiyun Hotel.
After a short rest, keep on hiking about 500 meters to the Bright Top (1860m), the second highest peak on the mountain as well as the central location of the mountain. Walk around for sightseeing and photography for a while. Then you will walk about 20mins down to the Peaks Top where you can look down upon the deep West Sea Grand Canyon, and walk 20 more minutes to get to the famous Flying-over Rock. It's very interesting to see how a 12 meters high giant rock standing still on a flat but small stage of stone for millions of years. Lastly, keep walking about 40mins to check in your hotel.
(Please Note: from December to the middle March of next year, the Lotus Peak and West Sea Grand Canyon are usually closed for the heavy snow. Please feel free to contact us to adjust your itinerary)
- Geoffrey from UK visited Yellow Mountain in October 2021
- Murray's family from UK hiked on Yellow Mountain in 2019
- Karl's group visited Greeting Pine, Yellow Mountain in 2017
Day 3 Huangshan Mountain Walking - Hongcun (B)Route: West Sea Grand Canyon - Lion Peak - Begin-to-Believe Peak - Yungu Cableway
Route: Beihai Hotel - Lion Peak - White Goose Ridge - Yungu Temple
Length: about 10km/4 hrs
Get up early (usually around 5am to 6am) to enjoy the magnificent sunrise from Huangshan. 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.
Today, you will go to explore the Dream Land - Grand Sea West Canyon. Walk for a short while to start your hiking from the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion. Generally speaking, it takes about 3 hours for energetic hiker to hike down from the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion, via 1st Ring and 2nd Ring, and return to the Dispelling Cloud Pavilion. For beginners, children, and senior travellers, you can decide the hiking length on your own according to your physical condition, usually 2 hours for the 1st Ring + return and 2.5hrs for the 1st Ring + 2nd Ring + Return. In the bottom of the canyon, there is also a monorail cable trains running to Baiyun Hotel area. It is not recommended for you as you have to walk about 2 hours to get to your hotel.
Continue on your wonderful hiking on the Yellow Mountain to see the famous Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea on the Lion Peak (1690m). Then walk to another legendary peak - Beginning-to-Believe Peak (how the name come - an ancient traveler began to believe that Mount Huangshan was the most beautiful mountain after seeing the stunning landscapes on the Beginning-to-Believe Peak). The famous Black Tiger Pine locates along the road to the Beginning-to-Believe Peak.
Lastly, you will descend the mountain by cable car from the White Goose Station to Yungu Temple. After reaching the Yungu Temple, the park bus will transfer you to the Tangkou Town where your driver is ready to pick you up and transfer you to Hongcun to check in your hotel.
- Beautiful Sunrise of Yellow Mountain
- Murray's family from UK hiked on Yellow Mountain in 2019
Day 4 Hongcun - Xidi Walking & Departure (B)Xidi-Hongcun Ancient Pathway Walking / about 8.2km/3~4 hrs
After breakfast, you will have a visit around 1.5 hour to Hongcun Village, the best examples of ancient Huizhou-style architecture, which is listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites with Xidi Village. Hongcun was originally established during Song Dynasty (960-1276). It is praised as the most beautiful village in China, known as the "ancient village in the Chinese painting". As the home to the local successful officials or merchants, Hongcun Village's layout was designed very well, acting up to both China's Geomantic Omen and actual natural environment. All houses, halls and yards are very exquisite and grandiose, and retain most of the original features. Moon Lake, the crescent-like pond surrounded by several grand dwellings, and Southern Lake in front of the village are the best locations to take photos. Famous Oscar-winner film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was filmed in Hongcun.
After the sightseeing, start the famous Xidi-Hongcun Ancient Pathway (8.2km). It needs about 3~4 hours to finish the whole walking trip. The pathway will pass through green jungle, flowing canals, rural villages, quiet country roads, as a wonderful way to explore local culture and embrace the beautiful nature. There are also several small attractions en route to visit and take rest for short whiles, such as Zilu Temple, Qishu Lake, and Pan’s Post, etc. The walking tour will finish at Xidi Village where you will not visit the village as you will drive to catch your train/flight leaving Huangshan.
- Our customers Jenny’s group from Vietnam visited Hongcun Village in Huangshan, Anhui on November 6, 2020.
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, 2023.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1=RMB 6.85. 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.
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"Just back from our 9-day trip to Yunnan, long planned and waited for. It was our second time with China Discovery Tours. Once again they tailored the tour according to our ideas and interests - and succeeded in surprising us! Thanks to the local guides we learned a lot about history, traditions and customs, and, of course, food. We always felt in safe hands and the organization was just perfect with enough on spot flexibility. Big thanks to Jack who figured it all out so well and to the next time with China Discovery! Johannes (GER) & Elizabeth (GRC)"
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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, Bright Top - Lion Peak (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)
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)
Please feel free to let us know your idea if you have no idea where to start.
To stay one night or more on the mountain is very worth doing as you will have more time to enjoy as much as landscape of Huangshan especially the amazing sunset and sunrise. There are only 6 hotels on the mountain - 2 hotels (Yupinglou Hotel and Baiyun Hotel) in the Front Mountain, and 4 hotels (Beihai Hotel, Xihai Hotel, Shilin Hotel, Paiyunlou Hotel) in the Back Mountain. The South Building of Xihai Hotel is the only 5-star hotel on the mountain. Beihai, Shilin, Baiyun are 4-star, while Paiyunlou and Yupinglou are 3-star. Our guests usually accommodate at Xihai Hotel, Beihai Hotel and Baiyun Hotel as they have better rooms, facilities and foods. 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.
Only hotels provide foods on the mountain, usually Chinese dishes of local Hui-style Cuisine cooked by seasonal vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, fish, etc. Beihai Hotel and Xihai Hotel's buffets are most popular. Western food is usually not provided, but if you ask, Beihai Hotel and Xihai Hotel can arrange. Basic western breakfasts, such as breads, jam and coffee, can be offered in Beihai Hotel and Xihai Hotel.
Huangshan mountain area features a humid sub-tropical monsoon climate. Summers and Winters are longer than Springs and Autumns. There are plenty of rainfalls, usually more than 180 rainy days through the whole year. It snows often in the Winter days, usually around 50 days per year. Clouds and fogs occur easily, and go fast sometimes. The average temperature in Summer is around 20°C. In winter days, it will drop to below 10°C. Basically speaking, Huangshan can be visited all year around. But Lotus Peak, Celestial Capital Peak and West Sea Grand Canyon are not open during Winter days (December to March). The best time to visit is from March to October. If you want to escape from crazy crowds, you can avoid travelling to Huangshan during Chinese holidays and School summer holidays (July~August).
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.
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