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4 Days Huangshan Mountain Tour with Ancient Villages Living Experience

Tunxi - Nanping - Hongcun - Huangshan Mountain

Wanting to find out what is the real rural ancient Chinese village’s living like? Join in it!

Many villages in Huangshan region are fairly old. Some of them are more than one thousand years old. How are they now? What changes our modern civilized world has brought to them? Are they “living well”? Are the villagers suffering from the fear and anxiety as we are suffering in the cities of concretes?

In Nanping Village, a tranquil ancient village locating about 1 hour’s driving from Huanshan City, you will find most of its beautiful dwellings, halls and alleys are still remaining their original looks as hundreds years ago while some parts of the villagers’ living styles have changed and some not. Well, the fertile farmlands are still there, the curling smokes from kitchen chimneys that remind travellers of home are still there, horses and cattle are still there. Wheelbarrows are old but still can transport crops in autumn. Hoes are still sharp when cultivating in spring. Yes, how can the homes vanish?

In this interesting 4 Days Tour, you will explore the old tastes of traditional living of ancient Hui-style village by joining in the real living and doing some farming works and cooking. After that, you will also go to visit the picturesque Huangshan Mountain. What a fantastic trip!

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HSFET-04
  • Price : Request
  • Theme : Culture / Landscape
  • Physical Demands :


  • Get to know the real living in ancient Chinese village and experience the contrast between modern world and peaceful countryside;
  • Join in a local family’s seasonal farming work as well as enjoy a country-style meal with the host at Nanping Village;
  • Appreciate beautiful dwellings, grand halls and deep alleys of Hongcun Village, the UNESCO World Heritage Site;
  • Spend a leisure walking tour on Huangshan Mountain to admire its archetypal granite peaks and twisted pines.
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Day 1 Huangshan Arrival

Airport 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.

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.

  • Huangshan City Huangshan City

Day 2 Tunxi - Nanping - Hongcun (B, L)

Highlights of today: Nanping Village Farming Work Experience, Hongcun Village

Today you will be taken to Nanping and Hongcun to explore what are the real Chinese ancient rural village like, and what the villagers are doing for their living.

First, you will get to Nanping Village which is only about 1 hour’s driving from Huanshan City. It sits peacefully at the foot of Nanping Mountain with a beautiful small river winding through. Over 300 well-preserved ancient established during Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) lie at the southern side of the river while on the northern side of the river is vast cropland. After arriving at Nanping Village, you will first spend about 1 hour to visit its grandiose ancestral temples, criss-cross lanes, fairly decorated dwellings, then go to a local family to experience farming works which may differ by seasons. Your tour guide and hosts will arrange activities accordingly, such as learning to balance the wheelbarrow, picking mulberry leaves, receiving water from ancient wells, picking vegetables in the vegetable plot, making fires with wood, drying crops, etc. Most importantly, enjoy a home-made lunch with the hosts.

After lunch, you will get some rest, then transfer about 30mins to visit 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, go to check in a well-selected local guest house and have a good night rest.

  • Peaceful and Authentic Nanping Village Peaceful and Authentic Nanping Village
  • Ye's Ancestral Hall in Nanping Village Ye's Ancestral Hall in Nanping Village
  • Huizhou-style Architecture in Nanping Village Huizhou-style Architecture in Nanping Village

Day 3 Huangshan Mountain Sightseeing (B)

Route: Yungu Cable Way - Begin-to-believe Peak - Dispelling Cloud Pavilion - Bright Summit - Flying-over Rock

Walking Distance: about 7~9km/5~6 hrs

Today after breakfast, drive about 35 kilometers (40~60mins) 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 -  . 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 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.)

  • Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan
  • Beautiful Yellow Mountain in Bright Day Beautiful Yellow Mountain in Bright Day
  • Jenny's group from Vietnam - Yellow Mountain, Huangshan, Anhui Our customers Jenny's group from Vietnam visited Yellow Mountain in November, 2020.

Day 4 Huangshan Departure (B)

Route: Lion Peak - Yungu Cable Way

Walking Distance: about 3km/2 hrs

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. Your driver is ready at the mountain foot to transfer you back to Huangshan City for lunch.

After lunch, 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).

Tour ends. Your tour guide will escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination.

Note: All attractions can be customized according to your arrival and departure arrangements, lowest price & best-value guaranteed. Please feel free to contact us at any time.

  • Tunxi Ancient Street Survived Relatively Untouched Tunxi Ancient Town
  • Jenny's group from Vietnam - Yellow Mountain Sunrise, Huangshan, Anhui Our Client Jenny's group from Vietnam enjoyed sunrise on Yellow Mountain in November, 2020

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;
  • 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?

  • Domestic flights or high-speed trains to/off Huangshan;
  • 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;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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Sorry, didn’t respond to you earlier. Since the China trip, we are trying to catch up with everything that we held off for month.

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Guilin - Sharon

Beijing - Linda

Shanghai - Liqi

Zhangjiajie - Nancy

Xi’An - Lily

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Above all we rank Sharon in Guilin as the best of our guides along with the driver. Sharon was very attentive, detailed, and caring of our group and especially grandpa who’s over 90 years old. In addition, she was very open to exposing us to local cultures and food. We thought she went above and beyond her duties and responsibilities.

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Photo gallery of this trip

  • Huangshan City Huangshan City
  • Peaceful and Authentic Nanping Village Peaceful and Authentic Nanping Village
  • Ye's Ancestral Hall in Nanping Village Ye's Ancestral Hall in Nanping Village
  • Huizhou-style Architecture in Nanping Village Huizhou-style Architecture in Nanping Village
  • Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan
  • Beautiful Yellow Mountain in Bright Day Beautiful Yellow Mountain in Bright Day
  • Jenny's group from Vietnam - Yellow Mountain, Huangshan, Anhui Jenny's group from Vietnam - Yellow Mountain, Huangshan, Anhui
  • Tunxi Ancient Street Tunxi Ancient Street
  • Jenny's group from Vietnam - Yellow Mountain Sunrise, Huangshan, Anhui Jenny's group from Vietnam - Yellow Mountain Sunrise, Huangshan, Anhui

Most Important Huangshan Travel Notes

1. Hiking Routes and Distances on Huangshan

Huangshan Hiking Route Maps

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)

Please feel free to let us know your idea if you have no idea where to start.

2. Accommodation on the Mountain

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.

3. Food on 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.

4. Best Time to Hike Huangshan

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).

5. Travel light and Wear Comfortable

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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