Escape to China's Picturesque Mountain and Idyllic Villages
Climbing the fairyland Huangshan Mountain to appreciate the poetic and picturesque sceneries of course is the most exciting thing when travelling in Huangshan region. After the energy- consuming trip to the mountain, why not to relax yourself with a leisure time spent at the most beautiful ancient villages in the nearby?
Bishan, the centuries old ancient Hui-style village which is located only about 30mins’s driving from Hongcun is the place which will take all your tiredness and annoyance away. It’s much tranquil, and seldom squeezed by tourists groups, the ideal place to experience the peaceful genuine countryside life in old China - the beauty, the nature, the real contact with Chinese life. Pig’s Inn runs two countryside boutique hotels in the village with cozy rooms and suites, sightseeing balconies, bars, reading rooms, tea houses, etc. It attracted many international celebrities to visit and stay, including famous French actress Juliette Binoche, Japanese musician Jou Hisaishi, Global President of L'Oreal, etc.
In this vacation tour, you will stay a fantastic night and some leisure day time at Bishan. Before that, you will explore the beautiful Huangshan Mountain and stunning Hongcun Village first.
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.
Arrival ideas: Currently, there are non-stop flights to Huangshan from Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian and Chengdu, usually 2 daily flights from each city. You can also take high speed trains from Shanghai (5hrs), Hangzhou (3.5hrs), Beijing (6.5hrs), and Guangzhou (7hrs).
- Huangshan City
Day 2 Mt. Huangshan ( 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, 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 - . 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 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.)
- Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak)
- West Sea Grand Canyon
- Begin-to-believe Peak
Day 3 Huangshan - Hongcun - Bishan ( B, L, D )Highlights of today: Lion Peak - Hongcun - Bishan Village
Get up early (usually around 5am to 6am) to enjoy the magnificent sunrise from Huangshan. 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.
Hongcun Ancient Village is a famous UESCO World Heritage Site. Its layout, landscape, architectural form, decoration, and construction techniques are the best examples of ancient Huizhou-style architecture. Originated during Song Dynasty (960-1276), is praised as the most beautiful village in China. The famous Oscar-winner film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed in Hongcun. After the ancient village trip, drive back about 30mins to Bishan.
Bishan is a centuries old ancient Hui-style village, located about 30mins’s driving from Hongcun. It’s much tranquil, and seldom squeezed by tourists groups. The architectures still remains their original look and taste - faded white walls, black tiles, deep yards, ornate wooden carvings… More importantly, local villages still live traditional farming life as their ancestors did, which makes Bishan an ideal place to experience the peaceful genuine countryside life in old China - the beauty, the nature, the real contact with Chinese life.
Pig’s Inn runs two hotels in Bishan village. One is located in a beautiful and big old mansion which was built around 1550s with a garden, a courtyard and 10 old-style guest rooms. The other hotel was refurnished into a boutique inn from an old oil factory. It has 19 cozy rooms and suites with clean bedlinens and towels but basic room amenities which are probably in line with rustic nature of the factory buildings. Some rooms have balconies where you can lay down on a bamboo deck chair to enjoy peaceful countryside views. Both two hotels offer amazing foods made by vegetables and chickens from the yards, and mini-bar, reading room, media room, tea house, Wi-Fi to create relaxing stays for guests.
Accommodate in Pig' Inn.
- Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak)
- Hongcun - the masterpiece of ancient Hui architecture
Day 4 Bishan Countryside Exploration - Departure ( B, L )Highlights of today: Bishan Book House, Bishan Supply and Marketing Cooperative
This morning is free for you to explore the history and beautiful countryside of Bishan. Pig's Inn provides free bikes for its guests to cycle around. You can also walk around as the village is not very big. Just remember to come back to hotel around 11:30am to have lunch.
Interesting Places to Go in Bishan Village
Bishan Book House (碧山书局) is the 8th book store of LIBRAIRIE AVANT-GARDE which is good at combining the fun of reading with leisure and fashion in actual life. Located in an ancient clan hall, Bishan Book House is praised as the Most Beautiful Book Store in China.
Bishan Bistro (狗窝酒吧) is a fantastic place for you to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee or local unique liquor. It used to be matrimonial room for a family. The owner of Pig’ inn turned it into an interesting bar, locating right close to Pig’s Inn No. 2 Hotel.
Bishan Supply and Marketing Cooperative (碧山供销社) is now an artistic zone, but played an important role in decades ago when China was promoting National Planned Economy – all goods were purchased and supplied in a unitary way by central government. You can still find the old stores, counter, decks, as well some old goods. There are also some special spaces for craftsmen to make handicrafts, such as ceram, spinning, woodworking, etc.
After lunch, transfer back to Tunxi for accommodation or go to catch your flight/train to next destination. Our service ends.
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.
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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 - 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)
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)
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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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