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4 Days Huangshan with Pig's Inn Carefree Countryside Idyll Tour

Huangshan Mountain - Hongcun - Bishan

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.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HSPIT-04
  • Price : Request
  • Theme : Vacation / Culture
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HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Let the peaceful and beautiful Bishan Village which is nearly untouched by the fury of modern world take all your tiredness and annoyance away;
  • Enjoy a comfortable and carefree night stay, amazing food and drinks at Pig's Inn Bishan, and bike around to explore village living;
  • 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;
  • Appreciate the ancient Chinese courtyard homes set amid fields of yellow rape, green mountains, pink peach blossoms and clear streams in Hongcun.
Itinerary Day by Day
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Day 1 Huangshan Arrival

Airport or railway station pick up and check in hotel

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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 Mt. Huangshan ( B )

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

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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) Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak)
  • West Sea Grand Canyon West Sea Grand Canyon
  • Begin-to-believe Peak Begin-to-believe Peak

Day 3 Huangshan - Hongcun - Bishan ( B, L, D )

Highlights of today: Lion Peak - Hongcun - Bishan Village

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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 (Pig's Inn Bishan) 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 (Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory) 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 Bishan or Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory. (The hotel rates differ by room types and date. Please let us know which hotel you'd like to stay so that we can book in advance as the rooms sell out very quickly especiallly during peak season)

  • Guest room in Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory Guest room in Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory
  • Hongcun - the masterpiece of ancient Hui architecture Hongcun - the masterpiece of ancient Hui architecture
  • Balcony of Guest room in Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory Balcony of Guest room in Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory
  • Guest room in Pig's Inn Bishan Guest room in Pig's Inn Bishan
  • Relaxing area in Pig's Inn Bishan Relaxing area in Pig's Inn Bishan

Day 4 Bishan Countryside Exploration - Departure ( B, L )

Highlights of today: Bishan Book House, Bishan Supply and Marketing Cooperative

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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.

  • Villager is driving gooses home in Bishan Villager is driving gooses home in Bishan
  • Tea House of Bishan Book House (碧山书局) Tea House of Bishan Book House (碧山书局)
  • Pig's Inn offers free bikes for guests to cycle around the village Pig's Inn offers free bikes for guests to cycle around the village

Recommended Add-on Options

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The quotation for this trip is from $369 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;
  • 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.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Wonder

Firstly I wish to thank you for a most wonderful holiday last week in China that you so professionally and efficiently organised for me.  Despite a couple of small hiccups, I found your arrangements for everything very professional and I am also most grateful for your accommodation of several last minute changes and tailoring to my itinerary. 

I have recommended you and China Discovery to others, and have also written up a positive review in TripAdvisor. 

I would be interested in exploring the Silk Road tour, especially the 10-day classic tour.  When I checked on the website below for a preliminary quotation, it did not give it to me.  Wonder, you know I would like to explore the most comfortable, 5-star tailored tour.  Would you be able to facilitate an introduction to an experienced agent that covers the Silk Road who might be able to help me please?

Again, very well done and I appreciate your great help. 

Regards

June Wong‚ Hong Kong, China, October 6, 2019

Hi Wonder,

Thank you very much.  We had a wonderful holiday and appreciate your time and efforts.

Warm regards

Dianne and Alex‚ New Zealand, October 6, 2019

Hi Lily,

Back in India and I wanted to thank you for all the arrangements and tour planning you have done.

I have enjoyed every bit of the tour, guides and car drivers were all good and helpful. Must say Shanghai has been the best interms of everything. The hotel, their service, city and the experience everything was the best.

Beijing was also good and pleasant. It would have been more fun if the hotel people were more customer oriented. I had to struggle with room and air conditioning of the room everyday. I would suggest you choose another hotel for other customers.

But overall, I loved the trip and have lovely memories of all the places visited. Will plan next visit again through you.

Thanks again and much appreciate your efforts.

Regards,

Jyothi‚ India, October 6, 2019

Dear Johnson,

We are safely home, settled into our normal life and it is with great pleasure that we respond to your request for feedback.

1.    Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

I can not recommend Johnson Wang highly enough. He was incredibly prompt and patient with my numerous emails, and super helpful in allaying concerns or accommodating specific requests. 

2.    How do you comment your tour arrangements?

From my initial enquiry, until completion of our tour 12 months later, Johnson ensured that every detail of our tour was thoroughly met. The tour arrangements exceeded our expectations!

3.    Are you willing to recommend our service to your people who also have an interest to visit China?

There are multiple tour companies and travel agents offering very cheap packages for China tours, but we are so pleased we chose to contact China Discovery and negotiate a package that met the travel needs of each of us, and that made our experience in China feel exceedingly VIP compared to the travel stories we have heard from our friends who chose the cheaper deals. We would only recommend your services, as every detail from the communication, guides, drivers, itinerary and special touches are what made our tour so incredible!

4.  Your general opinion on us?

Admittedly we had some reservations about creating, booking and paying for the tour entirely online, as there are too many stories about dodgy agents and fraudulent companies, but China Discovery (& particularly Johnson Wang) were exceptional to deal with, reassuring and very trustworthy. I give them a 100% recommendation!

5.    Do you have any suggestions on improving our services?

The recommendations for optional activities was appreciated, but as the expectation between Western and Chinese culture is so different, I think a suggestion of dress code for each activity would be a good idea. 

For example, in Western or European culture the dress code for an Opera is formal, but in China it is casual, so we felt a bit silly when we dressed up very formally but then had to walk 30minutes to the venue and everyone else was wearing casual clothes.

6.    Can we use your comments of our service, the photos or other images that you took on the tour for our websites, brochures, marketing and publicity? If yes, could you please send us some of your photos by E-mail?

Of course.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our cruise. Thank you so much.

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There will be some meals excluded in your itinerary as you like, and your private guide will be delighted to give you some suggestions and take you to the local restaurants to taste like Beijing Roast Duck, Xian Dumpling Dinner, Sichuan Hotpot, etc., if you are interested in local food tasting.

All the dining options will satisfy your stomach!

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  • Huangshan City Huangshan City
  • Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak) Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak)
  • West Sea Grand Canyon West Sea Grand Canyon
  • Begin-to-believe Peak Begin-to-believe Peak
  • Guest room in Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory Guest room in Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory
  • Hongcun - the masterpiece of ancient Hui architecture Hongcun - the masterpiece of ancient Hui architecture
  • Balcony of Guest room in Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory Balcony of Guest room in Pig's Inn Old Oil Factory
  • Guest room in Pig's Inn Bishan Guest room in Pig's Inn Bishan
  • Relaxing area in Pig's Inn Bishan Relaxing area in Pig's Inn Bishan
  • Villager is driving gooses home in Bishan Villager is driving gooses home in Bishan
  • Tea House of Bishan Book House (碧山书局) Tea House of Bishan Book House (碧山书局)
  • Pig's Inn offers free bikes for guests to cycle around the village Pig's Inn offers free bikes for guests to cycle around the village

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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