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3 Days Huangshan Highlights Leisure Tour

Back Mountain + West Sea Grand Canyon

How to visit Huangshan in a leisure way?

Honestly speaking, only the very experienced hikers who are energetic and well-equipped can hike all the routes on Huangshan Mountain as the up-and-down stone path is the only land way to get up the mountain as well as the only way to explore the famous attraction on the mountain. Well, don't worry! Your Huangshan trip can also be done in a leisure way! If you prefer walking the easier path while not missing the best highlights, this is the ideal trip - short days, classic itinerary, leisure pace, private transfer. You will use park bus and cable cars directly bring you to the sightseeing areas, saving you from unnecessary walking. After a day-and-night trip on the mountain, you will get down the mountain to stroll along the Tunxi Ancient Street to encounter hundred-years' history and admire the "Four Treasures of the Study" in Ink Stone Factory...

This tour suits all kinds of travelers, especially family with kids, seniors and those who need to hike in a leisure way. You will mainly explore the best highlights of the Back Mountain, West Sea Grand Canyon and Bright Top erea in 2 full days. The hiking pace and route can be tailor-made according to your actual physical condition and time.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HST-03
  • Price : from $369
  • Theme : Hiking / Landscape
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Take the very scenic Yungu cable cars to save your energy and precious time only for the highlights;
  • Walk to Begin-to-Believe Peak and Lion Peak, two most famous peaks in Back Mountain with amazing cloud sea and beautiful pine trees;
  • Walk to Dispelling Cloud Pavilion to see the dreamlike landscape of West Sea Grand Canyon;
  • Get up early to find a good location to enjoy and take some great photos of the fantanstic sunrise on the mountain;
  • Wander leisurely on the exotic Tunxi Old Street to explore ancient Huizhou-style culture before departure;
  • Take an interesting visit to Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory to find out how ancient Chinese people produce ink sticks.
Itinerary Day by day
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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 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 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.)

  • Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan
  • Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain
  • Begin-to-believe Peak Begin-to-believe Peak

Day 3 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.

  • Huangshan sunrise Magnificent Huangshan Sunrise and Sea of Clouds
  • Tunxi Ancient Street in Sunny Day Tunxi Ancient Street in Sunny Day
  • Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak) Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak)

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 Huangshan Mountain and Yungu Cableway round ride;
  • 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?

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

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Vivien,

Please see attached.

  1. You very responsive.
  2. The tour arrangement was perfect, very professional guide and everything are great.
  3. Absolutely. I will recommend China Discovery to my friends
  4. You are a professional tour service provider

Best regards,

Hiranrat‚ Thailand, December 11, 2018

Hello Wonder,

The tour was very good, me and my party (in CC) are very satisfied.

Can you please reach out to our tour guide Sophie for the pictures? She has them on WeChat and can forward them to you.

We are OK with you putting our review and pictures on your website.

Please see below my answers to your comments.

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

  3. How’s the service of the tour guides during your whole tour?
  4. Excellent. We really appreciated in particular the flexibility in modifying the itinerary last minute.

  5. Would you like to recommend our company? We are coming back to China at least 4X next year for business reasons. We definitively want to explore in the week-ends other areas (Huashan, Zhangjiajie, etc.) and we will for sure reach out to your company to help facilitate those trips. Note that we have already recommended you to our other colleagues that are currently in China. So you can expect them to reach out to you very soon.

Best regards,

Yannick‚ France, December 11, 2018

Hi Tracy,

The trip was good. A pity that some of the sites (Zhuyu Peak & Diecai Cave) were closed during our short stint in Yun Tai Mountain. Overall experience was pleasant and fun. Great service provided by James.

Thank you.

With Regards,

Tanya‚ Singapore, December 9, 2018

Sorry Wonder,

I forgot to respond to your email.

The tour was great. attached are a couple of pictures from the trip.

1) Yes. VERY prompt responses via email. Emails were also very clear and answered all of my questions.

2) The tour guide was great. It would have been nice if Lee had some more stories about the history of the area or land to tell while we were walking around.

3) I would definitely recommend your company!

See you next time.

Thanks,

Zhangjiajie Travel Photos

Zhangjiajie Travel Photos

My Pleasant Journey in Zhangjiajie

Ryan‚ USA, December 6, 2018

Thank you Lyn,

Issac was a good guide and I would recommend him to others.

I loved my trip to Putuoshan and feel very grateful for the opportunity.  I hope to return someday.

Very best regards,

Putuoshan Tour

Statue of Avalokitesvara in Putuoshan

John‚ USA, December 6, 2018
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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Huangshan City Huangshan City
  • Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan Yungu Cable Car on Mount Huangshan
  • Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea
  • Begin-to-believe Peak Begin-to-believe Peak
  • Huangshan sunrise Huangshan sunrise
  • Tunxi Ancient Street in Sunny Day Tunxi Ancient Street in Sunny Day
  • Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak) Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak)

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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