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4 Days Best Huangshan Tour with Hongcun & Xidi Ancient Villages

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How should you visit Huangshan Mountain with Hongcun Xidi?

"No mountain near or far is comparable to Yellow Mountain, and after a visit to it, no other mountain is worth visiting". This is an old Chinese saying which has been proved by millions of travelers who had visited the Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). You will have a leisure tour on the mountain to admire its archetypal granite peaks, twisted pines, beautiful cloud sea and fabulous sunrise in good-weather days. After the memorable Huangshan Mountain tour, you will be taken to visit two remarkable ancient villages, best examples of ancient Huizhou-style architecture, which are listed in UESCO World Heritage Sites - Hongcun and Xidi.

This tour is suitable for all kinds of travellers - family with kids, seniors, honeymooners, photographers, etc. It can also be customized to meet your days, interests, accommodation preference, etc.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-HST-04
  • Price : from $509
  • Theme : Culture / Landscape
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Take the very scenic Yugu Cable Car directly up to the top area of Huangshan Mountain directly;
  • Enjoy breathtaking landscapes of peaks, clouds sea and beautiful pine trees around Begin-to-Believe Peak and Lion Peak;
  • Use your camera to record the epic moments of the fantanstic sunrise on the mountain;
  • Get a glimpse of ancient Chinese life in the beautifully preserved Hongcun Village after Huangshan Mountain trip;
  • Find the most traditional architecture esp of Huizhou style which are incredibly ornate in decoration at Xidi Village;
  • Private, customized valuable tour package accompanied by experienced local tour guide and driver;
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 ShanghaiBeijing, 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

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 - West Sea Grand Canyon. 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)

  • Amazing Yellow Mountain in Winter Amazing Yellow Mountain in Winter
  • Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain
  • Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain

Day 3 Mt. Huangshan ( B )

Route: Lion Peak - Yungu Cable Way - Tunxi Ancient Street - Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory

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 PavilionStone 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).

The rest of today is free for you to relax and have a good rest.

  • Tunxi Ancient Street Survived Relatively Untouched Tunxi Ancient Town
  • Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak) Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak)

Day 4 Hongcun - Xidi - Huangshan Departure ( B )

Route: Tunxi - Hongcun - Xidi - Airport or Train Station

Today, you are going to visit two remarkable ancient villages, best examples of ancient Huizhou-style architecture, which are listed in UESCO World Heritage Sites – Hongcun and Xidi. Quite different from other traditional ancient villages in China, the layout, landscape, architectural form, decoration, and construction techniques all retain the original features Hongcun and Xidi are much more exquisite and grandiose, because they were built by successful officials or merchants returning home from official appointments and business.

Hongcun, originated during Song Dynasty (960-1276), is praised as the most beautiful village in China. It is famous as the ancient village in the Chinese painting. The most beautiful sites are the Moon Lake, the crescent-like pond surrounded by several grand dwellings, and Southern Lake Academy, a private ancient school served for the village. One interesting fact is that the whole village is arranged in the shape of an ox. The famous Oscar-winner film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were filmed in Hongcun.

Xidi Village is only about 10km from Hongcun. Its well-spaced houses with white walls, elegant decorations and black tiles are surrounded by mountains, which makes Xidi an ideal place for paint from life. Xidi is a magnificent villager of imperial officers. It contributed about 130 government officials, some of whom were dignitaries in the imperial courts, during Ming and Qing Dynasties. Currently, there are still 124 well-preserved ancient dwelling with unique style in the village. 

After the sightseeing, it’s time for departure. Your tour guide and driver will escort you to catch your flight/train to next destination. Our service ends.

  • Peaceful Xidi Ancient Village Peaceful Xidi Ancient Village
  • Hongcun Hongcun

The quotation for this trip is from $509 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.

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Greetings from Sanjay & Bhavana!

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Beautiful Nightview of Chongqing

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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.

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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • Huangshan City Huangshan City
  • Amazing Yellow Mountain in Winter Amazing Yellow Mountain in Winter
  • Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea Breathtaking Scenery of Yellow Mountain - West Sea
  • Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain Happy Tourists in Yellow Mountain
  • Tunxi Ancient Street Tunxi Ancient Street
  • Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak) Stone Monkey Watching the Sea (on Lion Peak)
  • Peaceful Xidi Ancient Village Peaceful Xidi Ancient Village
  • Hongcun Hongcun

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 2: 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 Condition

On Huangshan Mountain

In this tour, you will stay one night on the mountain, which 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. Our guests usually accommodate at Xihai Hotel and Beihai Hotel as they have better rooms, facilities and foods. The South Building of Xihai Hotel is the only 5-star hotel on the mountain. 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.

In Huangshan City

You will stay two nights in the downtown of Huangshan city in this tour. There are multiple choices of hotels from economy class to luxury class. We only arrange hotels with good words of mouth, better facilities and service, such as Crowne Plaza Huangshan (5 stars), Huangshan International Hotel (5 stars), Huashan Huiyan Hotel (4 stars).

3. Food Options

Chinese dishes of local Hui-style Cuisine cooked by seasonal vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, fish, etc. are mainly served in this trip. Western breakfasts and meals are only provided in some 5 stars or 4 stars hotels.

4. Best Time to Visit 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 luggage 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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