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4 Days Yucha Grand Canyon and Hukou Waterfall Tour

Magnificent Wonders

Being strongly recommended for those who are crazy about natural experience, who want to try something different, and who want to escape the tourist crowds, this 4 day private packaged tour is a magnificent wonders tour as well as an off-the-beaten-track adventure and a rare opportunity for photography. It can be started conveniently from the ancient capital city Xian (or Yan’an – can be reached by high speed trains).

You will be brought to explore many natural wonders by a private tour guide and driver, including the less-known Yucha Grand Canyon, Jingbian Danxia Landform, Yellow River Shequ National Park, and also the famous Hukou Waterfall, and pass by many rural villages and small towns in the northern Shaanxi region where folk culture is quite unique. We will take care of all the itinerary planning, transfer, hotels, meal and activities for you so that you can focus 100% on the fun of the traveling. If you want to adjust the itinerary, or want to add new places, please feel free to contact us for customization.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-YJYHT-04
  • Price : from Request
    1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
    2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
  • Theme : Photography / Nature
  • Physical Demands :

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Walk deep into the mysterious cracks of the Yucha Grand Canyon to witness a fascinating world of light and shadow which is the China version of Antelope Canyon in the United States;
  • Encounter with different kinds of Danxia Landforms in Jingbian Danxia Landform Scenic Area – flaming Danxia, geocentric Danxia and water Danxia which compete with the Arizona’s the Wave;
  • A half day adventure in Yellow River Shequ National Park to take photos of “S” shaped bays, walk on the plank road and enjoy some wide and open landscapes;
  • Take a memorable trip to Hukou Waterfall to witness the power of the mighty Yellow River as well as the magnificent brown and muddy waterfall group.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Xian - Yucha Grand Canyon - Yan'an (L)

Today's highlight: Yucha Grand Canyon

This early morning after breakfast, meet our tour guide and driver in your hotel, then drive about 325km (about 4.5) hours to Yucha Grand Canyon which is praised as the “natural crack wonder of the Loess Plateau”.

You will arrive at Yucha Grand Canyon after noon time. The rest about 3~4 hours after lunch is to admire the geographical wonders in the canyon. Yucha Grand Canyon is the China version of Antelope Canyon in the United States. It has four smaller canyons, including Longbagou Canyon, Huabaogou Canyon, Nanhegou Canyon (also known as Mudangou) and Huashugou Canyon. Each canyon has its own characteristics. What you can find here is a wonderful world carved by wind, water and time for millions of years. The walls of the gorge are uneven, beautiful and smooth. Everything looks so simple, harmonious and natural. How was the Grand Canyon formed? According to scientific research, about ten million years ago, there was a strong earthquake occurred on the Loess Plateau. After the earthquake, a gigantic crack appeared. The surface of the crack then got eroded by water, wind and sunlight, and formed various textures and shapes. Walking in the canyon is feeling like the waves of the sea passing by you. Occasionally, some sunlight falls into the canyon, forming a dreamy world of light and shadow.

Visiting tips: 1) In the wide canyons, several people can walk side by side, while in the narrow canyons, you can only pass by one person. To walk safely through the narrow and dark spaces, you can carry a tripod and ultra-wide-angle lens. 2) Please note it is not safe to visit the canyon during rainy days because there may be rapid water flow. The rainy season in the northwest is June, July, and August, so pay attention to the weather forecast before you go.

Leaving the Grand Canyon, you will keep drive about 70 km (about 1.5 hours) to Yan’an city for accommodation.

Nightlife suggestions: 1) hunt for local snacks at Erdaojie Night Market; 2) enjoy night view of the city from Baotashan (Baota Mountain).

  • Yucha Grand Canyon - a world of light and shadow Yucha Grand Canyon - a world of light and shadow
  • Tourist in Yucha Grand Canyon Tourist in Yucha Grand Canyon
  • Yucha Grand Canyon in sunny day Yucha Grand Canyon in sunny day

Day 2 Yan’an - Jingbian - Yan’an (B, L)

Today's highlights: Wavy Valley (Flaming Danxia, Geocentric Danxia, Water Danxia)

Today, you are going to explore another natural wonder in the region – the Wavy Valley (officially Longzhou Danxia Landform Scenic Area) in Longzhou Town, Jingbian County, about 150 km (2 hours’ drive) from Yan’an city. The Danxia landform here, which can compete with the Arizona’s the Wave, was formed between the Paleozoic Permian, Mesozoic Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous when the earth activity was the most active, and creatures were the most prosperous in the history of our planet. Due to constant erosion of wind and rain, the red sandstones here present strange postures and colors, and look different at different angles and times. When it is sunny after the rain, the color of red sandstone will be more vivid.

You will first visit the Flaming Danxia and Geocentric Danxia Scenic Area. Against the backdrop of the Loess Plateau, the Danxia landscape here is more beautiful. Looking from afar, the Danxia hills and canyons are like a rushing red sea, and viewing closely, they are like the “rings of time”. This spectacular Danxia landform stretches for several kilometers! When you walk through the Danxia mountains, the red cliffs appears to be cut by an axe, sitting in a canyon which is about 50 meters wide and deep. Later, we will come to Water Danxia Scenic Area. The Danxia landform here is colorful and amazing, with the clear water as natural background.

Lastly, drive the same way back to Yan’an city for accommodation.

  • Flaming Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley Flaming Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley
  • Geocentric Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley Geocentric Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley
  • Water Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley Water Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley

Day 3 Yan’an - Yellow River Shequ National Geopark - Yichuan (B, L)

Today's highlight: Yellow River Shequ National Park (Qiankunwan, Plank Road, Qingshuiwan, Huifengzhai)

Today,you will go to discover a spectacle on the Yellow River - Yellow River Shequ National Park. It is only about 150km (2.5 hours’ drive) from Yan’an City. The mighty Yellow River flows through the winding canyons on the plateau junction between Shanxi Province and Shaanxi Province like a giant yellow snake (hence the name – Shequ (Winding Snake).

There are so many things to do in the Shequ National Park that you can stay up to a half day there. The most impressive sight is the Qiankunwan (Taichi Bay) which was selected as one of the “10 Most Beautiful Canyons in China”. The Yellow River here is stopped by an “S” band with a radian over 320° which looks naturally like a Chinese Taichi. Walking on the plank road along the Yellow River is another featured experience. You can get closer to feel the majesty of this China’s “Mother River” and feast on the magnificent Losses Plateau landscape. You will also make a stop at Qingshuiwan (Pure Water Bay) which is a small tributary of Yellow River, and used to serve as an ancient port. Taking a cable car from Qingshuiwan, you will get to Huifengzhai (Peaks-gathering Village), the last attraction in the park. Sitting on the higher cliffs, Huifengzhai was an important military defensive base. For tourists, it offers open view of Yellow River and nearby mountains, gorges and plantations.

After the Geopark exploration, drive to nearby Yichuan county for accommodation.

  • Qiankunwan (Taichi Bay) - one of the “10 Most Beautiful Canyons in China” Qiankunwan (Taichi Bay) - one of the “10 Most Beautiful Canyons in China”
  • Yellow River Shequ National Park Yellow River Shequ National Park

Day 4 Yichuan - Hukou Waterfall - Xi'an (B, L)

Today's highlight: Hukou Waterfall

Today after breakfast, you will drive about 160km (about 3.5 hours) to Hukou Waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in China.

You will get to Hukou Waterfall around noon time. Take your time to explore this largest yellowish waterfall in the world and the second largest waterfall in China. When Yellow River cleaves Shanxi province and Shaanxi province at the point where riverbed abruptly narrows down, the thunderous water splashes on the rock form spectacular Hukou Waterfall naturally. Hukou Waterfall gets its name of Hukou (meaning kettle spout literally) because the it seems pouring down from a huge kettle. As the water stirs up a mass of smoke and clouds, the scene of Hukou Waterfall is extremely overwhelming. In the sunny days, the mist is refracted by sunlight to create a rainbow like a beautiful bridge spanning river. You will have enough time enjoy the magnificent waterfall and take nice photos.

Notes: 1) May to October is the best time to see the powerful waterfall but you can see calm glacier fall in cold winter; 2) you can pay an optional visit to the Dragon Cave (CNY 20) beneath Hukou Waterfall to get a different view.

After the waterfall tour, drive about 300km (about 4 hours) back to Xian.

  • Hukou Waterfall Shaanxi Get amazed by majesty Hukou Waterfall
  • Hukou Waterfall (Shaanxi Side) in Winter Winter View of Hukou Waterfall

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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, 2022.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. 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?

  • 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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  • Yucha Grand Canyon - a world of light and shadow Yucha Grand Canyon - a world of light and shadow
  • Tourist in Yucha Grand Canyon Tourist in Yucha Grand Canyon
  • Yucha Grand Canyon in sunny day Yucha Grand Canyon in sunny day
  • Flaming Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley Flaming Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley
  • Geocentric Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley Geocentric Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley
  • Water Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley Water Danxia Landform in the Wavy Valley
  • Qiankunwan (Taichi Bay) - one of the “10 Most Beautiful Canyons in China” Qiankunwan (Taichi Bay) - one of the “10 Most Beautiful Canyons in China”
  • Yellow River Shequ National Park Yellow River Shequ National Park
  • Hukou Waterfall Shaanxi Hukou Waterfall Shaanxi
  • Hukou Waterfall (Shaanxi Side) in Winter Hukou Waterfall (Shaanxi Side) in Winter

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