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5 Days Wuhan & Wudangshan Tour by High Speed Train

Exploration in City of Rivers & Cradle of Tai Chi

I know you want to visit the No.1 Taoist Mountain in China to experience Tai Chi and amazing Kung Fu, but Wudang Mountain is located a bit far away from modern cities. This tour is specially designed for travelers who want to explore Wudang Taoist Mountain from the most convenient city - Wuhan, connecting each other by 4-hour high speed train. In 5 days, you’ll enjoy the awesome and memorable visit in City of Rivers and Cradle of Tai Chi.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-WWTT-05
  • Price: from Request
  • Trip Length: 5D/4N
  • Theme: Historic, Taoism

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Pay a relaxing visit to all the highlighting attractions in Wuhan - the capital city of Hubei Province with a history of 2000 years including Yellow Crane Tower, terrific museum, beautiful lakes and densely packed streets...
  • Transfer easily and fast - a 4-hour high speed train taking you from Wuhan to Shiyan where locates Wudang Mountain - “One of the Four Sacred Taoist Mountains in China” and the Cradle of Tai Chi.
  • Explore Wudang Mountain and Seek for the Tao by visiting many temples and palaces on the mountain, like Purple Cloud Palace, Nanyan Temple, Golden Palace and be impressed by the legend of Zhen Wu (the God of Wudang Mountain).
  • Tao is the Natural Way of the Universe and you can feel Tao is everywhere - from the layout of Wudang Mountain, wisdom of the temples and palaces, art of architecture, devoted believers/Taoist priests, Kungfu fans, to the strength within yourselves.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Wuhan Arrival

Flight / Train to Wuhan

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Welcome to Wuhan, the capital of China Hubei Province! Your guide and driver will meet you at airport or train station and pick you up at your hotel. The rest of day is free for you to explore this city.

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Day 2 Wuhan (B)

Guiyuan Temple - Heptachord Terrace - Hubei Provincial Museum

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After breakfast, your will begin your whole day Wuhan visit.

You first stop is Guiyuan Temple. First built in the early Qing Dynasty, Guiyuan Temple is one of the four biggest temples for Buddhist meditation in Hubei as well as an important Buddhist temple in China.

Later, head to the Heptachord Terrace (Guqin Tai), located on the south bank of Moon Lake, near the western foot of Tortoise Hill. It is the beautiful site with great layout where you could appreciate the sincere friendship between Yu Boya and Zhong Ziqi in Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.).

Lastly, transfer to Hubei Provincial Museum. Founded in 1953, it has 6.5 hectares with 200,000 exquisite items include bronze, jade and lacquer work, porcelain and paintings. You can enjoy a performance of chime bells, stone chimes and other ancient instruments. The museum is a window to explore Chinese history.

Stay overnight in Wuhan.

  • Hubei Provincial Museum Hubei Provincial Museum

Day 3 Wuhan & High Speed Train to Shiyan/Wudangshan (B)

Yellow Crane Tower - Take High Speed Train to Wudangshan

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In this morning, you will enjoy a relaxing visit to Yellow Crane Tower, one of the most renowned towers south of the Yangtze River. It enjoys the fame of “The First Scenery under Heaven”. And its cultural significance led to its being made the symbol of Wuhan City. Climb up the 5-story tower and have a panoramic view of Wuhan City and Yangtze River.

After the tour, you will be escorted to the train station for a 4-hour high speed train to Shiyan City where Wudang Mountian is located. Upon arrival, the local guide will meet you at Shiyan Train Station and take you to your hotel in Wudangshan. The rest of today is free on your own to explore this mysterious place.

  • Yellow Crane Tower Yellow Crane Tower

Day 4 Wudang Mountain (B)

Yuxu Palace - Prince Slope - Needle-Grinding Well - Nanyan Temple - Purple Cloud Palace

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After breakfast, your full day Taoism exploration starts. First, make a stop at Yuxu Palace - the most imposing Taoist building cluster in Wudangshan. Everyday, numerous Kungfu fans/pupils come and play Tai Chi or other martial arts at the square. Be attracted by the lively morning exercise and join them to practice if you like.

Then, enjoy a trip to Wudang Mountain which combines ancient Taoism wisdom, historic architecture and natural beauty. Take a sightseeing bus to Prince Slope (Fuzhen Guan) which was first built in 1412 during Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). According to the legend, the prince of Jingle State came to Wudang Mountain to cultivate himself and lived on the slope, so it was called Taizi Po. Walk along a winding passage leading to the temple to reach the Pond of Tears for a beautiful story and also be amazed by the architecture wonder - Five-story Tower. Later, head to Needle-Grinding Well where Zhen Wu overcame himself before he became the God of Wudang Mountain. Enjoy the story of “Grinding an iron rod into a needle” which helped Zhen Wu realized he should not give up his belief halfway and must go on practicing Taoism and living an austere life. Afterwards, continue your visit to Nanyan Temple, a holy land where Zhen Wu ascended to the heaven. Explore this stunning palaces on the cliff and visit various Taoist temples, stylish architectures and cliff inscriptions. The last stop today is Purple Cloud Palace, one of the best preserved palaces with 9 buildings and 182 rooms on Wudang Mountain. Looking from the axle wire, the constructions locate there symmetrically along the mountain, splendid and gorgeous. Catch the rare chance to see the Taoist priests doing the afternoon chant around 17:00.

After the exploration, be escorted to your hotel. 

  • Purple Cloud Palace Purple Cloud Palace
  • Nanyan Temple Nanyan Temple
  • Yuxu Palace & Kung Fu Learning Yuxu Palace & Kung Fu Learning
  • Five-story Tower of Prince Slope (Fuzhen Guan) Five-story Tower of Prince Slope (Fuzhen Guan)

Day 5 Wudang Mountain & Wudangshan Departure (B)

Qiongtai Palace - Golden Palace - Carefree Valley - Wudang Museum - Departure

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After breakfast, hop on a sightseeing bus directly to Qiongtai Palace (altitude:1350 meters), one of biggest Taoist temples of Wudang Mountain! It is also the starting point of cable car. Take a cable car to the highest peak in Wudang Mountain - Tianzhu Peak at 1612 meters peaks and enjoy some hiking up to Golden Palace (Jin Ding or Peace of Harmony), the symbol of Wudang Mountain. The construction of Golden Palace was started in 1416 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and it features the largest extant brass casting building in China. Standing on the peak, you can have a panoramic view of the vast and sacred Wudang Mountain and its hidden temples. With the impressive natural sea of clouds, sunrise and sunset, lush forests and rocks, the Palace of Harmony is like a heaven on earth. After having a wonderful time on the summit, take a cable car to get down and transfer to Carefree Valley (Xiaoyao Valley) to enjoy a light walk in this fairyland with many macaques.

After getting down the mountain, be transferred to Wudang Museum to get a further understanding about Taoism and the Wudang Mountain. Walking through the eight halls, you can learn about the history of Taoism, architecture, celebrities, Taoist statues, folk customs, music and martial arts to enrich your journey.

After the tour, be escorted to Wudangshan Shiyan Airport / train station to catch your flight or train to next destination. Service ends! 

  • Golden Palace Golden Palace
  • Wudang Museum Wudang Museum
  • Qiongtai Palace Qiongtai Palace
  • Carefree Valley (Xiaoyao Valley) Carefree Valley (Xiaoyao Valley)

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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, 2021.
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;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) 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;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Jack,

We loved it! Will definitely do it again if we go back to china. The book was lovely, the staff was great, scenery was gorgeous and we loved the entertainment. Wish it could have been longer.

Wilbur Reinfeld‚ Israel, November 10, 2019

Hi Wonder

We just came back from our great vacation. Thank you so much for coordinating the trip for Xiamen & its surrounding areas. Everything went very smoothly and you had done an excellent job!!  You also have a good team of guides & drivers, they are all very good & helpful. Definitely we are happy to recommend your company to our friends & relatives who want to visit China or may be for our next trip.

Every thing was really well planned & arranged and you were very responsive so our experience was really good.

Thank you

Agnes‚ UK, November 9, 2019

Hi Rita,

Thank you so much for the return of funds I left in the Hong Kong hotel.  I really appreciate your efforts on my behalf.

Additionally that you for the lovely gift, reflecting the Panda, Gand Chinese opera.  It was most thoughtful, and very much appreciated.

We were treated most wonderfully by our guide Cherry.  She was helpful, flexible, informative and kind

Robb Hennessey‚ USA, November 9, 2019

Hi Wendy 

Apologies for the late reply been busy in the office.

1. Was your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions? YES We appreciated your assistance and updates

2. How was your tour? Are you satisfied with the tour we arranged for you? YES we were looked after both by Kiki and Eric 

Kiki helped Dylan in the yellow Mountains to overcome his tiredness and helped him achieve the extra walk into the valley 

Eric looked after us and when Dylan left his stuffed Koala in Beijing arranged for the hotel to courier it to Shanghai and arrived within 24 hours 

3. Do you have any suggestions on improving our services? Not really 

Regards,

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Allister‚ Australia, November 8, 2019

Hello Leo,

Thanks for your email. Yes I am back to USA after a long trip to China. I have now fully recovered.

Our trip to China is one of the memorable trips we have taken. Thanks to you and China Discovery, we enjoyed our tour without a glitch. It was very well organised and executed.

Our flights and trains were all on time and very comfortable. The vehicle, tour guides and the drivers were very respectful and flexible to accommodate all our needs. We were impressed by all the tourist sites, especially the grottoes and other sites in the silk route. All the sites are well maintained and the facilities were  excellent. We saw several cultural shows and they were all very enjoyable. We have no hesitation in recommending your services and China Discovery travel agency to all our friends and relatives.

Good luck and thank you,

Best regards,

Vasant and Mangala Betkerur‚ USA, November 8, 2019
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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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  • Hubei Provincial Museum Hubei Provincial Museum
  • Yellow Crane Tower Yellow Crane Tower
  • Purple Cloud Palace Purple Cloud Palace
  • Nanyan Temple Nanyan Temple
  • Yuxu Palace & Kung Fu Learning Yuxu Palace & Kung Fu Learning
  • Five-story Tower of Prince Slope (Fuzhen Guan) Five-story Tower of Prince Slope (Fuzhen Guan)
  • Golden Palace Golden Palace
  • Wudang Museum Wudang Museum
  • Qiongtai Palace Qiongtai Palace
  • Carefree Valley (Xiaoyao Valley) Carefree Valley (Xiaoyao Valley)

Most Important Notes for Wudang Mountain

1. Best Time to Visit Wudang Mountain & What to Bring

Spring (March~May) and autumn (September~November) are the best seasons to visit Wudang Mountain.

In Spring, the weather starts getting warm with trees turning green and flowers in blossom. It will be chilly on the mountain and snow can be seen on the top of the mountain. Travelers should bring enough warm clothing and as well as raincoats. The annual grand Temple Fair (the Emperor Zhen Wu’s birthday) falls on the third day of the third lunar month. Travelers who are interested in the temple fair and profound Taoism culture, you can come to Wudang Mountain in March or April (on March 26, 2020).

In Autumn, the weather will be quite pleasant - the sky is clear and the air is crisp. The whole mountain becomes a mysterious fairyland, the Taoist temples and palaces under the blue sky look very solemnly and majestically. On the ninth day of ninth lunar month, many Taoist believers and travelers come to Wudang Mountain to attend the great Prayer Meeting which belongs to the Enlightenment day of Zhen Wu who has cultivated himself for 42 years. A grand ceremony will be held in Purple Cloud Palace and other temples. It falls on October 7 in the year of 2019.

If you are interested in the Temple Fair and Prayer Meeting, please feel free to contact our professional travel consultants for more information.

2. Where to Learn Some Tai Chi / Kung Fu or other Martial Arts

There are many professional Kungfu academies or schools to learn and experience the incredible Kung Fu, Tai Chi or other martial arts. The following are the best recommenced places to learn Kungfu situated at the foot / on the top / near Wudang Mountain.

(a) At the foot of the Wudang Mountain near Yuxu Palace, you can go to Wudang Daoist Traditional Kungfu Academy (武当道家传统武术馆) where offers short-term study and long-term study. If you have limited time, it is a good idea to take part in the short Tai Chi experiencing classes (1-2 hour, 0.5-1 day or more days). If you want to spend loner time, you can take 10-15 days to learn Tai Chi 13 Form or Tai Chi 28 Postures Course.

(b) On the top of Wudang Mountain at Qiongtai Palace, it is Wudang Wuji Kungfu Academy (武当无极功夫馆) can customize your Kungfu experience based on your time and likes. You can have 1-2 hour’s Kungfu learning, or 3-7 days’ learning or long-term classes.

(c) China Wudang Kungfu Academy (武当师行功夫馆), 5km to Wudang Mountain Scenic Area, provide good training environment, like skilled coaches, spacious training ground, healthy food and comfortable accommodation. There are long-term classes and short-term classes based on your likes.

Note: If you are Kungfu fans or travelers who want to have Kungfu experience, please tell us your likes, time planning and schools you prefer. We can customize your Kungfu experience and add it into your Wudang Mountain tour!

3. Sightseeing Bus in Wudang Mountain Scenic Area

Numerous sightseeing buses are available at Wudang Mountain Scenic Area which can escort you to every scenic spot. They run service during 07:00-17:30 or after. Please check the distances between different scenic spots and driving time as following:

Tourist Center - Needle-Grinding Well: 6.5km, about 15mins Purple Cloud Palace - Nanyan Temple: 3km, about 7mins
Tourist Center - Prince Slope: 10km, about 25mins Needle-Grinding Well - Prince Slope: 4km, about 10mins
Tourist Center - Nanyan Temple: 23.5km, about 50mins Prince Slope - Purple Cloud Palace: 10km, about 30mins
Tourist Center - Purple Cloud Palace: 20km, about 40mins Qiongtai Palace - Golden Palace: 2km, about 30mins
Tourist Center - Qiongtai Palace: 26km, about 50mins - 1 hour Nanyan Temple - Golden Palace: 4km, about 2-3 hours (hiking)

Winding Mountain Road Notice: Please pay attention that the road up or down the Wudang Mountain is quite winding and zigzagging, and you may catch carsickness. Please take some anti-motion sickness pills with you.

4. Important Rules for Visiting the Taoism Temples and Palaces
  • ● When entering a Taoist temple, please do not step on the threshold which is regarded as the shoulder of the god. Do not point at the Taoist sculptures in any of the temples. Besides, you are not allowed to take photos or videos at the Taoist sculptures.
  • ● It is not polite to ask the age and family origins of the Taoist priests who believe in immortality.
  • ● Smoking is forbidden at the whole scenic area. If you want to smoke, please go to a designated smoking area in the scenic spots. Please ask your tour guide.
5. Interesting Taoism Culture Experience & Activities

Besides seeing the Taoist temples, palaces and the art of architecture, you can enjoy different kinds of activities to experience Taoism culture and truly linking yourself with the Tao.

Tea Tasting: Learn six types of Tea (Green Tea, Yellow Tea, White Tea, Wulong Tea, Red Tea and Dark Tea) and the tea produced in Wudang Mountain, get to know the use of tea set and learn the method of brewing tea. Enjoy some peaceful time and soak up tea with your partners.

Scriptures Copying: Learn some basic Chinese under the guidance of a master and try to copy the famous work Tao Te Ching. You will get to comprehend the meaning of Tao while you doing the copy.

Traditional Chinese Medicine & Medical Skill: Chinese medical therapy is totally different from Western medicine therapy. Feel the contrast and get to know the essence of traditional way of treating a disease by facing to facing with the Taoist doctors.

Attend the Afternoon Chant in Purple Cloud Palace: Taoist priests have daily routine to do morning music and chanting around 05:00 which is called “Breaking the Quiet”. As the sun rises and the people in the temple wake up, the sound of a drum calls them to the main altar where they begin their morning ritual. They will do afternoon chant around 17:00. Catch the time to enjoy the chant in Purple Cloud Palace.

Have a Chat with Taoist Priests at Night: You can have some time to communicate with the true Taoist priests who live in the temples or palaces on Wudang Mountain. By talking with them, you will enjoy the story of them and know Wudang Mountain and the Taoism deeper.

No matter what kinds of activities you are interested, feel free to tell us your ideas and we can add it into the trip. For detailed prices and arrangements, please ask for your travel consultants who are here ready to help!

6. Night Performance “A Dream of Wudang”

Nightlife in Wudangshan will be simple and limited. If you want a place to kill your time, you can go to Taiji Theater to enjoy the Kungfu show “A Dream of Wudang”. It will be performed during 20:00~21:00 on every Friday and Saturday evening. Please go there 10 minutes in advance.

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