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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
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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, 2020.
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 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. 

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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?

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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.

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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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