4 Day Huangshan Extensive Tour with Jingdezhen

Highlights:

  • Recently listed on UNESCO's World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, Huangshan Mountain is a testament to the beauty that only nature can create. It has served as the inspiration for artists, poets, dreamers, and romantics for thousands of years. See the intriguing pine formations and the seas and mists of clouds, while enjoying the sunrise and sunset from the mountain top of Huangshan
  • Hongcun Village is located in Yixian County, located near the southwestern slope of Huangshan Mountain. It is listed as one of China's top 10 charming villages and together with Xidi Village it was added to UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage List in 2000. Morning mists, gray tiles, white walls, stone bridges, water lily ponds, and hills at the background, are all elements of traditional Chinese landscape paintings. Hongcun and Xidi Village have all of these features, and have both been named "a village in a Chinese painting"
  • Learn about the beautiful and rich history of Chinese porcelain production in Jingdezhen, a center of China’s porcelain industry for over 2000 years

(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 arrive in Huangshan City

Upon your arrival in Huangshan city (either by train or plane), you will be met by your English-speaking guide. From your pick-up you’ll be taken to Jingdezhen (about 200km away and a 3 hr car ride). Jingdezhen is the world renowned Porcelain Capital, listed with Foshan in Guangdong Province, Hankou in Hubei Province and Zhuxianzhen in Henan Province as the four porcelain towns in Chinese history. Jingdezhen was called Xinping and Changnan in the old times. It is now famous due to the porcelain made there. Historical records show that the making of porcelain in Jingdezhen dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 BC- 220 AD), which gives it a porcelain-making history of over 2000 years.

Ancient China porcelain makers seem to have had a unanimous preference for the color green from their palette. The porcelain made during different dynasties mainly varied in the intensity or tone or ambience of this color. Multicolored items have not been found yet. Porcelain kilns were set up during the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1279). They imitated the color, tone and the humid-feeling quality of the original whitish-green porcelain and produced whitish-green porcelain of elegant quality and voluptuous veneer, achieving the climax of green porcelain craftsmanship.

Once we arrive, we will check into your hotel, where you will have the rest of the evening to relax and recover form your travels.

Day 2 Jingdezhen (B)

Following breakfast, we’ll get started on your touring in Jingdezhen. Our first stop will be the Ceramic History Museum. The museum has a rich collection of over 5,000 articles. The items on display include ceramics from past dynasties, historical information about ceramics, precious collections of paintings and calligraphies, among which many are of excellent quality.

In addition to the wide variety of articles in the exhibition, the beautiful antique architecture of the museum attracts tourists too. The antique architecture is in two parts: Ming Garden and Qing Garden. The 'Wangbo Residence' in Ming Garden is a house in the typical Hui style. The two most representative buildings in Qing Garden are the 'Yuhuantang', a memorial temple in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and the 'Dafu Residence', meaning a Blue and white porcelain, Jingdezhenresidence for scholars in the Qing Dynasty. The two gardens are composed of ancient kiln-workshops, ancient kilns, and ancient structures that were originally scattered throughout Jingdezhen City but have now been collected here by the government.

Near the Qing Garden are a group of kiln-workshops in which the ceramics are manufactured. You can not only watch the manufacturing process and appreciate the elaborate techniques, but also experience the process themselves.

Our next stop will be the city’s Old Street. t is a famous street in China, renowned for its long history and beautiful traditions that come from its ancient culture. This street is composed of three parts each of which fully reflects its prosperous past and its important position as a transportation center: Ming Street, Qing Street and the Old Pier.

Ming Street was established in the Ming Dynasty (1271-1368) and is about 90 meters (about 295 feet) long and 3 meters (about 9.8 feet) wide. This arch-shaped street is paved with blue bricks, which are put together and arranged in the shape of turtle shells. From a distance it seems as if crowds of tortoises are creeping toward the pier from the village. The old buildings flanking the sides of the street are, like the rest of the street, very well preserved and have survived through more than 600 years of political and other historical changes. These Ming Dynasty buildings are now listed in the major protected heritage areas of Jindezhen because of their architectural and historical value.

Qing Street was established in the Qing Dynasty (1368-1644) and is much longer and wider than the Ming Street. It is 231 meters (about 758 feet) long and about 4 meters (about 13 feet) wide and is paved with long blue flagstones. The ruts on the stones were created by the old-fashioned wheelbarrows that were in common use in the past. This street was a very prosperous commercial area during the Qing Dynasty and the shops, teahouses and residences along side of the street are well preserved. In the 1990's there was a rebuilding project which added some modern buildings to the street and they live side-by-side with the buildings of the past. Here is yet another place in China where the modern and the ancient come together to serve the present.

Finally, not to be missed on Jingdezhen Old Street are several well-maintained residences, most of which were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties. These exquisitely designed and decorated residences were clearly the elite residences of their time and demonstrate the highest skills and architectural knowledge of Chinese artisans of their eras. Visiting these residences offers a unique view into the philosophical and artistic sensibilities of Chinese culture during their time.

You’ll then be taken back to your hotel, where the rest of the night can be spent at your discretion.

Day 3 Jingdezhen-Yixian County-Mt. Huangshan (B, L)

Following breakfast, you will be taken to Yixian County, where we will visit the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi.

Hongcun is the main village where the Wang families live together. The Wang clan is a respectable family in the Central Plains of China. Because it moved to the south at the end of the Han dynasty, the descendants of the Wang clan spread to every parts of the south of the lower reaches of the Changjiang River. Encircled by green hills, two streams flow through the village from north and east converging at Huiyuan Bridge. The village has two main streets and about 99 lanes. All the streets and lanes are paved with cobbles or black stones. The residences, lanes and streets combine well with the hills and streams. Lying about 10 kilometers (6 miles) northeast of Yixian County, Hongcun Village enjoys the reputation of ‘a village in the beautiful Chinese picture’ because of its location at high altitude and being shrouded by clouds and mist. It has about 137 Ming and Qing style residences.

We’ll then head nearby to the village of Xidi. Located at the foot of Mt. Huangshan, the city was built 900 years ago during the Song Dynasty. The village’s traditional architecture is well preserved, and Xidi has been proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The buildings and the street patterns reflect the socio-economic structure of an enduring period of Chinese history. Don’t miss the large memorial archway that marks the village entrance.

We will then make the short drive to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). With a height of 1873 meters (6145 feet), it is the highest peak of the Mt. Huangshan Scenic Area. At present over 500 kinds of animals and 1500 kinds of plants live on the Huangshan Mountains. UNESCO listed Yellow Mountain as one of the World Natural Heritage sites in 1990.

Once we arrive, we will take the cable car from Yungu Station to the top of the mountain. After checking into your hotel and having lunch we’ll get started with our sightseeing. While on Yellow Mountain, we will see some curious sights, such as the Strange Pines, which are seen in every corner of Yellow Mountain. You will be amazed by their vitality and strength. The uneven terrain prevents the pines from growing upright. Instead they become crooked and even downward. Another feature of Huangshan pines is that many trees grow branches on one side only. Some notable ones that we will see include the Guest-Greeting Pine (in front of the stone lion of the Jade Screen Pavilion in the Jade Screen Scenic Area), and the Guest-Goodbye Pine (to the right of the Jade Screen Pavilion.

We’ll also visit Yellow Mountain’s numerous peaks, such as Brush Pen and Begin-to-Believe Peak. In the evening you will have the pleasure of enjoying the spectacular sunset from the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion. We’ll stay overnight at the summit.

Day 4 Mt. Huangshan-Huangshan City (B, L)

On this day you will be woke up early to catch the sunrise above this winter wonderland. After breakfast, you will climb the Shixin Peak (Beginning to Believe Peak) to see the ancient pines, and rock formations covered in ice, and see the sea of clouds. You will then take a cable car down to the foot of Huangshan Mountain, where you will meet your private vehicle. After all the strenuous exercise, you will take the cable car at Yuping Station down to the foot of Huangshan Mountain. When we get to the station you will be taken to the Tunxi Ancient Street, which is back in Huangshan City.

The Old Street is 1.5 kilometers long and 7 meters wide. There are long lines of shops along two side of the street. They are all made of brick and wood and have double floors. All these houses in Huizhou style overflow a rush of strong archaic charm. Although the shops in the old street are not very large, they are relatively deep. There are tens of old and famous shops in the old street. The Tongderen was a Chinese traditional medicine shop. It was established in the second year of the Tongzhi Perio,d of the Qing dynasty, with a history of over 120 years. Qimen black tea and Tunxi green tea which are famous throughout the world, mostly distribute in Tunxi. All kinds of Anhui ink stick and Sehxian ink stone can be found here. Products of “Huizhou Four Carvings” (brick, wood, stone and bamboo), Chinese painting in Anhui style, print, rubbing from a stone inscription, Goldstone seal cutting, Chinese pot gardening and root carving can be seen here and there.

Before departing Huangshan, we’ll stop to enjoy some Huizhou (Muslim Chinese) style food. You will then be escorted to the airport for your flight to your next destination.


        Robin Fryberg, Charleston SC, USA:

We just came back 3 days ago. We really enjoyed the Huangshan tour and the visits to the world heritage villages, the scenery in Huangshan is magnificent. Thank you for all the arrangements for the tour, the transport was well organized and the tour guide was very helpful and pleasant.

You have been very patient in answering my queries on the tour and I appreciate that. Hope to see you again when we revisit Huangshan!