Huangshan Winter Tour

Highlights:

  • When the snow settles on the ancient pines, rocks, and pools, the real charm of Mt.Huangshan emerges. December and January are the best months to enjoy this charming Huangshan winter tour. Visitors who like hiking should not miss the unforgettable chance. Moreover, it is more economic and cost effective to travel to Huangshan in the winter
  • Tour the ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi, ancient villages oozing with folk culture and the history if the Anhui region. Both have been selected as UNESCO World Heritage Sites,and these ancient villages are relatively untouched by the modern world. Visitors to Xidi and Hongcun Villages will feel as if they have stepped into an ancient Chinese painting.

(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 your hotel. You can spend your first night in Huangshan at your own leisure, but you might want to experience some of the local culture, which largely focuses on tea.

Drinking tea is an indispensable part of people's daily life, if you want to experience nightlife in Huangshan City, which is famous for tea production and drinking, then visiting a tea house should be an essential part of your visit. There are more than enough tea houses in Huangshan for you to get your fix, so pinkies up!

Day 2 Mt. Huangshan (B, L)

Following breakfast, we’ll make the 80km, 1.5 hour drive to the Huangshan Scenic Area. Huangshan (Yellow) Mountain, the premier sight of Mt. Huangshan, has 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. ou will take a cable car at Yungu Station to the top of the mountain to view the fabulous snowy landscape on Huangshan Mountain. You will be taken to the North Sea Scenic Area and West Sea Grand Valley to enjoy the dramatic snow covered rocks and silver peaks, and then you will see the sun set behind the snow covered peaks at the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion (Paiyun Pavilion). You will stay overnight at the summit.

Day 3 Mt. Huangshan-Huangshan City (B)

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.

Day 4 Ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi-depart (B)

After breakfast in the hotel you will be taken to Yixian County, (about 1-hour drive) from the city of Huangshan. In Yixian 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.

You will then be taken to either the airport or the train station, where you will head on to your next destination.


        David Castricone, Chicago, IL, USA:

We arrived home late last night. We had a great time at the Huangshan - my parents managed to walk all the way without getting the sedan chair. The views were fantastic, and we enjoyed the old villages too. I want to thank you for all the impeccable arrangements you made for us at Huangshan and the local villages. Everything went very smoothly for us, thanks to your meticulous arrangements. The driver Mr Ye was really helpful and polite so all in all this has been a good experience. We will be sure to recommend your service to our friends if they come to Huangshan.