Huangshan and Surrounding Areas Tour

Highlights:

  • Ancient scrolls of Chinese landscape paintings of high mountains, ancient pines, bizarre rocks, and seas of clouds come alive at Huangshan Mountain in southern Anhui Province. Recently listed on UNESCO's World Cultural and Natural Heritage List, Huangshan Mountain is a testament to the beauty that only nature can create.
  • 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. Both of 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.
  • Enjoy the sunrise and sunset from the mountain top of Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

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

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1 arrive in Huangshan City

Upon your arrival in the city of Huangshan (either by train or plane), your local English-speaking guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. In the afternoon 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. After, you will be driven back to the city of Huangshan.

Day 2 Mt. Huangshan (B, L)

After breakfast in the hotel, we will drive to Huangshan (Yellow) Mountain, the premier sight of Mt. Huangshan. 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 3 Depart Huangshan (B)

On this day, try to get up early in the morning to catch the Huangshan Mountain’s magnificent sunrise. After breakfast, we’ll begin our descent from Huangshan, first by foot down the western side of the mountain. Along the way see Flying Rock, climb over the Brightness Apex, the second highest peak on Huangshan, and Turtle Peak. 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.

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.

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


        Dan Harrison, Singapore:

We came back on yesterday after another day in Hangzhou as we do not want to be caught in a rush to the airport etc.

Yes, we did enjoy ourselves at Huangshan and Hongcun. We were not rushed and we took the time to take in the fresh air and interesting and great scenery. The food is great too ! - especially the lunch we had at Hongcun I can only say it's simple but certainly fantastic!

Thank God also for the great and fine weather (no rain until we left Huangshan!!)

Thanks for the fine service. I will certainly recommend you to my friends should anyone want to go to Huangshan.