4 Days Private Tour with Mt. Huangshan & Ancient Village Culture Experience
There was once a famous Chinese geographer and traveler Xu Xiake from the Ming Dynasty said: “It is not worth seeing other mountains if you have been to the Five Great Mountains; it is not worth seeing the Five Great Mountains if you have been to Huangshan Mountain.” This 4 days tour will take you to explore the magnificent Huangshan Mountain and the ancient villages around. You are just a click away from a marvelous China holiday. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Tangmo Ancient Village, Lingshan Village, Mt. Huangshan, Tunxi Ancient Street, Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory, Hongcun Ancient Village
Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance tickets + Lunch + Hotel
Upon your arrival at Huangshan, your local guide will greet you at the exit of airport/train station by holding a name sign and take you to have a lunch at Huangshan downtown. Before getting off the plane/train, please double check your belongings to ensure you have collet all your stuff. After the lunch, we will drive about 40 minutes to Tangmo Ancient Village and check in at your hotel. The rest of the day is for your own arrangement. You can have a good rest at your hotel.
BTW, you can prepare something for the hiking in advance. Highly recommend you prepare some snacks to keep your energy up and bring a jacket even in summer. And don’t forget hiking pole, rain coat and rain boots regardless of the time of year considering the mountain is notorious for rainfall.
Accommodation: Comfortable Local Hotel
Day 2 Tangmo Ancient Village & Lingshan Village and Huangshan Mountain (B+L+D)
Attractions: Tangmo Ancient Village, Lingshan Village, Mt. Huangshan (B+L+D)
After breakfast, your guide will meet you at your hotel and show you around Tangmo Ancient Village. The village could be dated back to the Tang Dynasty, and its name means “model village of the Tang Dynasty” (Tang refers to the Tang Dynasty, and mo means model in Chinese). Because the village is barely touched by tourist groups, you can have an enjoyable time exploring the village. Tanganyuan Garden definitely cannot be missed. The garden was said to be built by a rich businessman for his mother who wanted to visit the famous West Lake in Hangzhou but was restrained by her physical conditions. Her son spent lots of money building the garden by imitating the West Lake. There’s a 400-year-old camphor tree which was once in a Chinese movie Marriage of the Fairy Princess. Couples usually make wishes under the tree and tie red ribbons with each other’s name on the tree. The garden also is a good place to appreciate calligraphic inscriptions of famous Chinese calligraphers from Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. Afterwards, you will learn Rubbing Art from a teacher and try to make a piece by yourself to feel the charm of calligraphy culture. Then we will move on to Lingshan Village. Surrounded by endless bamboo forest, the village seems far away from the bustling world, and the people here live a simple life. Just immerse yourself in the pastoral scenery. Walking along the Water Street, you will see old residential houses, stones bridges and even villagers washing their clothes in the river. Lingshan people make full use of abundant bamboo resources. They can make basket, hat, dustpan, and other things through Bamboo Waving. Marvel at their excellent skills and learn to make things by using bamboo.
After a lunch, we will say goodbye to the villages and drive to Huangshan Mountain. Upon arrival, we will take a shuttle bus first and then take a cable car up the mountain. Your guide will lead you to see the beautiful scenery at Beginning-to-believe Peak, Brush Pen Peak and enjoy sunset at Cloud-dispelling Pavilion. Along the way you will see many uniquely shaped pine trees growing out of the steep cliffs as if someone trimmed them. There will be many staircases that go up and down, but all the tiredness of climbing will be gone when you are rewarded with the breathtaking scenery. Please do not watch your camera or phone while walking.
Tonight we will stay at a hotel on the mountain so as to catch sunrise next day.
Accommodation: Comfortable Hotel on Huangshan Mountain
Day 3 Huangshan Mountain and City Sightseeing (B+L+D)
Attractions: Mt. Huangshan, Tunxi Ancient Street, Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory (B+L+D)
Today you will get up in the early morning to witness the incredible sunrise. When the mountain is still sleeping under starry sky, we will leave the hotel to occupy a vantage point and quietly wait for the thrilling moment. With the passage of time, the color of sky will change slowly. The sun finally show its head and the peaks are bathed in dazzling gold. After you enjoy the sunrise, we will go back to hotel and have breakfast. Then move on to explore Bright Summit, the second highest peak of the mountain, and continue to Flying-over Rock. Next we will hop on cable car and descend the mountain to go back to Huangshan downtown. We will have a lunch first and then visit Tunxi Ancient Street and Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory. Tunxi Ancient Street is China’s most well-preserved ancient street combining architectural style of the Southern Song Dynasty, Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. Just stroll on the street leisurely and appreciate the Hui-style buildings. You can optionally try some local snacks such as sesame seed cake (Shao Bing) and hair bean curd (Mao Dou Fu). Then we will visit Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory which was founded by Hu Kaiwen in 1765 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty to see how the ink stick is made. Ink stick is one of the four treasures of Chinese study (writing brush, ink stick, ink slab and paper), and the best ink stick in China comes from Anhui Province, the home of Huangshan Mountain. At the end of the tour, your guide and driver will take you to downtown hotel.
Accommodation: Huangshan Local Comfortable Hotel
Day 4 Hongcun Ancient Village and Huangshan Departure (B+L)
Attractions: Hongcun Ancient Village (B+L)
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby in the morning after breakfast and check out as you will leave Huangshan directly after the tour. Please pack your belongings in advance.
We will visit Hongcun Ancient Village today. More than 800-year-old Hongcun is a typical representative of Hui-style building, mainly in black, white and grey colors. It was listed as World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. You will see many original residences from Ming and Qing dynasties here, among which Chengzhi Hall is an architectural masterpiece and enjoys the name of “Folk Forbidden City”. It has a lot of complex wood carvings with great artistic value. We will also stroll along the South Lake and absorb in the picturesque scenery.
In the afternoon, your guide and driver will transfer you to the train station/airport for your departure train/flight. Our service will end here. Wish you a pleasant journey.
Kind Notice: Please note the above price is not applicable for weekends and Chinese public holidays. For each weekend, there is additional USD46 per pax and the same for Chinese public holiday like National Holiday, May Day Holiday, please inquiry us.
Train station/airport pick-up and drop-off
Comfortable transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with experienced driver
Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary
Cable cars up and down Huangshan Mountain
3 nights comfortable hotel with daily breakfast
Professional English-speaking tour guide
4 Chinese style lunches and 2 dinners
One bottle of mineral water per person per day
Fuels, tolls and parking charges
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Single supplement (USD160/p.p)
All personal expenses, optional activities and additional hotel services
Tips to the tour guide/driver
Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours.
Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking.
Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.