Hangzhou and Huangshan are two amazing Chinese cities with beautiful scenery and rich culture. Since it was established as a county in the Qin Dynasty, Hangzhou went through a lot in its more than 2000 years’ history and was once the capitals of the Wuyue Kingdom and Southern Song Dynasty, leaving plenty of historic sites and profound culture such as West Lake Culture and Tea Culture. Huangshan boasts the breathtaking Huangshan Mountain and charming ancient village Hongcun where visitors can enjoy magnificent natural scenery while hiking and appreciate traditional Chinese Hui-style buildings.
Six Harmonies Pagoda; West Lake; Lingyin Temple; Feilai Peak; Hongcun Ancient Village; South Lake; Cloud Valley Temple; Mt. Huangshan; Tunxi Ancient Street; Hu Kaiwen Ink-stick Factory
Tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Entrance tickets + Lunch + Hotel + Bullet Train
Upon your arrival in Hangzhou, your local guide will greet you at the exit of airport/train station by holding a name sign and take you to start a wonderful time in Hangzhou. We will visit Six Harmonies Pagoda on the bank of the Qiantang River first. The pagoda was built in the Northern Song Dynasty to suppress the tide of Qiantang River. The pagoda is about 60 meters high, and it seems, has 13 stories from outside but actually only 7 stories inside. You can optionally choose to explore the interior of the pagoda. There are many vivid brick carvings inside it. Next stroll on Hefang Street, one of the oldest streets in Hangzhou, where you can find authentic local snacks, century-old shops, tea houses and various handicrafts.
After all the activities, your guide and driver will escort you to your downtown hotel for a good rest.
AM: Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning after breakfast and transfer you to the West Lake, one of the top sought-after scenic spots in China which have been praised by many Chinese literati. The scenery in all the four seasons is beautiful and worthy of visiting. You will take a cruise on the lake to meet the highlight mini scenery sites of the area like Three Pagoda Mirroring the Moon, Solitary Hill, and Leifeng Pagoda. After the cruising, you can wander around the lake and there are also other optional activities such as fishing and riding bikes. Next we will head to Lingyin Temple. The temple has a history of about 1,700 years and is considered one of the most significant Buddhist temples in China. You will listen to your guide about its history and stories, and admire various buildings.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: After lunch, move to Feilai Peak which is a pure limestone mountain and totally different from the sandstone mountains around. You will see many grotesque stones of various shapes such as running elephant, startled monkeys and crouching tiger, and you will feel like you’re in a stone zoon. You also can appreciate the exquisite Buddhist stone statues from ancient times scattered on the caves and cliffs.
Then we will visit the first-class protected area of West Lake Longjing tea, Meijiawu Tea Village. The village also is the main source of the Longjing tea. Just walk around the village, smell the faint aroma of tea in the air, and try some fine tea. If you come here in spring, you even can join the locals to pick up tea leaves. Today’s last stop is China National Tea Museum, the only national museum focusing on tea and tea culture in China. You will be surprised to see there’s no wall inside the museum as if saying “We have no threshold. Everyone is welcome here”. You can learn history of tea and tea customs of different areas in China, and admire delicate tea wares.
At the end of the tour, you will go back to your hotel.
AM: Today you will take bullet train to Huangshan. Your driver will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the train station. When you arrive at Huangshan North Railway Station, your local guide will greet you at the exit of the train station by holding a name sign and transfer you to have a lunch and then visit Tunxi Ancient Street, 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.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: 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 Huagnshan Mountain.
After the tour, check in at the Huangshan city local hotel.
AM: Your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel lobby after breakfast and transfer you to visit Hongcun Ancient Village. This more than 800-year-old village 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.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Then directlt dirve to the Yellow Mountain (Huangshan Mountain). Upon arrival, you will take the shuttle bus to Cloud Valley Temple and then take a cable car up the mountain. Then hike to enjoy the beautiful scenery at North Sea, Beginning-to-believe Peak, Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and West Sea Valley. There will be many staircases that go up and down, but all the tiredness of climbing will be gone when you see the breathtaking scenery. If you are still in good shape and time & weather permits, you can continue to Sky Sea Scenic Area to enjoy gorgeous sunset at Bright Summit and explore Flying-over Rock. Please do not watch your camera or phone while walking.
Tonight you will stay at a hotel on the mountain so as to catch sunrise next day.
AM: 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 Lion Peak which got its name from the look like a crouching lion. You will visit Dawn Pavilion and see an interesting rock called “Stone Monkey Watching Sea”. Next we will hop on cable car and descend the mountain.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: At the end of the tour, 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.
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.
2 people of same gender share one room. If you prefer better privacy, or there is no fellow traveler with same gender to match, you need to pay single supplement USD215.
Train station pick-up and drop-off in Hangzhou and Huangshan
One way 2nd class bullet train ticket from Hangzhou to Huangshan
Comfortable transfers in air-conditioned vehicles with experienced driver
Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary
Boat cruise at West Lake
Cable cars up and down Huangshan Mountain
4 nights 4 stars hotel with daily breakfast
Professional English-speaking tour guide
One bottle of mineral water per person per day
4 Chinese-style lunches
Fuels, tolls and parking charges
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Arrival flight/train on the first day and departure flight/train on the last day
Guide service on the train
All personal expenses, optional activities and additional hotel services
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Our Driver and Vehicle
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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.