Jingdezhen, reputed as “the capital of porcelain” in China, has a long history of manufacturing porcelain. This 5-day tour combined Jingdezhen and the nearby World Heritage Mountain Huangshan, will take you to deeply explore the rich culture and delicate skill of Jingdezhen porcelain, appreciate the splendid natural landscape in Mountain Huangshan as well as Hongcun Village.
Jingdezhen Ancient Porcelain Street, Expo Area of Ancient Kiln & Folk Cultures in Jingde, Jingdezhen China Ceramics Museum, Hutian Ancient Kiln Site, Porcelain Plaza, Hongcun Ancient Village, Mountain Huangshan, Tunxi Ancient Street
Upon your arrival at Jingdezhen train station, our local English speaking tour guide and driver will pick you up from the exit gate by holding a welcome board with your name.
Your exploration begins with Jingdezhen Ancient Porcelain Street. Wandering on the Ancient Porcelain Street in Jingdezhen, it’s easy for you to imagine if you are traveling back in time to old China. The buildings you browsed along the street have been maintained well since Ming and Qing Dynasties, through which you can read the history of Jingdezhen City development, porcelain development as well as local folk culture.
Finishing the sightseeing, come to local hotel for check-in.
Today you will explore the highlight sights of the cultural Jingdezhen. The first stop will be the Expo Area of Ancient Kiln & Folk Cultures in Jingde. Expo Area of Acient Kiln & Folk Cultures is an all-in-one cultural scenic zone with functions of Cultural Expo, porcelain making experience and daily entertainment in one place. It was in 1980 that the local government started to build this area in the purpose of protecting those old kilns, old workshop and buildings scattered in the corner of Jingdezhen City. The Expo Area is Jingdezhen culture in miniature. For sure, your eyes will be dazzled by the various delicate porcelains and their background history.
Later, continue your visit to Jingdezhen China Ceramics Museum (closed on each Tuesday). It is the first Chinese museum featured with porcelain, growing out of Jingdezhen Ceramics, built in 1954. It collects potteries of the Neolithic Age and over 30,000 ceramic treasures since Han and Tang Dynasties, covering those representative breeds in the long history of Jingdezhen’s porcelain making. Follow the tour guide to browse those fine china wares and enjoy a feast for both eyes and spirits.
Afterwards, move on to another must-visit attraction - Hutian Ancient Kiln Site to explore Jingdezhen culture on porcelain making. The site started its legendary fate in 10th century and gained the peaked fame in Song and Yuan Dynasties when it was the kiln site with the largest scale, longest time for porcelain making and best products. The relics protected here is doubtlessly very rich with those old kiln sites scattered everywhere including the chinaware and also the kiln furniture.
Last, come to the Porcelain Plaza. Locates at the center of Jingdezhen City and also the center of local porcelain market. Stroll on the busy plaza and dazzle your eyes with those fine artistic products, but please do remember to bargain if you want to purchase as souvenirs.
After breakfast, drive around 3 hour to Huangshan city. The first and must-see site will be the amazing 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.
After the relaxing sightseeing, transfer to local hotel for check-in. Have a good rest for tomorrow’s mountain hiking!
After hotel breakfast, meet your guide and drive around 1 hour to the 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.
If weather permits, you will get up in the early morning to witness the incredible sunrise. When the mountain is still sleeping under starry sky, you 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 enjoying the sunrise, follow your guide to go back to the 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, you will hop on cable car and descend the mountain to get back to Huangshan downtown. Then, follow your guide to explore 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. 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, you will be dropped off at Huangshan airport / train station for departure.
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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.