5 Days Jingdezhen Porcelain Tour with Mt. Huangshan
Combining both culture and nature, this 5-day trip will bring you to the world-renowned porcelain capital to explore the past glory, culture and development of ceramics by visiting ancient kiln sites, workshops, museums and ceramics market; To enjoy the natural spectacles of Mt. Huangshan and marvel at the marvelous precipitous peaks, tenacious giant pine trees, breathing-taking cloud seas, bizarre stones, etc. Spend some leisure time in Hongcun Village and Tunxi Ancient Street to meet many time-honored Huizhou-style architectures, look into the local life and sample authentic local food. Witness the whole traditional process of making ink-sticks at Hu Kaiwen Ink Factory, and experience the local representative bamboo weaving in Lingshan Village.
Highlights of this tour: *Have an in-depth porcelain exploration in Jingdezhen’s museums and ancient kiln sites, get to know the development and history of ceramics, and learn the porcelain making process in ancient times. *Marvel at the breathtaking scenery at Mt. Huangshan which is reputed as “the No. 1 Mountain under Heaven”. *Hike to West Sea Grand Canyon to marvel at the most enthralling landscape on Mt. Huangshan, immerse yourself into the world of weird and unique stones, rocks and peaks, and lush pine trees. *Enjoy a leisure stroll at the Tunxi Ancient Street and sample some authentic local food. *Explore the many precious cultural heritages unique to the Huizhou region. *Enjoy leisure time in the quiet, peaceful and beautiful Hongcun Village, an ancient village in Chinese paintings boasting typical Hui-style architectures. *Experience the time-honored handicraft culture – bamboo weaving. A local bamboo weaving master will teach you how to weave lanterns, vases, and various animals, etc.
Today is a full-day exploration in the world-renowned porcelain capital. Your driver and English-speaking guide will meet you at the hotel lobby after breakfast. Then accompany you to the Ancient Kiln Folk Customs Museum. It is like a living museum featuring the ancient dwelling complex from Ming and Qing Dynasty, much traditional porcelain-making equipment, and revived ancient kilns. There are staff who show visitors how the equipment was once used.
Then move to the Jingdezhen Ceramic Museum to explore the development of Chinese ceramic. Displaying over 2,500 precious ceramic masterpieces of various dynasties, the museum offers you a chance to marvel at the exquisite skill of crafting delicate ceramic works.
Continue your visit to the Taoxichuan Creative Theme Market. Based in a closed ceramic factory, it is now a district you can look into many creative studios, ceramic shops, exquisite ceramic works, and many elements of culture and entertainment.
After breakfast, drive about 2.5 hours to Hongcun Village in Huangshan City. Listed as a UNESCO site in 2000, Hongcun Village is the place to encounter many original residences from Ming and Qing dynasties with exquisite wood carvings, among which the Chengzhi Hall is the highlight, reputed as “Folk Forbidden City”.
Then your guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel for a good rest. BTW, you can prepare something for tomorrow’s hiking in advance. Highly recommend you to prepare some snacks to keep your energy up and bring a jacket even in summer. And don’t forget hiking poles, raincoats, and rain boots regardless of the time of year considering the mountain is notorious for rainfall.
Expect a full day of hiking and sightseeing at Mt. Huangshan today. Your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel in the morning and drive about 1.5 hours to Mt. Huangshan. Upon arrival, you will take a shuttle bus to Cloud Valley Temple and then take a cable car to the upper area of the mountain. Then hike to enjoy the beautiful scenery at the North Sea, Beginning-to-believe Peak, Cloud-dispelling Pavilion, and West Sea Valley. Along the way, you will see many uniquely shaped pine trees growing out of the cliffs. Your hiking will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery.
After the sightseeing, you will take the cable car down to the foot of the mountain and transfer back to your hotel (about 1.5 hours’ drive).
Meet your guide and driver at your hotel lobby in the morning after breakfast. Then head to Lingshan Village for a bamboo weaving experience. You will be introduced to local representative handicraft culture and learn to make your own bamboo weaving.
Continue visiting Hu Kaiwen Ink Factory, a time-honored ink factory that can be traced back to 1782. It is the place where you can see the whole process of making ink sticks (a type of solid ink used as a coloring material for calligraphy and brush painting in ancient China. ) and buy ink sticks of various shapes and colors.
Then, your guide will escort you to Tunxi Ancient Street for a leisure stroll. Believed as China’s best-preserved ancient street, Tunxi Ancient Street is now a pedestrian street highlighting ancient architectural styles of the Southern Song Dynasty, Ming Dynasty, and Qing Dynasty.
Afterwards, your guide and driver will transfer you to the train station/airport for your departure train/flight. Your 5-day trip will end here. Wish you a pleasant journey!
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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.