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Tour Overview

Join us on an enchanting journey through Hunan, China’s province of captivating landscapes and rich history. Begin in Changsha, a modern metropolis where you’ll explore museums and serene parks. Travel to Zhangjiajie, known for its breathtaking “Avatar” mountains and the thrilling Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge. Immerse in Chairman Mao’s legacy in Shaoshan, visiting his former residence and ancestral hall. Experience the natural wonders of Yellow Dragon Cave and cruise the Tuojiang River in the ancient town of Fenghuang. This Hunan trip promises an unforgettable blend of cultural exploration and awe-inspiring natural beauty, leaving you with cherished memories of this diverse and dynamic province.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the vibrant city of Changsha, taste local delicacies, and immerse in its modernity and history.
2. Stand in awe at Zhangjiajie’s Avatar-like landscapes, surrounded by towering sandstone pillars and lush forests.
3. Walk on the thrilling Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge, suspended over a breathtaking canyon.
4. Discover the ancient charm of Fenghuang Ancient Town, with its riverside beauty and well-preserved wooden houses.
5. Step into Chairman Mao’s world in Shaoshan, visiting his Former Residence and ancestral hall.
6. Marvel at the vast Yellow Dragon Cave, a subterranean wonder adorned with mesmerizing stalactites and stalagmites.
7. Cruise the Tuojiang River through the heart of Fenghuang, admiring ancient bridges and traditional riverside houses.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province! Upon your arrival at the airport, your friendly guide and driver will be waiting to greet you. They will then transfer you to your hotel in Changsha, where you can check-in and freshen up after your journey. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the city at your own pace.

    You may wish to take a stroll along the bustling streets, try out some local delicacies, or visit nearby attractions. Changsha has a vibrant nightlife, so you might also want to experience the city's evening entertainment options.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Changsha

  2. After breakfast at your hotel, we'll start our city tour by visiting the Hunan Provincial Museum. This museum is a treasure trove of artifacts and exhibits showcasing the rich history and culture of Hunan province. You'll have the opportunity to learn about ancient civilizations, traditional craftsmanship, and influential figures from the region's past.

    Changsha Hunan Provincial Museum
    Hunan Provincial Museum

    Next, we'll head to Orange Island Park, a serene island situated in the middle of the Xiang River. The island offers lovely walking paths, beautiful gardens, and scenic views of the river and city skyline. It's a popular spot among locals and visitors alike.

    In the afternoon, we'll visit Yuelu Academy, one of the oldest academic institutions in China. This prestigious academy has a history that spans over a thousand years and has been a center of learning and scholarship since ancient times. The serene campus and historical buildings make it a great place to soak in the atmosphere of classical Chinese education.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Changsha

  3. Today, we'll embark on a journey to Zhangjiajie, but first, we'll make a stop at Shaoshan, the hometown of Chairman Mao Zedong, the founding father of the People's Republic of China.

    In the morning, we'll drive about 1.5 hours to Shaoshan. Our first stop here will be the Water-dripping Cave, a scenic spot known for its natural beauty and historical significance. It is said that Chairman Mao once took shelter in this cave during his youth.

    Shaoshan Water-dripping Cave
    Water-dripping Cave

    Next, we'll visit the Former Residence of Mao Zedong, a traditional Hunan-style house where Mao spent his early years. The residence has been turned into a museum and offers insight into his early life and revolutionary activities.

    Afterwards, we'll explore Mao's Family Ancestral Hall, an important ancestral temple for the Mao family. The hall reflects the traditional architecture and cultural heritage of the region.

    Mao's Family Ancestral Hall
    Mao's Family Ancestral Hall

    In the afternoon, we'll leave Shaoshan and continue our journey to Zhangjiajie, which will take approximately 4.5 hours. Once we arrive in Zhangjiajie City, you can rest and prepare for the upcoming adventures in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Zhangjiajie

  4. Get ready for an exciting day of exploring Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, also known as the "Avatar Mountains" due to its resemblance to the floating mountains depicted in the movie "Avatar."

    After breakfast, we'll take a cable car up to Huangshi Village, where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the unique sandstone pillars and lush forests. The stunning scenery is sure to leave you in awe.

    Huangshi Village Zhangjiajie
    Take a cable car to the top of the mountain

    Next, we'll head to Golden Whip Stream, a picturesque valley with crystal-clear waters, lush vegetation, and towering cliffs. Take a leisurely walk along the stream, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.

    In the afternoon, we'll head to Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon to experience the famous Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge. This glass-bottomed bridge stretches across the canyon, providing an adrenaline-pumping experience and incredible views of the gorge below. Don't worry; the bridge is designed to be safe for visitors.

    After the thrilling experience, we'll take elevators down to the valley bottom to get a different perspective of the canyon's beauty.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Zhangjiajie

    Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge
    Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

  5. Today, we'll explore the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, another highlight of Zhangjiajie.

    We'll start by experiencing the Bailong Elevator, which is a unique glass elevator built into the side of a cliff. It holds the record for being the tallest outdoor elevator in the world, offering breathtaking views as you ascend.

    Next, we'll visit Yuanjiajie, famous for its towering sandstone pillars and lush greenery. This area served as inspiration for the "Hallelujah Mountains" in the movie "Avatar."

    Later, we'll take a sightseeing bus to visit Tianzi Mountain, known for its awe-inspiring peaks and cloud-shrouded vistas. The cool breeze and beautiful scenery will make this an unforgettable experience.

    After a full day of exploration, your guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel, where you can relax and reminisce about the amazing sights you've witnessed.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Zhangjiajie

    Zhangjiajie Tianzi Mountain
    Tianzi Mountain

  6. In the morning, we'll visit the Yellow Dragon Cave, a vast and magnificent limestone cave system. Inside, you'll marvel at the impressive stalactites, stalagmites, and underground streams that create a magical underground world.

    After the cave visit, we'll embark on a 3.5-hour journey to Fenghuang Ancient Town, a picturesque town steeped in history and culture. Upon arrival, your guide will help you check in to your hotel, and you'll have the rest of the day to explore this charming ancient town at your own pace. Wander through the cobblestone streets, admire the well-preserved wooden houses, and soak in the unique atmosphere of this riverside town.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: Fenghuang

    Fenghuang Ancient Town
    Night Views of Fenghuang Ancient Town

  7. In the morning, we'll take a boat ride on the Tuojiang River, offering a different perspective of Fenghuang Ancient Town. The boat ride will take you past ancient bridges, traditional houses, and scenic spots along the riverbank.

    Fenghuang Ancient Town
    Take a boat ride on the Tuojiang River

    Next, we'll visit the Former Residence of Shen Congwen, a renowned Chinese writer who once called Fenghuang home. This residence provides insight into the life and works of the literary figure.

    Afterwards, we'll have a look at Rainbow Bridge, East Gate Tower, and Wanming Pagoda, among other cultural highlights of the town. You'll have some free time to take in the last views and explore any spots you may have missed.

    In the afternoon, we'll drive back to Zhangjiajie City, where your guide will accompany you to the airport or train station for your onward journey or return home.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $1069 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

 

Price Includes

  • 6 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Changsha / off Zhangjiajie;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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