Wuhan-Anqing (Mount Tianzhu)- Chizhou (Mount Jiuhua) - Tongling - Wuhu - Maanshan - Nanjing - Shanghai
Day01: Sightseeing by steamboat .
Place & Transport:Yangtse & Boat
Today's Activities:From Wuhan travel eastward by taking the Yangtse sightseeing steamboat and may stop at Jiujiang to visit Mountain Lushan. After arriving in Anhui Province, tour Xiaogu Hill, an isolated island in the Yangtse River. You can land on the Island by taking a small boat to pay a visit to the only Mazu Temple of the Yangtse River, and enjoy the inscriptions left by famous people through the ages and the splendid sight of the Yangtse River flowing eastwards.
Day02: Arrive in Anqing City by ship.
Place & Transport:Anqing & Ship
Today's Activities:Arrive in Anqing City by ship. Anqing City, located in the southwest of Anhui Province and the north of the Yangtse River, is one of the ten well-known port cities by the Yangtse River. With a long history, Anqing had been the capital of Anhui Province for quite a long time since the 25th year of Emperor Qianglong's reign (1760) and also a crucial battlefield for armies of Taiping Kingdom and Xiangjun's (Army troops from Hunan Province, well-known for military courage) struggle for the Yangtse River area. It consists of 7 counties and 3 districts, belonging to the scenic area of Southwest Anhui with abundant tourism resources including places of interests such as Tianzhu Mountain, Sikongshan Mountain, Huating and Mountain Fushan. Inside the city, the scenic spots such as Temple Yingjiang Lake, Tower Zhenfeng and the tomb of Cheng Duxiu are worth sightseeing. Also Anqing is the origin of Huangmei Opera and the birthplace of famous artists such as Ma Lan and Han Zaifen. When the sightseeing steamboat anchors in Anqing, visit the ancient South Mount Yue, that is, Mount Taizhu (80 kilometers off Anqing Port, 1.5 hours) and the famous Anqing Huangmei Opera School in the day, and enjoy the wonderful Huangmei opera performance in the evening.
Day03: The sightseeing steamboat reaches Chizhou.
Place & Transport:Chizhou & Boat
Today's Activities:The sightseeing steamboat reaches Chizhou, which, located in the south of the Yangtse River, is an important port city for sightseeing access to Jihuashan and Huangshan via vehicles, with 1 city, 1 district and 3 counties under its administrative jurisdiction. As a prefecture, it has a history of over 1,300 years. Li Bai had been there quite a long time in his late years for its beautiful landscape also Du Mu, a famous poet of the Tang Dynasty, had been the governor of the city. A lot of poetic praise has been dedicated to Chizhou by many well-known people. The Nuo Opera of Guichi, characterized by masked Nuo Dance, is a most peculiar variety of Chinese local operas, and also the ancient rudiment of Chinese opera. Chizhou has places of insterests like Mount Jiuhuashan, Guniujiang Nature Reserve, Lake Shengjin and the Dawang Cave within its boundaries and scenic spots such as Mount Qishan, the Xinghua Village and the Qiupu River, available to personal interest and the time afforded. In the evening return to the steamboat and proceed with the tour.
Day04: The steamboat gets to Tongling City
Place & Transport:Tongling & Boat
Today's Activities:The steamboat gets to Tongling City located on the southern bank of the Yangtse River, with a bridge across. The city has been famous for copper mines since ancient times and gained the name of the "Old Copper Capital of China". Li Bai, the famous poet, once toured here. Within the city, there are scenic spots like Mount Wusong, Lake Tianjing and the Cowfish Protection Center for the rare animal of the Yangtse River. Tongling is 110 kilometers from Hefei, and 100 kilometers to Huangshan. With the highway completed, it only takes about one hour to reach the Taiping Cableway near Huangshan after berthing the steamboat at Tongling Harbour and departing for Huangshan by taking a bus instead. The key scenic spots for sightseeing in Huangshan are the Xihai and Beihai Scenic Areas. Back to the steamboat for the night.
Day05: Get to Wuhu by steamboat
Place & Transport:Wuhan & Boat
Today's Activities:Get to Wuhu by steamboat. Wuhu City, located on the southern bank of the Yangtse River, where the most up-to-date Yangtse Bridge lies, is one of China's outstanding tourist cities and an important economic city of Anhui Province with an area of 230 square kilometers and a population of more than 1 million. It was historically called "Jiuzi" and is an important trade port along the Yangtse River. The major attractions include Temple Guangji, Tower Zhongjiang, the Tomb of General Dai Anlan, the Jiuzi Square and Mount Marenshan. One-day bus ride is provided for touring the neighboring areas of Wuhu like the Jingxian County and Xuancheng. Wuhu is famous for its iron painting, local flavours and water-melon seeds.
Day06: Reach Maanshan by steamboat
Place & Transport:Maanshan & Boat
Today's Activities:Reach Maanshan by steamboat. Land directly and visit the Caishi Rock - one of the three well-known Rocks of the Yangtse River. Caishi Rock, also called Niuzhu Rock, is a grotesque and steep cliff standing on the southern bank of the Yangtse River, which was a strategic point in the ancient times and also a legendary place where Li Bai, when drunk, jumped into the river to catch the Moon. The Rock, to which many famous people through the ages dedicated their poems and odes, has the main attractions including the Taibai Pavilion, Ranxi Pavilion, Zhuoyue Terrace, Sanyuan Cave and Memorial of Calligrapher Lin Sanzhi.
There is the Tomb of Zhuran (a famous general of the Wu Kingdom in the period of the Three Kingdoms) inside Maanshan City and the famous tomb of Li Bai in the Mount Qingshan of Dangtu County on its outskirts. Maanshan City is 58 kilometers away from Nanjing with highway in-between where you can leave the steamboat and land to end the travel, or proceed to sail east for touring Nanjing, Yangzhou, Shanghai and so on.
The route can also be arranged in a reverse way, -- to depart from Shanghai or Nanjing by boat, tour the whole Anhui Province and then proceed west to pay a visit to Sanxia (Three Great Gorges) or Chongqing.
Get the price: This tour is a private tour and departure date will be based on your request. Prices depend on travel seasons and will be quoted upon request.