4 Days Huangshan Tour with
Xidi & Hongcun villages
Destinations:Huangshan City- Hongcun-Xidi
Tour highlights:Xidi and Hongcun are two traditional villages located near the southwest slope of Mount Huangshan in southern Anhui province, eastern China. They both are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, because they preserve to a remarkable extent the appearance of traditional non-urban settlements created during a feudal period. Their street plan, architecture and decoration patterns, and the integration of houses with comprehensive water systems are unique surviving examples. Hongcun is called the "village in traditional Chinese painting" and was a location where the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was shot.
Day and day itinerary
Day01:Arrival in Huangshan City
Place & Transport: Huangshan City & Train
Today's Activities:Upon your arrival in Huangshan City, our local guide will meet and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free at your own leisure
Huangshan City is located at the south of Anhui Province and famous for the Mt. Huangshan and scattered serene villages.
Day02:Drive and hike to Huangshan Mountain
Place & Transport:Huangshan Mountain & Auto & Hike
Today's Activities:After breakfast, you will be driven to Huangshan Mountain (1.5 hour-drive), 80km away from Huangshan City. Arriving at Yungu Telpher Station where you will take the cable car to the top of the mountain. After checking into your hotel and lunch, you will visit the Brush Pen Peak, followed by a tour to Begin-to-Believe Peak to see its ancient twisted pine trees, Lion Peak, and Xihai Grand Canyon. In the evening you will enjoy the sunset from the Cloud Dispelling Pavilion. Stay overnight at the summit.
Mt. Huangshan Scenic Spot (Yellow Mountain) is one of China's ten best-known scenic spots. It is characterized by the four wonders, namely, odd-shaped pines, grotesque rock formation, seas of clouds and crystal-clear hot springs. Having all the features of mountain scenery, Mt. Huangshan is known as the No. 1 Mountain under the Heaven. Because of the mists and clouds, natural scenery in the area changes beyond prediction. Xu Xiake, a noted Chinese geologist and traveler in Ming Dynasty, praised Mt. Huangshan as the best of all mountains.
Because of the limited water and food resources, the price climbs high on mountain. Please be careful while sight-seeing and environmental-friendly to the beautiful scenery. Take a good rest for tomorrow's soul-stunning sunrise
Day03:Catch the Huangshan Mountain's magnificent sunrise in the morning.
Place & Transport:Huangshan Mountain & Hike
Today's Activities:Today, get up early in the morning to catch the Huangshan Mountain's magnificent sunrise. After breakfast, you will descend Huangshan, first by foot down the western side of the mountain. Along the way you will see Flying Rock, climb over the Brightness Apex, the second highest peak on Huangshan, and Turtle Peak. After all the strenuous exercise, you will take the cable car at Yuping Station down to the foot of Huangshan Mountain. After lunch, you are transferred to Tunxi District of Huangshan City to explore Tunxi Old Street.
Tunxi Old Street, located at the center of Tunxi District of Huangshan City, has been the distribution center of south Anhui Province knowing for the production of green tea and ink. It is the witness of the flourish of Anhui merchant's for a period of time. The street is 1.5 kilometers long and 7 meters wide with double-floor wooden houses built during the Ming and Qing dynasties at two sides. So far, over 100 movies have been shot in the old street. Here you can buy featured souvenirs such as traditional Chinese medicine, Qimen Black Tea, Anhui ink stick, Shexian ink stone and Anhui Four Carvings.
Day04:Head to Yixian County to visit Hongcun and Xidi villages.
Place & Transport:Yixian County & Auto
Today's Activities:After breakfast, head to Yixian County, 60km east of Huangshan City and visit the two ancient villages of Hongcun and Xidi. The old villages are the most representative local-style residences in southern Anhui Province. Then you will be transferred back to Huangshan City. Lastly, your guide will meet and escort you to the airport for your flight to your next destination
Xidi Ancient Village is known for its unique and elegant wooden houses with prettified walls preventing rain infiltration, black tiles recording the history of the town, and decorative gate towers standing for the particular flavor of the architecture. The exquisite wood carvings, stone engravings and tile carvings are also can be found in Xidi. Walking into an ancient house, you will find yourself in a well-arranged garden with rockeries, fish ponds, stream and cobble-paved ground.
Hongcun Ancient Village is an ancient village with a history over 400 years. The original residential style and features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties were preserved perfectly there. Hongcun Village has a cattle-like plan, a stream passes by every door in the village like cattle's gut, a semi-lunar pond looks like cattle's stomach, and the four bridges over the stream from the cattle's feet. With marbled ground, black tiles, fresh red lanterns, elaborate woodcarvings and amazingly comprehensive water system, Hongcun Village is known as ‘the folk imperial palaces'.
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