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20-day China Tea Discovery

Tour code:TZHG -.04
Departure: everyday
Tour Type: Private, hiking tour, sightseeing, leisure tour
Attraction:Shanghai ,Suzhou,Wuxi ,Yixing ,Hangzhou ,Huangshan ,Shaowu,Wuyishan , Xiamen  ,Anxi, Yongding ,Kunming ,Puer city by flight,Menglun ,Yiwu Ancient Town ,Jinghong
Highlight: Varied kinds of tea are grown in the vastly differing geographic locations of climates of China.  Yixing is the famous “pottery capital” West Lake ,Yellow Mountain,Longjing tea  plantation,    Base Of Huangshan Maofeng Green Tea,The Wuyishan and Anxi area produces a famous oolong tea, The most famous tea from Yunnan is Pue,This exclusive 20-day China Tea Discovery Tour is designed to capture the essence of China’s tea culture combined with rich natural and cultural attractions around the country.

 

Day by day itinerary 每日行程:

 
Day 1Arrive in Shanghai
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Today's Activities: Transfer by international or domestic flight – own arrangement.
Upon arrival at Shanghai Airport, our local English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport with a welcome sign with your name, and then transfer to your hotel. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.
 
 Entering Shanghai, you will immediately be overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of a thriving city: its colours, its people, its futuristic skyscrapers and indigenous Shikumen houses. .

Recommended :   The Bund is the cultural section of Shanghai that best represents the blending of ancient and modern influences. This renowned waterfront district is the city's most famous landmark. Local people honor the Huangpu River as Mother River

Day 2  Shanghai  Tours
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Today's ActivitiesAfter breakfast at the hotel, meet the guide at the appointed time and start today’s Shanghai city trip to visit Shanghai Museum to learn about the local Shanghai history, have a free walk on the nearby Old Street. After lunch at a local Chinese restaurant, pay a visit to the Oriental Pearl Tower to see the modern Shanghai. After that, free at leisure on the Nanjing Road and the Bund.
Recommended:   Shikumen houses---

Day 3   Shanghai  /Suzhou
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Today's Activities:

After breakfast at the hotel, drive about 1.5 - 2 hours to Suzhou, visit the Master of Net Garden, which is the smallest of the Suzhou residential gardens, yet it is the most impressive because of its use of space which creates the illusion of an area that is much greater than its actual size. And then visit Humble Administrator's Garden, which is the largest and most renowned garden. Lunch will be taken at a local Chinese Restaurant. In the afternoon, visit the Grand Canal with a cruise which is which is also known as the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal is the earliest and the longest artificial river in the world that is ten times of the Suez Canal and 22 times of the Panama Canal. And then pay a visit to the No.1 Silk Factory - with a history of more than 80 years, enjoys a good reputation in the silk industry. Overnight in Suzhou.

Suzhou's sights and attractions are numerous and well taken care of. Classical garden in Suzhou are cultural and artistic essence of Chinese folk architecture.
Recommended:    Shiquan Street – a European-style bar street paradise

Day 4   Suzhou /Wuxi Tuor
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Today's Activities: After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to nearby West Mountain to visit the Biluochun Tea Garden, pick tea at the garden with tea farmers, see the whole process how to make green tea, and then taste the Biluochun green tea. Lunch will be taken at the local farmers’ home. In the afternoon, drive to Wux, visit Tortoise Head Garden, and then walk around the Taihu Lake. Today’s tour ends with a visit to the pearl factory. Overnight in Wuxi.

Recommended:    There are numerous watering holes around Wuxi, while there are more expats to be found in some of them, you can expect a mix of locals in any pub or nightclub in Wuxi.
 

Day 5  Wuxi /   Yixing / Hangzhou Tuor
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Today's Activities:

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Yixing Hao Tea Garden, walk around the tea garden, learn about Hao Tea (one of the green tea) and taste the tea. Drive about 1 hour to Yixing, visit the Dingsu Town (Purple Sand Village, and Purple Sand museum -Monday closely). And then visit the Dragon Kiln in Qianshu Village – the last dragon kiln in China; learn about the Purple sand teapots. Try the local green tea in a local family. Later today, drive about 1.5 hours to Hangzhou for overnight.


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Day 6  Hangzhou Tuor
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Today's Activities:    Pick up from your hotel in Hangzhou and head to China National Tea Museum. It is the only national tea museum in China. The museum is surrounded by groves of tea trees and the area is beautifully manicured. The museum itself is a comprehensive museum and has descriptions in English and Chinese.

Then continue to visit Meijiawu Tea Village. Meijiawu has long been well known for its Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea tradition. It is a good place to understand the brilliant past and equally bright future of tea in China. Taking tea dates back to several centuries before the birth of Jesus! In the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220), people considered tea to a medicine for curing ailments. But drinking tea as a social function or leisure or cultural purposes date back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Drinking tea in China was quite popular around 760 AD.

Meijiawu Village in particular is famous for its history of offering exquisite tea. This beautiful village will make you to feel the pleasure of a perfect cup of tea, watch several tea ceremonies. Later you are arranged to drink green tea in one of a local tea farmers'house.
Recommended:    Impression West Lake:  Performance of "Impression West Lake" is a high praise and a greeting for the West Lake culture. Her nature, gesture, affection and destiny have a close relation to the West Lake

Day 7  Hangzhou/ HuangshanTuor
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Today's Activities:    In the morning, meet the guide at the hotel lobby at the appointed time, drive about 3.5 hours to Tunxi City (Huangshan), process driving to visit the Hongcun village. Overnight at Tunxi City.  

. Mt.Huangshan is a magical mountain, covering many other famous mountains' features. The mystic clouds drift in and out, changing the scenery from minute to minute as the mist rises and ebbs; the beauty of Huangshan also varies with the seasons.
Recommended:  For more, head down to Tunxi's historic, flagstoned Lao Jie - Old Street - reached off the southern end of Huang Shan Lu by pushing on over Xin'an Lu.   
 

Day 8   HuangshanTuor
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Today's Activities:  After breakfast at the hotel, start from the hotel around 7:00am, drive about 2 hours to Beidamen Yanghu Lake Tea Garden Base– Huangshan Maofeng which is one of the green tea, trekking about 1.5 hours up to the Tea Garden Base. You can see local farmers picking tea and making tea, and then trekking about 1.5 hours down the mountain. Overnight in Huangshan.

Huangshan Mountain in Anhui Province
Huangshan maofeng tea, produced in Huangshan County in Anhui Province is one of China's top 10 teas with excellent aroma of orchids, charm profound. Since the new system of white tea with the Fine-fuzz, tea showed a sharp peak-Mans, and the fresh leaves collected from the peak of Huangshan Mountain, then the tea named "Huangshan Maofeng Tea". 

Recommended:    Drinking tea is an indispensable part of people's daily life, if you want to experience night life in Huangshan City, which is famous for tea production and drinking,

     

Day 9   Huangshan/Shaowu  Tuor
Place & Transport:     Transfer by overnight train – 2025 (21:13 – 05:27) about 8 hours – soft or hard sleepers
Today's Activities:     One day Yellow Mountain Tour: take 1.5 hours drive to the foot of the mountain. Ascend the eastern side of the mountain by cable car, and then begin to 7km (4.3 mile) hike to the western side of the mountain. On the hike we will take in Yellow Mountain’s most spectacular views and ascend its highest peak – Lotus Peak. Later descend the mountain (by cable car) and transfer to the city for dinner. And then transfer to the railway station for the overnight train to Shaowu.

Recommended:    the national park features its uniquely-shaped pine trees, awesome rock formations, spectacular sea of clouds, recuperative hot springs, and fantastic  winter snow scenery.


Day 10    Shaowu/  Wuyishan Tuor
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Today's Activities: 
  Upon arrival at Shaowu railway station in the early morning, meet our guide at the railway station, and then drive 1.5 hours to Wuyishan. Have breakfast in the hotel and for a morning rest. In the afternoon, you will visit Tianyou Mountain (Wu Yi Mountain), which is the birthplace of China’s rock oolongs. You need to up and down the mountain, about 3.5 hours. Overnight in Wuyishan.

 Mt. Wuyishan Scenic Spots  The key scenic area covers 70 km2, With 36 peaks, 72 caves, 99 picturesque rocks and 108 seats and. The exquisite and mountains and water are the true happiness.

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Day 11      Wuyishan Tuor
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Today's Activities:   Today, we’ll float along the Nine Curves River in a bamboo boat to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. On the boat, you’ll have a chance to absorb the scenery and learn why this particular area is so well suited for oolong tea. In the afternoon, visit Dahongpao (Red Gown) and Water Curtain Cave – about 3 hours, you will see Dahongpao’s mother bush, which is over 350 years old, in a special park. On the way back from Water Curtain Cave, you can see a lot of tea gardens on the rock, where you can learn about rock tea. And go to a tea farmer’s house to taste special wild mushroom tea.

Mount Wuyi tea As a Chinese saying goes : famous mountains produce famous tea. WuYiShan has enjoyed a long history and international fame in producing prize WuYi Rock (belongs to oolong Tea). The big red robe tea, is the ultimate produce, naturally grown only on the cliff of the nine dragon Valley of WuYi and enjoys a high reputation both at home and abroad.
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Day 12  Wuyishan/ Xiamen  Tuor
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Today's Activities:
This morning, go to Royal Tea Garden and learn about the history of Oolong Tea. After lunch, transfer to the airport for the flight to Xiamen.
Upon arrival in Xiamen, meet the guide and transfer to the hotel for a good rest. En route, enjoy the amazing view along the Ring Road. Overnight in Xiamen.

"A city on the sea and sea in the city", Xiamen is a beautiful "seaside garden". Islands and islets, cliffs and crags, rocks and stones, temples, flowers and woods show up to advantage with each other. The local conditions, Taiwanese customs, delicious seafood and exotic buildings melt into one another. Spring-like weather in four seasons is another feature attractive to tourists visiting this seaside city.

Recommended:  you can also appreciate the lovely night scenery and participate in the colorful nightlife activities in Xiamen. The colored and sparkling lights decorated on the tall buildings especially along the Zhongshan Road and Siming Road make Xiamen more vigorous and lively at night.
 

Day 13 Xiamen / Anxi /Xiamen   Tuor
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In the morning, drive about 2hrs to Anxi, the capital of Tieguanyin. Visit Xiping Village, the home of the original Tieguanyin bush; then visit Tieguanyin Cultural Garden and Weiyin Tea Factory to the history and production methods of Tieguanyin. Later today, drive back to Xiamen.

The Tieguanyin Tea is grown in Songlintou and Yaoyang in Anxi County, where the first thing the visitor should do is to try the famous. Tea.There are seven steps in tea making and drinking. The visitor may also visist China? largest tea plantation, watch demonstrations of the tea culture, or join the local tea growers to pick tea leaves.

Recommended:  Gudao Teahouse:Lianyue Road Branch: No.41, Lianyue Road, Siming District Jiahe Road Branch: 3F, Tianbao Mansion, No.335, Jiahe Road, Huli District

Day 14 Xiamen / Yongding /Xiamen   Tuor
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Today we will drive about 3 hours to explore the China Fujian Tulou – Yongding Kakka Tulou, one of the world cultural heritages. Visit the King of Tulou – Chengqi Lou and the nearby other Kakka House. Later today, drive back to Xiamen for overnight.

The earthen buildings of Hakkas are considered a wonder of oriental architecture. Spread around Yongding, in the west of Fujian Province , there are 4,000 square buildings and 360 round ones, which are quite breathtaking.
Recommended: If you are interested in music, the Gulangyu Odeum at No.1 of Huangyan Road on the Gulangyu Island is a good place for you to enjoy the excellent musical instrument performances held there sometimes.

Day 15 Xiamen /  Kunming Tuor
Place & Transport:      Transfer by flight.
Today's Activities: 
 
In the morning, transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Kunming.
Upon arrival at Kunming airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel. After that, you will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. Enjoy a welcoming dinner of Yunnan Flavoring food with crossing Bridge Rice
Noodle at local Restaurant. Overnight in Kunming.

Known in China as the City of Eternal Spring, Kunming is at an almost-tropical latitude but with a 2000 m (6600 ft) altitude, which gives it a very temperate climate.

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Day 16 Kunming /  Puer city by flight  Tuor
Place & Transport:      Transfer by flight.
Today's Activities:
Recommended:  This morning drive to visit the West Hill and Dragon Gate. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for the flight to Puer City. Upon arrival in Puer city, be met by the local guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. Free at leisure in the evening. Overnight in Puer.

Day 17  Puer city   / Menglun   Tuor
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  In the morning, drive to Puer Tea Gardens, overlooking Puer city. You will explore the Chinese Tea Institute and their Library of dried tea leaves before being whisked off to a tea tasting and more interviews. Visit the Puer Tea Factory and experience how local people cook the Puer Tea Cakes.
In the afternoon, transfer around 2 hours to Jinghong City, and then continue the driving to Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden in Mengla County. Overnight at Menglun.
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Day 18  Menglun   / Yiwu Ancient Town Tuor
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 After the simple Chinese Breakfast, visit Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden. Situated 103 kilometers, or 3 hour ride, from Jinghong, the Tropical Botanical Garden was founded in 1958 and is currently playing an important role in research in the areas of medicinal plants, taxonomy, economic plants and biochemistry. This garden proudly holds 3,000 species of plants, one of the richest botanical concentrations all over the world.
After visiting Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden, drive along a winding road through a tropical rain forest and stopped briefly at a rubber tree orchard on the way to Yiwu. Take a bumpy dirt road to see an 800 years old tea tree overlooking a gorgeous lush valley in Zhengshan Mountain. On the way back, you can walk along one part of the Tea Horse Trail which begins in Yiwu village and goes all the way to Tibet. Today’s last stop is Mr. He Tian Neng’s Old Tea Workshop where you can drink tea and see the stone blocks used to press tea cakes. If time permits, Mr. He will take you to his newer workshop where you watch as workers make puer tea cakes by hand using methods. Overnight in Yiwu.

China Pu Erh tea Fancy paying $10,000 for a few odd grams of tea? That’s how much enterprising Chinese folks are willing to dish out for Puer (or Pu-Erh) tea, a coveted tea type that is renowned for its exotic taste and healing properties.

Day 19   Yiwu Ancient Town /  Jinghong City  Tuor
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Recommended:     Today we will make our own puer tea cakes at a small Cha Ma Shi Factory in Youle, another of the 6 famous puer tea mountains. After steaming, pressing and wrapping 2 cakes each we really got to experience how naturally simple the whole process is compared to other types of tea which are fried, rolled and processed substantially more. The only downside I see to puer cakes is the lengthy aging process which is necessary for the deep rich taste to develop. From this tea factory we will travel to DaDuGang, the owner of the largest tea plantation in Asia. We will have some tea with the owner of DaDuGang. After that, transfer back to Jinghong city for overnight.

Day 20    Jinghong City  Departure by flight
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Recommended:   Transfer to Jinghong airport for your flight to next destination.

 

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