5 Days Huangshan Tour with Extension to Hangzhou

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-- Mt. Huangshan
-- Tunxi Ancient Street
-- West Lake
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Tour Code: CTG-HS09

Tour Description

Mountains and waters are usually essential criteria to judge where a place is naturally attractive or not; and they are fundamental elements in traditional Chinese landscape paintings. In this tour, the most sparkling spots are Mt. Huangshan of Huangshan City and West Lake of Hangzhou City.

Mt. Huangshan is praised as "The Most Fantastic Mountain under Heaven", while the West Lake gains its highest reputation especially due to the Legend of the White Snake. The "Four Wonders" of Mt. Huangshan and "Top Ten Scenic Spots" of West Lake will never disappoint you!

Granite peaks and twisted pines wreathed in floating mist or clouds on Mt. Huangshan

Be seduced by the tranquil and unearthly sceneries of West Lake

Day 1 Arrival in Huangshan City- Hongcun Villages (Lunch)
Today's Activities Upon your arrival in Huangshan City, our local guide will pick you up at the airport and escort you to the hotel for checking in. Then we will visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site - Hongcun Village to explore its ancient charm.
Highlights
Hongcun Village Hongcun Village          
Residence door Bridge across the lake          
Day 2 Mt. Huangshan (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities After breakfast, start at 9:00 and drive about 1.5 hours to Mt. Huangshan and take cable car from Yungu (Cloud Valley) Station to White Goose Ridge Station. Tour North Sea Scenic Area for a view of the fantastic pines and rock formation of Huangshan.

After hotel check-in and lunch, head for West Sea Grand Canyon. The less-trodden path of the West Sea Grand Canyon is surely a joyful experience with the breathtaking scenery of Mt. Huangshan. Also enjoy the glory of Huangshan sunset at Cloud Dispelling Pavilion and stay overnight on the mountain.
Highlights
Mt. Huangshan Mt. Huangshan Mt. Huangshan          
Upright rocks Hiking path Pine tree at dusk          
Day 3 Mt. Huangshan - Hangzhou City (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Get up early to catch a glorious sunrise at the 1,690m (5,544.62ft) high Lion Peak and tour the surrounding area before taking a cable car down the mountain. Drive back to tour the 500-year-old Tunxi Ancient Street for whether experiencing the local lifestyle or shopping for some special souvenirs, like red-bean ornaments and Huangshan fritters. Then drive to Hangzhou City and stay overnight at the city.
Highlights
Tunxi Ancient Street Temple of Heaven          
Tunxi Ancient Street Delicate ink sticks          
Day 4 Hangzhou City (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Experience the legendary beauty of West Lake by rambling and take a boat tour on the picturesque lake. Then visit the masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture – Six Harmonies Pagoda, which is also a landmark for navigation of Qiantang River. After lunch, we will take a visit to the famous and historic Buddha temple – Lingyin Temple, to seek a moment's soul retreat from the mundane world. Then a tour to the Tea Plantation and a stroll along the Hefang Street, a showcase of a variety of Chinese crafts and where the nearly 140-year-old Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hu Qingyu Tang) lies.
Highlights
Hangzhou West Lake Hangzhou West Lake          
West Lake sunset Leifeng Pagoda of West Lake          
Day 5 Hangzhou City - Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities You are free to arrange your own itinerary for today until being escorted to the airport for your departure for the next stop.
Highlights
Hangzhou West Lake Hangzhou Hefang Street          
West Lake Pavilion Hefang Street          
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Hotels: Accommodation on Mt. Huangshan, in Huangshan & Hangzhou city
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver
Water & Tissues: free purified water and tissues offered per day; Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Huangshan City
Huangshan Hotel
Huangshan International Hotel
Located in Huangshan City's central district – Tunxi, Huangshan International Hotel is a 4-star hotel with an ideal location for getting around the city. Facing beautiful Xin'an River, standing in front of Xiao Hua Mountain, the hotel is of ancient Hui-style in accordance with the ancient looking of the streets.
The hotel consists of over 400 rooms of different standards, 7 well-equipped conference halls, Chinese and Western Restaurants, a bar, and other entertainment facilities.
Huangshan Hotel
Huangshan Xinan Country Villa Hotel
Surrounded by ancient Hui-style gardens, the 4-star Xin'an Country Villa Hotel stands at the intersection of three rivers and affords scenic mountain views for guests. It's very convenient to get to the airport and Tunxi Ancient Street from the hotel.
The hotel boasts 64 rooms with first-class amenities. The Zhuxiangju Restaurant serves local Anhui cuisine. Modern conference centers offer various business services.
Hotels on Mt. Huangshan
Huangshan Hotel
Beihai Hotel Huangshan
Beihai Hotel is a 4-star hotel in North Sea (Beihai) Scenic Area of Mt. Huangshan. It's one of the best locations for catching the sunrise or sunset of Mt. Huangshan under or over the almost constant sea of clouds.
The hotel provides 245 well-equipped rooms, Chinese and Western Restaurant and other facilities.
Huangshan Hotel
Paiyunlou Hotel Huangshan
Huangshan Paiyunlou Hotel is a 3-star hotel located at the foot of Danxia Mountain in the West Sea (Xihai) Scenic Area of Mt. Huangshan. The hotel is close to Cloud Dispelling Pavilion (Paiyunlou), which is one of the best places for enjoying Mt. Huangshan's sunrise and sunset.
The hotel has well-designed guestrooms and suites for guests' comfortable stay, and also a business center for not leaving off business. Restaurant provides delicious Chinese cuisine.

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include daily breakfast provided by the hotel and 3 lunches.
You are free to make dinner arrangements by yourself.
The following is introduction to local culinary Anhui Cuisine and highly-praised local restaurants.

Anhui Cuisine - Local Food of Huangshan City

As one of the Eight Culinary Traditions of China, Anhui Cuisine features elaborate choices and handling of cooking materials, ingredients, and strict control of cooking process. Wild herbs, both from land and sea, are widely used in Anhui cuisine cooking. Braising and stewing are common techniques in this culinary art.
-- Learn more about Huangshan Dining or Anhui Cuisine.


Recommended Local Restaurants:

To savor the most original Anhui food, tourists are recommended to take one of the local restaurants. Below are some excellent restaurants offering Hui-style dishes and cuisine, each with its distinctive features and specialities.

     
Laojie Diyi Lou (Tunxi Ancient Street)
-- Built in traditional Hui-style
-- Offer both buffet and sit-down meals
-- Feature: Traditional Anhui Cuisine
   Meishi Renjia (Tunxi Ancient Street)
-- Two-storey Hui-style building
-- Open kitchen
-- Feature: Local specialized foods & snacks
  
     
Leigang Restaurant (Hongcun Village)
-- Hui-style architecture dating back to the year of 1131
-- Surrounded by trees and bamboos
-- Feature: Local food, homely dishes
   Jushantang Hostel (Hongcun Village)
-- Well-preserved old house of traditional style
-- "Jushantang" means a mansion inhabited by kind-hearted people
-- Feature: Anhui Cuisine
  
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Comments

Dear Sara

Our tour group greatly enjoyed our trip to Huangshan and Jingdezhen. The weather in Huangshan was perfect and the views spectacular. We also enjoyed the hotel (great location and good food) and the crowds were OK in the early morning and the evening, so staying the night was the right decision.

We enjoyed our visits to Xidi and Hongcun, one well developed and commercial, the other in a more "natural" state, so a good contrast. We could have done with more time, as our visits were a bit hurried.

Jingdezhen was interesting, particularly the old kiln and museum and we had a great time shopping. The hotel, KaiMenZi (which I chose) was not good. Poor food, poor service and no possibility of buying either a drink or a coffee after 6pm. The location also meant we could not wander around the town in the evening which we would have liked to do. I'm not sure what the alternatives were. The visit and lunch at SanBao Ceramic Centre was the highlight.

The driver was excellent and the coach comfortable. Our guide's English was good and we had no trouble communicating. He was also very open to our suggestions and flexible enough to change plans. His food ordering was excellent, as we had specific requirements for lots of vegetables!

Kind regards,

Customer: Mr. Scarf

Destinations: Huangshan (Yellow Mountain) - Jingdezhen

Related Tour: 4 Days Huangshan Tour with Extension to Jingdezhen

Dear Sara & Cherry,

we enjoyed Huangshan very much and our guide, Peter, was excellent, so thank you for his service. The accommodation was fine and the food was also very good. We felt the tour was value for moeny and would travel with you next time we are in China.

Customer: Mr. Teoh

Destinations: Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

Related Tour: 3 Days Huangshan Mountain and Ancient Villages Tour , 4 Days Huangshan Cultural Heritage Tour

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