Combine the best of Hangzhou and Huangshan in this ultimate exploration through architecture and landscapes that have inspired philosophers and poets for centuries. Commence the tour in Hangzhou, home of the iconic West Lake and Longjing Tea. Here you can cruise leisurely on the lake itself and then explore the nearby famous Lingyin Temple and Wuzhen Water Town. Discover the way traditional culture, art, and architecture have been preserved here in true form. Board the high speed train to Huangshan and prepare yourself for a peak experience. Ride the cable car up Mount Huangshan and then savor the opportunity to capture beautiful travel memories from such well known outlooks as Begin-to-Believe Peak, the majestic Lion Peak, and the Writing-Brush Peak. Overnight at Mount Huangshan and then finish the tour in Hongcun Village, a beautiful town made famous by the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. A delightful tour that offers a quintessential experience of some of China’s most beautiful natural and man made scenery, you’ll appreciate friendly, knowledgeable English speaking guides, the choice of four and five star accommodation, flexible dining options, and the chance to experience real China. Book and take this tour on its own, or combine with any other of our thoughtfully curated China tours from 20 different destinations. Just ask us how.
|Vehicle||Air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver|
|Guide Service & Language||Professional English-speaking guide|
Upon arrival in Hangzhou, your professional guide will greet you and escort you to the pre-booked hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this incredible city.
Meals included: None
Note: Make the most of your tour by enjoying some of the wonderful Hangzhou evening entertainment. Options include the Enduring Memories of Hangzhou show (West Lake Impression) or the spectacular night view at Qiantang River on weekends.
After breakfast, you’ll be collected from the hotel to commence today’s exploration. First stop is the Hangzhou’s famous landmark, West Lake. There will be a stop here to observe Red Carp Pond, one of top ten famous views of the West Lake. So named for the thousands of red carp that inhabit the waters there, Red Carp Pond is a definite photo opportunity.
West Lake is ideal for a leisurely boat cruise that affords a different perspective of the serenity provided by the natural scenery, historic pagodas, and stunning pavilions. Scenes that conjure up images portrayed by scholars and philosophers are inspired by spots along the way: the Three Pools Mirroring the Moon and Su Causeway.
From West Lake, enjoy a relaxed drive to Feilai Peak. Wonder at the persistence of many who’ve created the hundreds of ancient Buddhist rock carvings over various different time periods. A visit to Lingyin Temple will impress. As one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China, it is impressive in size and design. Marvel at ornately painted halls and ceilings in the smell of incense. Your guide will share the compelling historical legends behind the temple.
The final stop on today’s adventure offers picturesque views of an operating tea plantation surrounded by verdant tea fields. Get a close look at how tea grows on the rolling terraces and even pick some leaves if your visit coincides with the harvest season. Learn about how integral tea is to Chinese culture and custom at the China National Tea Museum where collections of tea varieties, tea sets and machines for making tea can be found. After the tour in Hangzhou, you will travel to beautiful Wuzhen Water Town and the peaceful, charming Xizha Scenic Area. Enjoy your stay at the pre-booked hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast
Note: While no evening meal is included in today’s itinerary, consult with your guide who can provide advice about suitable dining options, including local restaurants offering authentic local cuisine.
China loves its ancient towns and after a visit to Wuzhen Water Town you’ll understand why. Your guide will collect you after breakfast and lead the way to the town. Pretty, quaint, and postcard perfect, Wuzhen channels and old bluestone paved streets are to be admired. The well conserved architecture from the Ming and Qing dynasty allow visitors to step back in time. Wuzhen is special for many reasons, not least of which is the chance to visit classic workshops where traditional processes for making daily articles like sauce, cloth and silk can be observed. Traditional storytelling continues at the Wuzhen Xizha Theater courtyard. Visitors can take a seat at the wooden tables and chairs, lush vegetation and antique decorations.
Other optional activities are available too. Book a boat trip* on the canal to delight in the beautiful ancient town from a totally different perspective. At the conclusion of today’s activities, you will be transferred to Tongxiang train station to board the highspeed train to Huangshan.
On arrival in Huangshan, there is time to roam Tunxi Old Street with the local guide. Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to immerse yourself in local culture, sample delicacies or tea, investigate the local crafts, or perhaps even have a calligraphy memento prepared to order.
Meals included: Breakfast
*Optional activities incur an additional cost.
Wake early enough to enjoy breakfast before driving with your guide for an hour to Mount Huangshan, one of the most iconically beautiful mountains in China. Think eerie mist covered mountains covered with willows. Certainly the stuff of poems and film sets. Board a shuttle bus and then ride the Yungu Cable Car up to the mountain. Follow your guide to explore major viewing sites like the towering Begin-to-Believe Peak, the majestic Lion Peak, and the Writing-Brush Peak for splendid sightseeing and photo opportunities while hiking.
Enjoy the buffet lunch and then continue your adventure to the West Sea Grand Canyon, a hiker’s dream. With its miraculous scenery of steep precipices, peculiarly-shaped rocks, ancient pine trees, and sea of clouds, your exploration will be rewarded with the stunning vistas. The 4.5 km trail penetrates deep into the ravine and can be a difficult trek. You’re free to choose whether to follow the winding path down to the bottom, or only walk a small section of it, for example to finish the First Ring or Second Ring. At the end of the hike, enjoy the buffet dinner and overnight stay at the pre-booked hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Buffet Lunch & Dinner
Note: As part of today’s itinerary, there is an overnight stay on the mountain. For this reason, it is recommended you travel light by carrying only essential items when hiking, including a jacket. Your guide will assist with storage of heavy luggage during the hike. In addition, for environmental protection hotels on the mountain will not provide disposable toiletries, so it is necessary for you to bring your own.
If weather permits, rise early and start your day with the stunning sunrise on the top of Mount Huangshan. Later, descend by cable car for the drive to Hongcun Village, deemed by locals to be as pretty as “a village in Chinese painting”. Discover why as you wander along flagstone lanes, see well preserved residences from Ming and Qing Dynasties and soak up picturesque rural scenery featured in the movie “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”.
Following this exploration, you will be transferred to the airport or railway station for your next destination. The tour concludes today.
Meals included: Breakfast
Note: If you would like to make beautiful travel memories anywhere else in China, please let us know. Our expert travel consultants can assist with travel bookings and arrangements, including the purchase of train tickets and other tours from or around Huangshan. We can customize every detail, so there’s no need to worry about a thing. Just ask us.
Inclusions / Exclusions
- Admission fees: to sightseeing spots and activities specified
- Activities specified in the itinerary
- Excellent professional English speaking guide
- Ground transport with licensed drivers in air conditioned vehicles
- High speed train of Tongxiang/Huangshan (first class seat for Luxury tour, second class seat for Superior tour)
- 4-star or 5-star hotel accommodation with breakfast, based on double/twin occupancy
- Meals: Buffet lunch and dinner in the hotel on Mount Huangshan
- Shuttle bus to the foot of the mountain
- Yungu cable car ride
- Travel agency liability insurance during the tour
- Government taxes and fees.
- International/domestic flights and trains to Hangzhou/from Huangshan
- China visa
- Gratuities to guides and drivers and any expense of personal nature
- Meals: lunches and dinners are excluded to allow freedom to choose cuisine. Your guide will make recommendations and order for you, if required.
- Boat ride in Wuzhen Water Town
- Our tour package does not include travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance before your trip to protect for any unforeseen circumstances.
- This is a private tour for your group of family or friends. No other travelers will join you. It’s always available for your schedule!
- Smart casual dress and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
- Prices based on twin occupancy.
- The prices shown above are not valid during China’s Official Holidays (such as National Day and Chinese Spring Festival etc.).