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Tour Code: sh-7

Departure Date: Daily

Features: Private Tour Guide     Private Car & Driver     Authentic Local Restaurants


Besides the essence of Huangshan, which includes the Yellow Mountains and Hongcun Village, this tour also extends to Xidi Village-Hongcun Village Ancient Pathway for hiking. Moreover, you will enjoy a comfortable hot spring to finish the tour. Round-trip train tickets between Huangshan City and Shanghai are covered.


  • Explore the Yellow Mountains for amazing landform with the most famous sunset/sunrise in China and stay overnight on the mountain
  • Walk into Hongcun Village for the traditional Hui-style buildings and many foreign travelers believe it presents a real ancient China
  • Enjoy a tranquil night in Bishan Village and indulge yourself in the atmosphere of ancient China
  • Hike along the Xidi-Hongcun Ancient Pathway that 90% of visitors never experience before
  • Get refreshment in Huangshan Hot Spring after 3-day hiking trip


Day 1Shanghai to Huangshan by Train No. G1509 (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station - Huangshan Bei (north) Railway Station) Dep 08:42 - Arr 13:15

You will be picked up by a Shanghai guide with a private vehicle from your hotel in downtown Shanghai and transferred to the Hongqiao Train Station for your train to Huangshan 

When arriving at Huangshan North Station, your Huangshan guide will be already waiting in the arrival hall, holding a board with your name on it. Your Huangshan driver will take you to the special Pig’s Inn in Bishan Village, which is the first highlight of the trip.
The inn is located in an ancient village surrounding by farming fields. You can rent a bike and cycle around or get a short rest by visiting a local bookshop with coffee shop.

Good to Know

  • 1. We arrange pickup and transfer service in Shanghai for you, ensuring you a smooth trip from the very beginning to the last minute.
  • 2. Get started from Hangzhou. If you wish to take the bullet train or the bus from Hangzhou, just leave the message when make the inquiry. Our travel advisor will handle the rest for you. A bullet train ride takes 3 1/2 hours while an express bus ride takes 3 hours.

  • Meals: No Meals
  • Hotels: Pig's Inn Bishan   |  Pig's Inn Bishan   |  Pig's Inn Bishan 
Day 2Huangshan

After having breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up from the lobby and take you to visit Hongcun Village and Xid Village-Hongcun Ancient Pathway.

Hongcun Village (1 1/2 hours-2 hours): the village is 800-year-old and is well-known by its traditional Hui-style buildings and the charming pond. Many Chinese art students and painters go to the village for painting. After the visit, you will have your lunch at a local restaurant for local authentic Anhui cuisine.

Xidi-Hongcun Ancient Pathway (3 hours): it is a newly discovered and developed hiking route with a length of 8 km (5 miles). Nearly most of travelers have been there before. The pathway goes passing most rural areas, providing a view of paddy fields, tea plantations, bamboo forests and paddy fields.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Popular local restaurants
  • Hotels: Pig's Inn Bishan   |  Pig's Inn Bishan   |  Pig's Inn Bishan 
Day 3Huangshan

Today you will start to do the mountain trip and enjoy a night stay on the mountain. The car will take you to the foot of the mountain for about an hour from the downtown hotel in Huangshan. Next your guide will help you get the cable car (10 minutes for a single way) to reach the starting point of the mountain sightseeing.

Then let the hiking trip begins! Your guide will customize the hiking route for your group according to his rich experience (spending over 200 days on the mountain) and your energy and health. The difference mainly focuses on the West Sea Grand Canyon.

The whole hiking route

Part 1: first get off the cable car and go to your hotel on the mountain, which takes 30 minutes. Along the way you can appreciate Umbrella Pine, Black Tiger Pine and Dream Flower Pine. When get to the hotel, you will have a buffet lunch at the hotel and take a short rest.
Part 2: explore the West Sea Grand Canyon, which most people believe represents the best of the best Yellow Mountains. A complete exploration takes 3 hours and it covers three sections: the 1st ring, 2nd ring and the bottom of the canyon. However, you are flexible to adjust your pace according to your strength.
For hiking beginners, family with kids and senior travelers: finish the 1st ring and return (2 hours). Next appreciate the sunset from Cloud-dispelling Pavilion where is half-an-hour walking time away from your hotel.
For energetic travelers: do both the 1st ring and the 2nd ring for 2 1/2 hours. In that way, you can keep exploring the Flying-over Rock and then watch the sunset at Bright Top. It takes 40 minutes walking time to go back to your hotel from Bright Top.

Good to Know

  • 1. Backup to save your strength. A monorail is running between the bottom of the West Sea Grand Canyon and major peak areas on the Yellow Mountains. It takes 5 minutes at USD $13/person, i.e. CNY 80.
  • 2. Hike light. Leave the big suitcase and most of your luggage at the hotel in downtown Huangshan City. Instead only take necessities for the mountain trip and the night stay. Your guide will help you store the luggage. Also at the foot of the mountain there is luggage storage service which charge USD $4 for one piece.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Buffet in a restaurant on the mountain
  • Hotels: Xihai Hotel (in the mountains)   |  Huangshan Shilin Hotel   |  Huangshan Shilin Hotel 
Day 4Huangshan to Shanghai by Train No. G7314 (Huangshan Bei (north) Railway Station - Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station) Dep 17:28 - Arr 20:30

Enjoy the sunrise

If the weather permits, you would have a chance to enjoy the amazing sunrise at Refreshing Terraces. Though you have to get up early, it is totally worthy. Your guide will give you detailed guide about that. You can enjoy your breakfast right after the sunrise at the hotel.

The rest of the hiking trip

Then continue to enjoy the charm of the Yellow Mountains. Follow your guide and appreciate Lion Peak, Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea and various shapes of pines alongside the road. Some visitors would also like to do the hiking more by going up to Beginning-to-Believe Peak for Mushroom Pavilion.

Your mountain trip will be end up with having a buffet lunch at a restaurant on the mountain and then descend the mountain by taking Yungu cable car.

After the mountain trip

We have arranged the hot spring for you, which is at the foot of the mountain. Different pools are located there offering various scents and healing properties. In that way you will get refreshment soon after the hiking trip.
After enjoying the comfortable hot spring, you will then visit Tunxi Ancient Street, which is about an-hour-drive away from the Yellow Mountains. Take a leisure walk there and look for some special souvenirs.

At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you to the Huangshan North Station with the private car at least 2 hours ahead of your boarding time. Your guide will walk you to the security point and say goodbye.

Back to Shanghai

When arriving at the Hongqiao Train Station in Shanghai, your Shanghai guide will wait for you on time in the arrival hall and take you to your hotel at downtown Shanghai.

Good to know

Take your swimsuit for enjoying the Hot Spring. If you do not have one, you can also tell your guide at the beginning of the trip and help you buy one. Basic supplies for taking the hot spring are provided there, such as towels, shower gel, shampoo, hair dryer, brushes, flip flops and lockers.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch at Buffet in a restaurant on the mountain
  • Hotels:

Price Per Person in US Dollars

We use different hotels for different tour classes while the itinerary is the same. Deluxe Class is usually staying at a 5-star hotel, Superior Class at a 4-star hotel and Tourist Class at a 3-star level hotel. The prices for one person are based on sharing twin hotel rooms with another guest. A supplement is necessary if you want to book single rooms. And the prices may rise during national holidays, such as the National Day (September 30th to October 6th) and Chinese New Year (late January or early February)

Dec.1 - Mar.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /
Apr.1- Nov.31 Deluxe Superior Tourist Single Room Supplement
1 person -
2-5 persons / /
6-9 persons / /

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What’s included?

  • Entrance fees to attractions Listed above
  • Private tour guide and driver throughout the tour, except on a Yangtze cruise ship
  • Authentic local meals as listed in the itinerary
  • Centrally located hotels with breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers
  • Service charge & government taxes
  • Travel insurance

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