3 Days Mt. Huangshan and Hongcun Village Tour

Tour Route: Yellow Mountain, Hongcun Village

This tour is suitable for almost all visitors who come to Huangshan for the first time. You can fully experience the 2 World Heritage Sites in Huangshan: Yellow Mountain and Hongcun Ancient Village in this 3-day tours. Our tour guide, who climbs Huangshan more than 300 times a year, will provide you with the most suitable hiking routes, including how to save energy, how to avoid crowding and the best places for shooting.

Private Tour
Day 1 Arrive in Huangshan

Upon your arrival in Huangshan airport/train station, our local guide will meet you and help you  to check in your hotel in Huangshan city town (Tunxi). After a break, you will explore the Tunxi Ancient Street, which is the best-preserved commercial street-the Ancient Street of Tunxi, built in Ming and Qing Dynasties.

GOOD TO KNOW: As a popular tourist destination, it is easy to reach to Huangshan from other cities in China. Among them, taking the high-speed train is the best way to arrive or depart from Huangshan. At present, you can take high-speed trains from Shanghai(2.5hrs), Hangzhou(1.5hrs), Suzhou(3.5hrs), Beijing(5.5hrs), Hefei(1.5hrs), Nanjing(4hrs), Guangzhou(6.5hrs) and other places to reach Huangshan City.

Meals: No meals
Day 2 Yellow Mountain Tour

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred from central Huangshan City to the foot of the Yellow Mountain. The ride takes about 1 hour. To save energy and time, you will take a shuttle bus of the scenic area for 20 minutes to get to Yungu Cable Car. Round-trip cable cars are included, which is about 10 minutes for a single way, ascending you to starting point of the mountain sightseeing.

Taking a 0.2 km walk from Stalagmite Peak to Beginning-to-Believe-Peak. On the way, you can still enjoy the different views of pine trees and unknown peaks. Continue walking 1 km towards to another famous attraction – A Flower on the Tip of a Brush Pen. This 1 km walk is also quite interesting. Especially you could see some unique pine trees. Check in your hotel and you can have lunch here.

Start your afternoon sightseeing at Grand Canyon of West Sea, explore the most mysterious part of Huangshan. You can decide how long you would like to walk for:

For beginners, kids and senior travelers: Getting to the 1st ring and then getting back (2 hours). Then go to Cloud-dispelling Pavilion to enjoy the sunset, which is about 30 minutes walking distance away from your hotel. 

For energetic travelers: You can hike 1st Ring or 2nd Ring and back. If time enough, you can try to move forward to the Flying-over Rock and see the sunset at Bright Top, one of the best points to enjoy the sunset or sunrise. It is around 50 minutes walking distance between Bright Top and the hotel.


1. As a Huangshan tour insider, we recommend a less-explored trail from Back Hill to Front Hill.

2. To stay one night or more on the mountain is very worth doing as you will have more time to enjoy as much as landscape of Huangshan especially the amazing sunset and sunrise. 

3. There are a lot of walkings that you can't avoid on the mountain, so it is very important to travel light to save energy. Before going up to the mountain, you are suggested to take the necessities on the mountain only. Your guide will remind you of storing your main luggage in the downtown hotel, which can be collected on your way back. Luggage storage service is also provided at the foot of the Yellow Mountains and each piece costs CNY 20(USD $4).

4.  Recommended packing list: comfortable and breathable clothes, hiking shoes, alpenstock, sunblock, raincoat (May to Oct), small bag and some cashes.

5. The whole hiking trip extends to some very narrow and steep sections, which may be a big challenge to the knees. In such situation, you can consider taking a monorail operating between the bottom of the West Sea Grand Canyon and main peak areas on the mountains. It costs CNY 80(USD $13) and takes 5 minutes.

6. West Sea Grand Canyon is closed from December to March of the following year due to the snowy weather. Your guide will choose other highlights for your winter tour in Huangshan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 Depart from Huangshan

If weather permit, it would be very nice to get up early and shoot the spectacular sunrise.
After breakfast in hotel, walk to Lion Peak to see the Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea. Then take the cable car down the mountain. Your driver is ready at the mountain foot to transfer you to Hongcun Village.
After arrival , you will discover this ancient village with over 900 years of history. This elegant village is renowned for its peaceful rural scenery, well-kept ancient buildings: unique Anhui-style dwellings, and profound culture. The mountains, the rivers, and the ancient dwellings, make highly picturesque landscapes. You might come across some art students and artists, who are there to capture its beauty on paper.
After sightseeing, be transferred to the train station/airport. Your Huangshan tour service ends.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Travel Period 2-5 travelers 6-9 travelers
Dec.1- Feb.28 US$559 US$429
Mar.1- Nov.30 US$599 US$459

1. The price is based on stay in China four star hotels. If you want to deduct, upgrade or downgrade the hotel, please indicate this while sending the inquiry.
2. You will enjoy more discounts if there is more people join the tour.
3. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Qingming Festival Holiday (Apr. 4 - 6, 2020 ), Labor's Day Holiday (May 1 - 3, 2020) ,Dragon Boat Festival Holiday (Jun. 25 - 27, 2020) and National Day Holiday (Oct 1- Oct 8, 2020).

1. All arrangements and first admission/entrance fees of scenic spots specified in the itinerary.
2. Buffet breakfast, Chinese lunch as listed in the itinerary.
3. Well-equipped commercial vehicle with excellent private guide and driver accompanied on your tour between airports, train stations, scenic spots and hotels. 
4. Four-Star Hotel based on two persons sharing one room with twin beds.
5. Travel Agency’s Liability Insurance with your tour inside China.

1. China entry visa fees.
2. Flights/trains to/from Huangshan.
3. Meals not specified in the itinerary and extra and alcoholic or beverages during meals.
4. Tips for guides and drivers.
5. Personal expense: e.g. mini bar, personal telecommunications, laundry, excess baggage charges etc.
6. Cable car in Grand Canyon of Weat Sea.
7. Single room supplement.

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It is flexible to change the duration, attractions, starting and ending cities according to your interests. Also the tour can be extended or shorten as your preference, just let your trip consultant know.
All of the tour packages exclude the international airfares. We suggest you can book it one your own. You can compare the price between OTAs (Expedia, Priceline, Sky scanner...) and the airlines. When you have a confirmed date, set alarm and compare it always.
As the China Visa, we cannot apply for you as we are an China inbound travel company. However, we can send you our invitation letter with our company's official seal to you after you booked the tour from us, which could assist you to get China Visa from China embassy easily. Usually, we suggest you to apply the visa about one month or one month and a half before your travel date.
For the breakfast, it is offered by the hotel you stay, usually Chinese and Western buffet breakfast. As for the lunch, we offer 80RMB per person for a standard Chinese meal at a nice tourist restaurant. If you want to order other kind of meals, such as vegetarian, Muslim meals, Indian Meals, please let your trip consultant know. Dinner usually will be left for you to choose the food you prefer. Our guide will help you to balance each meal such as your taboo, your preference and avoid repeated food. You have to pay for the extra cost if you want to take better or more. The meals on Yangtze Cruise are fixed Chinese and Western Buffet.
All the hotels can be replaced by your favorite ones or you can book your own hotels. And the hotel room we offered here usually is standard with twin beds. If you want to have king-size bed room or suite, please let your trip advisor know. Besides, all the accommodation are quoted on two persons sharing one room. The room supplement must be paid if you want to have a single room.
* Most hotels we offered in our tour package have WIFI in the lobby, and some of which have WIFI in hotel rooms. If you need the WIFI in your room, please make sure with your trip advisor.
We have non-shopping private tour and tour with carefully selected shops. For tour with shops, the price will be lower, and you will enter one or two shops in every tourist city. The shops could be jade, silk, pearl, Chinese tea etc., all of which have strong China's character and is worthy to buy. Each shop will take you around 45 minutes. We promise there is no compulsory consumption at all. You get the situation in your hands.
* Department stores, supermarkets, boutiques, hotel and restaurants in most cities of China do accept the credit card with the sigh of MasterCard, VISA and JCB. However, it does generate commission charge. Please check the regulations with your bank manager.
All domestic flight we offered is the economic class, which you can carry one hand-on luggage no more than 5 kg for free. The total of free registered luggage is no more than 20kg. Excess luggage will charge you some extra fees, be aware of that. The free registered luggage allowance in China domestic train is 20kg.
The insurance provided by us is called Travel Agencies' Liability Insurance, which covers accidents occurring during the activities arranged by travel agency. It does not cover mishaps or physical problems occurring outside the guided tour period or caused by clients themsevles, so we highly suggest you purchase the full coverage travel insurance from your country of origin.
For group of 1-4 passengers, recommend US$ 4-8 per tourist per day for guide, and US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide; for group of 5 and above, recommend US$ 2-5 per tourist per day for guide, and US$2-4 per tourist per day for driver. Besides, we highly recommend you to tip every day to encourage better service from them in the next coming days. However, if you have genuine reason not to tip, don't.
Usually, the deposit of tour package accounts for 30% of the total quotation, and the balance should be paid 30 days before your tour date. Payment methods we accept include Bank Transfer and PayPal, Credit Card and so on. More details you can check the Payment Guide page. Moreover, Children who are less than 12 y/o have their own discounts, please contact with your trip advisor.

Is it possible to climb up the entire mountain and not take the cable cart halfway up?
Asked by Fabio (Nov.20, 2018)

Trip Advisor (Nov.20, 2018) replied:
We are sorry to tell you that there are still some steps waiting for you even after taking any part of the cable car in Huangshan. However, you can reserve Beihai Hotel or Yupinglou Hotel, which is close to the cable car station.

If I am traveling by myself is it possible to join another group? I anticipate arriving in Huangshan on September 14, 2014.
Asked by Aaron (Jul.28, 2014)

Trip Advisor (Jul.28, 2014) replied:
Dear Aaron, thanks for your message. We have group tour for Chinese travelers. For foreign travelers with English-speaking guide, our trip advisor will check the availability and let you know via e-mail. Please check. Thank you!

Hi, Re. Huang Shan 3 days tour, what is time complete the tour and what is the earliest flight depart time from Huang Shan Airport as you may suggest, or take bus to 杭州 at evening? Best regard,
Asked by CJ Tung (Aug.17, 2013)

Lead to China Trip Advisor (Aug.17, 2013) replied:
Thanks for your question, Dear CJ Tung. The ending time of the last day is at about 13:00pm if you prefer descending Mount Huang on foot from the peak to the foot. If you take telpher down the Mount Huang, the time should be about 11:00 am. Then, you can catch 14:00pm or 16:00pm shuttle bus back to Hangzhou at Huangshan City Tunxi inter-city Bus Station, and this is the way I suggested you back to Hangzhou City for saving time and just one-stop service. Here is the Mount Huang tourist map that you can figure out how long you would spend on Mount Huang ( http://www.flickr.com/photos/baolingpeng/8293861928/ ) Our CSD will contact with you on the further assistance.

How can I catch the sunrise on Mt. Yellow? Can you manager other hotel which is easier for the sunrise for me?
Asked by Miranda (Sep.07, 2012)

Lead To China Trip Advisor (Sep.07, 2012) replied:
We deliberately choose the hotel for you to see sunrise here. Danxia Peak is a perfect place to see sunrise and it is very close to Paiyunlou Hotel. Have nice time!

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