Huang Shan Hiking Tour
"This trip may only last for 15 days, but experience of Chinese culture and memories of beautiful mountain scenery will last for a lifetime."
This is our regular Itinerary but it may change due to weather or any Unforeseeable situation.
This land-only trip starts and ends in Shanghai. What follows is a brief description of the activities for each day of the tour. For more details, please do not hesitate to contact us using the e-mail link on the navigation bar at the bottom of the page.
For some pictures of each section, click on the magnifying glass icon.
Mt. QiYun in this region is one of four holy places of Taoism in China deeply revered and yearned for by Taoists. Its peaks, rocks and caves are red giving the area the name 'Landform of Rosy Clouds'. We will visit such scenic spots as Moonlight Street, the Cloud Rock Caves and Tower-upon-Tower. We will enjoy a ride down the XinAn River on a bamboo raft.
For over two thousand years Mt. QiYun has attracted scholars from all over the world. Their numerous stone inscriptions mark their pilgrimages. Mt. QiYun has become a holy place for Chinese culture lovers everywhere.
We will be hiking on the edges of this
incredibly beautiful river for five
We Will Hike Through These Natural Wonders For Approximately Four Days.
We will visit JiuHua Street a center of temples, civilian houses, hotels and shops. This unique spot is one where monks and villagers coexist. Their temples with distinctive white-walled and gray-tiled homes are most picturesque.
We will also visit two spectacular temples in this region. QuYuan Temple houses three gilded Buddhas over ten meters tall. HuaCheng Temple is a museum housing over 2000 Buddhist relics. We will see a Buddhist monk mummy over 400 years old.
We will hike in this mountain region for four days with an
opportunity to witness a special ceremony performed by monks. The
is the worship ceremony of a real Buddhist monk mommy
After 2 to 3 days hiking, we'll go sightseeing.
Cities: Although our trip is primarily in the countryside of China, we will also visit the cities.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to e-mail us using the e-mail link on the Navigation Bar below. To see some letters from past tour members, please look at our References page. For more details about the tour package, including what is included, please see our Details page.
from hikers in the past
(click for photos)
The Yellow Mountain Tour starts and ends in Shanghai and lasts for two weeks. The first night is in a hotel in Shanghai. The tour includes a flight from Shanghai to Tun Xi to begin the hikes and at the end of the tour a flight from He Fei to Shanghai (flight arrives Shanghai at around noon time.).
Day One: Arrive in Shanghai airport. You have to take a taxi on your own to the hotel. You will meet the tour group for the first time in the evening at the dinner table. One night in Shanghai. Our hotel is a good quality three-star hotel. Rooms have private bath.
Group first dinner meeting
Day Two: Flight from Shanghai to Tun Xi. This has been one of the most important towns in the region since ancient times. It lies in the upper reaches of the XinAn River - the vital communications link between the provinces of Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang. The Ancient Tunxi Street is so antique and quaint that it has been referred to as "The Town of the Song Dynasty" and has been used for shooting films of ancient Chinese stories.
The famous ancient Lao Street.
This is the region we travel...
In ancient times this was a prosperous trading town and prosperity allowed the building of mansions, temples, roads and bridges.We stay for three nights at a hotel in the town and each day we go hiking along the Xinan River. The river winds 293 km through magnificent mountains and hills. The transparent water and enchanting scenery has made this a "waterway gallery" on the golden travel route from HuangShan to HandZhou.
Day Three: In the early morning we can visit the farmers' market and the local park where people do Tai Chi exercise. Our hikes continue along the river.
We will arrive the XinAn river and take local ferry to go across...
We will hike along this increditably beautiful river.
Fishing boats are similar to those we saw in Venice ...
There is no roads or vehicles on this side of the river..
Day Four: Again we stay in Tun Xi and during the day we hike along the XinAn River. It is a gently flowing river with forests of fir, bamboo, tea bushes, loquat and orange on either side. There are numerous scenic spots along the river.
We will hike inland after crossing the river today ...
We will climb the hills to reach a remote village...
Visit school in remote village...
A typical Chinese breakfast ...
Day Five: We continue to the village of YiXian. In YiXian, we will have a chance to hike in a Bamboo forest. We will also visit the village where the famous movie " Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon"" was shot. This area is famous the reservation of Sung Dynasties architectures, ancient traditions and customs.
We will enter the village and study the traditions and architectures...
Visit remote village ...
The village where Movie was shot...
Day Six: We stay again at YiXian and climb Mount QiYun. (There is a cablecar for anyone who chooses not to hike). Mount QiYun is one of the four holy places of Taoism in China, deeply revered and yearned for by Taoists. Its peaks, rocks and caves are red, giving the area the name "Landform of Rosy Clouds". We will visit such scenic spots as Moonlight Street, the Cloud Rock Caves and Tower-Upon-Tower. For over two thousand years Mount QiYun has attracted scholars from all over the world. Their numerous stone inscriptions mark their pilgrimmages. Mount QiYun has become a holy place for Chinese culture lovers everywhere.
Mt. QiYun is one of the top four Taoist mountains in China ...
Looking down from that Pagoda ...
One of the rocks on top of Mt QiYun ...
We will take a bamboo raft riding down the river on the way back...
We stay in a very nice hotel in YiXian...
Day Seven to eleven : We continue to HuangShan. In 1990 the HuangShan region was listed by UNESCO as a world culture and natural heritage area. It has many famous mountains and peaks over 1800 metres above sea level. There are over 400 scenic spots making HuangShan one of the most spectacular areas of China. Our hikes will include visits to four unique attractions. We move from hotel to hotel in this region and the following are some of the places we visit. One night is at a four-star hotel on top of Yellow Mountain. It is amazing to rise early and witness a sunrise above the clouds.
We stay at four stars hotel on top of mountain...
We have wonderful food in every meal ...
Day Twelve: Our last three days are hiking in the JiuHuaShan region. Mount Juihua is 1342 meters above sea level, Mt Juihua blends ancient Buddhist culture with elegant, tranquil scenery. It has the characteristics of primitive simplicity, peacefulness, a rich religious presence and much beauty. Regarded as one of the four most important Buddhist mountains in China, there are over 100 temples, 6800 figures of Buddha and over 2000 Buddhist relics. More than 700 monks and nuns live and farm in the surrounding woods and hills.
Buddhism is a way of life...
We stay in an unique hotel which used to be temple ...
We visit Juihua Street which is a centre of temples, civilian houses, hotels and shops. This unique spot is one where monks and villagers coexist. Their temples with distinctive white-walled and gray-tiled homes are most picturesque.
Day Thirteen: We visit two spectacular temples in this region. QuYuan Temple houses three gilded Buddhas over ten metres tall. HuaCheng Temple is a museum housing over 2000 Buddhist relics. In the evening we will watch the monks to perform the Buddhist ceremony in their ancient temple.
The outside of temples ...
Budda stature three storeys high gilded in gold ...
Inside glass box Buddhist monk mummy five hundred years old...
We will participate with the monks during a ritual at night ...
Day Fourteen: We will take a bus tour of HeFei. On the way we will cross the famous YongTse River of China. We stay for one night in this town, the capital city of AnHui Province.
Day Fifteen: Fly from HeFei to Shanghai in the morning. Your tour will end when your flight has landed in Shanghai domestic airport.
The following is part of a letter from Jeff and Ellen in Maine (email : MessyJean@aol.com), who hiked with us at Yellow Mountains on October 5 to 19, 2001 :
". . . .
You have done a wonderful job choosing fascinating places to visit. These are places
that would be so hard to visit on one's own. I absolutely fell in love with the villages
and scenes along the Xin An River. I never thought that I would have the opportunity to
see the rural China that has existed for so many centuries and that is fast disappearing.
Climbing the religious mountains was spectacular as well. QiYun was a fascinating
place with its Taoist shrines and grottos. It was exciting to be there during the National
holiday and to see so many Chinese families visiting the shrines. Jiuhua was the
experience of a lifetime. The Buddhist religion is still very much alive “ it was totally
unexpected to see so many temples being built. Attending the Buddhist ceremony at
night was incredible “ I felt like I had been transported several centuries back in time...'"
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