3-Day Essence of Yellow Mountain and Hongcun Village from Shanghai

Sites in this tour truly present what foreigners think a real ancient China looks like. Explore the most famous mountain in China – the Yellow Mountains(namely Huang Shan, 黄山) for its unique oddly-shaped peaks, pines, and a sea of clouds.

Cable cars make hiking easier and more enjoyable. A visit to Hongcun Village will bring you back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) which are filled with ancient Hui buildings and old alleys.

From US$629
Price based on 2 travelers in a 3-star hotel


  • Enjoy the amazing sunset or sunrise on the mountaintop – one of the most beautiful sunrise/sunset in China.
  • Go deep down for the spectacular Xihai Grand Canyon – which only opens between April and November.
  • Explore Hongcun Village near the Yellow Mountains – the first scene of the film Crouch Dragon and Hidden Tiger was shot there.
  • Walk around Tunxi Ancient Street in Huangshan City for local food and specialties.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Shanghai to Hangzhou Train No. G1509 (Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station - Huangshan Bei (north) Railway Station) Dep 08:41 - Arr 11:05, Train station Transfer (Huangshan), Hongcun Village, Tunxi Ancient Street
  • Hotel: Xinan Country Villa Hotel(in the city) 3-star hotelNo. 29 Huashan Road, Tunxi District, Huangshan, Anhui, 245000, China
  • Lunch

Your guide and driver will pick you up from the train station in Huangshan, and then escort you to Hongcun Village. It is known for its well-preserved traditional architecture, including ancient houses, bridges, and a unique layout that resembles a buffalo. Parts of the famous film "Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon" were made here.

Have lunch in the local restaurant in Hongcun Village.

The next stop is Tunxi Ancient Street, where there are hundreds of old but well-preserved rows of shops, evoking a bygone era in buildings that are simple and elegant. It is a commercial street that is only for pedestrians.

Hongcun Village

Hongcun Village

Day 2 The Yellow Mountains, Yungu Cable Car (up), and West Sea Grand Canyon
  • Hotel: Huangshan Shilin Hotel3-star hotel On the mountain
  • Breakfast, Lunch

Today comes the big highlight. You will head to the Yellow Mountain and stay overnight on the mountain. It is about an hour's driving time away from downtown Huangshan City to the foot of the mountain. Round-trip cable cars are included, which is about 10 minutes for a single way, ascending to the starting point of the mountain sightseeing.

Hiking Route

1. Step off the cable car and walk to your hotel on the mountain – 30 minutes Sightseeing: Umbrella Pine, Black Tiger Pine, and Dream Flower Pine.

2. Have a 4-star hotel-standard buffet lunch and get refreshments.

3. Explore the West Sea Grand Canyon, taking around 3 hours in total, which is one of the highlights of the mountains.

The complete exploration includes the 1st ring, 2nd ring, and the bottom of the canyon. Your guide will give you useful suggestions and help your group to maximize your enjoyment according to your health and energy.

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: Continue going further to cover 2nd ring before returning (2 1/2 hours). If time is 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 40 minutes walking distance between Bright Top and the hotel.

Good to Know

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

2. Take the necessities on the mountain only. Your guide will remind you to store 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 CNY30(USD4).

Yellow Mountain

On the Top of Yellow Mountain

Day 3 Sunrise and Yungu Cable car down, Huangshan to Shanghai, Train No. G7312 (Huangshan Bei (north) Railway Station - Shanghai Hongqiao Railway Station) Dep 17:41 - Arr 20:08
  • Breakfast, Lunch

If weather and strength permit, it would be nice to get up early and shoot the spectacular sunrise at Refreshing Terrace. It is one of the top reasons attracting numerous travelers.

After finishing breakfast in the hotel, you will continue on the hiking trip from Lion Peak to the Dawn Pavilion, Stone Monkey Watching the Sea, and various pines on the roadside. If interested, you can even go up to Beginning-to-Believe Peak and get a glimpse of the Mushroom Pavilion.

You will be transferred to the Huangshan North Station to catch your train to Shanghai.

West Sea Canyon

West Sea Canyon

Price Per Person in US Dollars

1 Person 2 - 5 Person 6 - 9 Person 10 - 15 Person
$ 1209 $ 639 $ 539 $ 499

What's Included

  • Roundway high-speed trains to leave and return to Shanghai.
  • Entrance fees to attractions are listed above.
  • Private tour guide and driver throughout the tour.
  • Authentic local meals are listed in the itinerary.
  • Centrally located hotels with breakfasts.
  • Service charge & government taxes.

Good to Know

  • This is a private tour. The local private English-speaking guide and the private car will serve your group only.
  • You will receive a confirmation letter within 24 hours of making your payment.
  • Your driver will pick you up in your hotel lobby on the tour date at the appointed time.
  • The meal (if included) is in a Chinese restaurant and your guide will help you order the dishes according to your taste.
  • There is absolutely no forced shopping.

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