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Shanghai – Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) – Wuyishan (Wuyi Mountains) – Longyan – Xiamen – Hong Kong
This unique itinerary takes in China’s top mountain destination in Huangshan together with some UNESCO World Heritage Sites less known among Westerners. This small-group luxury tour is truly an extravaganza of both natural and historical wonders.
- Small group size – maximum 20.
- All gratuities for local guides and drivers included.
- Inter-city travel by high-speed train except from Xiamen to Hong Kong.
- No annoying forced shopping of any kind.
- Quality meals at non-tourist restaurants.
- Unlimited supply of bottled water during group activities.
- Free Wi-Fi in all hotels.
Meal Code: B = breakfast / L = lunch / D = dinner
Day 1/Thu: Departing for Shanghai
The trip starts with your transpacific flight departing from a city of your choice. You’ll lose a day upon crossing the International Date Line.
Day 2/Fri: Arrival in Shanghai
Welcome to Shanghai! Meet the driver on arrival for transfer to the hotel. You’ll have the balance of the day at leisure. The guide will get in touch with you tonight.
Day 3/Sat: Shanghai (B/L/D)
This morning we visit Jade Buddha Temple and the famous waterfront promenade known as the Bund. After lunch we tour Yu Garden located at the old town centre. We wrap up the day with a drive through the glitzy financial centre on the east side of Huangpu River.
Day 4/Sun: Shanghai (B)
Free day to explore on your own. We recommend Shanghai Museum and the Urban Planning Exhibition Center nearby. With a treasure trove collected from around the country, Shanghai Museum is a great place to explore on your own (audio guide available for a fee). Visitors to Shanghai often cite the museum as one of the best of its kind in China.
Day 5/Mon: Shanghai – Huangshan (B/L/D)
This morning we ride the high speed train (G1509, 08:31/13:14) to Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). Known as ‘the loveliest mountain of China’, Huangshan is a mountain range composed of material that was uplifted from an ancient sea during the Mesozoic era, 100 million years ago. The mountains themselves were carved by glaciers during the Quaternary. Vegetation on the range is thickest below 1,100 metres (3,600 ft), with trees growing up to the timberline at 1,800 meters (5,900 ft). The area is well known for its scenery, sunsets, peculiarly shaped granite peaks, pine trees, hot springs, winter snow, and views of the clouds from above. Huangshan is a frequent subject of traditional Chinese paintings and literature, as well as modern photography.
Afternoon sightseeing at Xidi and Hongcun, two villages collectively known as Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui on the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites List. These two traditional villages represent a type of non-urban settlement that largely disappeared or was transformed during the last century. Their street plan, architecture and decoration, and the integration of houses with co mprehensive water systems are unique surviving examples.
Day 6/Tue: Huangshan Scenic Area (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we drive to the mountain and reach one of the peaks by cable car, thus beginning our full day exploration of the mountain. Located in the southern part of Anhui Province, Huangshan is a marvel: within an area of 154 square kilometers there are as many as 72 peaks, whose names indicate the shapes they resemble. In 1990, the UNESCO inscribed Huangshan a World Natural and Cultural Heritages Site. The beauty of Huangshan lies in its “four wonders”: pine trees with shapely foliage, peculiarly shaped rocks, sea of clouds, and hot springs.
Overnight at Xihai Hotel located at the entrance to spectacular Xihai Grand Canyon. The hotel sits at 1,600 metres above sea level.
Day 7/Wed: Huangshan Scenic Area (B/L/D)
Our sightseeing atop Huangshan continues. There’ll be lots of walking and stair climbing. One of the highlights for today is watching sunrise. Detailed schedule will be announced later on based on the physical capability and interest of the participants, but everyone will be satisfied. Second night at Xihai Hotel atop the mountain.
Day 8/Thu: Huangshan – Wuyishan (B/L/D)
After breakfast we descend by cable car and travel to Wuyishan by high-speed train (G1601, 11:26/12:38).
The UNESCO which inscribed Wuyishan, or Wuyi Mountains, as a World Heritage Site in 1999 describes that “Mount Wuyi is the most outstanding area for biodiversity conservation in south-east China and a refuge for a large number of ancient, relict species, many of them endemic to China. The serene beauty of the dramatic gorges of the Nine Bend River, with its numerous temples and monasteries, many now in ruins, provided the setting for the development and spread of neo-Confucianism, which has been influential in the cultures of East Asia since the 11th century. In the 1st century B.C. a large administrative capital was built at nearby Chengcun by the Han dynasty rulers. Its massive walls enclose an archaeological site of great significance.”
We spend the day exploring the wonders of nature at Yixiantian, Huxiao Crag and Tianyou Peak Scenic Area.
Day 9/Fri: Wuyishan (B/L/D)
Sightseeing at Mount Wuyi continues. Visits to Xiamei Village and a local teahouse for refreshments are on the agenda. Activities scheduled for today also include a 2-hour ride on a bamboo raft down the river snaking through spectacular scenery.
Day 10/Sat: Wuyishan – Xiamen (B/L/D)
After breakfast we ride the bullet train (D2325, 08:30/12:11) to Xiamen, a historical seaport city formerly known as Amoy in the West. Our afternoon sightseeing focuses on Gulangyu Island where major attractions include Shuzhuang Garden, Piano Museum, Haitian Tanggou and Longtou Road. A lot of Western style buildings were erected on Gulangyu when Xiamen was run by the British as a treaty port from 1842 and 1912. Expatriate community of Europeans and Japanese made up a large percentage of residents on Gulangyu before the Communists took over China in 1949. Today Gulangyu is a popular vehicle-free tourist destination with beautiful beaches and meandering streets lined with old colonial villas.
Day 11/Sun: Xiamen – Yongding Tulou – Xiamen (B/L/D)
After breakfast we embark on a day trip by high-speed train to Longyan (1 hour each way) to visit Chuxi Hakka Earth Buildings located in the town of Xiayang, Yongding County. The complex consists of 5 round and 31 square earth buildings, representing the best of Fujian Tulou (earth buildings) – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tour includes the showpiece, Jiqing Lou, and Hakka History Museum. We return to Xiamen for dinner.
Day 12/Mon: Xiamen – Hong Kong (B/D)
We fly to Hong Kong in the morning. The total air travel time is one hour and thirty minutes.
Hong Kong (meaning “fragrant harbour”) is one of the two special administrative regions of the People’s Republic of China, along with Macau. Comprising more than 260 islands, the territory is located on the eastern side of the Pearl River Delta, bordering Guangdong Province in the north and facing the South China Sea in the east, west and south. Hong Kong was a dependent territory of the United Kingdom from 1842 until the transfer of sovereignty to the People’s Republic of China in 1997. The Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Hong Kong stipulate that Hong Kong operate with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2047, fifty years after the transfer. Under the policy of “one country, two systems”, the Central People’s Government is responsible for the territory’s defense and foreign affairs while Hong Kong maintains its own legal system based on English common law, police force, monetary system, customs policy, immigration policy, and delegates to international organizations and events.
Our afternoon guided sightseeing begins with a ferry ride across Victoria Harbour from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central. The heart of Hong Kong’s business district, Central is home to the regional headquarters of many multinational financial services corporations. Consulates general and consulates of many countries are also located in this area, as is the government of Hong Kong.
We then walk to the tram station to get to the top of Victoria Peak. If the line-up at the tram station is too long, we would ascend by our own private vehicle. Also known as Mount Austin or The Peak among locals, Victoria Peak is located in the western half of Hong Kong Island with an altitude of 552 meters (1,811 feet). The peak offers sweeping views over Central, Victoria Harbour and the surrounding islands. The Peak Lookout Restaurant, a romantic place for dinner, offers a wide selection of Chinese, Western, Indian, and Southeast Asian dishes.
On our way to Stanley Market, an old shopping district known for bargains, we drive by Repulse Bay where stately residences of Hong Kong’s rich and famous overlook the well maintained golden beaches.
Day 13/Tue: Hong Kong (B)
Today is set aside for you to explore on your own. The local guide will give you some advice the day before.
Day 14/Wed: Returning Home (B)
Transfer to the airport on your own for return home flight. The transfer is easier than you think and the guide will be glad to explain the details to you. Taxi to the airport costs about $30 USD and is highly recommended for couples and families. The alternative is using the hotel’s free shuttle to get to the Airport Express Train Station in Tsim Sha Tsui and ride the dedicated train to the airport for $90 HKD ($12 USD). The train departs every 10 minutes between 6:00 AM and midnight, reaching the airport in 21 minutes.
|Shanghai||3||Sheraton Hongkou or similar||luxury|
|Huangshan (city)||1||Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng||luxury|
|Huangshan (mountain top)||2||Xihai Hotel||first class|
|Wuyishan||2||C & D Wuyishan Hotel||luxury|
|Xiamen||2||Pan Pacific Xiamen||luxury|
|Hong Kong||2||Harbour Grand Kowloon||luxury|
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