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Hunan Discovery Tour

Discover Hunan culture by visiting - the birth place of Chairman Mao. Explore its mysteries by going to the Hallelujah Mountain - Zhangjiajie Scenic Area and Fenghuang ancient town.

Daparture Date: You Choose!
Duration: 7 Days

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Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Changsha, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Changsha)

Accommodations: Gold Source Hotel (Deluxe) 

Day 2

Place & Transport: Changsha to Shaoshan to Changsha
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Changsha to Shaoshan, Water Dripping Cave, Ancestral Hall of Mao Family, Former Residence of Mao Zedong, Our guide and driver will escort you from Shaoshan to Changsha
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Local Restaurant

- Water Dripping Cave (1.5 hours): About 3 km northwest of the village, it is a very popular destination, possibly because of the fact that former leader-Mao spent 11 days here in the early days of the Cultural Revolution Years (1966-76), contemplating the unknown. Combining the spirit of nature and civilization of man, this scenic spot attracts tourists from home and abroad.
- Ancestral Hall of Mao Family (1 hour): Built and opened to the public in 1964,it has 13 rooms, with a combined floor space of 2,000 square meters. The exhibits there include 100 pieces of Mao Zedong's manuscripts and 72 items of Mao's personal belongings.
- Former Residence of Mao Zedong (30 minutes): The house is a very common farmhouse built with mud bricks and tiles, exhibiting Mao Zedong's family photo, daily household utensils, various dead stocks and photos and materials displaying Mao Zedong's engagement in the revolutionary activities, and the shoulder poles, pails and hoes used by Mao Zedong during his boyhood. The furnishings in the rooms are all collocated in accord with the original appearance as Mao Zedong lived here.
- Local Restaurant: The limited restaurant options mean that there is no choice available however our guide will organize the best available based on the season and the surroundings.

Accommodations: Gold Source Hotel (Deluxe) 

Day 3

Day 2

Place & Transport: Changsha to Shaoshan to Changsha
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Changsha to Shaoshan, Water Dripping Cave, Ancestral Hall of Mao Family, Former Residence of Mao Zedong, Our guide and driver will escort you from Shaoshan to Changsha
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Local Restaurant

- Water Dripping Cave (1.5 hours): About 3 km northwest of the village, it is a very popular destination, possibly because of the fact that former leader-Mao spent 11 days here in the early days of the Cultural Revolution Years (1966-76), contemplating the unknown. Combining the spirit of nature and civilization of man, this scenic spot attracts tourists from home and abroad.
- Ancestral Hall of Mao Family (1 hour): Built and opened to the public in 1964,it has 13 rooms, with a combined floor space of 2,000 square meters. The exhibits there include 100 pieces of Mao Zedong's manuscripts and 72 items of Mao's personal belongings.
- Former Residence of Mao Zedong (30 minutes): The house is a very common farmhouse built with mud bricks and tiles, exhibiting Mao Zedong's family photo, daily household utensils, various dead stocks and photos and materials displaying Mao Zedong's engagement in the revolutionary activities, and the shoulder poles, pails and hoes used by Mao Zedong during his boyhood. The furnishings in the rooms are all collocated in accord with the original appearance as Mao Zedong lived here.
- Local Restaurant: The limited restaurant options mean that there is no choice available however our guide will organize the best available based on the season and the surroundings.

Accommodations: Jianghan Hotel Zhangjiajie (Deluxe) 

Day 4

Place & Transport: Zhangjiajie
Today's Activities: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshizhai Cable Car, Jinbian Brook
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Hei Zhu Gou Restaurant , Chinese Dinner

- Zhangjiajie National Forest Park : Located in the northwest of Wulingyuan. It covers an area of 11880 acres with 97% forest coverage.Concentrating beauty, primitivity, quiet as a whole, with peculiar stones and brooks, this park is the labyrinth of nature and origin edition of Chinese painting. The forest park has 98 wood plant families which include 517 species. Half of the gymnosperm species can be found in the forest park.
- Huangshizhai Cable Car: It lies to the west of Zhangjiajie Forest Park with an altitude of 1200m and covers an area of 250mu. You can take a cable car to Huangshizhai where you will appreciate the daunting rock columns. From the top, travellers can enjoy spectacular views of the forest with rough landscape.
- Jinbian Brook (2.5 hours): Located in Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, it covers a distance of 7.5 km from north to south, winding across mountains and valleys. The brook is limpid through the year, with many scenic spots along the way. It is famous for Jinbian Cave-which has a height of 382km and looks like a huge flying eagle. Wear good walking shoes and protection from the weather.
- Hei Zhu Gou Restaurant : This restaurant is famous for its use of many varieties of fresh mushrooms together with the Tujia minority dishes served in the restaurant.

Accommodations: Jianghan Hotel Zhangjiajie (Deluxe) 

Day 5

Place & Transport: Zhangjiajie
Today's Activities: Mt.Tianzishan, Bailong Sightseeing Elevator
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Changsheng Restaurant, Chinese Dinner

- Mt.Tianzishan: It is known for 4 natural spectacles - the clouds of mist that circle the peaks of the mountain,the amazing views of the rising sun,the moonlit nights and snowcapped winter peaks.They include more than 80 natural platforms to take in the magnificent scenery.Take the cable to enjoy the views upway and relax.
Tips:It usually takes 30 minutes to wait for the cable car.
- Bailong Sightseeing Elevator: Bailong sightseeing elevator is the highest and fastest sightseeing elevator in the world and provides a spectacular view of the Sandstone Peak Forest. It has a height of 335 meters and can carry 3,000 people an hour in the fours transparent cars. It only takes 2 minutes to travel to the top of the mountain.
Tips; It usually takes 30 minutes to wait for the elevator.
- Changsheng Restaurant: This restaurant serves Chinese food and local snacks.

Accommodations: Jianghan Hotel Zhangjiajie (Deluxe) 

Day 6

Place & Transport: Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang (Watch the Video )
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Zhangjiajie to Fenghuang, Fenghuang Ancient City
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Longyuan Restaurant

- Fenghuang Ancient City (2.5 hours): The ancient city is at the western border of Hunan and by the riverside of beautiful Tuo River. Fenghuang, a place that shares the name with the holy bird in ancient times. It is ancient, quiet, and secluded. It is an ancient city drenched in incalculable legends.
- Longyuan Restaurant : Located in Ancient Fenghuang City, the Longyuan restaurant is decorated in a unique Miáo minority style and the waiters wear traditional Miáo costumes. It serves Miao minority food and provides a unique Miao minority cooking experience.

Accommodations: Phoenix Grand Hotel (Deluxe) 

Day 7

Place & Transport: Fenghuang to Zhangjiajie to Departure City, Flight not included
Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Fenghuang to Zhangjiajie, Airport Transfer (Zhangjiajie)
Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

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Price Per Person and Shown in US Dollars
  1. Normally hotels allow a maximum of 3 adults per room with an extra bed, at extra charge. Some hotels will allow three adults and a small child.
  2. Tour price is indicative only, please enquire for a detailed quotation.
  3. More people more discounts. Please enquire for more details.
  4. * Single Room Supplement prices are shown: Superior/Deluxe/Economy

Hotels We Arranged
City Deluxe
Changsha Gold Source Hotel
Zhangjiajie Jianghan Hotel Zhangjiajie
Fenghuang Phoenix Grand Hotel

Booking Terms:

Staff from China Highlights - Travel Advisor Team or Products or Customer Care Team will join this tour. The total number of China Highlights staff for each tour will not exceed two people.
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Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Changsha, Shaoshan, Zhangjiajie, Fenghuang by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
    Your comfort is our priority! Click here to get a description of the vehicles that we use for our tours.
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    CHANGSHA To ZHANGJIAJIE Transfer via: Flight, CZ3984 (Our arrangements)

  • Airport Tax and Fuel Fee
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
    Click here to learn more about the insurance coverage and the sum insured.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    USA-CHINA/CHINA-USA: China Highlights has negotiated special discount fares (restrictions apply) for selected flights operated by Air China from major US and China gateways. We are able to offer these special deals to confirmed customers. Discount US to China Flights
  • China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm. More
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
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