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4-Day Trekking in the Yellow Mountains
The Yellow Mountains are some of the most magnificent mountains in China. A trekking tour will allow you to hike down to the less-traveled paths to appreciate the undisturbed beauty away from the tourists. You will know why "climbing Huangshan" is on most Chinese people's bucket list.
- Hike up and down the mountains to admire the all-inclusive beauty
- Explore the off-the-beaten track in West Sea Grand Canyon
- Watch the sunset and sunrise from the best positions on the mountains
- Stroll on Tunxi Ancient Street to search and bargain for trinkets
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We recently spent 4 days with Alvin hosting us throughout Huangshan, Tunxi and Hongcun. The scenery was spectacular, hotels quirky, food excellent and knowledge and passion from Alvin was so invaluable and also fun! Would highly recommend.more
Jan 2024, Joanne
2 days in the mountains
Alvin was attentive and good company. He went to the extra effort to show us things we were interested in viewing and provided detailed information.more
Jan 2024, Robert Fleming
Huangshan 2-5 Jan 2024
As compared to another guide I had back in 2019 for Huangshan with another agency, Jack’s services were exemplary. He was patient and flexible to accommodate to our requests. Very knowledgeable, responsible and responsive. Throughout the trip he was always telling us the best angles and spots for nice pictures. Most importantly, he speaks English, hence we are able to communicate comfortably with a mix of Chinese and English.more
Jan 2024, Amanda Tan
5 days 4 nights Huang Shan trip
I had very little time to plan for this trip due to my busy schedule. Emily was very helpful and almost instantly drafted a planned itinerary for me and my family after a short chat with her. Super efficient and it took me just hours to decide on my schedule. We had also very good guide (小赵）with us. She is meticulous and knowledgeable, we were all very well taken care of during the trip. Had a great and enjoyable trip!more
Dec 2023, David
We booked a 3 day tour of Huangshan with China Highlights. Tony was our guide in Huangshan. He was very knowledgeable and spoke excellent English. I was able to appreciate the Hui culture and Huangshan more thanks to Tony. The entire trip went smoothly thanks to China Highlights!more
Dec 2023, helen
Absolutely stunning at every turn. Our guide, Jack showed us wonderfully beautiful spots where few visitors go. He knew all the best spots and went out of his way to ensure our stay exceeded our expectations. The arranged hotel was very good too. Well done!more
Nov 2023, george123w2014
Great experience from beginning to end!
Our guide, Frank, in Huangshan, Xidi and HongCun was knowledgeable, punctual and personable. He made everything go smoothly. The trip to China was wonderful and was enjoyed by my adult kids and their partners who have never been to China. Thank you both so much!!!more
Nov 2023, Susan X. Lu
China 29 days trip
From our guide in Xi’an to the guide in Kwelin , they are all excellent. 韩颂 in Beijing, Susan in Xi’an, Alvin in Huang Shan, Sally in YiZhang , Peter in Zongzhing, Doyle in 昆明，Daisy in Tali, Martin in Lijiang and the last Vincent in Guilin. They all performed their services well. We are happy to have met them, hopefully we will keep in touch.more
Nov 2023, Tiong-Oen Pouw
Enjoyable short trip with beautiful sightseeing
The Local Guide Tony was knowledgeable and he gave lots of information about the province and towns. He was patient to us especially I have slight difficulty in walking. He was capable and managed to bring us around Huang Shan to see all the different peaks and other sights even though the weather was not ideal on the first day.Overall, we enjoyed our 4 days 3 nights trip.more
Nov 2023, Lay San Ong
Huangshan, Anhui Province, China
Our guide, Tony, was very kind, helpful and had an excellent level of English.This was the first time I booked directly with a Chinese travel agency, but I would certainly do it again and recommend it to everyone who wants to visit China.more
Oct 2023, Ina
Stunning Yellow Mountain and beautiful Ancient Villages
We had the most fantastic experience with our tour guide, Jack Fan, who is very knowledgeable about the Yellow Mountain and was able to get us quickly to the most stunning highlights. He was our "photographer" anytime we wanted a photo and that was very often. We made the most of our time having him guiding us. He was truly the mountain man as he is a local there. He is very passionate about what he does. He loves history, nature, and travel, which is a must for a guide. He provided historical facts about the stunning Ancient villages at Hong Cun and Xidi. He answered any questions we had about history, nature, and current things we had. I felt like he was a professor, and we were his students in a very good way. He was NEVER late, and neither was our driver. They never bought us anywhere to "sell" us things. He took us to buy tea only when we asked to buy a specific tea, staying much later than he should have! I wanted to check out lotus and rice fields, which was not on the itinerary, but he squeezed it in for us. We were very well taken care of. I highly recommend Jack for a tour guide who speaks English.more
Sep 2023, annemompt
Our tour guide Tony was indeed very knowledgeable and helpful the entire trip. His explanation and description of the villages in English is very good. Tony is very accommodating to our requests too. The hike up in the mountains was really good and exciting and Tony managed to bring us to most of the recommended viewpoints and waited for us to catch our breath when we’re too exhausted hiking. I fully recommend getting Tony as your guide.more
Jul 2023, CindyBeezeebee
"The Mysterious and Gorgeous Peaks Make Yellow Mountain a MUST Visit"
My girlfriend and I went to Yellow Mountain during the Labor Day Holiday in China, and honestly were amazed by the actual beauty of it all. Our tour guide Sunny (thank you so much for your exquisite work) made our trip even better. The hotels that were chosen by the China Highlights agency were perfect, the Shanshui Boutique in the heart of the Huangshan city was so convenient to walk from, and the Xihai Hotel on the mountains was a perfect stop for the hiking we did for two days. The tour that we did was not enough to see everything of course so we shall be returning in the near future. We were so lucky about the weather and the crowds (holiday) that the perfect visit was even more marvelous as I proposed to my girlfriend on the Flying Rock peak during a breathtaking sunset. This will always be our rock and for that I am very grateful since Sunny the tour guide made it perfect for us.more
May 2023, High F
Absolutely Stunning Yellow Mountains
In April 23 China Highlights organised a 3 day, 2 night trip for us from Shanghai to Huangshan. From the Bullet Train to the scenery at the World Heritage Yellow Mountains to the Tea ceremony - It's a must visit for anyone visiting China, however, not often on Western Tourist Programs.more
May 2023, Megan S
Stunning Yellow Mountains - Huangshan
In April 23 China Highlights organised a 3 day, 2 night trip for us from Shanghai to Huangshan in the Anhui Province. From the Bullet Train to the scenery at the World Heritage Yellow Mountains, the meals and the Tea ceremony - It's a must visit for anyone visiting China, however, not often on Western Tourist Programs. Liberman who arranged the trip, and Tony who was our guide were always available to assist us. 10/10 - Thanks very much. Adam Liaws, "Destination Flavour China"(S1 Episode2 visits the Anhui province - worth a watch to see how beautiful the region is.more
May 2023, Leonie Megan
Mystical misty mountain tour
We three ladies took a three-day trip away from our families to enjoy the peace of the countryside and the inspiring beauty of Huangshan. China Highlights and our tour guide, Jack Fan, made the trip everything we had hoped for an even more. We started the first day with bicycle and foot tours in Bishan Village- absolutely charming! We then moved to Huangshan and… wow! It’s easy to see what artists and poets have been inspired throughout the centuries. Jack has spent years on the mountain and knows every corner of it. He made sure to take us to the best places in the limited time we had and made it all extra special by sharing the history and stories. He also knew exactly how long every path would take and planned to maximize our time with a steady pace. Early rain quickly passed and left us with the views of the moving “sea of clouds” that everyone talks about. We are all so glad we didn’t miss Huangshan- there’s a reason everyone says it’s the most beautiful mountain in China. Thanks, Jack, for a wonderful tour!more
Apr 2023, christinajeanne
4 Day Yellow Mountain Trip
Tony was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide, who skillfully dealt with any issues as they arose to make sure the days passed seamlessly and enjoyably.more
Sep 2022, Paul
5-Day Dynamic Huangshan Tour is a must!
My husband and I were in awe of the natural beauty of the Yellow Mountain. Our guide Phillip Tong, with China Highlights, gave us an exceptional experience at our pace. (As an older couple this was greatly appreciated.) He shared his vast knowledge of history and cultural significance as we trekked over and around the mountain, touring Bishan, and Hongcun. We concluded our trip by making fish lanterns. China Highlights has once again provided us with great memories.more
Aug 2022, Catherine C
I did a 4 day trekking in the Yellow…
I did a 4 day trekking in the Yellow Mountains with China Highlights and it was even more stunning than I thought it would be. Spend two nights in the mountains and one in Huangshan, totally worth is. This is a place you must visit and according to my guide every season had it’s own beauty. I will definitely come back! Coco planned the whole trip according to my wishes and Tony was a perfect guide being very knowledgeable and supportive. If you don’t have 4 days I’m sure a three, or even two, day trip will be very nice as well!more
Aug 2022, Elizabeth
We had a memorable experience hiking
We had a memorable experience hiking the Yellow Mountain in Huangshan. Our trip was complicated by the typhoon that hit the area and we had to have a flexible itinerary, China Highlights helped with this. Once we arrived, Tony was very helpful & was able to tailor the experience for the different fitness levels in the group.more
Sep 2021, Leigh Smith
Once you arrive, you will receive a warm welcome from your personal guide outside the luggage claim area. Your professional private driver will transfer you directly to your hotel. They will go the extra mile, making sure you have everything you need. Have a good rest and prepare for the following adventure.
Good to know:
Travel light! Please take a small bag or backpack for your overnight stay on the mountain. Your guide will assist you to store big suitcase in your hotel in Tunxi for free. You can collect it on your way back. You can also store the luggage at the foot of the mountains. The cost is about CNY20 (US$4) for each piece.
One night in Tunxi: Huangshan International Hotel (4-star)/Crowne Plaza Huangshan Yucheng (5-star).
Today's trek is about 10.5 kilometers (6.5 miles) and takes approximately five hours.
After breakfast, you will be driven to the foot of the Yellow Mountains and start your trek from the Yungu Temple. Ascend the mountains via the Eastern Steps and you will trek pass several natural peculiarly-shaped rocks, especially the Stone Table and the peak of the Immortal Pointing the Way. It takes about three hours to arrive at the White Goose Ridge. After a rest and a buffet lunch in a hotel, you will continue on to the Flying-over Rock and the Bright Top for approximately three hours in the afternoon. The sunset at the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion is a highlight. Enjoy a buffet dinner at your hotel to regain some strength.
One night on the mountain: Beihai Hotel (4-star)/Xihai Hotel — South Wing/New Wing (5-star).
Good to know:
To save time and strength, you can take Yungu Cable Car to go up (10 minutes) and Yuping Cable Car to go down (15 minutes). The cost is CNY80 (US$13) per person for Yungu and CNY90 (US$14) per person for Yuping.
Today's trek is about 12.5 kilometers (7.8 miles) and takes approximately six hours.
After watching the sunrise at the Refreshing Terrace, hike to the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion and then down to the West Sea Grand Canyon. The hiking trip covers the most essential parts — the 1st ring, 2nd ring, Button, Plunk Way, and Fairy-Walking Bridge — taking about five hours to finish the circuit. Lunch will be arranged flexibly by your guide. It takes about one hour to hike to Baiyun Hotel. Enjoy buffet dinner at the hotel.
Good to know:
Short Cut. From the Cloud-dispelling Pavilion to the button of West Sea Crand Canyon, it's down stairs all the way and some sections are very narrow and steep. Therefore, trekking in the West Sea Grand Canyon can be a big challenge, especially to your knees. A monorail is available to help you save time and strength. It runs between the bottom of the Canyon and the main peak area, which is about 300 meters (0.2 miles) from the Baiyun Hotel. The 893 meters (0.6 miles) takes less than five minutes and the cost is CNY80 (US$13) per person.
One night on the mountains: Baiyun/Tianhai Hotel (4-star).
You will trek about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) which takes about six hours.
After watching the sunrise at the Bright Top, you will hike to the One Hundred Ladders for one hour and then to the Jade Screen Pavilion to see the famous Greeting-guests Pine. Then hike to the steepest peak of the mountains, Celestial Capital Peak, for about two hours and then down to the base at Lima Temple for approximately two hours.
After the physically demanding adventure, it's time to relax and have a nice lunch at Tunxi Ancient Street.
Your private guide and driver will accompany you to your station or the airport for your next destination.
1. Tailoring Your Tour
This tour is very flexible. You can alter the itinerary, extend or shorten it to suit your price, interest, and schedule. If you would like to book the hotels on your own, we can remove the hotel cost from quotation. Please inform your travel advisor about your preference.
Simple fun to enrich your itinerary:
Overnight trains from Shanghai arrive in the morning. Flights from Shanghai and buses from Hangzhou usually arrive in the afternoon. Flights to Shanghai and Xian depart in the late evening. Here are some additional options to fill in the possible gap:
- Huangshan Hot Spring
Duration: about 2-3 hours
Huangshan Hot Spring is at the foot of the Yellow Mountains. There are various pools with different scents and healing properties: rose, lavender, jasmine, green tea, and coffee, among others. It's a perfect way to refresh and recover after hiking on the mountains and a wonderful treat to experience in winter. (You will be supplied with towels, shower gel, shampoo, hair dryers, brushes, flip flops, and lockers at the hot spring. All you need to take is your swimsuit).
- Xidi-Hongcun Ancient Pathway
Duration: about 3 hours
This pathway was newly developed at the end of 2014 between Huangshan's prettiest two ancient villages. With a length of 8 kilometers (5 miles), this route allows you to hike through the most rural areas to see quiet villages, paddy fields, mulberry fields, tea plantations, and bamboo forests. Since Hongcun Village is on a higher terrain than Xidi Village, it's recommended to walk from Hongcun to Xidi to make the hiking more relaxing.
- Rural Experience in Xuanyuan Farm
Duration: about 3-4 hours
Harvest fresh vegetables from the fields, see how rapeseed oil is squeezed in the traditional way, grind soybeans on a stone mill to make tofu with you own hands, and taste the fruits of your labor for lunch. It will be a unique and fun experience for both children and adults.
Options to further extend your tour:
- Enjoy more scenic hiking
If trekking in the Yellow Mountains can't quench your thirst for natural beauty, one day of Xin'an River Hiking will satisfy you perfectly. Xin'an River is renowned for its elegant riverside scenery on both sides. You will hike for about 10 kilometers (6 miles) and the hike will take 4–5 hours. During the hike, you will stop off at a primary school and a local family's home in the countryside, which will enable you to learn more about the local people's life in the region. We can also arrange biking along the riverbank for you, which is more relaxing and takes about two hours.
Recommended months: April is the perfect time to see yellow rape flowers in full bloom; May is the harvest time for ripe loquats; September and October are the best times to taste tangerines along the way and admire the chrysanthemums.
- Discover some cultural vibes
There are many beautiful ancient villages around Huangshan.
With a history of over 800 years, this charming village will show you the original Hui style architecture (a type of traditional Chinese architecture) and everlasting stories left behind.
As a World Cultural Heritage site, Xidi was first built 900 years ago in the Song Dynasty. Its traditional architectures are well preserved.
The autumn scene at Tachuan Village is one of the most picturesque places imaginable with the leaves of its ancient old trees turning red and yellow. Tachuan is only 10 minutes away by car from Hongcun. Remember to arrange it together with Hongcun if you are arriving in November.
Chengkan is a living historical document of the application of feng shui principles into architecture. From a bird's-eye view, twisted lanes, ancient drainage systems, and high walls create a maze-like layout.
Shexian Tangyue Memorial Arches:
Known as the "Town of Arches", Shexian is a must-see for fine examples of residential architecture and memorial arches from the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The Bao Family Garden was a private garden, once owned by successful businessman Bao. It blends perfectly with the Tangyue Memorial Arches, and is a fascinating way to spend a few hours.
Feel free to tell us your requirements and interests, and we will be happy to help you arrange a trip with our professional knowledge and experience.
West Sea Grand Canyon, Celestial Capital Peak and Lotus Peak usually close from December to March of the following year due to the snowy weather. Guide will adjust the itinerary to cover other highlights to make most of your time.