Experience a romantic journey in a beautiful mountainous region.
Customer’s expectations about the tour:
Say, for example, a young lady is very interested in ancient Huizhou culture. She wants to visit the beautiful villages in Huizhou that have maintained their old buildings very well, and she also wants to learn about Huizhou culture and history. Not to mention she also, understandably, wants to behold the most beautiful mountain in China – Mount Huangshan.
Highlights of the trip:
- Visiting buildings and courtyards built in the Huizhou style;
- Seeing first-hand the Huizhou style of woodcutting, brick cutting and stone cutting art in Huizhou architecture;
- Discovering the history of the Huizhou merchants;
- Witnessing the special layout of Hongcun village;
- Taking in the most amazing scenery at Huangshan Mountain;
- Sampling authentic Hui cuisine;
- Experiencing first-hand the ink making technique indigenous to Huizhou.
- Please read more about the Huizhou region by following the link, there you will find lots of useful information about Huizhou culture, architecture, historical attractions and other interesting facts about the Huizhou region.
- The example we have posted above is just there to give you a rough idea of how we can help you customize your travel in China. We will customize each tour for every customer on request.
Day 1: Arriving in Shanghai
Your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you outside the “Arrival Gate” in Shanghai international airport. From there, you will be driven to the hotel. After you’ve checked in and had a short break, there will be a welcome dinner for you.
Day 2: From Shanghai to Shexian
We will take the fast train to Hefei City, the capital of Anhui province. It will take approximately three and a half hours to get there.. After a quick lunch, we will transfer to another train from Hefei to Shexian. Shexian was once the capital of Huizhou in ancient times. On arrival we will have authentic Hui cuisine for dinner and we will stay at a traditional Huizhou style hotel.
Day 3: Tour in Shexian
Your guide will treat you to several interesting stories about this ancient town and point out to you the various, distinctive features of Hui architecture. We will then take you to visit the famous Tangyue Memorial Archways and Xuguo’s Stone Archway. You may feel somewhat moved by the stories about the Tangyue Memorial Archways, which are predominantly about the miserable lives led by women in ancient times. You may also be interested in visiting the small ink workshops which sit along the Xin’an River.
If you prefer, we will leave you alone to wander the town for a while.
Day 4: From Shexian to Jixi, Tour in Jixi
We will leave Shexian in the morning, and arrive at Jixi after traveling for about 30 mins.
Authentic Hui cuisine originated from Jixi, so you know we will have a good dinner there. However, before this delicious dinner, we will have a whole day to visit the town. We will also go to visit Hushi’s1 former residence in a village nearby.
We will go to Mount Huangshan in the morning. It will be a tough day full of climbing, but we are sure you will see why Mount Huangshan is the most famous mountain in China.
There is an amazing old high street in Tunxi (now called Huangshan city). We will spend our evening there and also have dinner there.
Day 6: From Huangshan to Hongcun, Tour in Hongcun
Considering you will probably need more rest after all of the previous day’s climbing, we will depart a bit later the next morning. But don’t expect to leave too late, unless you have no desire to visit the most spectacular village in the Huizhou region – Hongcun.
It will take us less than two hours to travel to Hongcun. Please don’t forget to look out and enjoy the landscape outside your window as we travel to our destination. You may just regret you weren’t able to hike there instead.
We will introduce you to the specially designed water usage and water storage system unique to Hongcun. You will be amazed to find that in Hongcun flowing water is used like an air conditioner to cool down each house in the summer.
The first half of the next day will be left for you to enjoy this fantastic village alone. You can go up a nearby hill to take a picture of the whole village, and you can also take a look at their tea fields on the way.
We will leave Shexian before lunchtime. Then we will have a simple lunch in Yixian, which is a bigger town and thus an easier place to find better food. After that we will go to Xidi. It will only take us about 20 minutes to travel from Yixian to Xidi.
Xidi is bigger than Hongcun and there you will be provided with a professional guide similar to the ones you have had at other points of the tour.
Day 8: Tour in Xidi, Back to Huangshan city
Once again you will be allowed to enjoy the beautiful village of Xidi by yourself for roughly 2 to 3 hours (as per your request). Then we will leave Xidi and go back to Huangshan city.
In the afternoon, we will spend a few happy hours shopping on Tunxi’s old high street, which is the place where we had dinner two days ago. If you want to buy some special souvenirs related to Hui culture, we can give you useful advice on what to buy and help you make your purchases.
The last dinner we will have together in Huizhou will be very special and unforgettable. Initially we didn’t order the most delicious signature dishes available in Hui cuisine on our first visit to the old high street because you would have needed normal food to recover your energy after climbing Mount Huangshan. But today, on our last night in Huizhou, we will help you discover the essence of Hui cuisine.
Day 9: From Huangshan to Shanghai
We will take the train and transfer again at Hefei city. Then, on arrival in Shanghai, we will have a farewell dinner.
For more information about Huizhou culture, please read the article entitled “Culture of Huizhou“.