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Mighty Mountains: Zhangjiajie to Shanghai

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,820

Journey through the magical alpine landscape of Wulingyuan and Huangshan on this trip to Eastern China. Begin in Zhangjiajie where you’ll explore the floating mountain landscape that inspired Avatar. Then head to Huangshan to summit Yellow Mountain before ending your journey in futuristic Shanghai.


This 8-day Chinese vacation takes you across the mountainous landscapes of Hunan and Anhui before ending in Shanghai. It includes moderate or first-class accommodations depending on your preference, private tours, and is ideal for travellers returning to China and wanting to explore its natural wonders.

Your journey begins in Zhangjiajie, the gateway to the Wulingyuan Scenic Area or the floating mountains of China. You’ll spend a couple days exploring this magical landscape that inspired James Cameron’s blockbuster sci-fi film, Avatar. One day, head into the UNESCO-listed Wulingyuan Park to see the dozens of sandstone pillars that look like they’re floating above the cloud line. Ride the Tianzishan cable car to the top of the canyon and walk along the bridges and precipices to take in this spectacular sight. The next day, ride the world’s longest cable car to Tianmen Mountain to walk along the glass walkway and visit the temple pavilion built on the top of the mountain. Then descend into Yellow Dragon Cave to explore a magical landscape of limestone karsts, stalactites, and stalagmites illuminated by a colourful light display.

From Zhangjiajie, connect to Changsha and ride the train to Huangshan, set amidst a stunning range of jagged peaks. Explore the historic avenue of Laojie Street, which has been one of China’s best-preserved commercial streets for over 1,000 years. The next day, head to the UNESCO-listed Xidi Village to journey through a landscape of rice paddies and green hills. It’s like walking into a classical Chinese painting come to life. You’ll also see the Song Dynasty temple in Pingshan Village and explore the bizarre city plan of Hongcun Village, which is designed to represent the biological system of a cow.

The greatest highlight on your trip to Huangshan is Yellow Mountain, one of the country’s most famous mountains. Ride the cable car to the summit and spend a night atop a sea of clouds. The next morning, head on a walking tour before descending and flying to Shanghai for the final stop on your journey. In Shanghai, stroll along the Art Deco avenue of the Bund to admire the futuristic skyline of Pudong across the water. Stroll through Yu Garden and try some local delicacies before heading to the airport to connect back home.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,820

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Day 1

Arrive Zhangjiajie

Upon arrival at Zhangjiajie, transfer to your hotel for check-in. Remainder of the day is free at leisure with meals on own.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Zhangjiajie Santo Domingo International Hotel

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    Zhangjiajie Santo Domingo International Hotel



    The Santo Domingo International Hotel Zhangjiajie (Zhangjiajie Sheng Duomingge Guoji Dajiudian) is conveniently located on Guihua Road, opposite a bus station, inside Zhangjiajie Wuling Yuan scenic area, which is one of the World Heritage Sites. It takes about 10-minute walk to get to the ticket ...

    The Santo Domingo International Hotel Zhangjiajie (Zhangjiajie Sheng Duomingge Guoji Dajiudian) is conveniently located on Guihua Road, opposite a bus station, inside Zhangjiajie Wuling Yuan scenic area, which is one of the World Heritage Sites. It takes about 10-minute walk to get to the ticket office of Wuling Yuan. Only a 5-10 minutes' drive sees guests to nearby attraction spots such as Huanglong Cave and Baofeng Lake.

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Day 2

Zhangjiajie

Today visit the Wulingyuanpark with a local guide. This UNESCO world heritage site features stunning sandstone pillars strewn across the canyon. Its odd geological formations were featured in James Cameron's film, "Avatar." Take the Tianzishan cable car to the top of the canyon and tour the precipices and walkways for stunning panoramic views of the park. Descend down the Bailong Heavenly Elevator to the valley floor and walk back to the entrance next to the Golden Whip River.

Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant featuring Hunan cuisine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Zhangjiajie

This morning, take the world's longest cable car to the top of Tianmen Mountain. Cliff face walkways wind around the mountain (about 7km for a full loop of the top), including a section of glass walkway and the Heavenly Peak Pavilion, a temple built atop the mountain during the Tang dynasty. Take a bus on your descent that will travel through the hole of the mountain.

Stop by the Yellow Dragon Cave. This Karst Limestone cave is over 15 kilometers long with underground streams, stalactites, stalagmites, and a variety of stone formations lit by colorful lights. (Entrance fee and optional boat ride not included).

This evening, enjoy authentic Hunan cuisine.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Zhangjiajie to Changsha to Huangshan

Drive 4.5 hours to Changsha, taking the high-speed train G636 (1116/1512, 3hr56min, subjected to change) to Huangshan. Lunch will be on own on the train.

Arrive at Huangshan, transfer to hotel for check in.

Late afternoon exploration the Laojie Street. This street was built more than 1000 years ago and today has developed into a historic and commercial street which is 823-meter-long and 5-8 meter-wide. It is one of the best-kept old streets in China and was elected as one of "Ten Historic and Cultural Street of China" in 2009.

Chinese dinner at local restaurant on Laojie Street.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Tiandu International Hotel

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    Tiandu International Hotel



    With easy access to the expressway, the Tiandu International Hotel (Tiandu Guoji Fandian) is about an hour drive from the Huang Shan scenic area. This Huang Shan hotel is decorated in a European style, with a variety of well-appointed rooms to cater to a variety ...

    With easy access to the expressway, the Tiandu International Hotel (Tiandu Guoji Fandian) is about an hour drive from the Huang Shan scenic area.

    This Huang Shan hotel is decorated in a European style, with a variety of well-appointed rooms to cater to a variety of tastes and budgets on offer with standard amenities.

    The hotel's restaurants serve local Anhui delicacies and Western cuisine. Guests can stop in the bar for a cocktail or grab a cup of coffee or tea and relax after a long day out and about.

    In addition, six function halls and conference rooms are at guests' disposal for conferences, training or other business and social activities.

    Leisure activities include massage, ballroom dancing, ping pong, karaoke and a sauna.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Concierge
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Coffee Bar
    • Elevator
    • Laundry
    • Lobby Bar
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant

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Day 5

Huangshan

Full day excursion to visit Yi County.

Spend the whole day visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xidi Village. Situated in the rich green and sparkling waters of surrounding rice paddies, the village appears just as it did centuries ago. You can feel the authenticity of the rural life as you wander the stone lanes on pathways between towering vertical walls that at times narrow to shoulder width. Xidi Village dates to 900AD. Picturesquely ringed by hills, it is known as "a village in a Chinese painting."

And tour the quiet Pingshan Village with centuries old Huizhou architecture. This is one of oldest villages with the most historic buildings preserved. A Song dynasty temple (950AD) still stand close to exquisite family temples of Ming and Qing dynasties. A movie producer restored an ancient courtyard into a boutique inn with a trendy theme bar and cafe.

Continue to visit Hongcun Village, is an ancient village with a history of 400 to 500 years, the original residential style and features of the Ming and Qing Dynasties were preserved perfectly there. It was inscribed into the list of the World Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2000. The village has a cattle-like plan, a stream passes by every door in the village like a cattle's gut, a semi-lunar pond looks like the cattle's stomach, and the four bridges over the stream from the cattle's feet. With marbled ground, black tiles, fresh red lanterns, elaborate woodcarvings and amazingly comprehensive water system, it is known as 'the folk imperial palaces'. It is an architectural miracle constructed by the ancient people in accordance with the bionics.

Evening is free at leisure with dinner on own.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 6

Huangshan

Today, transfer to Anhui's crown jewels, the incomparable Yellow Mountain, cable car up to the summit and check in at hotel.

Because these mountain tops are often above cloud level they offer intriguing natural light effects as well as views of the clouds from above, including the famed Sea of Clouds phenomena. The staggering beauty of granite precipices emerging from fog banks has inspired Chinese artists for centuries.

Walk forty minutes to your hotel and check into modest, yet adequate rooms. Vistas of amazing beauty lie a few minutes from the hotel. Every direction offers a unique view as can be gathered from the scenic names of the Nine Dragons, Daoist Priest, Ox Nose, and Hunchback. Choose between short strolls on nearby paths or longer hikes along the summit ridge.

Have the lunch and dinner at hotel.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Beihai Hotel Huangshan

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    Beihai Hotel Huangshan



    Huangshan's Beihai Hotel (Beihai Binguan) is a popular 4-star hotel extremely well located for those wishing to watch the sun set or rise from the mountain's Eastern step. This Huangshan hotel has standard rooms and suites that come equipped with all the standard up-to-date amenities. ...

    Huangshan's Beihai Hotel (Beihai Binguan) is a popular 4-star hotel extremely well located for those wishing to watch the sun set or rise from the mountain's Eastern step.

    This Huangshan hotel has standard rooms and suites that come equipped with all the standard up-to-date amenities.

    For dining, guests will find both Chinese and Western cuisines on the menu. Those who like to socialize can grab a drink at the bar.

    Additional facilities at the hotel include meeting facilities, business center, gym, steam bath, currency exchange and a beauty salon.

    For 50 years, the Beihai Hotel has received more than 100 parties and national leaders like Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, Yang Shangkun, Li Peng, Zhu Rongji, Li Ruihuan, Annan, Tai Crowned Princess, Shao Yifu, Lao She and more.

    Facilities

    • Beauty Salon
    • Clinic
    • Coffee Bar
    • Karaoke Lounge
    • Luggage Storage
    • Restaurant
    • Wine Bar

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Day 7

Huangshan to Shanghai

Continue walking tour of Yellow Mountain.

After lunch cable car down and visit the Chengkan Village in She County. The village is famous for its well-preserved and amazingly designed residential architecture of Ming Dynasty. Streams flowing through, eight mountains circle around, the ancient village integrated the featured Hui style houses (white wall and gray tiles) with green hills and clear streams, making a perfectly natural and man-made patterns of Eight Trigramkan.

Dinner at a local restaurant before flying back to Shanghai in the evening
Arrive Shanghai, transfer to your hotel for check-in.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Ambassador Hotel

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    Ambassador Hotel



    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai is located in the Caojiadu commercial zone where Changning and Putuo Districts meet, enjoying convenient transportation. The hotel is close to Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park. It's a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Railway Station, 20-minute drive to Hongqiao Transportation ...

    Ambassador Hotel Shanghai is located in the Caojiadu commercial zone where Changning and Putuo Districts meet, enjoying convenient transportation. The hotel is close to Jing'an Temple and Zhongshan Park. It's a 15-minute drive from the hotel to Shanghai Railway Station, 20-minute drive to Hongqiao Transportation Hub, and 50-minute drive to Pudong Airport. It is surrounded by a variety of shopping, entertainment and recreation destinations, including Yueda 889 Plaza, King 88, and Fanghui Plaza, etc., all of which are the preferred choice by elite business travelers.

    Facilities

    • Business Centre
    • Child Friendly
    • Free WiFi

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Day 8

Depart Shanghai

Departure transfer for your onward flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • All transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 7 nights accommodation in either moderate, first class or deluxe hotels
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Local English speaking guide in each city
  • Local airfare and taxes Huangshan to Shanghai
  • Local high speed train Changsha to Huangshan (First Class seat for Deluxe itinerary and Economy class seat for Moderate and First class itinerary)
  • Breakfast daily plus most lunches and dinners

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International airfare and airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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