Ancient Villages & Mountains of Anhui

Explore ancient Huizhou villages and stunning mountain scenery in China's remote Anhui province

Ancient Villages & Mountains of Anhui

Journey into Eastern China’s most remote and least-developed province, Anhui, to discover ancient Huizhou villages and staggeringly beautiful mountain scenery. This 10-day part-guided tour can be booked as a standalone holiday or as an extension to a larger tour of China’s Eastern seaboard, with Anhui’s dramatic scenery and slower pace of life providing a welcome antidote to the hustle and bustle of China’s megalopolises.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Beijing

    On arrival in Beijing, you will be collected by your guide and transferred to the Orchid, a charming boutique hotel situated in Beijing’s central Gulou district.

  2. Day 2: Beijing to Huangshan City (Tunxi)

    After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in and around Beijing.

  3. Day 3: Tunxi and Shexian

    Start the day with a tour of Huangshan’s colourful old town, Tunxi. Over 600 years old, Tunxi is one of the region’s oldest settlements. Its narrow, flag-stoned streets and alleyways hide carefully-restored Qing and Ming-era buildings, complete with decorative carved wooden screens, double eaves and horse-head gables, the architectural hallmarks of the Anhui region.

  4. Day 4: Huangshan (Yellow Mountain)

    Say goodbye to Tunxi this morning as you depart for Huangshan, the famous Yellow Mountain. Along the way you can make a stop at some of the region’s prettiest settlements, including Qiankou Village – where you can explore the stunning Zixia Manor, a classic Huizhou-style estate – and the sleepy artists’ town of Chengkan, a pristine Ming-era settlement that receives comparatively few visitors.

  5. Day 5: Xidi and Hongcun

    Set in a deep valley surrounded by forests of pine and fields of yellow rape, Xidi is among the oldest and best-preserved villages in all of Anhui. Its remoteness and relative poverty has allowed this 1,000 year old village to survive largely unscathed through six Chinese dynasties – beginning with the Liao in the 11th century, and reaching its heyday in the 14th century under Ming rule.

  6. Day 6: Bishan

    Depart Xidi this morning and travel to Bishan village, a short half hour drive through attractive countryside.

  7. Day 7: At leisure in Bishan

    Today is at leisure to explore Bishan and its surrounds. You can choose to explore independently – Pig’s Inn provide bikes and there are easy walking trails to follow – or we can arrange for your guide to accompany you on any further sightseeing excursions you might want to make.

  8. Day 8: Wuyuan County

    Depart Bishan this morning and drive to Wuyuan County, in the neighbouring province of Jiangxi. Considered by some to be the most beautiful countryside in all of China, Wuyuan offers stunning hill country and pretty Ming and Qing-era villages.

  9. Day 9: Wuyuan County; evening flight to Shanghai

    Continue to explore Wuyuan County this morning. Start the day with a visit to Sixiyan Village, famous for its Qing-era merchants’ homes and clear canal. Then, on to Qinghua Township, where you can cross the 800-year old Rainbow Bridge, an architectural marvel built under the Song Dynasty.

  10. Day 10: Departure

    Transfer to the airport and board your international flight home.

Price guide

Price based on two travellers in shared double/twin accommodation and subject to availability at the time of booking.
Pricing

10 days from £2145pp

Pricing

10 days from £2145pp

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