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5 Days
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Hangzhou
Yixian Ancient Villages

Savor the idyllic gems of rural Anhui province on this voyage into ancient China. You’ll visit frozen-in-time villages once home to wealthy merchants and scholars, peer into the mist atop soaring Yellow Mountain, and brave the “bamboo sea” immortalized in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

About this Journey

Embark on a journey back in time in the UNESCO World Heritage villages of Anhui province, home to some of the most successful businessmen during the Ming Dynasty. While hard to believe today, these ancient stone villages on the banks of the Yangtze River were once important economic centers that facilitated trade between China and the outside world.

Explore the history and natural beauty of this area, where much of the original Ming and Qing dynastic architecture has been preserved. Nearby, the misty peaks of Huangshan, the Yellow Mountain, have inspired the brushstrokes of artists for generations. Experience times long gone by traveling through China’s living heritage.

What we love
  • Experiencing what life in ancient China was like by wandering through old villages where traditional buildings from times long gone still stand
  • Exploring the "sea of bamboo" in Mukeng village where scenes from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were shot
Where you're going
Huangshan and Hangzhou China map
Itinerary

Day 1 - 2Yixian Ancient Villages

Optional: bike through the countryside along the rustic back roads of Yixian, passing sugar and tofu shops • Spend the morning strolling through the quiet lanes of Guanlu village, a petite merchant village built around a cluster of interconnected manors, before travelling to Nanping village • Imagine yourself back in the time of the Ming Dynasty when visiting the ancient wooden residences in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xidi

Day 3Huangshan

Head north to Huangshan (“Yellow Mountain”), which has been immortalized in the elegant brushstrokes of Chinese landscape paintings • Hike through the staggering peaks and deep valleys of Xihai Grand Canyon, a natural masterpiece less frequented by tourists

Day 4Yixian Ancient Villages

Make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hongcun village, where ancient waterways snake through village residences • Enjoy a late picnic lunch before heading to the secluded village of Mukeng, where scenes from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon were shot

Day 5Yixian to Hangzhou

Visit the frozen-in-time village of Chengkan, set against a backdrop of cobalt slopes and surrounded by ancient waterways • Make your way to Qiankou Residence, an eclectic collection of Ming-era arched bridges, pavilions, ancestral temples and dwellings

Day 6 - 7Hangzhou (Optional Extension)

Learn about the preferred tea of emperors at the undulating “Dragon Well” tea plantation • Enjoy a boat ride across Hangzhou’s West Lake, so beautiful that it was recreated for the emperor in Beijing’s Summer Palace • Wander the calming grounds of Yongfu and Lingyin Buddhist Temples • Enjoy the peaceful, melodic chanting of Buddhist monks at a prayer session

Hotels
Pig Inn Yixian

Boutique


Pig Inn Yixian may appear to be a typical village home on the outside, but step inside and you will discover a traditional, Huizhou-style ancient home.

Xihai Huangshan

4 Star


Stylistically Chinese, the Xihai is located atop Huangshan, with multiple hiking trails branching out directly from its doorstep.

Details

Recommended seasons

Spring

Summer

Fall

Winter

What’s Included

  • All overland transfers with private chauffeur and in-transport refreshments
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
  • All meals as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water
  • All services of WildChina English-speaking guide(s)
  • All accommodations, based on double-occupancy and including breakfast, service charge, and government tax
  • Private chauffeur service to and from airport at start and end of your trip

What’s Excluded

  • International & domestic flights and relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel, health and trip cancellation insurance
  • Meals apart from those included in the itinerary and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and chauffeurs
Why WildChina

We’re on the ground with you

Our team of advisors will design every detail of the trip with you through close consultation, then orchestrate your entire journey while on the ground. We’re in the same time zone as you, so we can fulfill requests and handle issues without a hitch. With over 40 staff in Beijing and an expansive network of operational partners across the country, we have the manpower to ensure your journey is safe, reliable and comfortable from beginning to end.

Your trip, your way

Flexibility is our highest-ranking compliment. We pull off journeys for pioneers with a 6-hour layover to Hollywood’s elite, and everywhere in between. Our team regularly pulls off unprecedented logistical feats; nearly any time frame or budget is within our realm. No matter how you wish to experience China, we are here to bring that dream to life.

We embody passion

WildChina guides are carefully handpicked for their knowledge and charisma, then meticulously trained to maintain our exceptional service standards. They are expert storytellers and passionate natives of the regions where they guide, having the perfect combination of local insights and service know-how to bring you seamless once-in-a- lifetime moments all across China.

The little things, the big picture

Supporting inspired local economies allows you to experience the soul of the destination, while also protecting and cultivating China’s artisanal culture. From watching artisans hand make shoes in Yunnan, to picking organic vegetables for dinner on a local farm in Fujian, our tours are designed to showcase and protect China’s heritage, both natural and human.

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Solo Traveller

I contacted WildChina for a short extension to a business trip. My goal was to experience an intense but relaxing visit to two key cities, while learning as much about the people and culture as possible. I chose WildChina as I knew they are focused on authenticity and going beyond the traditional check list approach. Without a doubt I would recommend them to anyone wanting to experience the real China. I was on a private tour and my guides were exceptional.

December 10, 2018

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Group Traveller

Abraham Hu was excellent, and we had great full days and excellent restaurant recommendations from him. We learned much from him and appreciated the depth of his background. We especially liked going to the art districts — something not on the usual tourist agenda. The Chonghua Palace special tour was absolutely wonderful – thank you for knowing about that. Maggie Wu was an excellent guide, and we very much appreciated her expertise in working us through the crowds. We especially loved her guiding us to lunch at an absolutely delicious “farmhouse” restaurant near the Terracotta Warriors site (we had many incredible meals during our trip, but this “simple” lunch stands out as one of the best!)

August 16, 2017