Multi-Day Tour | Private

China's Living Heritage (7 days)

WildChina

Yixian, China To Hangzhou, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Dec 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Yixian, China
Pig’s Heaven Inn (Bishan) Dinner

- From Beijing or Shanghai, take a direct flight to Huangshan city. Upon arriving in Huangshan Airport, your WildChina guide willmeet you at the arrival hall with your private vehicle on standby

- Your WildChina team will drive you to your hotel in Yixian to check in and relax

- If time and energy permit, set out on bike along the rustic back roads of Yixian, passing by local sugar plantations, tofu shopsand silkworm farms

Day 2
Yixian, China
Pig’s Heaven Inn (Bishan) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Spend the morning strolling through the quiet lanes of Guanlu village, a petite merchant village built around a cluster ofinterconnected manors, before travelling to Nanping village, known for its ancient ancestral halls which were depicted inCrouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

- Imagine yourself back in the time of the Ming Dynasty when wandering granite-hewn paths past ancient wooden residences inthe UNESCO World Heritage Site Xidi

Day 3
Yixian, China
Huangshan Xihai Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

- In the morning, head north to Huangshan (“Yellow Mountain”), which has been immortalized in the elegant brushstrokes ofChinese landscape paintings

- Take a cable car up the mountain and hike through the staggering peaks and deep valleys of Xihai Grand Canyon, a naturalmasterpiece less frequented by tourists

Day 4
Yixian, China
Huangshan, China
Pig’s Heaven Inn (Bishan) Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- In the morning, take a cable car down Huangshan and head back to Yixian

- Make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hongcun village, where ancient waterways snake through villageresidences

- Enjoy a late picnic lunch before heading to the secluded village of Mukeng, where scenes from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonwere shot

Day 5
Yixian, China
None Breakfast, Lunch

- 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 anddwellings

- In the afternoon, take a three hour drive to Hangzhou airport for departure


Day 6
Hangzhou, China
Yixian, China
The Four Seasons or Amanfayun Breakfast, Lunch

OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO HANGZHOU


DAY 5

- 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 anddwellings  

- In the afternoon, take a three hour drive to Hangzhou - Upon arriving in Hangzhou, check into your hotel and relax


DAY 6

- Learn about the preferred tea of emperors at the undulating “Dragon Well” tea plantation

- Following a filling lunch of Hangzhou cuisine, sit back with a cup of tea in a classical garden near West Lake

- Enjoy a boat ride across Hangzhou's West Lake, so beautiful that it was recreated for the emperor in Beijing’s Summer Palace

- Brush past the elegant golden walls of Yongfu Temple and admire the rock carvings in Lingyin Temple

- Gain a deeper understanding of Buddhism by attending a prayer session and listening the melodic chanting of monks

Day 7
Hangzhou, China
None Breakfast

- In the morning, your WildChina guide will drive you to the train station for your speed train to Shanghai or assist you with whatever departure plans you have arranged

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Description

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.

About Us

We believe that luxury and sustainability come hand-in-hand. From picking tea in Yunnan to making hand-spun yak wool with nomads in Gansu, our journeys are accented by sophisticated interpretation of nature and local artisan culture through genuine interactions with local communities. Our innovative way of travel has been critically recognized through numerous awards including National Geographic Traveler - "Tours of a Lifetime; Travel + Leisure - “Best Life Changing Trips”; and Fast Company - “50 Most Innovative Companies”. In 2017 we were honored to be nominated for two Virtuoso Awards including "Destinations Partner of the Year".

Insider Tip

For first-timers, cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in a week. Save five to ten days to explore the southern and western provinces and experience the true diversity of China.

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Overall very helpful

By: Angie


Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2014

Our travel agent used the services of Wild China for our recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Overall the guides were good and having their services proved very helpful in a country where the language & driving were very different from our own. 2 of our 3 guides were quite insightful & accommodating and enhanced our trip in many ways. Our only complaint was that 1 of the guides in Shanghai was quick to deliver us to tourist-trap locations where she would receive a kick-back from any purchase we made. We only learned of this after we had already made a few unwise purchases and then wished maybe we had spent less time with her. My advice would be to use the help, but be forewarned & slightly wary of any guide suggested "tours" or shopping.

Wildly Fantastic!

By: Lisa580


Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2016

WildChina provided outstanding service during our recent trip to China. Our guide, Anna, was suburb! Thank you, WildChina!
Travel Advisor:  Bobbi Nappi

The best guides

By: Bookstaver


Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Wild China setup up the perfect itinerary for my trip to China and Tibet. A different well versed guide met me in each section of my trip and showed me the trip of a lifetime
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Fantastic trip

By: Jeff


Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Very good experience. Well thought out trip and every detail was covered. Flexibility was also a key factor.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Rosenberg

And on my next trip to China as well.

By: Guy


Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We spent two full days touring Beijing with Wild China and they really could not have been better. Couldn't ask our guide a question he couldn't answer about what were seeing (and in 9.5/10 english fluency). Always on time and always with a smile and great attitude throughout the tour. Very flexible, even on the fly! We made several requests in the car that required slight deviations from the original plan. No problem.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

WildChina Exceeds Erwin Family Expectations of China

By: Rhonda Erwin


Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Rachel Dicker partnered with WildChina to plan our custom Chinese Adventure for our family of four (two boys ages 12 and 16). We experienced REAL China! We're a global family and we've never experienced the professionalism and attention-to-detail as we did from both Wild China (supervisor Kendra Tombolato) and Rachel Dicker Travel (owner Rachel Dicker). We particularly want to say that Joyce Ying (Shanghai), An Na (Beijing), Jessica Zhu (Xian), Dustin Zhang (Chengdu), James Lee (Guilin), and David Leung (Hong Kong) enhanced our trip each day with their warmth, humor, knowledge, and suggestions of off-the-beaten-path of things to see, do, buy and explore...things we would have never discovered on our own. Things we didn't necessarily plan for as well as fulfilling our requests of stuff we wanted to do. They are true GEMS in the sea of tour guides. We cannot say enough about how they made our trip and memories of China unforgettable.
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

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By: China Yunnan 2018


Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

The guides were well educated, courteous, kind, thoughtful, and friendly. They were all knowledgeable about each area we visited. We could not have navigated this trip without the guides. Also, the trip was too vast and expansive to try and go it alone. Literally, we would never have gotten out of Beijing without the guide's help. Also, when the chair lift at the park stopped working, when our car over heated and when we needed a toilet, we were graciously helped! It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved every minute of the vacation. Many of the details were so well suited to our family- hiking, natural sites, luxurious lodges, delicious (and clean, safe) food and water, tea, religious monuments, and a spacious and comfortable van. We felt safe and well attended at all times.
Travel Advisor:  Jay Musgrove