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Overview

Unlock the secrets to feng shui, China’s most enigmatic belief. Study examples of this complex art form and learn from an expert about its intricacies. Experience a pilgrimage trek on the Yellow Mountains, joining locals as they seek harmony with nature.  

Trip Highlights

Yellow Mountains and Fengshui Villages

Delve into the practice of feng shui

Learn from a feng shui master about the complexities that guide this belief and understand its cultural significance.

Explore the Yellow Mountains

Spend a night at the Yellow Mountains and join local pilgrims for a walk through the stunning scenery.  

Discover hidden gems

Move away from the tourist crowds and bike to lesser-known feng shui villages and wander through spectacular Mukeng Bamboo Forest.

Itinerary

1

Shanghai / Tunxi / Xidi

Tunxi - Xidi (60km): approx 1h15 Xidi – Nanping (12km): approx 25 min *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Begin the Huangshan tour from Shanghai, where a local guide and driver will provide transport to the train station. Here a high speed train will run from Shanghai to Tunxi, situated just south of the Yellow Mountains.

Train Station: Shanghai - Huangshan

Train number: G7311

Estimated departure time: 10:53

Estimated arrival time: 13:25

Note: Second class tickets are included.

Upon arrival to Tunxi and after a welcome by the guide and driver, begin the Huangshan tour by heading towards Wannan in Anhui Province, a spot that particularly thrived in the past thanks to its close proximity to the fertile soil of the Xinnan River. Thanks to the region's rich exports and connectivity, merchants from the area were able to amass great fortunes and many visitors today come to visit the old merchant's lavish residences.

In addition to the merchants’ residences, another two other unique destinations provide excellent insight into another major section of Chinese culture: the art of fengshui (literally ‘wind’ and ‘water’). Colours, layout, light, and topography all play a part in the never-ending list of determining factors that influence the decision of the fengshui expert.

The best fengshui encounter will be with Xidi, whose ideal riverside location and short distance from a hill reflect its fengshui influence. In addition to its fengshui, Xidi is also notable for having the largest number of merchants’ houses, whose sculpted wooden panelling are particularly attractive.

A final stop will be in Nanping, which boasts 500-year-old houses and one of the best examples of an ancestral hall in the region: the Ye Family Ancestral Hall. This temple served as the backdrop for Judou, the well-known Zhang Yimou film starring the iconic Gong Li. The movie provides excellent insight into ancestor-worship, a fundamental practice of Chinese culture that has endured to this day.

Transfer will head back to Xidi for an overnight.

2

Xidi / Huangshan

Xidi - Hongcun (approx. 19km): 30min Hongcun – Lucun (approx. 500m): 2 min (by bicycle) Lucun - Tachuan (approx. 5km): 40 min (by bicycle) Tachuan – Mukeng (approx. 3km): 8 min Mukeng – Huangshan (Yellow Mountains) park entrance (approx. 60km): 90min *Depends on local situation (the weather/construction/traffic jam, etc…), may take longer

Begin Day 3 with a visit to Hongcun, one of the most talked about and best examples of applied fengshui. The village’s arrangement resembles the silhouette of a water buffalo, with its “intestines” being canals and its “stomach” housing a lake where the canals begin. Two large trees outside the village represent the buffalo’s horns.

While exploring Hongcun, pay a visit to the Chengshitang residence built by a salt merchant; a beautiful representation of the refinement and prosperity of the region.

Culminating the fengshui experiences, there will be an opportunity to meet a fengshui master, who will explain the secrets of this centuries-old practice.

Furthermore, film fans will recognize the entrance to the village where in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon the sword thief tries to shake off Shu Lien (Michelle Yeoh) during a chase sequence on top of the village’s roofs. Talk with a local villager about the stories of the making of Crouching Tiger, HIdden Dragon.

Spend the afternoon with a bike ride through two neighbouring villages: Lucun, famous for its high end wood carving and Tachuan, a seemingly timeless village located at the entrance of a picturesque valley (especially striking in the autumn.)

As Tachuan is not as well-known as some of the other villages, it provides a much more authentic glimpse into local everyday life. Offering a labyrinth of grey-marble alleyways and a stunning countryside, there are ample places to soak in the history and symbolism of this extraordinary region.

Next, travel on to the Mukeng Bamboo Forest where in the film, Li Mu Bai (Chow Yun-Fat) and Yu Jiao Long (Zhang Ziyi) move with incredible skill (and a lot of wires) on the bamboo stalks without breaking them. An extremely tranquil and relaxing atmosphere.

After returning the bikes, continue the journey on towards the Huangshan (Yellow Mountains), ascending by cable-car and spending the night at the summit. The nights here are fresh and the weather unpredictable, as such waterproofs, walking shoes, and warm clothes are a necessity.

Overnight in Yellow Mountains

3

Huangshan / Shanghai

Note: The Huangshan tour within the Yellow Mountains will be done by foot

Huangshan takes its name from an ancient tradition whereby each mountain was named after its most famous visitor. In the case of Huangshan, the visitor was the 3rd century BC Yellow Emperor (or in Chinese Huangdi), one of the founding fathers of Chinese civilization.

A few curved pine trees (similar to bonsai trees) miraculously manage to grow on the granite ledges of the mountain; the perfect addition to this living painting. When the weather is nice, this is truly a phenomenal spectacle. The summit walk is nothing short of mythical, similar to that of a monk (or Kung Fu Panda for the young ones). An endless set of steep stairs wind their way up the face of the mountain, making the road getting there as unique as the destination. 

Transfer back by cable-car.

Optional: After the hike, enjoy a rejuvenating and relaxing soak in the same remedial hot springs the Emperor used to relax in thousands of years ago.

Transfer to Tunxi airport and flight you to next destination.

Important Information

Our services include:

  • Accommodation in selected hotel
  • Meals as mentioned (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner).
  • English speaking guide without shopping (for other languages and a national guide supplements apply)
  • Tours and transfers as mentioned by private air conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance fees for mentioned visits

Our services do not include:

  • Other meals than mentioned
  • Other services than mentioned
  • International and Domestic Flights
  • Laundry, telephone calls and expenditure of a personal nature
  • Tips, Travel insurance

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