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Mukeng Bamboo ForestMukeng Bamboo Forest in Huizhou Villages Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 3 Days As you request TCG-2532 Take a step back in time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life as you experience this three day tour through some of China's most picturesque ancient villages. Nestled between rivers and mountains are the villages of Tachuan, Hongcun, Xidi, and Tangyue, offering a glimpse into the unique culture left behind by the merchants of Guizhou during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

What makes this tour special:

This tour explores a lesser known facet of Chinese history and culture.

Tips:

We recommend staying overnight in Tachuan Village, which offers peace and quiet away from the tour groups that stay in Hongcun. However, boutique accommodation options are plentiful in the area, so changes can be made according to your preference.
Itinerary
day 1
Tachuan village
Tachuan village
Tachuan Qiuyun Kezhan
Tachuan Qiuyun Kezhan
day 2
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Hongcun village
Hongcun village
Mukeng Bamboo Forest
Mukeng Bamboo Forest
Tachuan Qiuyun Kezhan
Tachuan Qiuyun Kezhan
day 3
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Xidi village
Xidi village
Tangyue Village & Bao Family Bonsai Garden
Tangyue Village & Bao Family Bonsai Garden
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Tour code: TCG-2532
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

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  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by our staff. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

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  • Included in the tour price
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)


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Tachuan village   塔川村

This small village is a great option for those who want to stay in a village but also get off the beaten track. It is much quieter than the other villages, but also close enough to visit Hongcun and Mukeng during the day. Similar to the other villages in architecture, Tachuan is unique in that during the fall the surrounding hills turn bright orange.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:30pm

Overnight in Tachuan  

Hongcun village   宏村

Hongcun is a small village, shaped like an ox, which was initially home to government officials and merchants of considerable wealth during the Han dynasty. Prosperity in the village led to the construction of impressive family mansions, elaborately engraved and decorated, as well as an extensive water channel system that flows throughout the village. Today, the meandering cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings of Hongcun are still utterly charming.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
4
Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:30pm

Mukeng Bamboo Forest   木坑竹海

This beautiful forest park is located a few minutes drive from Hongcun village. Once you enter the park, there is a teahouse on a small lake from which you can start a short circuit hike up the hills through the dense bamboo.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:30pm

Free time in the village  

Xidi village   西递

On the southern slopes of Huanghan, Xidi is a small village in Southern Anhui that is as authentically Chinese today as it was when first built in the Song Dynasty (960-1279). The village was originally named “Xichuan”, which means west river, because of the various streams that trickled through the cobbled streets and open public courtyards. A sea of black-tiled roofs, small bridges and bright yellow flowers bursting from cracked white-washed walls inspire scores of Chinese art students, that come from all over China to paint this stunning Chinese hamlet. Xidi is also home to some of the most impressive family mansion homes in all of China, with high ceilings and dark wood features.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:30pm

Tangyue Village & Bao Family Bonsai Garden  

Tangyue is home to one of the most incredible sights in the entire Huizhou area, seven consecutive memorial archways. This is the only place in China where you can view this many archways in one place. The village is also the sight of the Bao Family Bonsai Garden and one of China's only female ancestral halls. Tangyue is a great place for an early morning stroll before the crowds descend for archway pictures.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:30am - 5:30pm

Huangshan 黄山

Huangshan, or Yellow Mountain, is another of China’s many landscapes of exceptional beauty. The pine-covered mountains have been painted continuously through China’s history, and literature is full of yearning to once again see the waxing and waning of the sun over the jagged granite peaks.

The mountain trails are impressive and have a sense of the mysterious, being enshrouded by mist whilst hiking through narrow passes. Upon reaching the summit it is easy to be overcome by complete tranquility as you stand above the clouds surrounded by the calming scent of pine and the passing sounds of the mountain breeze.

The mountains can be climbed on foot or by cable car. For those willing to hike their way up, there are great places to stay overnight on the summit. Likewise, the nearby towns and villages are worth visiting for their quaint charm. Tunxi's Old Street makes for a nice place to stroll and also...   Read more

Huizhou Villages 徽州

The villages that dot the lush green countryside in southern Anhui, a region known as Huizhou, are a precious slice of old China. The merchants of Huizhou, known collectively as the Huishang, were renowned for their economic prowess. They used their growing fortunes to build large, elaborately decorated residences, many of which are still standing today. Among them, the villages of Xidi and Hongcun were declared UNESCO world heritage sites in 2000. While the larger villages are becoming more and more popular with Chinese tour groups, the maze of cobbled streets, lavish ancestral halls, quaint bridges, and beautiful ponds are numerous enough to find a peaceful moment to yourself. Chock-full of culture, history, great local food, and even opportunities to get out to nature, this corner of China is a magical place for any visitor.

Tachuan Qiuyun Kezhan   塔川秋韵客栈
★ ★ ★ ★

This lovely 2-storey traditional farmhouse hotel is our pick for best place to stay when exploring the Huizhou villages. The antique-furnished rooms are all laid out around a central courtyard. Each room has a different design with some rooms able to accommodate more than two people. Bathrooms are tiny but very clean.

The entrance hall and courtyard space serves as the hotel's family-style restaurant. The gardens and pavilions outside the house are great places to relax after a day exploring villages.

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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