Highlights: Tunxi Hui Inkstick Workshop, Tunxi Ancient Street, “Charm of Hui Culture” show, Mount Huangshan Scenic Area, Xidi or Hongcun Ancient Village
D1: Arrive at Tunxi District of Huangshan City. Visit the Tunxi Hui Inkstick Workshop where you can learn the techniques to produce Hui inksticks. Stroll along the Tunxi Ancient Street and visit the 300 Inkstone Company’s outlet located there to appreciate the arts and crafts of Hui inkstone carvings. Watch the late night show “Charm of Hui Culture”to help you learn more about Huizhou history and folk customs.
D2: Take a bus to the Mount Huangshan Scenic Area. Take the Yungu Cableway to ascend the mountain and tour the North Sea Scenic Area in the morning. You will be climbing the Shixin Peak to watch famous Mount Huangshan pines like the Black Tiger Pine, the Couple Pine, the Dragon Claw Pine and the Overlooking the Sea of Clouds Pine. You will also be able to view several oddly-shaped rocks like the Flower Growing out of A Writing Brush and Monkey Watching Sea of Clouds. Tour the West Sea Scenic Area in the afternoon and enjoy the dreamlike sceneries of Mount Huangshan at the Cloud-Dispersing Pavilion and the West Sea Grand Canyon.
D3: Watch the sunrise early in the morning. After breakfast, our tour guide will take you to the Turtle Peak, the Hundred-step Cloud Ladder and the Guest-Greeting Pine. A fun thing to do at the Jade Screen Scenic Area is to decipher the cliff engravings and learn about their history at Mount Huangshan. Head to Tunxi in the afternoon. Visit local painters at the Huangshan Academy of Painting and discuss with them the artistic styles and history of the Huangshan School of painting. In the evening, take in an Anhui opera performance.
D4: Take a bus after breakfast to the World Cultural Heritage site Xidi Ancient Village or Hongcun Ancient Village, where you can engage in painting of the picturesque villages. Here, you will fully experience the profoundness of the Hui culture and architecture and get to know what villages in Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911) were like. Return or make your own plans after lunch.