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11-day China In-depth Culture Tour by High Speed Trains

Tour code: ETC-S19   

Travel to East China by high speed train, and have a unique traditional Chinese culture experience! The bullet trains have connected major cultural cities and scenic tourist destinations of East China, including Shanghai, Huangshan, Xiamen, etc. Your 11 days East China trip also offers visits to UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage sites like Yellow Mountain, Hongcun & Xidi Villages, Fujian Hakka Tulou buildings. You’ll also have an interesting tea culture exploration in Wuyishan!

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Shenzhen/Hong Kong– Xiamen Take high-speed train from Shenzhen to Xiamen, arrival in Xiamen
2 Xiamen / Yongding Transfer to Yongding with ‘Hakka” sightseeing
3 Yongding / Xiamen Guided exploration in the Hakka Homelands
4 Xiamen / Wuyishan Hgh speed train to Wuyishan, Tianyou Mountain (Wu Yi Mountain) sightseeing tour
5 Wuyishan Nine Curves River bamboo-rafting,  
6 Wuyishan / Huangshan High speed train to Huangshan,  Ink stick Factory, local Culture Museum and Tunxi Old Street
7 Huangshan / Yellow Mountain / Hongcun Cable car up and down Yellow Mountain, drive to Hongcun Village
8 Hongcun Village & Xidi Village Hongcun & Xid Villages exploration, Tachuan, Xieli hiking
9 Xidi / Wanan / Huangshan / Shanghai Wan’an Luopan (compass) Museum, drive to Huangshan city, Hungshan Shanghai high speed train
10 Shanghai  Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Xintiandi and Shikumen Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund
11 Shanghai Fly to your next destination, service ends

Day 1 Shenzhen/Hong Kong– Xiamen by High Speed Train

Make your own way to Shenzhen Train Station, and take bullet train to Xiamen (around 4hours). Upon your arrival at Xiamen Train Station, meet your tour guide and driver, and then transfer to hotel.

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Day 2 Xiamen / Yongding (B L D) by private vehicle

In the morning, transfer to Yongding with ‘Hakka” sightseeing en-route. The tulou buildings were listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites in 2008. You will leave for Yongding after lunch and make a stop at Nanjing village to view the Yuchang Tulou, Hegui Tulou. Arrives in Hongken Village of Yongding, and overnight in Fuyu Lou to experience the life in the Hakka earth building. The room is very basic with shared bathroom facilities only.

Day 3 Yongding / Xiamen (B L ) by private vehicle

Today, you will make guided exploration in the Hakka Homelands. The visits includes Zhencheng Tulou (dubbed the prince of round tulou, Chengqi Tulou (tth smalest building), and Rusheng Tulou (built in a Putala Palace style), etc. Drive back to Xiamen in the afternoon.

Trip to Hakka Tulou

Day 4 Xiamen – Wuyishan by High Speed Train (B L D)

Take Xiamen Wuyishan high speed train ((around 3hours)) in the morning. After arrival in Wuyishan City and have lunch, you will visit Tianyou Mountain (Wu Yi Mountain), which is the birthplace of China’s rock oolongs, and was listed as world cultural and heritage site in 1999. You need to hike up and down the mountain for about 3.5 hours. Overnight in Wuyishan.

Day 5 Wuyishan (B L D)

Enjoy the bamboo-rafting on Nine Curves River and immerse in the gorgeous scenery. It is the perfect natural surrounding makes it the famous hometown of Chinese oolong tea. In the afternoon, visit Dahongpao (Red Gown) and Water Curtain Cave for about 3 hours. You will see the over 350-year-old Dahongpao’s mother bush. Later go to a tea farmer’s house to taste special wild mushroom tea and enjoy the peaceful, relaxing time.

Day 6 Wuyishan – Huangshan by High Speed Train (B L)

Transfer to Wuyishan Train Station and take high speed train to Huangshan (around 1hours and 15minutes). After arrival, visit Ink stick Factory, which is unique in China now. Learn how to make traditional Chinese ink. Visit the local Culture Museum and Tunxi Old Street lined with antique shops selling teas, furniture, souvenirs, handicrafts and local products.    

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Day 7 Huangshan - Yellow Mountain – Hongcun by private car (B L)

After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to take cable car up to the top of Yellow Mountain, which is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain in China. Yellow Mountain together with Hongcun & Xidi Villages is a UNESCO World Natural and Cultural Heritage site. Tour to Xihai valley and other peaks, and see the oddly-shaped pines, grotesque rock formation. We’ll also have chance to see the amazing cloud sea. Transfer to Hongcun Village. .

Day 8 Hongcun & Xidi (B L D)

Visit the pristine Hongcun Village in Yi County. It has always enjoyed the name of "a village on the Chinese painting". The village was wonderfully designed and constructed in the shape of a buffalo. We arrange you a 2-hour hiking around the nearby Tachuan and Xieli Villages to enjoy the intoxicating pastoral scenery. Afterwards, we will proceed to Xidi Village, located southeast of Yixian County. With hundreds of Huizhou style dwellings dating back to Ming and Qing dynasties, Xidi is like a Huizhou architecture museum. Overnight at Pig Heaven Inn.

Trip to Yellow Mountain

Day-9 Xidi – Wanan - Huangshan – Shanghai by High Speed Train (B L)

Pick you up at around 08:00am, drive to visit Wan’an Luopan (compass) Museum. The Wan'an compass emerged at the end of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). It inherited China's traditional compass manufacturing techniques, and also formed its own strict production process. Explore the museum to find out how to make a traditional Chinese compass.

Continually drive to Huangshan city. After having lunch, transfer to train station for high speed train to Shanghai (around 4hours). Transfer to hotel.

Day 10 Shanghai (B L)

One day Shanghai city tour to: Yu Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Xintiandi and Shikumen Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, the Bund.

Day 11 Shanghai Departure (B)

Your guide and driver will escort you to the airport and fly to your next destination.


As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg);
Personal expense;
Any meals not specified as "B, L or D";
Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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  • Asked by simon
    2016-04-13 11:33
    Would like to take the bullet train from Xi'an in Dec 2016. Please advice.
    Answered by Ricky
    2016-04-13 13:03
    Hi, Simon,

    Thanks for contacting Easy Tour China.

    We are so glad to be of service to you. As to the high-speed train ride from Xian, our travel specialist will be in touch with you soon via email.

    Have a nice day!

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