Yellow Mt walking tour, China

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements

Responsible tourism

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We visit the the villages of Xidi and Hongcun which are both listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In this itinerary, we could have chances to learn about Huizhou architecture-one of the most important Han Chinese traditional architectural style. Brick , wood, stone as raw materials, mainly wooden frame.  As an important part of the emblem of culture, has always been Chinese and foreign architects are respected. Often accompanied by a docent, clients also learn a lot about Huizhou Faction Art and how to protect the relics.

We take measures in order to prevent local ecological environment from pollution. For example, all the articles for daily use such as foods, vegetables and bed sheets are washed and sterilized at the foot of the mountain,.and then carried to the top of mountain by manpower. There is an army of sanitation workers scattered in the scenic zone to deal with waste produced by tourists whenever and wherever possible.

In order to keep the environmental impact of our groups to a minimum, the least carbon intensive way to travel is Walking. For this trip, you will have enough time to explore the villages and mountains ON FOOT. We are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment.
It is certain that the water is very important during a trekking tour. We suggest to bring your own travel mug to fill in the boiled water before every morning instead of drinking the bottled mineral water continually. Even though the tap water is not drinkable in China, all of the hotels and restaurants we use will have a kettle which can be used to boil. Such measure could really reduce the amount of rubbish we produce.

It is advocated to recycle paper and ink cartridges to reduce the waste in landfill sites. We turn off printers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances.

The Impacts of this Trip

Local Services: accommodation, meals, guide, driver... 
You will spend the nights in a variety of locally owned hotels, lodges and inns. Using smaller businesses as opposed to luxurious hotel boosts the local economy. The developing tourism has produced a great of job opportunities to locals. For example, waiters and waitresses from the lodges in the villages of Hongcun and Tangmo , where visitors like to check in , are all native villagers. We use local guides and drivers services. All of them should get professionally trained first and their salaries are based on their service quality.

Local crafts and culture:
The guests will be encouraged to buy local handicrafts as souvenirs. And the farmers from the villages of Xidi, Hongcun and Chengkan are still living in aboriginal area. Ticket sales are divided into two parts: one is a source of income for locals, and the other is used for the scenic zone protection.


1 Reviews of Yellow Mt walking tour, China

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Getting attacked by a bear

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Not go into the wilderness with this company. The guilde I had wasn’t an
experienced trekkers/hikers.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Think it helped to the local communities eating in locally.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Couldn’t do it without a translator in this region.

Read the operator's response here:

This description is a bit misleading, he did not get attacked by a bear. On the second day (10th Sep), Brendan lead by our guide did a 4hrs hike from Xidi village to Hongcun Ancient village via Xi Hong Ancient path, about 14km. When they did the hike on the path, in one area, they heard a strange sound from the thicket near the path (around 03:30pm). And the Brendan told our guide he saw a black shadow in the thicket. The guide said it might be the wild animal, but since they did not see clearly, the guide not sure what it was. After they arrived at Hongcun village at the end of the hike, they discussed that black shadow might be wild boar, bear or other wild animal. But not sure. And the local villagers told us that they have never seen a bear in that area. Though Xi Hong Ancient path is not a tourist area, local people often cross this path to other villages, it is safe. And the scenery is very beautiful.

I am sorry to give this feeling to Brendan. This guide has over 20 years’ experience as a tour guide, and has taken many groups to do this trek route. He is familiar with this route. However we will strengthen guide training in the future work and use other guides with more rich experience for this route to bring a better hiking experience for this trip.

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