Huangshan & Jingdezhen: From Pottery to Ancient Villages

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5 Days
October 21 - 25, 2021
Min Age : 9+
Max People: 12
About this Journey

If you’re looking for some R&R, you’ll find it easy to mold into life in Jingdezhen, porcelain capital of the world. Just a 1-hour flight or 4-hour train ride from Shanghai, hike to ancient villages where locals still dry colorful crops on their terraces and meet the artists breathing new life into the art of porcelain creation. You may have heard of “fine china” and this is where it got its name. In the neighboring province, get a chance to hike along UNESCO-listed Huangshan for its breathtaking scenery of staggering granite peaks.

What we love
  • Witnessing the centuries-old process of making porcelain with classically-trained artisans
  • Hiking Huangshan, a UNESCO-listed site, known for its misty granite peaks which have been immortalized in the elegant brushstrokes of Chinese landscape painting
  • Admiring contemporary ceramic art in the Tao Xi Chuan Art District

Day 1Huangshan

Arrive in Huangshan and be greeted by your local WildChina guide • Head to Huangshan (“Yellow Mountain”), which has been immortalized in the elegant brushstrokes of Chinese landscape paintings • Enjoy a welcome dinner – or a feast as some would say

Day 2Huangshan

Take the Yuping cablecar up and hike along the top for a breathtaking view of the granite peaks • Hike through the staggering peaks and deep valleys of Xihai Grand Canyon, a natural masterpiece less frequented by tourists 

Day 3Huangshan - Jingdezhen

Imagine yourself back in the time of the Ming Dynasty when visiting the ancient wooden residences in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Xidi • Make your way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hongcun village, where ancient waterways snake through Hui-style village residences • Drive to Jingdezhen, China’s porcelain capital

Day 4Jingdezhen

Begin your day by learning the centuries-old craft of porcelain at the Ancient Kiln. Nowadays, you can find classically trained pottery masters making porcelain in the traditional manner and pass by the huge kilns that were once used to make the emperor’s prized possession • Step back in time and see tradition in action at the Ceramic Folklore Museum • Get your hands dirty at a contemporary ceramics studio with a hands-on pottery workshop • Witness archaeological ceramic excavation at the Imperial Kiln • Go on a gentle hike to the Dragon Pavilion overlooking the city. Originally built during the Tang Dynasty, the structure features red bricks with upturned roofs in the classical Chinese style


Day 5Jingdezhen

Spend the morning leisurely strolling through ceramic galleries and stores converted from a factory in the Tao Xi Chuan Art District • Your WildChina guide will transfer you to the airport or train station for your departure home


Pig's Inn, Yixian

Local Boutique

Pig Inn Yixian may appear to be a typical village home on the outside, but step inside and you will discover a traditional, Huizhou-style ancient home.

Lanwan Boutique Hotel Wuyuan

Lanwan Boutique Hotel, Wuyuan

Local Boutique

The Lanwan Boutique Hotel (Lanwan Jingpin Jiudian) is situated in downtown city. Each room features quality amenities that ensure a pleasant business or leisure travel experience.


This small-group journey has been designed especially for those of us who call the Middle Kingdom home. We’ve brought together some of our favorite local guides, hosts, boutique hotels, and experts to bring you journeys that will help you delve deeper into the real China. Our mission has always been to connect people through travel and to help curious travelers get off-the-beaten-path in China in a socially responsible way.

This year, we feel this mission is more important than ever as we work to support our local communities that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dates for this journey

This trip runs once throughout 2021:

  • Thursday, 21 – Monday, 25 October


Arrival & Departure

There are regular flights from both Beijing and Shanghai to Jingdezhen, a third-tier city in Jiangxi Province. The flights take 2 1/2 hours from Beijing and one hour from Shanghai. There are also regular direct trains from Shanghai (4 hours) and connecting trains from Beijing.


What’s Included

  • All accommodations based on double-occupancy including breakfasts, as indicated in the itinerary
  • All meals, as indicated in the itinerary, and drinking water
  • All admission fees and activity expenses, as indicated in the itinerar
  • Ground transportation, including airport transfers
  • Services of an English-speaking WildChina guide

What’s Excluded

  • International and domestic flights, domestic trains, plus relevant taxes
  • Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Meals, apart from those included in the itinerary, and alcohol
  • Expenses of a personal nature
  • Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers

Domestic Air & Train Travel

RMB1,800 round trip economy class flights from Shanghai to Jingdezhen.


WildChina Land Costs

Twin Share: From USD $1,145 per person

Single Traveler: From USD $1,547 per person

What to expect

Trip Difficulty: Moderate Adventure

Your journey is considered a moderate adventure. Moderate adventure includes full days outside the hotel, with drives up to 3 or 3 ½ hours on mainly well-maintained, paved roads. We may spend up to 4-5 hours walking and hiking.

Health and Safety

WildChina puts the safety and comfort of our guests, guides, and drivers at the top of our priority list. We’ve spent the last few months reviewing our safety protocols, and in light of this pandemic, we’ve instituted a number of new procedures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members of a WildChina journey. View our Health and Safety procedures.

Meal and Snacks

Meals are included, as listed in your itinerary. We strive to arrange meals that highlight authentic local cuisine in clean, local establishments.

B = Breakfast; L = Lunch; D = Dinner

It is safe to drink bottled mineral water, but tap water, even in 5-star hotels, is not safe for drinking. We will provide bottled water, tea, and snacks throughout your journey.

We request guests with severe allergies to consult their physicians prior to traveling and to bring all necessary medicines with them. Inform us ahead of time of specific allergies, such as peanuts or shellfish, or sensitivities to MSG, so that we can do our best to ensure these items are not used in your meals.

Next Steps

How do I secure my spot on this tour?

We will continue to work with you until your trip is perfect.

For international bookings: Once you are ready to book, a USD$500 planning fee, per booking, is required to begin reserving your arrangements. This will go towards your trip costs and will be taken off your final balance amount.

For bookings made in China: Once you are ready to book, a RMB1,000 deposit, per person, is required. This will go towards your trip costs and will be taken off your final balance amount.

What is the payment schedule?

1. Deposit:
A deposit is required to secure your reservation. Once your deposit has been received, we will send your confirmation along with a detailed itinerary and all the information you’ll need to prepare for your journey.

2. Full payment:
Full trip payment should be made 20 days prior to departure. If you’re booking within 20 days of your departure, you may be asked to pay make the full payment straight away.

Payments can be made via credit card, bank transfer, WeChat or Alipay

Is this trip guaranteed to run?

This trip will be scheduled to run once we receive bookings from six (6) passengers. Should the journey be cancelled due to lack of sign-ups or government restrictions, WildChina will fully refund any deposits or fees paid.

Traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic

In order to travel around China at the moment (Summer, 2020) you will need to provide your passport, residency permit and, occasionally, proof of employment in China. Your travel designer will explain the exact requirements for your specific trip.

Different sites and regions of China currently have different health and safety requirements. We will let you know in advance what the restrictions are in your destination. We encourage all of our guests to bring their own face mask and wear it whenever possible. We will also have face masks and hand sanitizers available. A province or city-specific green health code is currently required for domestic travel. Your travel designer will talk you through the details of this process. Please note that certain areas also require clear COVID-19 test results.

What is your cancellation policy during the COVID-19 pandemic?

We’ve updated our booking conditions due to the current situation. See our full cancellation policy for more information.

For more information, see terms and conditions for our small group tours.

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