Come join us on a journey to Anhui Province, China, to experience the ancient Hui culture. The Hui culture is one of the most important in the history of China. You haven't really seen China unless you have been to Anhui and you haven't really experience China unless you spend time with our local insiders.
HOSTS: Founder of Voyadi and Founder of De Mao Tang
PEOPLE: To make each trip even more interesting, we love matching people wherever you go. The more you tell us, the more we can do! We can match you with our local insiders or fellow travelers. The possibility is limitless!
LOCATION: De Mao Tang
VENUE: We are designing this experience in partnership with De Mao Tang, which is located along the beautiful Feng Le Lake. De Mao Tang is well-known locally for restoring historical architectures and buildings. Over the years, De Mao Tang has restored the whole surrounding community to its cultural heritage.
ACCOMMODATION: De Mao Tang offers a wide range of accommodation from modern hotel rooms with direct view of the lake, restored old villas with 3 to 5 bedrooms, to newly built condos. We will accommodate you based on your preference.
MEALS: All meals will be provided on site
COSTS: $800 to $1400 per person for 4 days including lodging and meals at De Mao Tang. Airfares not included. We would be glad to help with the trip arrangement to HuangShang as well based on your interest. Please inquire about additional cost based on your plan.
Space is limited to 20 people per trip!
HISTORY: Huizhou Perfecture was well-known for its culture, merchants, and it's beautiful view of HuangShang (Yellow Mountain). It is located in south Anhui Province, contiguous to Jiangxi and Zhejiang. Huizhou District has long been renowned for its picturesque natural scenery, gifted talents, prosperous merchants, splendid culture and education, and warmhearted people, thus enjoying cultural fames as "Southeast Zoulu" ("Zoulu" is another name for Shandong Province, Confucius' hometown, which is believed to the cradle of the Chinese civilization), "Land of Historical Documents" and "Cultural Relic Sea".
As one of the Confucianism resorts at the late phase of feudalism, Huizhou District was representative of China's advanced culture during the Ming and Qing dynasties. The solid cultural deposit and splendid native culture once allowed it some 800 continuous years of prosperity in the economic, political, and ideological realms, contributing to great achievements and unique characteristics in culture and art, which has exerted a significant influence on its surrounding regions and the whole country as well.
Huizhou is the cradle of neo-Confucianism which ruled Chinese people's thoughts for almost a thousand years, the hometown of Huizhou merchants who held sway over China's business circles for more than 300 years, the origin of Huizhou inkstick and Shezhou ink stone which took the fancy of men of letter, the witness of the crowning achievement of Chinese engraving, and the centre of Chinese seal cutting as well. In particular, it gave birth to generations of famous and learned scholars, among whom are neo-Confucianism masters Cheng Hao, Cheng Yi and Zhuxi, didacticism pioneer Dai Zhen, spiritual leader of the May 4th Movement Hu Shi.
HuangShang (Yellow Mountain): Mount Huangshan, a UNESCO world heritage site, often described as the “loveliest mountain of China”, has played an important role in the history of art and literature in China since the Tang Dynasty around the 8th century, when a legend dated from the year 747 described the mountain as the place of discovery of the long-sought elixir of immortality. This legend gave Mount Huangshan its name and assured its place in Chinese history. Mount Huangshan became a magnet for hermits, poets and landscape artists, fascinated by its dramatic mountainous landscape consisting of numerous granitic peaks, many over 1,000 m high, emerging through a perpetual sea of clouds. During the Ming Dynasty from around the 16th century, this landscape and its numerous grotesquely-shaped rocks and ancient, gnarled trees inspired the influential Shanshui (“Mountain and Water”) school of landscape painting, providing a fundamental representation of the oriental landscape in the world’s imagination and art.