Winter Wilderness

From Mid November to the end of Febuary. Long hikes, soaking up the sun rays, hot stews, late starts, steaming drinks, fresher air, evening films, fire pits, indoor activities, mid-day rides. Special Packages & Rates! All with easy access of Shanghai & Hangzhou by train or car. A rural experience, in a real village without the crowds, dirty air and tour buses. 

50% discount on rooms for groups of 12+ people Sunday to Thursday night!*

30% discount on rooms for groups of 6+ people! Friday & Saturday night*

Rain forecasted, delay trip up to 24h before*

* not during holiday. Please email info@wildhomestay.com, call 13601855447 or wechat “wildhomestay” for our winter discount codes.

Why Visit In Winter

Perfect for a break from the city or for an authentic rural East China experience!

Hiking & Running: Keep fit over winter in the outdoors walking or running some of the local famous trails. From short easy concrete paved 3km trail loops to 20km off-road all-dayers. We provide GPS routes to follow or organize a guide to take you around. Great views, fresh air and good exercise!!!!

We divide hiking areas into morning and afternoon depending on the sun direction and good light for photography. We recommend the Yaopao West20 and Yaopao East10 as winter hikes. Lighting can be dramatic and air, fresh!

Winter Cycling: Keep those cycling legs in shape and rent one of our great Specalized fat bikes, ebikes or moutain bikes to cruise around the area no matter what the surface and even more fun if there is snow. A great way to burn off all those winter calories! We have some great routes which keep you away from the ice and we do not suggest any cycling in winter rains!!!

We recommend low land road cycling rides such as the extended rubbish ride or eFat / MTB around the local area. See our MTB Short West route and Local Rides for more info.

Winter Foodie: try some of our special winter dishes such as a vegetarian casserole, slow-cooked stews, hot teas, warm deserts, local food served in bubbling pots, rooftop bbq sun lunches. Also experience one of our cooking classes such as Tofu making, noodle making, bread making and slow cooking.

Local Crafts & Culture: Try out making some walking sticks, ink paintings, wood carving and bamboo weaving. Visit some of the local markets, simple museums and village halls.

Contact us before your visit so we can organize some fun indoor and outdoor activities at some of the local craft workshops. Visit Shangyang old town or drive to She County to see some interesting museums including the Huizhou architectural museum (worth the visit).

Winter Warmth: warm up in the sun, warm up by the outdoor fires, warm up by a wood stove, warm up with a strong hot drink, warm up with some steaming comfort food, warm up with an electric blanket and carpet and of course room heating!

Suggested Weekend Winter Itineraries

Winter Relax: Arrive on a Friday PM train. Simple hotpot dinner followed by some cards by the fire. Saturday big breakfast followed by a painting lesson, visit to the local town and lunch. On the way back get dropped off for an easy hill hike, refresh, hot stew dinner and relax watching a film. Sunday try some carving or weaving after breakfast, walk through the terraces and a local village come back for a rooftop sun BBQ. Get a pm train home.

Rooftop fireplaces on winter sun terraces! Great way to spend a lazy lunch time.

Winter Hike: On Saturday morning do the west long trail. A 10km plus walk and if you are a group we can organize a hot stew fire lunch halfway through. Soak up the afternoon sun looking over Qingliangfeng nature reserve. Return for a BBQ feast. Sunday after breakfast go for a walk around the outer edge of the nature reserve and through the terraces return for a snack and a train home. For Hiking, we can organize a guide or go on one of our marked trails following a GPS route on your phone.

Beginner Skier: Go skinning on Saturday & Sunday morning and return for some good food and afternoon hikes. One of the local mountains has some fun basic skiing suitable for beginners, kids and to build early season muscle:) Artificial and natural snow,  2 little lifts / slopes, full gear rental, from mid Dec through Feb. 50 minutes van ride or 1h + cycle. Contact us for more details.

Skiing is about 360 RMB a day and there are two slopes. Not open all the time but with provisions of artificial snow. Nice walks also in the area. Contact us for more details.

Cyclist: Stay off the big hills due to possible night ice. If there is snow rent a fat bike for morning rides and then afternoon go on a hike or do one of the many Bike & Hikes visiting villages and other places along the way. If the weather is clear, dress up warm, grab your road bike and do the Extended Rubbish Ride on Saturday and Easy East on Sunday. These routes have minimal elevation and traffic.

Cycle around the base of Daming or some of the other hills but not to their top!. Can you spot the Daming observatory in the background? Super cold on the top but normally iceless and safe down below.

Photographer: The entire area is very photogenic and winter is a great time to explore around. Visit the local villages for some interesting architectural photography, walk into peoples houses (if the door is open) for some interesting portraiture, photo the locals about their daily rural life and farming, photograph snowscapes, maco ice photography and wildlife! Upload your photos on the wifi and present a slide show in the cafe lounge on our projector.

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Add a room, meals and activities to your basket and checkout. Don’t forget to ask us for winter discount codes!