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4-Day Pingyao and Datong Private Tour of Pingyao Ancient City and Yungang Grottoes

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Overview:

Datong and Pingyao keep the very essence of Shanxi’s history and culture which can be enjoyed in brief 4 days. From Pingyao to Datong, you will trace back to discover ancient architectural wonders and learn about the history, also admire the brilliant Buddhist culture and art in Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple. It’s a fusion exploration of World Cultural Heritage in different ancient dynasties in this legendary land in northern heart of China. You will also experience a bullet train ride from Datong to Pingyao.

 

Tour Code

SX4D3N-DPY-404

Duration

4 Days/3 Nights
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Itinerary

Day 1Pingyao

Attractions: Ancient City of Pingyao, Ancient Ming-Qing Street
Meal: Not Included
Hotel: Overnight in Pingyao

Our guide will greet you at the railway station in Pingyao according to your train arrival time. You will then be transferred to the hotel for check-in. Our guide will recommend you a good local restaurant and leave some time for you to have lunch if you need. Then we will set out for this 4 days private Pingyao and Datong tour package.

The first stop is the Ancient City of Pingyao. Strolling along the Ancient Ming-Qing Street, you will see plenty of houses and shops arranged orderly in this prosperous and bustling block. Then, pay a visit to Pingyao Ancient Government Office, which is located in the middle of the ancient city for more than 600 years. Covering about 26,000 square meters (31,095 square yards), it includes many majestic courtyards and buildings. The Security Guard Company is also worth seeing for it is a museum which introduces the development of the ancient Chinese security guards. Afterwards, we will guide you to the Rishengchang – the first Chinese exchange shop. Pingyao City Wall, the ancient military defense facility of the city will be the last stop of today’s private Pingyao tour. Then, we will drive you back to the hotel.

Day 2Pingyao - Datong

Attractions: Shuanglin Temple, Qiao Family Compound
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Overnight in Datong

After breakfast, we will continue the private Pingyao tour in the Ancient City, and then a one hour Paper Cutting class is arranged for you to learn about the traditional skill of Chinese folk arts.

After lunch, we will proceed to Shuanglin Temple. This scenic area mainly consists of Buddhist halls in all sizes, such as the Mahavira Hall (Da Xiong Bao Dian) and the Sakyamuni Hall. Within the halls, there are a lot of vividly painted sculptures of Heavenly Kings, Bodhisattvas, and arhats. In addition, you will marvel at the exquisite frescos created in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Next you will be escorted to the well-known Qiao Family’s Compound in around one hour’s drive. As a typical residence with architectural style of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) in northern China, it is elegant and superbly decorated.

After two hours’ stay in Qiao Family Compound, we will drive to Taiyuan Railway Station, where a high-speed train to Datong is waiting for you. The train takes around 2.5 hours. Upon arrival at Datong, you will be picked up on time and transferred to the hotel.

Day 3Datong

Attractions: Hanging Monastery, Yungang Grottoes
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Overnight in Datong

In the morning, we will drive one hour and accompany you to visit Hanging Monastery, a temple embedded into sheer cliffs and supported by wooden pillars. It is unique that the hierarchs of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are worshiped here together.

After lunch, we will lead you to Yungang Grottoes to admire the excellent and brilliant ancient grotto art. Today’s private Datong tour will end here, and we will return to the hotel.

Day 4Datong

Attractions: Huayan Monastery
Meal: Breakfast
Hotel: Not Included

After breakfast, we will go to Huayan Monastery. Built in the Liao Dynasty (907 – 1125), the large-scaled Mahavira Hall in the upper Huayan Monastery deserves a careful look.

Your 4-day Pingyao & Datong tour will draw to an end. We will send you to the Datong Railway Station for your departure and see you off. Have a nice journey!

Price Includes

  • Local transportation with private vehicle and skilled driver
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Entrance fees as listed in the program
  • 3 nights accommodation(3 or 4 or 5-star depends on yourself)
  • Pick-up and send-off services at the beginning/end of the tour
  • 2 bottles of mineral water per person per day

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets
  • Meals
  • Gratuities(optional)
  • Any optional programs/activities
  • Any services not mentioned