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5-Day Shanxi Private Tour Includes Datong Yungang Grottoes, Mt. Wutai and Pingyao Ancient City

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Datong and Pingyao keep the very essence of Shanxi’s history and culture which can be enjoyed in brief 5 days. From Datong to Pingyao Ancient City, you will trace back to discover Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple and Wutai Mountain, also admire the brilliant old culture and art in Pingyao Ancient City and Ming and Qing Street. It’s a fusion exploration of World Cultural Heritage in different ancient dynasties in this legendary land in northern heart of China.


Tour Code



5 Days/4 Nights

Day 1Datong Arrival

Attractions: Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Temple, Shanhua Temple
Meal: Lunch
Hotel: Overnight in Datong

Upon arrival in Datong, you will find our guide waiting for you at the exit of the railway station. Then this 5-day private Datong tour will start with the Yungang Grottoes. A comfortable car ride will take you there directly. Different-sized Buddha statues are enshrined in Yungang Grottoes and it is surprising to find that some of them possess the facial features of ancient Indians. After that, we will head for the Huayan Temple, founded in 1062, with halls, sculptures and murals showcasing the artistic style of the Liao Dynasty (907 – 1125).

After lunch, you will continue your Datong tour to the Shanhua Temple where you can admire not only buildings of the Liao Dynasty, but also statues of the Jin Dynasty (1115 – 1234) and murals of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). Then conclude today’s itinerary with the gorgeous Nine-Dragon Wall built more than 600 years ago. After that, you will be transferred to a downtown hotel for one night.

Day 2Datong - Yingxian - Wutai

Attractions: Hanging Monastery, Wooden Pagoda
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Overnight in Wutai

After breakfast, our guide will pick you up in the hotel lobby and help you check out. Then, you will take a car ride to the Hanging Monastery which seems to have been carved out on the cliff rock and has hung over the precipice for more than 1,500 years. Afterwards, you will be escorted to admire the Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County that was entirely built of wood in 1056 without any iron nail.

You will then continue your journey to Mt. Wutai by a 2.5 hour drive. The guide will take you to check in a local hotel upon arrival.


Day 3Wutai

Attractions: Mt. Wutai
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Overnight in Wutai

Today, you will enjoy a whole day’s hike on Mt. Wutai, which is said to be the place where Bodhisattva Manjushri preached Buddhist doctrines. Our guide will take you to famous sites, including Bodhisattva Summit – the leading hall of the Tibetan Buddhism, Xiantong Temple – the largest and oldest temple in the area, Ten Thousand Buddha Pavilion – one of the most prosperous temple of Mt. Wutai, Tayuan Temple – housing the symbolic white stupa, Shuxiang Temple – enshrining the tallest statue of Masnjushri on the mountain, and Luohou Temple – famous for the special animation of four Buddhas appearing when a wooden lotus-shaped flower blooms.

Day 4Wutai - Pingyao

Attractions: Pingyao Ancient Town
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Overnight in Pingyao

Pingyao Ancient City is a must-see destination for most tourists visiting Shanxi Province. After breakfast, you will continue the Datong Pingyao tour and start your 4.5 – 5 hours car ride to this historic city. Pingyao used to be the financial center of China during the Qing Dynasty, brimming with exchange shops and security guard companies. Our guide will accompany you to wander around the town and visit famous sites like Ancient Ming-Qing Street, Ancient Government Office, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, and City Wall and give you a a glimpse of the special and profound culture of Shanxi merchants.

At the end of the day, you will check in a hostel inside the Pingyao Ancient City to spend the night.

Day 5Pingyao

Attractions: Shuanglin Temple, Wang’s Compound
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: Not Included

Check out after breakfast then drive out of Pingyao Ancient City to admire more than 2,000 colored paintings and clay sculptures at the Shuanglin Temple. After that, we will proceed to the Wang’s Compound and round off this 5-day Datong to Pingyao tour package here. It is a large-scale mansion of the wealthy Wang clan, consisting of nearly 230 courtyards and more than 2,000 rooms.

Afterwards, your will be taken to the railway station to catch your departure train.

Price Includes

  • Local transportation with private vehicle and skilled driver
  • Experienced tour guide
  • Entrance fees as listed in the program
  • 4 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