If you are fond of traditional Chinese culture, Shanxi is highly recommended for you. In this 4 days Pingyao and Taiyuan tour, you will explore the ancient city Pingyao and a beautiful city Taiyuan. Our driver and guide will wait for you at the Taiyuan airport t/ train station by holding a welcome sign with your name on it and transfer to Pingyao Ancient City. On the way, we will take a break to visit Jinci Memorial Temple. Just follow us to have a historic and cultural tour.
Highlights of this tour: *Ramble in Pingyao Ancient Town. Measure the history with your eyes, and see the daylight fade until the lanterns light up *Visit the earliest imperial sacrifice garden existing today—Jinci Temple *Visit Qiao Family Courtyard to explore the history of the Qiaojia family and the development of Shanxi merchants culture in the Ming and Qing Dynasties *Learn the Buddhist culture in Shuanglin Monastery. *Surprised by the architecture and engineering in ancient time in Zhangbi Ancient Castle.
Private tour guide + Driver + Vehicle + Tickets entrance fee + Lunch + Hotel
AM: Our driver and guide will wait for you at the Taiyuan airport / train station by holding a welcome sign with your name on it and transfer to Pingyao Ancient City. On the way, we will take a break to visit Jinci Memorial Temple. The temple was originally built in the West Zhou Dynasty in memory of the 2nd son of King Wuwang whose who made contribute to local irrigation and conservancy system about 3000 year ago. Here visitors will also find the fascinating combination of the Taoist, Confucian and Buddhist culture from the buildings survived from ancient time.
Noon: Lunch in local restaurant.
PM: Then we will continue to drive to visit the Qiao’s Family Compound, a typical folk house complex of northern China. That well preserved residential compound was originally built in the Qing Dynasty with a architectural area of 4175 m2. Arrival in Pingyao we will check in local hotel and prepare for the next day’s tour.
AM: Today we will do a full day tour in 2700 years old Pingyao ancient City. The first stop will be Pingyao City Wall. On the wall top you will have a bird’s eye view of the whole Pingyao City. Next we will move to the Rishengchang Former Bank where you will witness the rudiment of Chinese styled bank in ancient China.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: In the afternoon we will take a walk in the Street remains the looking of the Ming and the Qing Dynasty which is called Ming Qing Street to feel the trading method of the Ming and the Qing Dynasty. Afterwards we will visit the Pingyao City God Temple. In the temple we will appreciate wonderful wood carvings, paintings and sculptures. Then back to hotel.
AM: After hotel breakfast we will drive for about 1 hours to visit Zhangbi Ancient Castle which was built in the past warring years about 1380 years ago to protect local natives from war and robber. In the castle lots of interlaced underground tunnels were dibbled. You will be surprised by the architecture and engineering in ancient time.
Noon: Lunch at local restaurant.
PM: Next we will drive to visit Shuanglin Monastery, a Buddhist temple with more than 1000 year’s history. The highlights in the monastery are Chinese scholar treed planted in the Tang Dynasty, tablets carved in the Song Dynasty, Bell cast in the Ming Dynasty, and colorful sculptures and ancient buildings survived from feudal dynasties. Then back to hotel.
The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.
Our Driver and Vehicle
The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.
Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.