Day 1 Datong Arrival
Our driver and guide will wait for you at the Datong airport or train station by holding a welcome sign with your name on it and transfer to hotel. The rest day is free at your disposal.
Day 2 Datong
Attractions:Yungang Grottoes, Shanhua Monastery, Nine Gragons Screen (Breakfast+Lunch)
In the morning pick up from hotel and drive to visit one of the top four Buddhist grottoes in China: Yungang Grottoes (the other three are Mogao Grottoes, Longmen Grottoes, Maiji Grottoes). Yungang grotto group has 5100 Buddhist figures in 45 major caves which lasts about 1km long.
In the afternoon, continue to visit Shanhua Monastery which is a best preserved Buddhist buildings complex from the Liao and the Jin Dynasty. In the monastery visitors will see various clay human sculptures with lively and distinctive characters. Afterwards we will drive to visit Nine Gragons Screen. The screen was originally built in the early Ming Dynasty as the screen wall of the residence of the 13th son of the Emperor Zhuyuanzhang, the founder of the Ming Dynasty. The vivid dragons on the wall were so marvelous and well preserved that you cannot believe they were made 600 years ago. Afterwards back to hotel.
Day 3 Datong-Pingyao
Attractions: Xuankong Temple,Qiao’s Family Compound(Breakfast+Lunch)
After hotel breakfast, pick up from hotel and transfer to visit Xuankong Temple (Hanging Temple) which lies at foot of Hengshan Mountain. The temple was built against the cliff and faces abyss, hence is called Hanging Temple. And the temple is sacred temple for three major religions in China: the Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Later on continue 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. Arriving in Pingyao we will check in hotel and prepare for the next day’s tour.
Day 4 Pingyao-Taiyuan Departure
Attractions: Pingyao City Wall, Rishengchang Former Bank, Ming Qing Street, City God Temple (Breakfast+Lunch)
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. 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. Back to hotel. After the tour, transfer to Taiyuan airport/train station for departing.