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Tour Overview

The 6-day Datong and Pingyao tour allows you to immerse in China’s rich cultural heritage and architectural marvels. Datong, a city with a history spanning over 2,000 years, boasts the awe-inspiring Yungang Grottoes, the hanging temple perched on a cliff, and the elegant Yingxian Wooden Pagoda.

Discover the spiritual aura of Mount Wutai’s Buddhist temples before venturing to Pingyao, a well-preserved ancient city with Ming and Qing Dynasty streets. Explore the opulent Wang’s Family Compound and delve into the secrets of Zhangbi Ancient Castle. This trip promises an enchanting blend of history, art, and spirituality, leaving you with cherished memories of China’s glorious past.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore the awe-inspiring Yungang Grottoes, with over 50,000 Buddhist statues and ancient carvings in Datong.
2. Experience the serene Hanging Temple, clinging to cliffs, and visit the elegant Yingxian Wooden Pagoda.
3. Immerse yourself in Buddhist culture at Mount Wutai’s Tayuan, Shuxiang, Xiantong, and Pusa Ding Temples.
4. Roam the well-preserved Pingyao Ancient City, with its Ming and Qing Dynasty charm and Rishengchang Former Bank.
5. Marvel at the grandeur of Wang’s Family Compound, a stunning Qing Dynasty residential complex near Pingyao.
6. Discover Zhangbi Ancient Castle’s hidden treasures and underground tunnels, offering a glimpse into ancient China’s history.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Datong! Upon your arrival at the airport or train station, your friendly guide and driver will be waiting to greet you. From there, you'll embark on a 25km drive to the remarkable Yungang Grottoes. These ancient Buddhist cave temples date back to the 5th and 6th centuries and boast an astonishing collection of over 50,000 Buddhist statues and intricate carvings.

    Yungang Grottoes Shanxi Datong
    Yungang Grottoes

    After a fascinating visit to Yungang Grottoes, you'll proceed to the Nine Dragon Screen Wall, a vibrant and well-preserved screen wall that depicts nine dragons playing in the waves. This is one of the three renowned screen walls in China and a fascinating example of traditional Chinese artistry.

    Next, you'll visit Huayan Temple, an important religious site in Datong, known for its intricate wooden carvings and ancient architecture. Here, you can experience the serenity and spirituality of Buddhist culture.

    As the day comes to a close, the night is yours to explore Datong at your leisure. We recommend taking a leisurely walk on the restored City Wall of Datong, which offers a great vantage point to admire the city's historic charm and modern developments.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Datong

  2. After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, it's time to venture into the scenic countryside. Your first stop is the awe-inspiring Hanging Temple, clinging to the sheer cliffs of Mount Hengshan. This unique architectural marvel is a testament to ancient engineering and religious devotion, as it appears to be suspended in mid-air.

    Hanging Temple
    Hanging Temple

    Continuing your journey, you'll visit the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, also known as the Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple. This wooden pagoda is a masterpiece of ancient Chinese architecture, standing tall and proud for over 900 years.

    In the afternoon, you'll embark on a picturesque 3-hour drive to Mount Wutai, one of China's Four Sacred Mountains of Buddhism. Upon arrival, you'll check-in to your accommodation in Wutaishan, surrounded by the serene beauty of the mountainous landscape.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Wutai Mountain

  3. Today is dedicated to exploring the rich Buddhist culture and heritage of Mount Wutai. After a wholesome breakfast, you'll visit several prominent temples scattered across the mountain.

    First, Tayuan Temple welcomes you with its peaceful ambiance and grand halls adorned with Buddhist scriptures and relics. Shuxiang Temple, with its impressive collection of Buddhist statues, is your next stop, followed by the serene Xiantong Temple, known for its ancient architecture and religious significance.

    Wutai Mountain
    Wutai Mountain

    Lastly, you'll visit Pusa Ding Temple, where you can immerse yourself in the tranquility and spirituality of this sacred place.

    After the temple visits, you'll take a comfortable tourist bus to the breathtaking South Terrace of Mount Wutai. Here, you can appreciate the stunning natural beauty and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

    As the day winds down, the tourist bus will bring you back to Taihuai Town, where you can relax and enjoy the evening at your own pace.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Taihuai Town

  4. After breakfast, you'll begin the day with a visit to the impressive Dailuo Ding Temple. The temple's grand architecture and religious artifacts provide a captivating glimpse into China's ancient Buddhist heritage.

    Next, you'll embark on a 50 km drive to visit Foguang Temple, another significant temple renowned for its historical importance and religious value.

    Shanxi Foguang Temple
    Foguang Temple

    Following lunch, a scenic 3-hour drive will take you to Taiyuan City. Once you check in to your hotel, you'll have some free time to unwind and explore the city independently. Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi Province, offers a mix of modern urban experiences and historical sites.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Taiyuan

  5. Start your day with a guided tour of Jinci Temple, a cultural and historical treasure that dates back over 1,400 years. The temple's serene gardens, ancient buildings, and impressive statues make it a fascinating destination for history and nature enthusiasts alike.

    Next, you'll journey to the well-preserved Pingyao Ancient City, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This ancient town retains its Ming and Qing Dynasty charm, with well-preserved city walls, traditional architecture, and bustling markets.

    During your time in Pingyao, you'll have the chance to visit the Rishengchang Former Bank, which was the first draft bank in China. The Ming and Qing Dynasties Street offers a delightful stroll through history, with its old-fashioned shops and artisan workshops.

    Rishengchang Former Bank Pingyao
    Rishengchang Former Bank

    A visit to the Temple of City God, an important religious site in the heart of Pingyao, allows you to experience the spiritual aspect of the city.

    After a full day of exploration, you'll check in to your hotel, and in the evening, you can indulge in the captivating show "Another Glance at Pingyao," a performance that brings the ancient city's history to life through dance and music.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Taiyuan

  6. Your final day in this incredible journey begins with a short drive to Zhangbi Ancient Castle, a hidden gem surrounded by hills and greenery. The castle features an extensive network of underground tunnels, courtyards, and ancient buildings, providing a unique glimpse into the region's history and architecture.

    Continuing your exploration, you'll visit Wang's Family Compound, a grand mansion that showcases the wealth and cultural heritage of ancient China's influential families. The compound was constructed over several generations of the Wang family, starting in the mid-16th century during the Ming Dynasty and expanding through the Qing Dynasty. It covers an impressive area of approximately 150,000 square meters and comprises a series of courtyards, gardens, halls, and living quarters, making it one of the largest private residences in China.

    A visit to Wang's Family Compound allows travelers to step back in time and experience the grandeur of ancient Chinese aristocratic life.

    Pingyao Wang Family Compound
    Wang's Family Compound

    After a memorable tour, your local guide will escort you to the Airport or Railway Station for your onward journey to your next destination or back home.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: N/A

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

 

Price Includes

  • 5 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Datong / off Pingyao;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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