3 Days Cultural & Natural Tour to Pingyao & Mt. Mianshan

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Tour Code: CTG-SX08

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Searching for an unspoiled piece of land? This package is definitley your cup of tea. Shuitao Valley in Mianshan Mountain features dense, verdant plants year-round, crytal brooks and dozens of the waterfalls cascading down the mountain slopes. In addition, the historic resorts of the once financial center - Pingyao Ancient City are surely not to be missed.

Tour landmarks of Pingyao like Ancient City Wall and Ancient Security Guard Company

Explore the wondrous natural scenes of Mianshan Mountain, as well as temples and relics

Learn Chinese Taoist and Buddhist culture at the same time via visiting temples

Day 1 Arrival in Pingyao (Lunch)
Today's Activities Welcome to Pingyao! Upon arrival, you'll be picked up at the Pingyao Train Station or Taiyuan Airport and then transferred to hotel for check-in and a brief rest.

After lunch, your wonderful Pingyao tour will kick off with sightseeing in the Ancient City of Pingyao. Its Ancient City Wall should be on your must-see list. The pattern of the walls is shaped like a turtle - a traditional Chinese symbol of longevity - with the south gate and north gate representing the head and tail respectively.

Visit the museum - Rishengchang Exchange Shop which was offerred remittance services, accepted deposits and made loans to the merchants during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Then stroll around along the Mingqing Street, where you can sample gourmet local food or pick up souvenirs for friends and families while appreciating the courtyard houses of the Ming and Qing Dynasty style.

The feudal Ancient Government Office of Pingyao and the Ancient Security Guard Company (Biaoju in Chinese, once used to escort transportation of bulks of treasury with cold weapons) are also on your tour list.

Travel Tips As one of the Chinese Historic and Cultural Cities and with a history of over 2,700 years, the Ancient City of Pingyao is among the best preserved ancient cities in China and on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is an outstanding example of a Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th - 20th centuries) that has retained all its features. It displays a remarkably complete picture of cultural, social, economic, and religious development during one of the most vital periods of Chinese history.
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Ancient City Wall  Rishengchang Exchange Shop Ancient Security Guard Company          
Ancient City Wall Draft writing at Rishengchang Exchange Shop Vehicle of Ancient Security Guard Company          
Day 2 Pingyao - Mianshan Mountain (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities After breakfast, drive about 1 hour (130km) to Mianshan Mountain (20km away from Jiexiu town center). Mianshan Mountain is noted for its natural scenery as well as for its cultural and religious relics. You'll have about 40 minutes to explore the largest and most magnificent temple on Mianshan - Daluo Temple, also called "Potala Palace in Northern China", which houses numerous Taoist texts, including the wooden engravings of Dao De Jing (Tao Te Ching) by Laozi (Lao-tzu).

In the afternoon, enjoy the natural scenery of Mianshan Mountain. First comes the Shuitao Valley (about 2.5 hours for sightseeing), which is covered by dense, verdant plants year-round. The green vegetation not only endows the mountain with vitality, but also creates a natural fairyland for animals. Be refreshed by the plants and the dozens of waterfalls cascading down the mountain slopes.

Then visit the Buddhist Yunfeng Temple (40 minutes), appreciating the awe-inspiring site of Hanging Bell, the human-sized statues, as well as the Tiesuo Ridge. Yunfeng Temple is inside of the Baofu Cave which houses over 200 temple rooms and can hold thousands of people. Looking from the bottom of the cave, the temple and winding paths seem to hover in the air of the beautiful mountains surroundings.

Later of the day, drive back to Pingyao and stay overnight there.

Travel Tips Mianshan Mountain is the birthplace of Qingming Festival (Grave Cleaning Day) in China, which is one of China's most important traditional festivals and items of intagible cultural heritage.
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 Daluo Temple  Shuitao Valley Yunfeng Temple          
Daluo Temple Shuitao Valley Yunfeng Temple          
Day 3 Pingyao / Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Free time activities in Pingyao Ancient City until you are transferred to the Taiyuan airport or Pingyao Train Station for your next destination.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Hotel: Accommodation in Pingyao Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides
Vehicle: Private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers
Government taxes & Service charges Luggage Transfers: A hand for your heavy luggage
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Pingyao
Yunjincheng Folk Hotel
Yunjincheng Folk Hotel adorns itself up with all the featured ingredients of traditional Pingyao dwellings like red lanterns, folding screens with Chinese ink painting, rosewood furniture and sophisticated courtyard layout. Moreover, even the beddings in each room are of traditional tone. Hot water and tasty local dishes are all available to serve you too.
Pingyao Hongshanyi Hotel
If you spend a Chinese Spring Festival in Hongshanyi Hotel, you will have a lot of fun, taking part in the celebrating activities the hotel holds for you. You can either DIY some handicrafts like paper cut, writing spring festival couplets or watch outdoors the dazzling lantern show, firework.
Dejuyuan Guesthouse
Dejuyuan Guesthouse is situated at Mingqing Street. The tastefully decorated guest rooms and a wide range of facilities and services provide guests with a comfortable and joyful stay.

Meals in the Package

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners are for your own arrangement

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:

Pingyao

Pingyao offers traditional northern China cuisine and specializes in various noodle dishes and pastries. Try Wantuo, that's a famous noodle dish. Also sink your teeth into Pingyao's beefy dishes. Pingyao doesn't have ritzy high-end restaurants; the food here is rustic and homey.

Pingyao Wantuo Pingyao Beef
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Hi Nancy,

Thanks for arranging our wonderful 28 day holiday to China in September. The blend of your arrangements and the few customised stops that we added with extra days, worked very well for us. All the agents did a good job and we thank them all.

regards

Customer: Mr. Jones

Destinations: Shanghai - Suzhou - Beijing - Datong - Pingyao - Xi'an - Yangtze River Cruise - Guilin - Yangshuo

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Dear Sara,

Thank you for a fantastic trip! We returned on Sunday night with a big smile in our faces.

Your tour guides were really nice people, particularly Leo. He is definitely an asset to your business. I will write you more detailed feedback later. Thanks! Cheers.

Customer: Ms. Rebecca

Destinations: Xian-Pingyao-Shanghai

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