4 Days 3 Nights Fabulous Datong and Pingyao Tour

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Look what it takes to make the UNESCO world heritage Pingyao Ancient City and rich-in-Buddha-art city Datong. Well-maintained ancient streets, once-glorious exchange companies, lofty ancient government office, ever-standing city wall and unbelievable temples and Buddha caves show their charm to the utmost in front of you.

Explore world-famous Yungang Caves and Hanging Temple.

Have an amazing night in Pingyao Ancient City.

Tour the elaborate villa of an ancient commercial tycoon.

Day 1 Arrive in Datong - Free time
Today's Activities Arrive in Datong Railway Station or reach Datong Airport. We pick you up and escort you to the comfortable hotel in downtown Datong. Have a good rest there and store energy for tomorrow's thrilling tour.
Day 2 Hanging Temple - Nine-Dragon Screen - Yungang Caves (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Today is a thorough feast of Datong attractions. The big three, Hanging Temple, Nine-Dragon Screen and Yungang Caves come together to show you what an incredible level human intelligence can get. Temples are here and there in Shanxi, yet Hanging Temple never fails to top the list of must-see local temples. Drive 70 km and look down on the cliff to which the wooden temple fast fastens itself, you would feel a little bit shake with fear!End the 1-hour tour and drive back to the downtown Datong to have your lunch, then we escort you to the biggest Nine-Dragon Screen around China. The vivid dragons would pull you closer to the concept that Chinese guys regard the dragon as the symbol of the highest power and grandeur. The most attractive comes at last. Yungang Caves will glue your eyes with 252 grottoes and over 51,000 Buddhist statues.
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 Hanging Temple  Nine-Dragon Screen Yungang Caves          
Hanging Temple Nine-Dragon Screen Yungang Caves          
Day 3 Datong - Pingyao - Qiao Family Compound - Shuanglin Temple - Free time (Breakfast, Lunch) transfter by private car
Today's Activities It takes 4 hours to reach Pingyao from Datong by car, yet traditional Chinese art of architecture and sculpture can't wait to boast itself even before you enter Pingyao Ancient City. Qiao Family Compound and Shuanglin Temple at the outskirt are what Pingyao locals feel proud of. Distinguished architectural fashion of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) gets so fully displayed in the gigantic Qiao Family Compound that the complex was set as shotting place of Zhang Yimou's famous movie Raise the Red Lantern (1991). Inside Shuanglin Temple there are more than 2,000 painted Buddha sculptures waiting for your exploration. Each will be proved worthy of your 1-hour-long stay.

Afterwards, you'll arrive in Pingyao, check in at the featured hotel and spend a free happy Pingyao night. Everything that bumps into your eyes is vintage. Red lanterns, red paper cuts, opera facial makeups are so Chinese accented; sidewalk restaurants sell traditional Pingyao diet and bars playing poetic Chinese ancient music. What's more, you're likely to meet some night watch dressed in ancient costume.
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Qiao Family Compound  Shuanglin Temple Pingyao featured hotel          
Inscription of the family mottos at Qiao Family Compound Shuanglin Temple Pingyao featured hotel          
Day 4 Mingqing Street- Rishengchang Shop- Ancient Government Office- Biaoju- Ancient City Wall- Departure (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Pingyao Ancient City is an unbelievable melting pot. Buildings inside the Ancient City Wall, though taking on the same traditional looks, stand for sharply different contents. Exchange shops at Mingqing Street are to give you an active and ambitious Shanxi Commercial Group, which once dominated economy of modern China (1840-1949). Among them is the famous Rishengchang Exchange Shop that you must visit. Astonishingly, These capitalistic banking companies lives in peace with feudal Government Office of Pingyao. Moreover, these companies have the Ancient Security Guard Company (Biaoju in Chinese) as their property supercargo. You'll find yourself amazed by such a relation and way of living together with varied minds in Pingyao!

After that, your tour of Pingyao can draw a nice period. We'll see you off at Taiyuan Airport or Pingyao Railway Station in the afternoon. Wish you a thoroughly happy journey!
Highlights
 Mingqing Street  Biaoju Ancient City Wall          
Mingqing Street Biaoju Ancient City Wall          
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Hotel: Accommodation in Pingyao and Datong 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 Datong
Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong
Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong is located at the city center, with easy traffic access. The hotel offers a large variety of dishes. There are 25 dinning halls. Following its high level features, the western restaurant offers creative dishes based on traditional French cuisine, and is decorated in a neo-romanticist style, perfectly matching the food served here. Bars, Japanese and Korean restaurants are available.
Great Palace Hotel Datong
Great Palace Hotel Datong is situated in ust 10-minutes from Datong railway station and only 20-minutes from the direct Beijing-Datong express freeway. The hotel combines an elegant traditional interior design with very modern guest facilities. The hotel provides 98 comfortable guestrooms. All rooms are equiped with facilities such as IDD telephone connections, satellite television and Mini-bar service.Each room is decorated with traditional room amenities and around-the-clock service.
Hong Qi Grand Hotel Datong
Hong Qi Grand Hotel is with a capacity of 170 rooms provides a whole chain of accommodation, entertainment, dining, and shopping for business people as well as tourists. There are total 138 well equipped and comfortable guest rooms. The hotel has Chinese and western restaurants and is beautifully decorated and equipped with modern facilities that will make your stay as convenient and comfortable as possible. The hotel also provides car rental and ticket reservation services.
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:

Datong

Datong offers over 108 kinds of noodles and pastries. The street food menu includes Shuijianbao, the fried pork-stuffed buns and Doumianjianbao, the pancakes topped with string beans. Besides, trying a bowl of millet gruel might be a good choice after the oily meals in big cities.

Yangza Jelly

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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Comments

Hi Christine,

Thanks for your email. We are actually in huangshan right now! We go back to shanghai on Thursday and then return to Sydney next Monday. We have had a great time travelling in china and our trip to datong and pingyao was a highlight!

Your service and response to my queries has been impeccable so thank you for this. Once on the tour, our guides were both very knowledgeable and John from pingyao was clearly very passionate about his job, and a very enthusiastic guy.

Accommodation and drivers has also been fine.

Thanks again, and if we have any friends coming to china we will recommend you to them!

Customer: Mr. Yee

Destinations: Datong-Pingyao-Taiyuan

Related Tour Name: 4 Days 3 Nights Fabulous Datong and Pingyao Tour, 5 Days 4 Nights Amazing Pingyao Taiyuan Datong Tour

Dear Sara,

I had a great time, regarding comments the guides were all great, I would like to mention the guide in the Old City Pingyao his information complemented very well the visits.

I would write another mail with more details, however please take a look at the attached photo, by the way her father did not approve the petition. Cheers.

Customer: Mr. Rincones

Destinations: Xian-Pingyao-Shanghai

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