5 Days 4 Nights Amazing Pingyao Taiyuan Datong Tour

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The tour is to show you a delicately carved cultural landscape of Shanxi Province. Three famous tourist cities, Pingyao, Taiyuan and Datong of the province come together, unfolding their vast stock of standout works in architecture, carving, history...Buildings and folklore are so vintage and well-maintained that you can't help wowing again and again.

Appreciate the Buddhist sculpture treasury Yungang Caves, Datong.

Stroll in well-preserved Pingyao Ancient City.

Visit palace-like Wang Family Compound, Pingyao.

Day 1 Arrive in Pingyao - Mingqing Street- Rishengchang Shop- Ancient Government Office- Biaoju- Ancient City Wall (Lunch)
Today's Activities Arrive in Pingyao Railway Station or reach Pingyao within 1 hour by private car that picks you up from Taiyuan Airport. Make yourself at home at the cozy lovely featured hotel in Pingyao, then beging your happy tour around Pingyao Ancient City.

Touring Pingyao Ancient City is for sure an incredible experience. The saying "Nothing gold can stay" doesn't seem to go for what you see inside the city. The Ancient City Wall still holds its position, protecting people and buildings inside from metropolis lure. The most prosperous Mingqing Street has nearly one hundred traditionally furnished shops and local houses built during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911) along both sides. The representative modern bank company of China, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, stands in sharp contrast with the feudal Ancient Government Office of Pingyao. The Ancient Security Guard Company (Biaoju in Chinese) used to escort transfortation of bulks of treasury out from Rishengchang with mainly cold weapons (!!)
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Ancient City Wall  Mingqing Street Ancient Security Guard Company          
Ancient City Wall Mingqing Street Ancient Security Guard Company          
Day 2 Shuanglin Temple - Wang Family Compound - Taiyuan (Breakfast, Lunch) (transfer by private car)
Today's Activities Today let's stretch the exploration of Pingyao to the outskirt. Drive about 15 minutes and you have Shuanglin Temple, the treasure house of Oriental Painted Sculptures. More than 2,000 exquisite Buddha sculptures will glue your eyes. Then you would head for Wang Family Compound. The residential complex, five times as large as the more famous Qiao Family Compound, is a sea of Qing Dynasty architectural art. It's surely worthwhile your 2-hour visit. After that, your tour of Pingyao can draw a perfect period. We'll turn to another city Taiyuan by private car in the afternoon.
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Shuanglin Temple Wang Family Compound Wang Family Compound          
Shuanglin Temple Wang Family Compound Wang Family Compound          
Day 3 Twin Towers Temple - Jinci Temple - Datong (Breakfast, Lunch) transfter by private car
Today's Activities Go visit the symbol of Taiyuan Twin Towers Temple first. The temple, with a history of nearly 400 years, best illustrates how strong a sheer wooden structure can get. The twin towers, each of which reaches nearly 60 meters, are always the highlight of the temple. What surprise you most are the ever-blossoming peonies. They seem to last as long as the powerful towers of the temple.

The Taiyuan-version Forbidden City greets you after you finish touring Twin Towers Temple. Indeed to the eyes of Taiyuan folks, Jinci Temple is as comprehensive and sophisticated as the Beijing Forbidden City. It will meet your curiosity about traditional Chinese culture in every way possible--architecture, carving, landscape, painting, inscription and so forth. The ever-spouting Nanlao Spring, 42 maid sculptures shaped in Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and the Divine Mother sculpture are the top three attractions inside Jinci Temple.

The tour in Taiyuan is a little bit brief yet unforgetable. In the afternoon we'll reach Datong within 3 hours by private car.
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Twin Towers Temple  Jinci Temple Jinci Temple          
Twin Towers Temple Jinci Temple Jinci Temple          
Day 4 Hanging Temple - Nine-Dragon Screen - Yungang Caves (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Today's list is awesome! Look, UNESCO World Heritage Site listed in 2001, the most dangerous-looking temple hanging from cliff and the biggest-scale Nine-Dragon Screen in China. Concretely, we'll drive to the outskirt 70 km from downtown Datong to explore Hanging Temple (1 h)after having breakfast, then back to Datong for lunch and the following masterpiece Nine-Dragon Screen (30 min). The light of human intelligence comes to the strongest when we drive 40 min to the gigantic Yungang Caves. During the 2 hours, just enjoy yourself in the sea of Buddha sculptures.
Highlights
 Hanging Temple  Nine-Dragon Screen Yungang Caves          
Hanging Temple Nine-Dragon Screen Yungang Caves          
Day 5 Datong - Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities End your tour around the three amazing cities of Shanxi Province today. We'll see you off at Datong Airport. Wish you a thoroughly happy journey!
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Hotel: Accommodation in Pingyao, Taiyuan, 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 Taiyuan
Shanxi World Trade Hotel Taiyuan
Shanxi World Trade Hotel Taiyuan's rooms and suites are incredibly spacious, and the atmosphere of the hotel is very relaxed. The elaborate design and comfortable environment make business travellers feel at home. Deluxe rooms and suites IDD, DDD, minibar, satellite cable TV, safe box, internet access, hair dryers, spacious writing desks and so on. Non-smoking room and Executive Floor is available.
Shanxi Grand Hotel Taiyuan
Shanxi Grand Hotel is the first four-star hotel in Shanxi Province, located in the hub of Taiyuan city. There are 166 rooms, including deluxe 4-room suites, double room suites, business rooms, standard and single rooms, all equipped with advanced IDD and DDD remote controlled systems, central controlled air conditioning system. Also the hotel has special non-smoking floor for non-smoking guests. The guests can enjoy delicious food both in the Chinese and western Restaurants. Shanxi Grand Hotel will greet you with the best service.
Zhangze Business Hotel Taiyuan
Conveniently located and accessible to many attractions in Taiyuan, this opulent Zhangze Business Hotel undoubtedly scores as ideal accommodation among tourists, both solo and in groups. The hotel's prime location makes it an ideal choice. It consists of 68 well-appointed guestrooms featuring double or king-sized beds with its distinctive character to create comfort and elegance.
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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