6 Days Fantastic Datong Wutaishan Taiyuan and Pingyao Tour

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This is a full-of-fantasy tour. All the attractions we show you among four cities in Shanxi Province are beyond your imagination. You'll see how strong the ancient buildings can get, how delicate Buddha carvings and paintings are and how splendid an ancient city can stay.

Explore Hanging Temple that holds fast to cliffs.

Appreciate Buddha art stock Yungang Caves and Mt. Wutai.

Tour unstirred Pingyao Ancient City and elaborate local Compound.

Day 1 Arrive in Datong - Yungang Caves - Nine-Dragon Screen (Lunch)
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 brief rest there and prepare for the tour schedule.

On your first day in Datong we arrange two big attractions for you. Isn't that wonderful? Today is a thorough feast of Datong attractions. The attracive of the attractive Yungang Caves will glue your eyes with 252 grottoes and over 51,000 Buddhist statues. They show you what an incredible level human intelligence and religious art can get. End the 2-hour tour and drive back to the downtown Datong to have your lunch, then head for 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.
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 Yungang Caves  Yungang Caves Nine-Dragon Screen          
Yungang Caves Yungang Caves Nine-Dragon Screen          
Day 2 Hanging Temple - Wooden Pagoda of Ying County - Wutaishan City (Breakfast, Lunch) transfter by private car
Today's Activities Today's tour will update your understanding of strength of buildings. We will go visit the never-fall-apart temple and never-break-down wooden pagoda among huge numbers of temples and pagodas in Shanxi. Drive 70 km out from downtown Datong and the incredible Hanging Temple looks down on you from high cliff. 2-hour tour will engrave the temple into your mind for ever. Following is another construction miracle, Wooden Pagoda of Ying County. You can't believe that a wooden pagoda built more than 1,000 years ago has survived so many fierce attacks of earthquakes and tormoil until you face and probe into the five-storey wooden pagoda for 1 hour.

Around 4 P.M. we end today's playbill, yet all the hearts keep thrilled on our way driving to Wutaishan City where Mt. Wutai is located.
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 Hanging Temple  Hanging Temple Wooden Pagoda of Ying County          
Hanging Temple Hanging Temple Wooden Pagoda of Ying County          
Day 3 Mt. Wutai - Taiyuan (Breakfast, Lunch) transfter by private car
Today's Activities The first half of the day will be excitingly spent in Mt. Wutai. The area is listed as one of the World's Five Buddha Mountains and World Heritage Site (elected in 2009) and the temples around are quite gigantic in scale. 3-hour-long visit doesn't seem enough, so we'll go directly to the essential temple compound district Taihuai and start feasting on the breathtaking art of Buddha architecture and sculpture. Then have lunch and go on to drive to another city Taiyuan.
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Mt. Wutai  Mt. Wutai Mt. Wutai          
Iron pagoda and temple in Mt. Wutai Tremendous Buddha statue in Mt. Wutai Sumptuous temples in Mt. Wutai          
Day 4 Jinci Temple - Shuanglin Temple - Pingyao(Breakfast, Lunch) transfter by private car
Today's Activities The Taiyuan-version Forbidden City unfolds itself to you today. 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.

It takes one hour and a half to reach Pingyao from Taiyuan by car, yet traditional Chinese art of architecture and sculpture can't wait to boast itself even before you enter Pingyao Ancient City. Shuanglin Temple at the outskirt are what Pingyao locals feel proud of. Inside the temple there are more than 2,000 painted Buddha sculptures waiting for your exploration. Afterwards, you'll arrive in Pingyao, check in at the featured hotel.

A free night in Pingyao Ancient City is full of fun. Almost all the shops are decorated in old fashion and 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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Jinci Temple  Jinci Temple Shuanglin Temple          
Jinci Temple Jinci Temple Shuanglin Temple          
Day 5 Mingqing Street- Rishengchang Shop- Ancient Government Office- Biaoju- Ancient City Wall (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!
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 Mingqing Street  Rishengchang Exchange Shop Ancient City Wall          
Mingqing Street Draft writing at Rishengchang Exchange Shop Ancient City Wall          
Day 6 Wang Family Compound - Taiyuan - Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Today let's see how gorgeous the villa of ancient Pingyao commercial tycoon can get. After breakfast 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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Wang Family Compound Wang Family Compound Wang Family Compound          
Wang Family Compound Window carving at Wang Family Compound Wang Family Compound          
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Hotel: Accommodation in Datong, Wutaishan, Taiyuan and 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 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 Wutaishan
Wufeng Hotel
The Wufeng Hotel creates an elegant business setting and artful relaxation atmosphere in a bustling cityscape, and extending its calming signature with professional and personalized service. The hotel has 888 different kinds of standard rooms and Deluxe Standard Room, Standard Room and Office building to satisfied personalities of various circles.
Yinhai Mountain Village
With its ancient Chinese palatial architecture, the Yinhai Mountain Village is attractively located alongside Taihuai Town. It is an international 4-star hotel with complete international modern facilities for your comfort and convenience.The superior service and comfortable environment will help make your stay as memorable as possible. Whether you are on business, tour or simply in the mood for a little relaxation, the Dynasty Hotel is an unbeatable choice.
Huahui hotel
The whole construction style of hotel belongs to landscaping, which shows Tang Culture. There are beautiful courtyard, lake and peacock in hotel. It’s 5 kilometers away from city center. It’s a good place of tourism, holiday and recreation. There are Chinese Restaurant, Western Restaurant and Japanese Restaurant, which offer the delicious food.
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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