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Beijing Extension to Datong, Mt. Wutaishan & Pingyao

8-Day  Beijing - Datong - Mt. Wutaishan - Pingyao - Taiyuan

  • Code: BJ-S07
  • Category: Standard
  • Departure: Daily
From $780.00   per person Enquiry
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[ B - Breakfast L - Lunch D - Dinner ]
Day 01: Entry Beijing

When you arrive in Beijing, your English-speaking guide will hold a welcome sign waiting for you outside the customs of the airport and then transfer you to the 4-star Holiday Inn Central Plaza. Relax during the remainder of the day.

City Wall of Pingyao
Pingyao Ancient City Wall

Day 02: Beijing
You will spend the whole morning to explore the famous world heritage, Badaling Great Wall. Located about 60 km (37 miles) northwest of downtown area, Badaling Great Wall is the most famous part of China Great Wall. It is worthwhile to make an effort to climb the steps, though a little exhausted, because you will see the majestic walls, solid beacon towers and gorgeous landscape around. To avoid shopping site restaurants near the site, a spicy Sichuan cuisine lunch is served at a delicate local restaurant for you to recruit energy. This afternoon, head for the Ming Tomb where you will take a stroll along the Sacred Way which is lined with animal and human statues on both sides. As the Sacred Way is believed to be the divine road for the emperors reaching the heaven, so the statues are considered the royal guardians. The Ming Tomb is the largest imperial graveyard where 13 emperors and their wives of the Ming Dynasty (from 14th to 17th century) were buried. Then the car will take you back to downtown Bejing. On the way, you will have a short stop near the Bird's Nest which is the major venue of the 2008 Olympic Games and take some photos with this huge nest. (B+L)
Day 03: Beijing - Datong

You will stroll around on the famous Tiananmen Square, the largest city square in the world, and then reach the Forbidden City. As the largest complete complex of imperial palace in China, Forbidden City covers an area of 725,000 square meters (179 acres), holding 8,704 houses and vast historical items. Walking among the majestic imperial buildings, you will be taken back to the prosperous Ming and Qing dynasties (14th to the 20th century). To avoid the low-quality tourist food arranged by most agencies, we will offer you an a la carte lunch of authentic Chinese food at a noted local restaurant. Then you will take a soft sleeper train to Datong, where your local guide will pick you up at the railway station and transfer you to the hotel for a one-night stay. (B+L)

Day 04: Datong - Mt. Wutaishan
After breakfast, you will visit one of the four greatest grottoes in China, Yungang Grottoes. Situated to the west of Datong City, Yungang Grottoes were carved on the southern foot of the mountain, stretching for about one kilometer (0.6 miles) from the east to the west. There are altogether 252 niches and 51,000 vivid Buddha statues, representing the splendid Buddhist grotto art of China between the 5th and 6th century. Then you will visit another amazing attraction, the Hanging Monastery. Constructed about 1,500 years ago during the late Northern Wei Dynasty, the Hanging Monastery, as the name suggests, was enchased in the cliff of the mountain. Although 1,500 years has passed, 40 halls of the monastery stand there solidly and firmly. Later, you will get to Yingxian County, where you will visit the Wooden Pagoda. After that, continue driving to Mt. Wutaishan and stay overnight in Taihuai County. (B+L)

Qiao's Compound, Pingyao

Qiao's Compound, Pingyao

Day 05: Mt. Wutaishan - Pingyao
You will visit the temples in Mt. Wutaishan, Pusading Temple, Xiantong Temple and Tayuan Temple. Then we will drive you for about 5 hours to Pingyao ancient city. Pinyao was originally built 2,700 years ago and expanded about 600 years ago in the Ming Dynasty, keeping a complete city wall, the old street layout and a group of featured buildings. (B+L)
Day 06: Pingyao
The essence of Pingyao could be found while you are wandering along the Ancient Ming-Qing Street, namely the South Street of the ancient town. Here, you will find about one hundred various kinds of shops opened in old buildings, revealing the prosperous commercial atmosphere created by local merchants hundreds of years ago. Besides, you should focus on the Temple of the City God, Rishengchang Exchange Shop and Tongxinggong Ancient Bank Safeguard. It is worth to be mentioned that Rishengchang is one of the earliest exchange shops in China. Finally, you could climb up the well-preserved Pingyao City Wall which looks like a giant turtle. (B+L)
Day 07: Pingyao - Taiyuan - Beijing

Driving out southwest from Pingyao, you will reach Shuanglin Temple this morning. Praised as the ‘ancient painted sculptures museum’, it is one of the three treasures of Pingyao, having been included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO in 1997. Later, the car will drive you to visit the Qiao’s Compound in Qixian County. It is a castellar ancient residence complex in north China constructed by the local Qiao’s family from 1756. The compound covering an area of 4,175 square meters was built with 313 rooms and blocked from outside world. Nowadays, it is treasure house to research the local residence, various kinds of brick and wood carvings as well as delicate murals. On the way driving to Taiyuan City, you will drop off at the Jinci Temple. Consisting of tens of splendid ancient halls, this temple also boasts charming natural scenery and superior painted sculptures. While the tour ends, you will take a late afternoon train to Beijing and check in the hotel again. (B+L)

Day 08: Beijing Exit

You will take a morning excursion to the Summer Palace which is the existing largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Constructed some 200 years ago during the Qing Dynasty, the Summer Palace was built on the basis of Wanshou Mountain and Kunming Lake, where the imperial palaces, halls, pavilions are connected by bridges and zigzagging corridors. Afterwards, a private transfer will take you to the airport for your homebound flight. Farewell and have a pleasant journey home! (B)

Hotel
CityClass
Standard
BeijingHoliday Inn Central Plaza - the best Holiday Inn Hotel in Beijing   
DatongDatong Hotel   
Mt. WutaishanHuahui Hotel   
PingyaoYide Guest House  
Price
2017
Based on per person and shown in US dollars. Valid from Mar. 1st, 2017 to Feb. 28th, 2018
TravelersSeasons
Standard
High Season Low Season
2-5 $1330.00 $1280.00
6-9 $1000.00 $950.00  
10 & above $840.00   $780.00  
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