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6 Days Beijing Datong Essence Tour

Grand Word Heritage Sites Trip

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This is a tirp of Grand World Heritage Sites with 5 sites covered. You will explore the brilliant Buddhist arts created thousand years ago, and get the best highlights of ancient imperial culture in Beijing, currently the capital city.

Highlights of this tour

  • Enjoying a lifetime Great Wall walking tour in Beijing;
  • Visiting the royal Forbidden City to explore the ancient imperial culture;
  • Appreciate over 50,000 various shapes of Buddhist statues in Yungang Grottoes.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Beijing / Datong
Travel Length:
6 Days and 5 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-BDET-06
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

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Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China, rich in history and culture.

Your lifetime China tour begins with welcome from your local guide at the Beijing airport. Then be escorted to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is yours to acclimatize or explore the vast metropolis on your own.

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Day 2 Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, start to explore the historical face of Beijing with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. Tiananmen Gate on the northern side of the square was the site where Chairman Mao announced the establishment of the People's Republic of China.

Stepping into the Tiananmen, you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces – the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. Pass through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

After lunch, drive to the outskirts of Beijing to spend an enjoyable time in the Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors while feasting your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colorful paintings in the Long Corridor.

Optional activities: 1) You can watch a wonderful Kungfu Show in the Red Theater (Hong Ju Chang) which usually starts at 19:30; 2) Enjoy the classic Chinese art performance of Beijing Opera at Liyuan Theater between 19:30-21:00. 

Tiananmen Square Family Tourthe Forbidden City Overall View

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Day 3 Beijing ( B, L )

After breakfast, drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Great Wall. Visit the Mutianyu, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. It will more than live up to all of your expectations! This great wall, linking Gubeikou in the east and Juyongguan in the west, was served as the vital military strategic point in the ancient time. Moreover, Mutianyu section is the “longest great wall in China” so far and since protection work is well done here, tourists can now see its original appearance and enjoy the real ancient culture of great wall. Also, spectacular natural scenery in Mutianyu Great Wall always impresses visitors here for its abundant vegetation. You can take a cable car or an enjoyable 40 minute walk to set your feet on the historic Great Wall. Then climb up its rising towers to enjoy scenic views of the wall as it wriggles along mountain ridges and you take brag-worthy photos.

Continue your trip to Ding Tomb, the mausoleum of a 13th century emperor of the Ming Dynasty. Follow your tour guide to observe its geomantic arrangement as well as visit the underground palace for a closer observation. Then drive back to Beijing City and take a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view its famous Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Optional activity: After the whole day’s tour, treat yourself a great dinner to taste the famous Peking Roasted Duck at Quanjude.

Bird's NestHarmony families hiking on the Great Wall

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Day 4 Beijing - Flight to Datong ( B )

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After breakfast, you will go to hop on a rickshaw to experience Beijing Hutongs – small alleys made of neighboring quadrangle dwellings. Shuttle among different Hutongs to feel the old Beijing life style, meet various antique shops and small boutiques, feel the historical changes of Beijing. Have lunch with a local family in Beijing Hutong.

After lunch, you will be taken to visit the famous imperial site - Summer Palace, the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. It used to be the private garden for Royal families of Qing Dynasty to decamp during the hot summer days. The palace has assembled almost the best design, skill and classic features of traditional gardening architecture of ancient China.Stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and corridors. Feast your eyes on the vast lotus in Kunming Lake and the colored paintings in Long Corridor.

Tour eads. Your tour guide will transfer you to the airport to take a fligh to Datong(about 1 hour). After arrival, be picked by tour guide and then go to check in hotel in downtown.

Local Life in Hutong
Day 5 Datong ( B, L )

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After breakfast, you will head for Yungang Grottoes, the UNESCO World Heritage site to explore the rare and splendid Buddhist sculptures of over 50,000, which dated back to 5th-century.

Later, drive back to Datong city to visit Nine Dragon Screen Wall, the biggest and oldest dragon wall in China. Then there are 2 choices for you to experience the Liao & Jin Dynasty Temple: Huayan Temple or Shanhua Monastery. The former is the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao dynasty, consisting of upper and lower parts; the latter is well preserved beautiful Buddhist building complex for 900 years history.

Stay overnight in Datong.

Yungang Grottoes
Day 6 Datong Departure ( B, L )

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Today, you will move to Hanging Temple for one hour’s driving. Here you have enough time to unlock the mystery of why this unusual temple could stand in the precarious position. After that, drive another 1 hour to Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, the 'First Pagoda in the World' and visit this oldest and highest wooden gem in the architectural field.

Hanging Temple: at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, it sits serenely along steep cliffs. Standing 60 meters high in the air, its 40 perilous halls and pavilions lean straight over the Canyon. Far from the crowd, you can’t help to wonder at the ancients’ wisdom and integrate of nature.

(Please note: Since Yingxian Wooden Pagoda is under maintenance and protection at present, travelers cannot climb up to pagoda. Instead, if you want to visit this site, you can have a good look at it from afar.)

After the tour, be transferred to the Airport in Datong for the flight to your next destination. Service ends!

Hanging Temple

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