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4 Days Essence of Datong & Pingyao Tour

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From Datong to Pingyao Ancient City, you will trace back to discover ancient architectural wonders and learn about the history, also admire the brilliant Buddhist culture and art in Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple.

Highlights of this tour

  • Visting one of the greats Buddhist grttoes in China - marvelous Yungang Gottoes;
  • Wandering in the Ancient City of Pingyao to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere there;
  • Learning more about the history and culture of North China.

Basic Trip Information

Travel Route:
Datong / Pingyao
Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-PDST-04
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulture
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Datong Arrival

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Welcome to Datong! Upon arrival, your guide will meet you at the Airport or Railway Station and pick you up to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you.

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Day 2 Datong (B, L)

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Today, your first stop is the Yungang GrottoesListed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001, Yungang Grottoes was built in Northern Wei Dynast (368 – 534). Its Buddhist culture and art involve in architecture, history, music and other aspects of Chinese culture, representing the highest achievement in Buddhist art in 5th to 6th century as the essence of oriental sculpture art. Yungang Grottoes is one of the top three grottoes in China, along with Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang and Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang. There are 45 major grottoes in total and 209 secondary caves, with about 1100 niches and 51000 statues. The biggest statue is 17 meters high and the smallest one is only 2 centimeters high.

After lunch, move on to Shanhua Monastery that consists of a set of well-preserved buildings of Liao Dynasty (905-1125). Later, continue to have a look at Nine Dragon Screen, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China. The dragons on the wall appear so vivid and marvelous that you can’t imagine they were built over 600 years ago.

Yungang Grottoes - The treasure of traditional Chinese art
Day 3 Datong - Pingyao (B, L)

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Later, drive to visit the Hanging Templebuilt on the cliffs of Mt. Hengshan, one of the five most scared mountains in China. It is the only existing temple which combines Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism together in China. The temple was constructed in the late Northern Wei Dynasty (491AD), protruding from the cliff of Cuiping Peak and is 50 meter above the ground. The Times magazine selected the Hanging Temple as one of the Top 10 Unique and Precipitous Architectures in 2010.

Later, drive about 5 hours to Pingyao Ancient City to Qiao's Family Compound, which is used to be the house of a famous local financier during the Qing Dynasty. Built in 1756, this well-preserved compound shows you how the traditional North China Folk house was like in the past.

After arriving in Pingyao, check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day in the ancient town on your own.

Qiao's Family Compound
Day 4 Pingyao - Taiyuan Departure (B)

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Today, you will spend a full day to explore Pingyao Ancient City. Your tour starts from the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao, where you can have a panorama view of the layout of this town. Then you will move on to the Rishengchang Former Bank, which shows you the original bank system in the past.

After lunch, strolling on the traditional Ming and Qing Street, a cobbled road with old buildings on either side. You may like tracing back to the former bustle bazaar in the old days. Later, visiting the Temple of City God, which also called Chenghuangmiao in Chinese. You will appreciated the wonderful wood carvings, paintings and sculptures in the old temple.

After the tour, be transferred to the Airport or Railway Station in Taiyuan for the flight/train to your next destination.

The Temple of City God

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