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6 Day Datong Pingyao Tour Plus Wutaishan Visit

Essence of Shanxi

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Explore the essence of Shanxi Province in one go! From Yugang Grottoes in Datong to the ancient city wall of Pingyao, from Mt.Wutaishan, one of the Four Great Buddhist Mountains, to the Temple of City God, you will fully experience the ancient culture and religions of Shanxi Province.

Highlights of this tour

  • Trace back thousands years ago and be awed at the intellengence of ancient Shanxi people;
  • Apprecitate the amazing natural beauty and Buddhist culture at Wutaishan;
  • Enjoy the quite atmosphere in Pingyao Ancient City.

Basic Trip Information

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

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Datong Arrival

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Welcome to Datong! After arriving, your guide will meet you at the 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’s tour starts to visit the famous Yungang Grottoes, which hold 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues. The Grottoes are the highlight of your visit to Datong, for it is the treasure of traditional Chinese art that also influenced by Greek and Indian style.

After lunch, move on to Shanhua Monastery that consists of a set of well-proserved 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 - Wutaishan (B, L)

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After breakfast, visiting the Hanging Temple, at the foot of Mt. Hengshan. Because the temple is on the west side of a hill at over 50 meters high above the ground, it is named as Hanging Monastery.

Then, moving on to the Wooden Pagoda, the oldest preserving wooden Buddhist pagoda in China, which is only 50 km away from the Hanging Temple.

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

After the tour, driving to Mount Wutai. Stay overnight in Wutaishan.

Hanging Temple at Mt. Hengshan
Day 4 Wutaishan - Taiyuan (B, L)

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Today, you will have a full-day exploration in Wutaishan Scenic Area, one of the Four Holy Buddhist Mountains in China. It is said to be the dwelling place of Manjusri Bodhisattva, with about 40 ancient temples and glamorous natural beauty for you to appreciate. The highlights today will be your worship or visit in Xiantong Temple, Tayuan Temple, Wanfo Temple, Big White Buddha Pagoda, Pusa Ding, Dailuo Ding etc.

After the tour, drive to Taiyuan city.

Wutaishan Scenic Area
Day 5 Taiyuan - Pingyao (B, L)

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In the morning, taking a drive to Pingyao Ancient Town from Taiyuan. On the way, visit Jinci Temple, which combines the historic cultural relics and fabulous natural landscapes together.

Then, continue to Pingyao Ancient City, the well-preserved ancient town that listed in UNESCO World Heritage Site. After checking in at your hotel, you will start to explore Pingyao ancient city. Strolling on the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao, 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. Wandering through the Ming and Qing Street, you will be impressed by the ancient and peaceful atmosphere in this old town.

Ming and Qing Street in Pingyao
Day 6 Pingyao Departure (B, L)

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Today, you will firstly head to Wang’s Family Compound, the complex for another rich family in Shanxi Province, near Pingyao. You will see the traditional layout and wooden construction and explore how the rich family lived in the ancient times.

Then go to visit the Zhangbi Ancient Castle, a series of tunnels dug to hide out in times of war in over 1380 years ago, to explore how the architecture mixed with engineering in ancient time.

After the tour, your local guide transfers you to the Airport / Railway Station in Taiyuan according to your schedule.

Service ends!

Wang's Family Compound

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