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Ancient Traces

9-Day Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Beijing Tour

Code:BJ07
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
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Ancient Traces

Be amazed by the highlights of China's three famous ancient cities- Beijing, Datong and Pingyao in 9 days, each having their own mysterious stories to tell. With historic sites discovering, moderate Great Wall hiking, monastery visiting and tunnel exploring, it is the cultural itinerary designed for the history buff.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Be impressed by the grand charm of Forbidden City
  • Hike on the less-crowded Mutianyu Great Wall to soak up the breathtaking sceneries and admire the majestic defensive work built by ancient Chinese people
  • Wander around the picturesque Summer Palace and visit the imposing Temple of Heaven
  • Marvel at supreme sculptures of Yungang Grottoes and stunning archeological wonder Hanging Monastery
  • Admire the prosperity of the former financial center in Qing dynasty and the well preserved traditional folk house complex in Pingyao Ancient Town
  • Feel the prosperity of Wang Family Mansion in ancient times
  • Explore the secret of tunnels in Zhangbi Ancient Castle

Ancient Traces

9-Day Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Beijing

Code:BJ07
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$1562
Tour Highlights
  • Be impressed by the grand charm of Forbidden City
  • Hike on the less-crowded Mutianyu Great Wall to soak up the breathtaking sceneries and admire the majestic defensive work built by ancient Chinese people
  • Wander around the picturesque Summer Palace and visit the imposing Temple of Heaven
  • Marvel at supreme sculptures of Yungang Grottoes and stunning archeological wonder Hanging Monastery
  • Admire the prosperity of the former financial center in Qing dynasty and the well preserved traditional folk house complex in Pingyao Ancient Town
  • Feel the prosperity of Wang Family Mansion in ancient times
  • Explore the secret of tunnels in Zhangbi Ancient Castle
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrive in Beijing
Airport – hotel transfer. The rest of the day is your free time.
Luxury: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Welcome to Beijing! You will be met at the arrival hall of the airport by your friendly English-speaking tour guide holding a welcome sign with your name and be transferred to the hotel by your air-conditioned private car. Then the rest of day will be left for you to relax and you may wander around to have a glimpse of Beijing. 

Day 2
Beijing
Visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Explore Hutong alleys by rickshaw rides, and finish a facial mask painting work at a traditional courtyard.
Breakfast

After a sound sleep, start your historical explorations in Beijing by visiting the largest square in the world -Tiananmen Square first and then walk across it into the magnificent Forbidden City, the largest and well-preserved imperial palace complexes which witnessed the rises and falls of Ming and Qing dynasty from 1420 to 1912. Housing more than 70 glorious palaces and 9000 exquisite rooms, it fully brings you back to the prosperity of those bygone days. Follow your guide to get deep insights of the luxurious life of the royal family and listen to the appealing anecdotes shared by your knowledgeable guide along the exploration. 

Afterwards, enjoy a good chance for you to feel old Beijing by a relaxing stroll at the traditional Hutongs where you will take a leisurely rickshaw ride into the quiet and old alleys to get a close-up look to the locals' life. Then learn to paint a facial mask in the famous Peking Opera by yourself and be enchanted by the traditional art of China. Bring this memorable souvenir home with you when you finish.

Forbidden City
Day 3
Beijing
Conquer the Mutianyu Great Wall with an easy access by round-trip cable car. See the Bird's Nest & Water Cube on the way back, and visit the Summer Palace.
Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a moderate hiking on the Mutianyu Great Wall famed for the smaller crowds and splendid scenery. Along the hike, admire the beauties of nature and feel awe for the magnificence of the amazing defensive work with a history of over 2,000 years. Round-trip Cable Car is included to make your exploration easier and to save more time for you to spend on the Wall.

On the way back to downtown, have a glimpse of the magnificent national stadiums in 2008 Beijing Olympic- Bird's Nest and Water Cube and you may take some memorable pictures outside.

Then proceed to Summer Palace, a supreme masterpiece of classical Chinese garden built for royal families to relax in summer. Stroll along the glittering Kunming Lake and immerse yourself in the picturesque landscape where pavilions, stone bridges, rockeries and temples are harmoniously integrated with natural sceneries. 

Day 4
Beijing-Datong by Soft Sleeper Train
Visit the Temple of Heaven to touch local people's life. A comfortable soft-sleeper train bound for Datong.
Breakfast
Luxury: Yungang Meigao Hotel Superior: Datong Grand Hotel

In the morning pay a visit to the solemn Temple of Heaven, the renowned religious complexes built for emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties to worship the Heaven for good harvests. Admire the outstanding achievement of Chinese architecture masterpiece and learn about the traditional thought "the earth is square and heaven is round".

Afterwards, you will be transferred to the railway station to travel to Datong. Then your local guide will meet you at the station and escort you to check in at your hotel in Datong.

Temple of Heaven
The Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at Temple of Heaven
Day 5
Datong
Wonder at the Yungang Grottoes, admire the Nine-Dragon Screen, and then visit the Shanhua Temple.
Breakfast

Explorations in Datong start from the grand Yungang Grottoes, one of the four largest clusters of grottoes in China and inscribed in World Heritage List. Built in imposing scale and decorated with delicate carvings, Yungang Grottoes is considered as the Buddhist art treasures with over 250 caverns and 50,000 Buddha Statues.

After that, drive to admire the oldest and largest Nine-Dragon Screen in China. You will be dazzled by the nine lifelike grand Chinese dragons made up of brilliant glazed tiles. Take a closer look and marvel at its superb crafting techniques with a history of more than 600 years.

Then enjoy a peaceful visit admiring Shanhua Temple, a Buddhist temple built in Liao Dynasty (916-1125) with well-preserved statues, refined murals and unique architectural style.

Day 6
Datong-Pingyao by Private Vehicle
Drive to Pingyao. Marvel at the Hanging Temple and admire the Wooden Pagoda on the halfway.
Breakfast
Luxury: Pingyao Yunjingcheng Hotel Superior: Yide Hotel

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Pingyao by your air-conditioned private car. Along the way, you will encounter the majestic Hanging Monastery first. Carved into the sheer cliff, it appears to be suspending in the air in the distance. Housing over 40 halls and rooms, the Monastery is also regarded as the treasure of religious art.

Afterwards, head to admire the 900-year-old Wooden Pagoda in Ying County, the oldest and largest wooden pagoda survived in China with a height of 67.31 meters (220.83 ft). Its wooden texture prevents it from being collapsed in several strong earthquakes and makes it unique in Buddhist architecture.

Finally, your guide will help you check in at your hotel in Pingyao.

Hanging Monastery
The stunning Hanging Monastery built along cliffs
Day 7
Pingyao Ancient Town
Explore the scenic spots of the Pingyao Ancient Town, including the old City Wall, Rishengchang Draft Bank, County government and Confucius Temple.
Breakfast

After pick-up, head straight to Pingyao Ancient Town, an intact town of Ming and Qing dynasties where you can explore the glories of the past financial hub.

Take a walk on the 600-year-old Ancient City Wall and appreciate the panoramic views of the old town.

Then move to China's first financial institution- Rishengchang Draft Bank and visit the Tongxinggong Escort providing escort service for treasures' in the ancient times.

Continue your discovery in the town with a visit to the well-preserved County Government and wander around the earliest Confucious Temple.  

Pingyao Ancient Town
The Cit Wall of Pingyao Ancient Town
Day 8
Pingyao- Beijing by High Speed Train
Visit the Wang Family Mansion, and explore the Zhangbi Ancient Castle. Take a high-speed train to Beijing.
Breakfast
Luxury: Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town Superior: Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

Today, drive to visit the grand Wang Family Mansion, great complex of houses which can be a museum of both architecture and folk culture. Appreciate the magnificent layout, exquisite design, vivid carvings and endless courtyards and admire the prosperity of the old business family of high prestige centuries ago. Meanwhile, marvel at the supreme masterpiece of architecture.

Then explore the mysterious Zhangbi Ancient Castle. There are no much differences between other serene villages at the first sight. But the secretly built zigzagged tunnels under the ground are waiting for you to take an exciting adventure.

Afterwards, you will travel back to Beijing by high speed train. Then your local guide will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Beijing. 

Day 9
Depart from Beijing
Airport transfer and see-off for your departure flight. Have a nice journey home.
Breakfast

Farewell to Beijing. You will be escorted to the airport by your guide and driver to catch your departure flight.

Accommodations
BeijingDatongPingyao
Beijing
Luxury

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.
Superior

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.
Datong
Luxury

Yungang Meigao Hotel

No. 19 Yingbin Street, Datong, China,
Located in the city center, the hotel has fairly new facilities with great service, nice breakfasts and the staff speak good English to guarantee your travel in this smaller city smooth.
Superior

Datong Grand Hotel

No.37 Yingbin Street, Datong, China
One of the earliest hotels in the small city to accommodate overseas travelers. Close to both the ancient city and its shopping pedestrian, the hotel features with good location and standard service.
Pingyao
Luxury

Pingyao Yunjingcheng Hotel

No.56 West Street, Pingyao, Jinzhong, China
Favored by overseas and domestic celebrities, the hotel is located in the center of the UNESCO Ancient Town, offering a great chance to experience folk constructional art and the folk culture in the town.
Superior

Yide Hotel

No. 16 Shaxiang Jie, Pingyao, Shanxi, China, Pingyao, China
Originally a local residence, the hotel well maintains its traditional buildings, artistic antiques, furnitures and a peaceful little courtyard. It is easy for travelers to walk around to explore the ancient town during free time.
Luxury
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Beijing

Crowne Plaza Beijing Chaoyang U-Town

3 Sanfengbeili, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Crowne Plaza Chaoyang U-Town enjoys perfect location in Chaoyang District with excellent service, great breakfasts and easy access for shopping and night life.

Datong

Yungang Meigao Hotel

No. 19 Yingbin Street, Datong, China,
Located in the city center, the hotel has fairly new facilities with great service, nice breakfasts and the staff speak good English to guarantee your travel in this smaller city smooth.

Pingyao

Pingyao Yunjingcheng Hotel

No.56 West Street, Pingyao, Jinzhong, China
Favored by overseas and domestic celebrities, the hotel is located in the center of the UNESCO Ancient Town, offering a great chance to experience folk constructional art and the folk culture in the town.
Superior
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Beijing

Novotel Peace Hotel Beijing

3 Jinyu Hutong, Wangfujing, Dongcheng, Beijing, China
Located in downtown Wangfujing area, Novotel Peace is only 5-minute walk to the nearby shopping malls and 15-minute walk to the Forbidden City. Easy to explore local life.

Datong

Datong Grand Hotel

No.37 Yingbin Street, Datong, China
One of the earliest hotels in the small city to accommodate overseas travelers. Close to both the ancient city and its shopping pedestrian, the hotel features with good location and standard service.

Pingyao

Yide Hotel

No. 16 Shaxiang Jie, Pingyao, Shanxi, China, Pingyao, China
Originally a local residence, the hotel well maintains its traditional buildings, artistic antiques, furnitures and a peaceful little courtyard. It is easy for travelers to walk around to explore the ancient town during free time.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
High Season( MAR - NOV ) US$1614 US$1828
Low Season( DEC - FEB ) US$1562 US$1772
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Trains from Beijing to Datong/Pingyao to Beijing
  • Your own private English-speaking guide
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities to guides, drivers and others
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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