6-Day Datong, Pingyao and Mount Wutai Highlights Tour

6-Day Datong, Pingyao Tour

Code:SX03
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Daily
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6-Day Datong, Pingyao and Mount Wutai Highlights Tour

Though it is not a typical China travel route, this tour enables you to dive deep into China’s oldest and most intriguing ancient sights that are listed as UNESCO world heritages, including the Yungang Grottoes, Mount Wutai and Pingyao Ancient Town. You will also trace back to discover ancient architectural wonders including Hanging Monastery and Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, and learn about a fabulous residence of Wang’ s Compound.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Stand in awe of the graceful Buddhist rock-cut sculptures of Yungang Grottoes.
  • Be astonished at the miraculous Hanging Monastery climbing on a sheer cliff.
  • Pay homage to one of China’s most scared Buddhist Mountain, Mount. Wutai.
  • Take a leisurely stroll through Pingyao Ancient Town with arrays of historical sites.
  • Snatch a glimpse of the massive residence compound of a wealthy family of Wang.

6-Day Datong, Pingyao and Mount Wutai Highlights Tour

6-Day Datong, Pingyao

Code:SX03
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Daily
Tour Highlights
  • Stand in awe of the graceful Buddhist rock-cut sculptures of Yungang Grottoes.
  • Be astonished at the miraculous Hanging Monastery climbing on a sheer cliff.
  • Pay homage to one of China’s most scared Buddhist Mountain, Mount. Wutai.
  • Take a leisurely stroll through Pingyao Ancient Town with arrays of historical sites.
  • Snatch a glimpse of the massive residence compound of a wealthy family of Wang.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Datong
Airport/railway station pick-up and private vehicle transfer to your hotel.
Luxury: Yungang Meigao Hotel Superior: Datong Grand Hotel

No matter you access to Datong city by plane or high speed train, your local guide and driver will pick you up timely. A private vehicle with spacious luggage room will transfer you to your hotel. You can have a good sleep or explore the city a bit in the rest of the day. If looking for places to eat, you guide would be glad to give you some recommendations.

Day 2
Datong
Wonder at the splendid Yungang Grottoes and the Nine Dragons Screen Wall. Visit the Huayan Temple.
Breakfast

Your exploration begins with the UNESCO-listed Yungang Grottoes, one of the three greatest Buddhist sculpture complexes in China. With a history of over 1,500 years, Yungang Grottoes are replete with exquisite Buddhist imagery, which represents the best rock-cut achievement in the 5th and 6th centuries.

Then continue your exploration to a rare cultural relic, the Nine Dragons Screen. It was a part of a former celebrity’s mansion in Ming Dynasty. You cannot only see nine dragons in different postures on the reliefs, but also discover many delicate carvings of the sun, moon, cloud and vivid animals like lions, tigers, deer and horse.

Afterwards, you will head for the Huayan Temple, one of the oldest and best-preserved temple in Liao-Jin era. Wandering across the temple, you would be amazed at the sophisticated clay sculptures, wall paintings as well as the resplendent brass underground palace that houses hundreds of Buddha statues.

Day 3
Datong-Wutaishan by Private Vehicle
Marvel at the Hanging Monastery and world’s tallest Wooden Pagoda. Head for Wutai Mountain.
Breakfast
Luxury: Friendship Hotel Superior: Friendship Hotel

After breakfast, you will embark on a land transfer to the 1,400-year-old Hanging Monastery. The temple is quite a spectacle as it closely clings to a sheer cliff like a miracle. If you know a bit about Chinese religion, you will note that the temple combines three main beliefs including Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.

After the visit follows a trip to the famous Wooden Pagoda in Ying County. With a striking height of 67.31 meters, it is the tallest wooden tower in the world that dates back to 1056 AD. A shiny facts you must know is that the pagoda is fully supported by mortise and tenon joints without any use of metal nails. Finishing the visiting, you will be transferred to Wutaishan and stay overnight there.

Hanging MonasteryHanging Monastery
Wooden Pagoda in Ying CountyWooden Pagoda in Ying County
Day 4
Wutaishan-Pingyao by Private Vehicle
Soak up the stunning scenery of Wutai Mountain and explore the old temples inside. Escort to Pingyao.
Breakfast
Luxury: Pingyao Yunjingcheng Hotel Superior: Yide Hotel

In the morning, you will set out for a pilgrimage to Mount Wutai, one of China’s four most sacred Buddhist Mountains. Listed as a world heritage site, the mountain is not only famous for its breathtaking natural scenery, but more immortally for its rich temple sites. There are 47 old temples and arrays of pagodas remaining in the mountains, which provide you a great chance to study Chinese Buddhist culture, ancient architecture and folk customs. Among the huge number of religious relics, you are highly recommended to cover the Xiantong Temple, Tayuan Temple and Bodhisattva Summit. At the end of the tour, you would be chauffeured to the Pingyao Old Town for a night stay.

Mount WutaiMount Wutai
WutaishanWutaishan
Day 5
Pingyao
Stroll around the streets of Pingyao Ancient Town and discover the shining historical sites.
Breakfast

In its nearly three millennia of existence, Pingyao Old Town is regarded as one of the best-preserved walled towns in China. You can start today’s sightseeing from a panoramic view on the 6.4km-long city wall, where you can imagine how flows of ancient folks lived along the crisscrossing lanes. Pingyao Ancient Town still retains a great number of historical gems that offer you great insights into China’s yesterday. It would be great delight for you to stroll along the cobbled Ming-Qing Street to sense the old commercial ambience.

There is no reason to skip Rishengchang Draft Bank, the first public bank in China, where you can learn about the financial industry in ancient days. Then move to the former County Government to see what Chinese ancient trial court is like, and drop by the Confucius Temple to see how civil servants are elected by imperial exams. In the evening, you are suggested to explore the glitzy lantern-lit views of the town on your own. It is a great time for photography, do not miss it.

Day 6
Departure form Pingyao
Have an adventure to Zhangbi Ancient Fortress and venture into the massive Wang’s Compound. See-off at the railway station.
Breakfast

After breakfast, drive out of Pingyao Old Town and have an adventure to the Zhangbi Ancient Fortress. Zhangbi is a very small and remote village where only a few elderly people still live in. The ancient fortress is an interesting defense system based on tunnels built on a hill top where locals could hide and sustain a siege for months. You can walk through the maze-like tunnels with a flash light, and your guide will help you make the turns.

Later, hop on your van again for a ride to the Wang’s Compound. Constructed in the 18th century, it was an impressive collective residences of all descendants and extended family of Governor Wang, where you can admire ancient Chinese architecture at its best preserved condition. Strolling through the courtyards, you would see a lot of beautiful carvings and statues. Every little piece of decoration has its hidden meaning waiting for you to uncover. Concluding the trip, you will be escorted to the railway station for a train to your next destination. Have a safe journey!

 Zhangbi Ancient Fortress Zhangbi Ancient Fortress
Wang's CompoundWang's Compound
Accommodations
DatongWutaishanPingyao
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.
Wutaishan
Luxury

Friendship Hotel

Yangbaiyu, Wutaishan
This hotel is well located in the Wutaishan Scenic Area with walking distance to the main attractions, and also provides rich breakfast.
Superior

Friendship Hotel

Yangbaiyu, Wutaishan
This hotel is well located in the Wutaishan Scenic Area with walking distance to the main attractions, and also provides rich breakfast.
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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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.

Wutaishan

Friendship Hotel

Yangbaiyu, Wutaishan
This hotel is well located in the Wutaishan Scenic Area with walking distance to the main attractions, and also provides rich breakfast.

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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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.

Wutaishan

Friendship Hotel

Yangbaiyu, Wutaishan
This hotel is well located in the Wutaishan Scenic Area with walking distance to the main attractions, and also provides rich breakfast.

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.
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