Datong in north of Shanxi, north China is known for the second-largest of the nearly 51,000 sandstone statues of Buddha in 53 Yungang grottoes; the wooden Hanging Monastery built about 1.400 years ago on extremely sheer cliffs of Hengshan Mountain. Bridges and corridors connect the different buildings of the monastery.
Pingyao in Shanxi Province, northen China, is a significant Ming Dynasty walled city, with one of the few walls in China remaining intact and now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The city has a 2700 year history. It was the center of China's modern Banking system from 1825, however with the collapse of the Qing Dynasty the banking and finances were transferred to Shanghai and Hong Kong which turned the city into a backwater, saving it from development and preserving its character. The cities' wealth of Chinese traditional buildings include courtyard houses,historic bank courtyard buildings, and more than 3000 historic shops.
Day 1 Arrive in Datong
-Fly into Datong in the morning,Upon arrival,transfer to visit Yungang Grottoes
-Hanging Monastery, wooden structure built precariously on a sheer cliff
-Visit cave-dwelling village and residence on the yellow plateau
-Check in 5-star hotel.
Howard Johnson Jindi Plaza Datong (L)
Day 2 Datong/ Pingyao
-Drive to Pingyao by coach
-Stroll on the top of the city wall and view the whole walled city
-Visit a Piaohao museum and learn the modern banking system
-Visit the town chief administrator's office and watch a performance of a trial in the past.
-Check into a boutique hotel within Pingyao ancient town,and enjoy free time in Pingyao.
Day 3 Pingyao /Beijing
-Wake up in the traditional Chinese bed (a small tea table in the middle of the bed) and old wooden house.
-Go for a walk on the old street of the ancient town, enjoy the peaceful morning and meet the locals sweeping the street or opening their stores' wooden door panels. (optional, exploring by yourself)
-Breakfast. Check out of the hotel.
-Head to the "Family Wang's Great Courtyard" - nicknamed the Forbidden City of Shanxi. It is a fortress like courtyard complex, which is worth walking around more than half day.
-Transfer to the train station for the fast speed train back to Beijing.
-Please note that the alternative hotels of similar standards will be used if any of the hotels mentioned in the itinerary is unable to provide enough accommodation.
CCC does not offer regular set packages for this tour. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check prices and propose a date and your own group.
3-day bespoke tour prices
10% discount for children under 12
Single supplement RM600 for 2 nights
Bullet train ticket from Pingyao to Beijing
Private English-speaking guide(s) (selected by CCC)
Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
All accommodations based on double-occupancy (Five-star hotels or equivelant boutique hotels)
All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
All meals as noted in the itinerary
What's Not Included:
Domestic flights and relevant taxes
(If you want us to book your domestic flights in this itinerary, please let us know.)
Meals apart from those included in the itinerary
Expenses of a personal nature
Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
Travel, health and trip cancellation insurance
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- Datong (Grottoes) & Pingyao (Fortress Town)
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- 3-day Tour to Datong (Grottoes) & Xi'an (Terracotta Warriors)
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