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Pingyao Ancient City Deep Immersion Tour 

Star-Datong

2 days | The Ancient City Tour,Shuanglin Temple and Wang’s Family Compound

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  • UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site
  • The City Wall, have a panorama view of this town
  • The Rishengchang Former Bank
  • The Temple of City God and the Confucian Temple
  • The Ming and Qing Street
  • Wang Family Compound one of the largest of the residential complexes
  • Shuanglin Temple 1500 years and contains over 2000 colorful sculptures
Contact us by email: harmonydatong@hotmail.com
DAY 1 : PINGYAO ANCIENT CITY 

  • In the morning, your guide will pick you up from the Pingyao Gucheng train station. Your Pingyao Ancient City exploration starts from the Ancient City Wall, where you can have a panorama view of the town. Then you will move on to the Rishengchang Former Bank, which shows you the original bank system in the past. Next, visit the Temple of City God and the Confucian Temple. Later, Take a leisurely walk along the Ming and Qing Street,with old buildings on either side to feel the former bustle bazaar in the old days. The rest time is free for you to relax.
DAY 2 : PINGYAO ANCIENT CITY  

  • After breakfast, your guide will pick you up from the hotel then drive about 15 minutes to visit Shuanglin Temple, where you will see thousands clay figures with different face expressions and the body postures.
  • Later, drive to Wang’s Family Compound which is reputed as an art museum of traditional Chinese architecture and “Forbidden City in Folk”. It is a building complex of Wang family through the Ming and Qing dynasties for more than 300 years.
  • After visiting, your guide will escort you to Railway Station. Your beautiful trip is end. Welcome back again.

The rates below are indicative, and they may vary slightly depending on the season or hotel availability.

Price per person based on With driver With driver+An English-speaking guide
2 persons 52$ 90$
4 persons 47$ 85$
6 persons 47$ 80$

Price includes

  • Transfers by private vehicle with a driver during the whole journey. For the group without a guide, if necessary, the driver will also help as possible as he can, such as buy scenic spots tickets and take you to the local specialty resturants.
  • Accompaniment by an English-speaking guides the whole day.
  • Accommodation and meals for your guides and drivers.
  • One bottle of mineral water per day per person.

The price does not include

  • International and domestic flights or train.
  • Hotel you stay in Datong.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Entrance tickets for tours and activities, to be paid for directly on site (around 280RMB per person). 50% reductions sometimes for travelers over 60, free possible for those over 70.
  • Tips for guides and drivers (It is recommended 160 RMB / day in total ).
  • Accident, repatriation, and health insurance.
  • The visa fees.

Warm Tips:

  • To facilitate your stay, we suggest that you change your quotes on arrival and departure at the current exchange rate. The formalities to be completed in Chinese banks are particularly tedious.

Shuanglin Temple and Zhenguo Temple are two well-known temples outside of Pingyao were officially inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site together with Pingyao in 1997.

● Shuanglin Temple

  • Shuanglin Temple was founded 1500 years ago and contains over 2000 colorful sculptures of various gods, warriors, Buddha, and other characters, some over 1000 years old.

● Zhenguo Temple

  • Zhenguo Templeis a 1000-year-old Buddhist Temple located to the north of Pingyao. It is the only remaining temple in China built in the architectural style of the Five Dynasties Period (10th century).

● Qiao Family Compound

Qiao Family Compound built by successful Shanxi merchants with the family name Qiao, it also shows Chinese folk culture and traditional festivals, Raise the Red Lantern is a feature film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li with the shooting site here also .

● Wang Family Compound

Wang Family Compound is one of the largest of the residential complexes built by successful Shanxi merchants with the family name Wang.Almost 4 times the size of Qiao Family Compound still surrounded by villages.

● Zhang Bi Old Castle

Zhang Bi Old Castle is famous for it’s long and well preserved underground tunnels, which were serving as place to hide and a secret camp during local wars in the past. Zhang Bi Old Castle is still a village living with 13,759 local villagers you can immerse in a really authenticity atmosphere in the Chinese countryside.

When Is the Best Time to Visit  Pingyao?

March to October is the best time to visit Pingyao. Climate in Pingyao is typically temperate continental monsoon climate with hot summer and cold winter. March to October the temperature is suitable for travelling. Annual average temperature is about 10 °C. Also after October since less domestic tourists visit, Pingyao is getting less crowded, you can indulge in every corner of the city. February is also recommended for the traditional Chinese New Year celebration hold in the city, you will not feel regret with that kind of atmosphere in winter.

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