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Tour of Ancient cities, temples and battlefields

May-Datong

5 days | Yanmenguan Pass, Wutaishan, Datong and Pingyao

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  • The magnificent and ancient Chinese architectures.
  • The ancietn battlefields with the ancient Great Wall.
  • The most popular Buddhist holy land of China. The only one place which both Mahayana Buddhism and Tibetan Lamaism are practiced in China.
  • Delicious local food.
  • The traditional, humanized, quiet and impressing hotels in Pingyao.
Contact us by email: harmonydatong@hotmail.com
DAY 1 : ​ARRIVE IN DATONG  1000m alt

  • Arrive in Datong by train or by plane.
  • Drive to the Yungang Grottoes(20km/40mins), Stroll in this impressive UNESCO site for 2.5 hours.
  • Stroll in the Huayan Monastery.
  • Visit the Nine-Dragon Wall.
  • Visit the Shanhua Monastery.
  • Stroll around the Ancient City Wall. It’s quite interesting to take a leisurely walk or ride a bike on the wall.
  • Go to the hotel to check in.
DAY 2 : DATONG – WUTAISHAN 1700m alt     

  • Drive to the Hanging Temple (75km/1.5h)  .
  • Drive (170km/2.5h)  to the Yanmenguan Pass .
  • Drive  to Wutaishan(120km/2.5h).  Then check into your hotel.
DAY 3 : WUTAISHAN – TAIYUAN 800m alt

  • Stroll in  Mount Wutai to visit Tayuan Temple, Shuxiang Temple, Xiantong Temple and Pusa Ding Temple.
  • Drive to Taiyuan(220km/3hours).
DAY 4 :  TAIYUAN –  PINGYAO  700 m alt 

  • Drive to Jinci (30km/40mins).
  • Drive to Pingyao(100km/2hours). Enjoy the beautiful night scenery of Pingyao.
  • Optional tour: Noodles class or paper cutting class.
DAY 5 :  DEPARTURE FROM PINGYAO     

  • Stroll around the Pingyao Ancient City Wall.
  • Visit the bank museum to discover the commercial history of China.
  • Visit the Confucius Temple.
  • Visit the Daoist Temple.
  • Transfer to the airport or train station, and take the return flight or high-speed train to your next destination.
 
  • 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 435$ 632$
    4 persons 249$ 380$
    6 persons 256$ $340

    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 940RMB 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).

When to go?

Datong and Wutai shan:
Datong and Wutai Shan are places with high altitude.  It is cold in winter between December and March. The temperatures rise to zero degrees during the day and drop -20 degrees at night. Warm clothes are essential.

 Pingyao :
Pingyao is in the middle of the province.   The temperature is not as cold as Datong, but still cold. The normal temperture is ten degrees below zero to  ten degrees centigrade in winter.  From March to Novemberf is the best season to come here.

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