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Tour of Shanxi from north to south

May-Datong

9 days | Datong, the Hanging Temple, Wutaishan, Pingyao, the Yellow River and the Yongle Temple

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  • The trip of Shanxi province, from north to south, there’re out of total of 2000km driving.
  • The altitude is from 3061meters in the north to 150 meters in the south.
  • The imperial Grottoes, imperial Temples and the imperial Garden.
  • The oldest wooden constructions not only in China, but all over the world.
  • The oldest, biggest and highest wooden pagoda of the world.
  • The oldest and biggest Nine-dragon Wall of China.
  • The biggest Temple to worship Guandi.
  • Yongle Palace, a Taoist temple with largest area of mural if China.
  • One of the oldest Buddhist Temple of China.
  • One of three famous waterfall of China.
  • One of four holy Buddhist Mountains of China.
  • Hengshan, one of the Five Sacred Mountains of China.
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 : THE HANGING TEMPLE AND THE WOODEN PAGODA     

  • Drive to the Hanging Temple (75km/1.5h).
  • Drive (50km/1h) to the Wooden Pagoda .

DAY 3 : DRIVE TO WUTAISHAN 1700m alt

  • Drive to Wutaishan (100km/1.5h).
  • Visit the Xiantong Temple, Tayuan Temple, Shuxiang Temple and Pusading Temple.
DAY 4 : WUTAISHAN – TAIYUAN 800m alt    

  • Drive to the Foguang Temple.
  • Drive to the Nanchan Temple.
  • Drive to Taiyuan, then go to the hotel to check in.
DAY 5 : TAIYUAN – PINGYAO  700m alt  

  • Stroll in the Shanxi Museum.
  • Stroll in Jinci Temple.
  • Drive to Pingyao(100km/1h), then go to the Chinese traditional courtyard hotel to check in.
DAY 6 : PINGYAO  700m alt

  • 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.
  • Optional tour: Noodles class or paper cutting class.
DAY 7 : PINGYAO – HONGTONG – LINFEN  400m alt

  • Drive to Wang’s Courtyard (50km/ 1 hr), stroll in there about 2 hours.
  • Drive to Hongtong (100km/1.5 hr), visit the Guangsheng Temple.
  • Drive to Linfen (50/1 hr), and then go to the hotel to check in.
DAY 8 : LINFEN – HUKOU WATERFALL – YUNCHENG   150m alt

  • Drive to the Hukou Waterfall (155 km/ 2hr).
  • Drive to Yuncheng, and then go to the hotel to check in.
DAY 9 : DEPARTURE FROM YUNCHENG

  • Stroll in Guandi Temple.
  • Drive to Ruicheng to visit the Yongle Palace.
  • 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 752$ 1100$
    4 persons 292$ 620$
    6 persons 418$ $583

    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.
 

Si vous disposez de quelques jours de plus, il est possible d’ajouter choisir les extensions/excursions associées à ce voyage.

  • Entre Bengzilan et Shangrila : Le mont de Kawa Karpo (+ 2 jours)Deqin est un petit coin reculé du Yunnan. Un voyage à Deqin permet d’admirer de splendides paysages. La montagne enneigée de Meili(Kawa Karop) et ses 13 sommets laisse les admirateurs sans voix.Un trek de 1 ou 3 jour, magnifique et accessible à ceux qui ont l’habitude de marcher.
  • Entre Shangrila et La gorge du saut tigre  : Baishuitai (+ 1 jour) Les terrasses d’eau blanche de Baishuitai au Yunnan sont un lieu unique qui resplendit d’un charme naturel. Les eaux de source jaillissant des Monts Haba ont formé au fil des millénaires de magnifiques terrasses de marbre blanc sur le versant de la montagne.
  • Dans les environs de Lijiang : Le lac Lugu (+2~3 jours)Situé au nord de Lijiang, ce lac limpide et serein est le 2ème plus profond du Yunnan avec 40 m de profondeur en moyenne. Plusieurs ethnies minoritaires comme les Yi, les Tibétains, les Pumi et les Mosuo cohabitent harmonieusement autour du lac.

When to go?

You can travel to Shanxi from March to November. But there are 700 kilometers from the north to the south of Shanxi province. The temperatures is very different.

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.

Taiyuan and Pingyao :
Taiyuan and Pingyao are 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.

Linfen and Yuncheng :
Linfen and Yuncheng are situated in south of the province with  low altitude.  Winters in these area are sometimes cold.  Summers are often hot (sometimes 30 degrees during the day) . This  climate is suitable for exploring the region all year round.

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