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Datong Wutaishan Taiyuan Pingyao Shanxi Tour - 5 Days

Destination: Datong Wutaishan Taiyuan Pingyao
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Datong is the northernmost city of Shanxi, and is located on the Datong Basin. It borders Inner Mongolia to the northwest and Hebei to the east. Neighbouring prefectures within Shanxi are Shuozhou and Xinzhou, with Ulanqab in Inner Mongolia and Shijiazhuang in Hebei also bordering Datong.


The Yungang Grottoes, or Cloud Ridge Caves are a collection of shallow caves located 16 km west of Datong. There are over 50,000 carved images and statues of Buddhas and bodhisattvas within these grottoes, ranging from 4 centimeters to 7 meters tall. Most of these icons are around 1000 years old.Within the city itself, there are a few surviving sites of historical interest such as the Nine Dragon Screen, the Huayan Monastery, and the Shanhua Temple. Further afield is the Hanging Temple built into a cliff face near Mount Heng. Most of the historical sites in this region date to the Tang and Ming dynasties, but the Hanging Temple dates to the Northern Wei dynasty (386-534).

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Day 01, Datong Arrival (L, D)
Upon arrival, local guide with driver and vehicle will meet you at railway station, and then drive to your hotel in Datong. If the room reserved unavailable, we will drive directly to Yungang Grottoes. After Grottoes visit, we will going forward to record Huayan Monastery, Nine Dragon Screen and East City Wall of Datong.

- Yungang Grottoes: A treasure house of rare and splendid Chinese sculptures enjoys worldwide fame. These grottoes are the main reason most people make it to Datong. The grottoes contain over 50,000 Buddihist statues and stretch for about 1 km east to west.

- Huayan Monastery: Huayan Monastery is located at the Daxi Street, center of Datong city, constructed according to the Huayan Sutra of Huayan Sect, one of the buddism seven largest sect. The Main Buildings of the Monastery are Mahavira Hall (front monastery) and a Boqie Tibetan Temple (adjunctive moastery), and its architectures, statues, murals, wall possessions and algae well represented the essence of China's Liao Dynasty art.

- Nine Dragon Screen: One of Datong's several 'dragon screens'-tiled walls depicting fire-breathing dragons. It was originally part of the gate of the palace of Ming dynasty emperor Ming Taizu's 13th son, and is 8m high, over 45m long and 2m thick.


Day 02, Datong -> Wutaishan (B, L, D)
After breakfast at hotel, we will drive to Wutaishan Mountain and drop in Hanging Temple and Wooden Pagoda in Ying County for the visit and record. Stay overnight on the mountain.

- Suspending (Hanging) Monastery: This monastery is just outside the town of Hunyuan, 65km south-east of Datong. Built precariously on sheer cliffs above Jinlong Canyon,the monastery dates back more than 1400 years. Its halls and pavilions were built along the contours of the cliff face using the natural hollows and outcrops. The buildings are connected by corridors, bridges and boardwalks and contain bronze, iron and stone statues of gods and buddhas.

- Wooden Pagoda: This 11-century pagoda at Yingxian, 70km south of Datong, is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. It's said that not a single nail was used in the onstruction of the nine-storey, 97m structure.


Day 03, Wutaishan -> Taiyuan (B, L, D)
After breakfast, guide will accompany you to vist this Buddhism Shrine - Wutaishan Temple Cluster. We will walk along the construction sequence to worship or visit: XianTong Temple - one of the Chinese Buddhism Inheritor leader, Manjusri Temple - formal served as Royal temple, watching the exterior image of Big White Buddha Pagoda - symbol of the Mountain, WanFo Temple - commonly known as Wu Ye Temple, and ShuXiang Temple - one of the Zen Meditation Site, which was initially built in the time of Yuan Dynasty, and rebuilt in Ming.
Transfer to Taiyuan and check in local hotel.

- Buddhist Temples in Mt. Wutaishan: It is said that this mountain, one of the four holy Buddhist Mountains, is the dwelling place of Manjusri Bodhisattva. 360 temples were built here dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) but now only 47 of them exist. Over the years, incalculable numbers of pilgrims and visitors have come here. Among these magnificent temples, five are the most famous: Xiantong Temple, TayuanTemple, Manjusri Temple (Summit Bodhisattva), Shuxiang Temple, and Luohou Temple

- Taiyuan: It is the capital and largest city of Shanxi Province in North China. As a prefecture-level city, in 2004, it had a total population of 3.4 million. The name of the city literally means "Great Plains", referring to the location where the Fen River leaves the mountains.


Day 04, Taiyuan -> Pingyao (B, L, D)
Arrange you to take a visit at Double Pagoda Temple inside Taiyuan city, and then Jinci ancestral temple and Qiao's Faminly Compound. Arrive in Pingyao in the afternoon and check in local hotel.

- JinCi Temple: Located in the foothills of Hanging Urn Mountain, southwest of Taiyuan in Shanxi, JinCi Temple Compound is renowned for its magnificent ancient buildings and the superb art of famous statues. Owning an elegant and comfortable environment, it is regarded as one of the unique and precious historical and cultural heritage because of a set of ancient Chinese ritual architecture, landscape, sculpture, murals, stone arts as, and an art center of Chinese architecture, landscape and sculpture.

- Qiao Family Manor: Located in QiaoJiaPu Village of Qi County, Qiao Family Manor is also known as ZaiZhongTang, mansion of Qiao ZhiYong - a famous commercial and financial capitalist in Qing Dynasty. It was founded in Emperor Qianlong period in the Qing Dynasty, after two upgradings, once expansion and the continuous efforts of several generations, finally completed as a magnificent building, and embodies the unique residential style of north China in the Qing Dynasty era.


Day 05, Pingyao - Taiyuan - Departure (B, L)
Waked up by some gleams of quiet sunshine, you will start to explore the trace of its cultural, social, economic and religious and its left after old Ming and Qing Dynasty ara. Ancient City Wall and RiShengChang Bank Draft are the best recommandations.  After lunch, we will drive back to Taiyuan for your flight or train out.

- Pingyao Ancient City: Located in the northern Shanxi Province, this 2,700 years historic and cultural town is known as the second batch of national 'Four Best Preserved Ancient Town' with Langzhong of Sichuan, Lijiang of Yunnan, Shexian of Anhui, is currently the only declared world cultural heritage as a whole town.


 

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