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Datong Mount Wutai Yuci Pingyao Shanxi Tour - 3 Days

Destination: Datong Mount Wutai Yuci Pingyao Shanxi
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The Ancient City of Pingyao is a World Heritage Site near Taiyuan. Once a great financial center of China, it is noted for its preservation of many features of northern Han Chinese culture, architecture, and way of life during the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

The Yungang Grottoes, its literal translation being the Cloud Ridge Caves, are shallow caves near Datong. There are over 50,000 carved images and statues of Buddhas and Boddhisatvas within these grottoes, ranging from 4 centimeters to 7 meters tall.a World Heritage Site in Datong, consist of 252 caves noted for their collection of 5th and 6th century Buddhist grotto sculptures and reliefs.

Mount Wutai (Wutai Shan) is the highest point in the province. It is known as the residence of the bodhisattva Manjusri, and as a result is also a major Buddhist pilgrimage destination, with many temples and natural sights. Points of interest include Tang Dynasty (618−907) era timber halls located at Nanchan Temple and Foguang Temple, as well as a giant white stupa at Tayuan Temple built during the Ming Dynasty (1368−1644).

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US$500/persons 500USD/Person

Day 1, Arrival Datong - Wutaishan (L, D)
On your arrival (train or flight), local tour guide will meet you there based on the info you offered and take you to start the exploring of Datong. We will drive 50min to reach the famous YunGang Grottoes, one of the world culture heritage, 16km far away from city, and stay there for 2hr to visit the caves, murals and carvings. 
After lunch, we arrange the Suspending Temple visit (also called Hanging Temple) 2hrs driving away from Grottos.
In the afternoon, we will directly drive 2.5hr to Wutaishan area, check in local hotel and stay there overnight.

- 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.

- Suspending Temple(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.

Day 2, Wutaishan - YuCi - PingYao (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. 

Drive 3hrs towards Pingyao Old Town after lunch, and drop in YuCi Old Town to view the old street and feel the local 1400 years history trace developed since Old Han Dynasty.
We will drive to Pingyao county and stay their hotel overnight.

- 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.

- YuCi Old Town: Located southwest of Taiyuan city, Yuci is the main city center for Jinzhong Prefecture in central ShanXi Province. China's merchant culture began in Yuci around 300 years ago, and is now memorialized by the lovely Chang Family Manor and the recently restored Yuci Old City. The Yuci Protestant Church was started by Norwegian Missionaries to China. Later the work was continued by Norwegian Missionaries Oscar and Esther Schroeder who were with the Assemblies of God Church (serving from 1909-34). The Original Church, built while the Schroeders resided in Yuci, was replaced by the current one built on the same location in 1996.

Day 3, Pingyao - Taiyuan (B, L)
After breakfast, start to touch and feel the heart of Pingyao Old Town, which was listed into the World Heritage List by UNESCO in year of 1997.
After lunch, we will drive 2hrs back to Taiyuan City, capital of ShanXi Province, to connect your flight for next journey.

- 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.


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