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Datong Pingyao Taiyuan Tour - 6 Days

Destination: Datong Pingyao Taiyuan
Duration: Six Day
Tour Code: C35
Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:Suitable for the whole year
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Datong is a prefecture-level city in northern Shanxi province, China, located in a basin and bordering Inner Mongolia to the north and west and Hebei to the east.

The Yungang Grottoes are a collection of shallow caves located 16 km (9.9 mi) 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 Wall, 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).

Pingyao still retains its city layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, conforming to a typical Ba gua pattern. More than 300 sites in or near the city have ancient ruins. Preserved Ming- and Qing-style residences number close to 4,000. The streets and storefronts still largely retain their historical appearance.


Pingyao was the financial centre of China in the late Qing Dynasty. During those times, there were as many as 20 financial institutions within the city, comprising more than half of total in the whole country. Among these is "Rishengchang," considered the first bank in China. Rishengchang controlled almost 50% silver trade when its scale reached the top in the whole Qing Dynasty. It continued to maintain its prosperity until going bankrupt in 1914 because lots of the modern banks were built up.

Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
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US$900/persons 900USD/Person
¡¡Day 1 ¡¡Datong Arrival 

Activity: Arrive in Datong, then transfer to hotel.


Datong is situated in the northern part of Shanxi Province near the Great Wall Pass to Inner Mongolia. In ancient China, Datong was a place of strategic importance and a place where the Han people frequently conducted trade with the Mongol tribes to the North of China. Therefore this city is popular for its harmonious coexistence of religions, together with its strategic importance geographically and the beauty of its rugged terrain.


Hotel: Datong                                      Meals: Dinner

¡¡Day 2 ¡¡Datong

Activity:Visit Yungang Grottoes Caves, and Huayan Temple,Nine Dragon Wall.


Yungang Grottoes is one of the best preserved sites in China with 53 caves containing over 51,000 stone carvings of Buddha and Buddhist. The grottoes were built between 460 AD and 494 AD in the Northern Wei just before the capital city of that dynasty was moved to Luoyang to build another set of grottoes (Longmen Grottoes) afterwards. These statues range from the tallest of 17 meters to the shortest of a few centimeters high with some of them still retaining their original color. The lines of the statue face are very graceful, with a pair of bright piercing eyes. In 2001, Yungang Grottoes was included on UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.


The complex of Huayan Monastery is located on the southwestern side of Datong City. Built during the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125), the Huayan Monastery is the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty in existence in China. In the middle period of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the temple was divided into two parts, the Upper Huayan Monastery and the Lower Huayan Monastery. The upper one referred to as the Grand Hall housing five large Ming Dynasty Buddhas, and the lower section referred to as the Sutra Temple containing a library of some 18,000 volumes of Buddhist writings.


Datong Nine Dragon Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty. With 426 glazed tiles fired specially in five different colors, the exquisite design of green wave at the bottom like the sea, blue background as sky and white as clouds, the glazed nine dragons on the wall vividly express their movements, rising out of the sea and chasing the mythical suns to gain the supernatural ability to control the forces of nature. The oldest and largest glazed screen in China, though it has been standing over 600 years, it is still in a perfect condition today owing to its architectural design and refined craftsmanship.


Sightseeing: Yungang Grottoes Caves, and Huayan Temple,Nine Dragon Wall.


Hotel: Datong                                  Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner


Yungang Grottoes Caves

Yungang Grottoes Caves

Huayan Temple

¡¡Day 3 ¡¡Datong - Pingyao 

Activity:Today, you will take a driving to the famous Hanging Temple for a visit there, and then continue your drive to Pingyao ancient town.


All buildings in the Hanging Temple were constructed below the crags on a steep cliff-face of Hengshan Mountain (75m above the ground). Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is unique not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.

Sightseeing: Hanging Temple.


Hotel: Pingyao                                  Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner


Hanging Temple

Hanging Temple

Hanging Temple

¡¡Day 4 ¡¡Pingyao

Activity:Enjoy yourselves in this ancient and relaxing town - Pingyao. Rishengchang Exchange Shop and Ming Qing Street are two main attractions in this town.


The ancient town of Pingyao had been emerged gradually along with the city wall during the Zhou Dynasty 11th century -256 BC. It is the only ancient city in China completely reserved as it was hundreds of years ago without any modern architecture, but only the narrow street flanking with Chinese shops in old style and the road plated with the original stone. Pingyao is not only famous for its antiquity, but also for being the merchant center with the nation earliest bank established in the 19th century, and furthermore it was once served as the financial center of the Qing government.

Sightseeing: Pingyao Ancient Town.


Hotel: Datong                                  Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner





¡¡Day 5 ¡¡Pingyao - Taiyuan 

Activity:After breakfast, take driving to Taiyuan, on the way, you will have a visit to Qiao Courtyard, an enclosed castle style construction, which can be dated back to 1756.


Located 20km north of Pingyao, Qiao Courtyard was built the Qing Dynasty, and developed into a grand architectural complex by the early days of the Republic of China. Covering an area of 10,642 square meters and has a floor space of 4,175 square meters, with six big yards, 20 small yards and 313 rooms, it was once the home of a powerful trading family with significant commercial influence even beyond Shanxi, as theirs was a nationwide business.


Sightseeing: Qiao Courtyard.


Hotel: Taiyuan                                  Meals: Breakfast + Lunch +Dinner

Qiao Courtyard

Qiao Courtyard

Qiao Courtyard

¡¡Day 6 ¡¡Taiyuan Departure 

Activity: Send you to airport for departure.

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