- Tour code: CL-C-11
- Available: Daily
- Duration: 10 Days
- Starts/ends: Start in Beijing and End in Xi'an
- Destination: Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xi'an
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive at Beijing
Be picked up at the Beijing Airport & Transfer to Beijing hotel
Day 2: Beijing
Pick up at your hotel (between 8:30am to 9:00am)
Visit Tian’anmen Square, the world’s largest public square. Explore the sites around the square with opportunities to take some amazing pictures.
We venture northward to the Tian’anmen Rostrum guarded by the enormous and portrait of Mao for all to see and what has universally been photographed all over the world.
Next, the magnificent Forbidden City, the largest Imperial Palace in the world. We’ll spend a couple of hours wandering around this amazing example of Imperial architecture and learning about the history of the palace.
Dine in a local Chinese Restaurant.
After lunch, drive to the hutong (old residential area) where the transport change into a delightful rickshaw! The 30 minute rickshaw tour stops at a local family where our special guests get insight into the home settings, life, and culture of traditional Beijingers.
We take a short walk to the Drum Tower-located at the end of the city central axis line, climb to the steep stairs to the top where you can capture a glimpse of the old hutong area as well as the radiant skyscrapers surrounding the drum tower. We will then watch the exciting drum performance.
We will then take a 30 minute ride to the Lama Temple-the largest and most well-preserved Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Beijing.
Day 3: Beijing
Pick up at your hotel (between 8:30am to 9:00am)
Mutianyu Great Wall (1 1/2 to 2 hours drive)
This is a one of the most famous and ideal sections of the Great Wall. You will have your choice of taking the cable car or chair lift up the breathtaking wall and spend a leisurely 1 to 2 hours hiking up and down the various sections exploring the Watch Towers and marveling at the construction and beauty of the renown and legendary Wall. You then have the option of an exhilarating toboggan ride back down or simply return the way you came.
Included is lunch at a local restaurant.
After about 1 1/2 drive we will visit the 798 Art District: A fervor of contemporary art, creativity, and connoisseurs’ paradise with many artists commanding high fees on the international market for their unique masterpieces. Artists from around the world display their works here. Even if you aren't an art lover, you will agree it is definitely worth a look!
Day 4: Beijing
Temple of Heaven~ the largest Imperial place of worship from ancient times. This special place becomes a park where the local community utilizes this beautiful and enormous space for social activities such as singing, dancing, and Taiji practice.
Pearl Market ~~Here you can find those fun knock-off brand bags, shoes, and watches as well as pearls. There is a little bit of everything here, and you will surely find some great souvenirs to bring home to family and friends.
We will then enjoy a delicious lunch of great dumplings or Chinese dishes with rice at the local restaurant.
We then take a 20 minute drive to the Summer Palace, a summer resort for Imperial Family Members~considered the best preserved Imperial Park.
After a short 30 minute drive, we arrive at the Olympic Stadium -exterior view of the "Bird Nest" and "Water Cube".
Day 5: Beijing-Datong by domestic flight
Take the morning flight from Beijing to Datong
Be picked up at the Datong airport & transfer to Yuangang Grottoes. In a valley at Yungang, some 16km west of Datong, there are more than 45 recesses dug into the hills and filled with Buddhist statues of various sizes and shapes, 51,000 altogether, later called Yungang Grottoes (Cloud Ridge Caves ) listed UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.
After Lunch take you to the Hanging Temple: it is a temple built into a cliff (75 m or 246 ft above the ground) near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Datong City, Shanxi province, China.
This temple is unique not only in its concern for harmony and order in its constructional techniques and in its elaborate design. It is also unique in its contents. It's neither a purely Buddhist temple nor a purely Daoist one, but a bombination of Buddhism , Daoism and Confucianism.
Drop off at the Datong hotel in the end.
Day 6: Datong-Pingyao city
Take the morning soft sleeper train for 6 hours from Datong to Pingyao
Be picked up by the Pingyao Guide
Tour The Pingyao Ancient Town, Ancient City Wall, and the Rishengchang Draft Bank Tour
Ming & Qing Dynasty Street
Drop off at the Pingyao Hotel
Day 7: Pingyao
Pick up at the hotel
Tour Family Wang Courtyard Complex - Located in Jingshen Town, 12 km east of Lingshi County, Shanxi Province, Wang Family's Grand Courtyard, or "Wang Jia Da Yuan", is the largest folk residence among all the well-known grand courtyards. It was built by Wang Family, one of the four grand families of Lingshi County from Kangxi Emperor's Reign (1661 - 1722) to Jiaqing Emperor's Reign (1796 - 1820) of the Qing Dynasty (1636 - 1911), featuring the architecture style of the Qing Dynasty. It consists of five alleys, five fortresses and five ancestral halls. It has 231 small courtyards and 2,078 rooms, covering an area of 80,000 square meters. The layout of the yards shows the strict hierarchical system of ancient China. Rooms and yards with different scales were offered to people in accordance with their social status.
After Lunch travel to Zhangbi Ancient Castle, a rare well-preserved miniature castle with military, residential and religious functions in Pingyao, adorned with a cluster of precious historical sites, such as remains of Xia and Shang Dynasties (2070 BC - 1046 BC), tunnels constructed in Sui and Tang Dynasties, tombs of Jin Dynasty, theatre stages of Yuan Dynasties, residents built in Ming and Qing Dynasties, etc.
Day 8: Pingyao to Xi’an
Take the morning high speedy train from Pingyao to Xi’an (3 hours)
Be picked up at the Xi’an railway station
Tour Hangyang Tomb: It is the forth emperor - Jing Emperor's tomb in Han Dynasty (206 BC–AD 220) which was opened in 2001 and is famous for its rich collecion of the terra-cotta figurines and animals. Actually his tomb is not opened yet. What we see on the exhibition hall are artifacts from his main tomb's surrounding burial sites. Hanyang Tomb is about 20 Km away from Xian airport, 30km north of the downtown Xian. For many tourists, Hanyang Tombs are more like a hidden gem!
City Wall: one of the best preserved walls all around China with a history over 600 years,dividing the whole Xi’an city into two parts, including the inner city known as the old town and the outter city .This city wall goes all around with a perimeter about 13.7km (8.5 miles), the four major city gates, guard houses, battlements are still perfectlly preserved, you may climb to the top of the wall to have a very relexing walk to have a spectacular view of the old town inside the wall, or you can even do biking on the top of the wall ,feeling the very tender wind blowing over your face to get a smooth touch of the history back to the Ming dynasty.
Muslim Street: the bazaar in the Muslim area is most attractive with a wide area of stalls selling everything. The streets and walkways are full of life. The shopping is great, very cheap and some unusual items we will seldom see anywhere else in China.
Drop off at the hotel
Day 9: Xi’an
Pick up at the hotel
Terricotta Warriors: known as the Eighth Wonder In the World. In 1974,when several farmers were digging a water well nearby the tomb of the first Qin emperor, the fragments of the Terra-cotta figures were found. Latter on, it’s fund to be a huge underground army built in the Qin dynasty ,which can be dating back to 2200 years ago. It’s considered as one of the most important archeological discoveries in the 20th century in China.
Big Goose Pagoda: originally built in the Grand Tang dynasty in 648 AD, also known as the Temple of Thanks Giving since it was built by one of the most talented emperors named Lizhi to show his appreciation to his mother who passed away very early. Known as one of the most renowned Buddhist temples in China.Walking around in the beautiful temple ,standing in the very front of the pagoda, let’s put our hands together to pray for our families and friends in hope that everyone could have a peaceful, prosperous and enjoyable life. That is the meaning of a visit, that’s what we should learn from the enlightened Buddha.
Day 10: Departure Xi’an
Airport Drop off
Excluded (Not Included)