This tour best selects many cultural and historical attractions in Shanxi Province. During four days, you will visit the famous Buddhist site of Yungang Grottoes. Then appreciate traditional Chinese culture and lifestyle in Ancient City of Pingyao and Qiao Family Compound.
Day 1 Datong
airport-hotel transfer in Datong
Day 2 Datong
Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Temple , Nine Dragon Screen
The Yungang Grottoes is the oldest one of the Three Major Buddhist Grottoes of China. Absorbing Indian Gandhara Buddhist art, Yungang Grottoes melds traditional Chinese art and social features of that time, which make it a masterpiece of early Chinese cave art and Buddhist culture.
The Huayan Temple is the largest and most perfectly preserved temple of the Liao (916-1125) and Jin (1115-1234) dynasties in China. it is composed by two sections. The upper temple houses five large Buddhas, and the lower temple contains a collection of Buddhist writings.
The Nine Dragon Screen in Datong is one of the three famous nine dragon screens in existence. The other two are in Beijing’s Forbidden City and the Beihai Park.
Day 3 Datong – Pingyao (by automobile)
private transfer from Datong to Pingyao
Built more than 1,500 years ago, the Hanging Temple is characterized by its special location on the sheer cliff and its combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
Day 4 Pingyao – Taiyuan (by automobile)
private transfer from Pingyao to Taiyuan, airport or railway station transfer in Taiyuan
Ancient City of Pingyao, Qiao Family Compound
The Ancient City of Pingyao (UNESCO), a well-preserved ancient Chinese city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, is an must-see attraction for you. You will admire the Ancient City Wall built with bricks and stones. Approach to Rishengchang Bank – the first bank of China, and get impressed by the Old Government Buildings. The courtyard houses, narrow streets and small shops in the city provide a complete picture of China’s cultural and social lifestyle during that period of time.
The Qiao Family Compound was the former residence of a rich businessman – Qiao Zhiyong in the Qing Dynasty. Consisting of 6 large yards and 20 small yards in total, the magnificent compound features its traditional Chinese furnishings and lifelike wood carvings.
No 103, Yabaoli, Chaoyang Distirct, Beijing, China
Mon - Sun 9.00 - 20.00