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9 Days Beijing & Datong & Pingyao & Xian Historical China

Beijing - Datong - Pingyao - Xian

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Tour Code: TCT-CTBJ-09A
Tour Type: Private Tour with private tour guides & vehicles

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Five thousand years of history can be tough to understand, but we have carefully selected this route for you to trace back to ancient China. Just take this chance to discover the great leaders and thinkers of ancient China and experience the traditional life-style of China's ancient towns
  • Day 1Airport pickup and escorted to hotel
  • Day 2Visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, evening Kungfu Show
  • Day 3Great Wall, Changling Tomb, Sacred Road, Peking Roast Duck Dinner
  • Day 4Visit Temple of Heaven, take bullet train to Datong
  • Day 5Visit Hanging Temple, Wooden Pagoda
  • Day 6Visit Pingyao Ancient Town, by train to Xian
  • Day 7Visit Ancient City Wall of Pingyao, Ming and Qing Street, Shuangling Monastery
  • Day 8Bullet train to Xian, visit Shanxi Provincial Museum, Muslim Community
  • Day 9Visit Terra Cotta Army, Ancient City Wall
9 Days Beijing & Datong & Pingyao & Xian Historical China Map
Day 1Beijing Arrival
Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

Highlights: Welcome to Beijing, the capital of China! Your local guide will escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free for you to explore the vast metropolis on your own.

Accommodations: Overnight in Beijing
    Day 2Beijing (B,L)

    Highlights: Today you will visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace. Evening is a Kungfu Show for you to learn Chinese martial art culture. 

    Tian'anmen Square: Literally means Gate of Heavenly Peace, is great cultural significance as several important events of Chinese history happened here. With 440,000 m² - 880 m by 500 m, the Tiananmen Square is the largest city square in the world . 

    Forbidden City: As the seat of Imperial power, the Forbidden City was built between 1406 and 1420 by the 3rd Emperor of Ming Dynasty, it is also known as the Imperial Palace Museum. Being ruined and renovated for many time, what you can see today is the buildings date from the 1700’s and onwards. The complex is totally 183 acres, there are total 9999.5 rooms in the Museum, some of them are not open for visitors yet. 

    Summer Palace: As the largest and best preserved imperial garden, the Summer Palace is also known as the Royal Garden Museum. It was used by royal family for 800 years, in 19th century, the famous Empress Dowager Cixi ordered massive renovations and restore by using the funds of Chinese navy. The garden is totally 293 hectares, of which the water takes 220 hectares, the highlights are Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. 

    Kungfu Show: Which a great show telling a story of Chin Yu entering the monastery and making his way through life to finally becoming the Abbott. The show are with many demonstrations of Kungfu and various costumes. The show lasts about 1 hour and 15 minutes, visitors are not allowed to take photos or videos, but DVD of the show are available to be purchased.

    Accommodations: Overnight in Beijing
    • tiananmen square

      tiananmen square

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      forbidden city

    Day 3Beijing (B,L,D)

    Highlights: This morning tour will take you to size up the world-famous Great Wall (Mutianyu section which is less crowded, round-way cable car fee is INCLUDED), the key symbol of China. Flexible visiting time allows you to enjoy a lifetime trekking trip (1-2 hours' hiking). On the way to the Great Wall, you may have a distant view of the Olympic sites--Brid's Nest and Water Cube. Afterwards is a visit to the Changling Tomb and Sacred Road. In the evening, try the flavorful dish of Peking Roast Duck Dinner.

    Great Wall of Mutianyu section: In the northern part of Huairou County some 70 kilometers north-east of Beijing City, the Mutianyu (Mu Tian Yu) section of the Great Wall stretches its way for over 2 kilometers. This section is well preserved and is a good alternative for visitors who would like to avoid crowds along the highly popular Badaling (Ba Da Ling) section during holiday and peak seasons.

    Bird's Nest:  Which is also known as the National Stadium, due to its iconic design was the key competition venue of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and the 13th Paralympic Games. The opening and closing ceremonies of the two Games have taken place here, together with the football, and track and field competitions. The stadium is the world's largest steel structure

    Water Cube: which is also called the National Aquatics Centre, is one of the dramatic and amazing venues to host Beijing Olympics in 2008. This is the first building of its kind in China and it is also an economical and water-saving creation. The structural design is based on the natural formation of soap bubbles which give a random, organic appearance and helping to link the structure to its aquatic function.The swimming pool is deeper than most Olympic swimming pools, allowing swimming at faster speeds, while the gutters to the side of the pool disperse wave energy.  A consequence of this was the breaking of 25 world records during the 2008 Olympics.

    Sacred Road: Affiliated with the Ming Tombs, the Sacred Road was originally built to lead to the Changling mausoleum. It was considered to be the road leading to heaven. Chinese emperors were known as the Son of Heaven. During their reign they often passed through the sacred road to the sacrificial altar in order to converse with heaven. After their death, the funeral procession also took the path through the Sacred Road as a symbol of the passed emperor 's journey to heaven in the afterlife.

    Changling Tomb: Fifty kilometers northwest from Beijing City lies the Ming Tombs – the general name given to the mausoleums of 13 emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). The mausoleums have been perfectly preserved, as has the necropolis of each of the many emperors. Because of its long history, palatial and integrated architecture, the site has a high cultural and historic value. The layout and arrangement of all thirteen mausoleums are very similar but vary in size as well as in the complexity of their structures.

    Peking Duck Dinner: Peking Duck or Beijing Roast Duck is regarded as one of the most delicious dishes throughout the world; It is a must for most visitors coming to Beijing to have a bite.

    Accommodations: Overnight in Beijing
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      mutianyu great wall

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      sacred road

    Day 4Beijing - Datong (B,L)
    Transfer Via: Bullet train arranged by us

    Highlights: Today you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven where the emperors worshipped heaven and prayed for peace and harvest. Then you will be escorted to the train station for the train to Datong. Upon arrival at around 21:45, be met and transferred to your hotel in Datong by your local guide. 

    Temple of Heaven: Located in southeastern urban Beijing, Temple of Heaven is a dignified complex of fine cult buildings set in gardens and surrounded by historic pine woods,. The Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties visited the complex annually and prayed to Heaven for good harvest. Now, the Temple of Heaven, as a symbol of the city, is one of the must-see attractions in Beijing and has been listed as an UNESCO'S World Cultural Heritage site in 1998.

    Accommodations: Overnight in Datong
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      temple of heaven

    • temple of heaven

      temple of heaven

    Day 5Datong (B,L)

    Highlights: Today you will visit Yungang Grottoes., Hanging Temple, Wooden Pagoda. 

    Yungang Grottoes: Located in Datong City of Shanxi province, Yungang Grottoes is one of the 3 major cave clusters in China. With 51,000 Buddhist statues in 252 grottoes, it represents outstanding Chinese Buddhist Grottoes Art during the 5th and 6th century. The area was excavated along the mountain, extending 1 km from east to west, revealing 53 caves and over 51,000 stone statues. 

    Hanging Temple: Located 80 km of Datong City. The Hanging Temple was built 1400 year ago. After many times of repairs, the Hanging Temple had a large scale, and became a rare high altitude building in China, known as a high building on cliff. As an amazing construction wonder, Hanging Temple is even more dangerous than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

    Wooden Pagoda: Constructed in 1056 during the Liao Dynasty. Yingxian Wooden Pagoda is a Sakyamuni Pagoda of 67.31m in height and completely made of wood. It is the only extant large wooden pagoda in China and also the tallest among ancient wooden buildings of the world. 

    Accommodations: Overnight in Datong
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      Hanging temple

    • wooden pagoda in yingxian county

      wooden pagoda in yingxian county

    Day 6Datong - Pingyao (B,L)
    Transfer Via: Bullet train arranged by us

    Highlights: Today you will be transferred to Datong Railway Station for the early train to Pingyao. Welcome to Pingyao--a well-preserved ancient town listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site., Upon your arrival, be met by our guide and escorted to hotel, free for the rest of the day. 

    Pingyao Ancient Town: With a history of about 2700 years. It is a town that is completely constructed according to the traditional planning ideas and layout pattern of Han nationality people. In 1986, the State Department announced it to be the famous historical and cultural town in China. And in 1997, the Pingyao ancient town was listed to be the World Culture Heritage by UNESCO.

    Accommodations: Overnight in Pingyao
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      Pingyao Ancient City Wall

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    Day 7Pingyao (B,L)

    Highlights: Today is a full day visit to Pingyao Ancient Town. You will visit the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao, Ming and Qing Street, Shuangling Monastery. 

    Ancient City Wall of Pingyao: First built about 2,700 years ago and expanded in the Ming and Qing Dynasty, with a total length of 6.4 kilometers, the city wall is a great place for a panorama view of Pingyao town’s layout. It is the most well-preserved wall among the ancient historical and cultural cities in China, and also an early and largest city wall in Shanxi Province. 

    Rishengchang Exchange Shop: Which is the first bank which was established in 1643. It established to manage the accounts of the businessman’s widely spread companies, later on it became a private banking enterprise that spread all over China. There are 21 buildings surrounding three courtyards. On either side of the front yard are the counters. Main banking activities were carried out in the middle courtyard house.Now it has been converted into a museum, the head office was as the same as it was in the Qing dynasty. 

    Ming and Qing Street: Reputed as“Wall Street of China” in Qing Dynasty, it was the most prosperous part and significant financial center of China in ancient times. The street was built with bricks and stones. Along this 750-meter long street are over 100 ancient shops dealt with nearly all fields of commerce, such as banking, medicine, tobacco, silk, clothing and so on. Which allows you go back to see the former bustle bazaar in the old days.

    Shuanglin Monastery, where contents a large amount of clay figures and wooden sculptures of various gods, goddesses and saints. You will be impressed by the traditional Chinese art forms. Which is a Buddhist temple located about 6 km from Pingyao town, with a history over 1,400 years. The Shuanglin Temple contents a large amount of clay figures and wooden sculptures of various gods, goddesses and saints. You will be impressed by the traditional Chinese art forms, that is why it is regarded as an important place for the study and appreciation of historical Chinese art.

    Accommodations: Overnight in Pingyao
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      Rishengchang Exchange Shop

    • Shuanglin Temple

      Shuanglin Temple

    Day 8Pingyao - Xian (B)
    Transfer Via: Bullet train arranged by us

    Highlights: Today you will take 3 hours high-speed train from Pingyao to Xian. Welcome to Xian! Upon arriving in Xian, your local guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. Rest of the day you will visit The Shanxi Provincial Museum---a large modern museum of the national level. Then move to visit the Muslim Community. 

    Shaanxi Provincial Museum: As the largest comprehensive museum in Shanxi province, the museum was built at the site of a former Confucian temple in the southern of Xian, it occupies an area of 70,000 square meters, and exhibits historical relics and stone carvings of ancient China. If you are history lovers, Shaanxi Provincial Museum is a must on your Xian trip

    Muslim Quarter: Xi'an, was the capital in Tang Dynasty (618–907), Muslim merchants followed the silk road and settled down to start their business there, and their traditions and belief have been well preserved. Muslim quarter is the community of the Muslims, and a fascinating area where you can find exotic food, interesting people and great souvenir stalls.

    Accommodations: Overnight in Xian
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      xian provincial museum

    • xian muslin quarter

      xian muslin quarter

    Day 9Xian Departure (B,L)
    Transfer Via: Flight arranged by you

    Highlights: Today you will firstly visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors, then pay a visit to the Ceramics Factory to learn the Chinese ceramics culture. Afterwards you will have a biking tour to Xian’s Ancient City Walls. After the wall visit, be escorted to airport for the flight to next city. 

    Terra Cotta Army: As the most important site in Xian and China, the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. It took 11 years to finish, a group of peasants uncovered some pottery while digging for a well nearby the royal tomb in 1974. It caught the attention of archeologists immediately. The museum covers an area of 16,300 square meters, divided into three sections: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit respectively. They were tagged in the order of their discoveries.

    Ancient City Walls: As the first landmark you will encounter in Xi'an, the ancient city wall stretches round the old city. Xi'an was originally a walled city, and even today the wall is considered a landmark dividing the city into the inner part and the outer part. The wall is massive - tall, long and thick. The South Gate and North Gate are the two main entrances to the inner city. Having a biking tour on the wall is special experience you should not miss.

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      terra cotta warriors

    • xian ancient city wall

      xian ancient city wall


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    Accommodation as listed in itinerary

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    Lisenced local English-speaking tour guides

    Private transportation with experienced drivers

    Entrance ticket fees for attractions listed in itinerary


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