5 Days Shanxi Landscape Tour

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Duration : 3 to 5 days
Starting Price : 700USD/Person

Tour Description

Upon arrival at Datong, you will meet your tour guide and be transferred to visit the Yungang Grottoes.
Yungang Grottoes is a World Culture Site, included in UNESCO's World Cultural Heritage list in 2001. Mainly constructed during 460-525AD, the Yungang Grottoes are the earliest Buddhist carvings in China. Unlike the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang and Kizil Caves in Kuqa, the Yungang Grottoes feature stone carvings other than murals and terracotta sculptures. The Yungang Grottoes boasts 53 caves with over 51000 stone carvings related to Buddhism. Here you will be able to admire the brilliant art of architecture and Buddhism.
Move on to visit the Huayan Temple.
Huayan Temple is the largest and best preserved of the Liao Dynasty (907-1125), and considered as a museum for the art of the Liao Dynasty. The Huayan Temple is divided into two complexes, one of which is an active temple called as the upper temple, the other being a museum named as the lower temple.
Then continue to enjoy the Nine Dragon Wall.
Built during the regime of the first Emperor of Ming Dynasty, the Nine Dragon Wall is the oldest and largest glazed screen in China with a history of about 600 years. It was originally used as a spirit wall to inhibit the evil spirits. The wall depict nine sinuous dragons with 426 glazed tiles fired specially in five different colors.
After the visit, be transferred to your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 2: Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, Hanging Temple, Datong-Wutaishan
Be picked up from the hotel lobby by your tour guide at 9:00am.
Then drive to visit theYingxian Wooden Pagoda.
Built in 1056, the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda is the oldest wooden buildings in the world with a history of over 1000 years. The nine-storey wooden pagoda that was built without a single nail stands 67 meters high and survived seven major earthquakes.
Afterwards, continue to visit the Hanging Temple.
Built precariously into the side of a cliff and facing a deep valley, the Hanging Temple is a famous scenic spot in Mt. Hengshan with a history of over 1000 years. There is one more special thing about the temple. It is the only temple that enshrines Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The temple owns around 40 halls, housing 80 sculptures made of copper, iron, terracotta and stone. This is also a place for great photos.
After the visit, our tour guide and driver will escort you to the Wutaishan.
You will stay overnight at Wutaishan. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 3: Mt. Wutai, Mt. Wutai-Taiyuan
After checking out, you will start today's tour to Mt. Wutai.
Wutaishan is a popular site for people who are interested in Chinese Buddhism. The mountain is Buddhism's sacred northern range and the earthly dwelling place of the Bodhisattva of Wisdom. Wutaishan has been a place of pilgrimage and study. It's said that there were 360 temples built here in the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and 47 of them survived till now.
The Wutaishan was named due to its topography. It consists of five main peaks located in China's five cardinal directions (north, east, south, west and centre). And enclosed within a valley formed by these five peaks is the town of Taihuai, where some 15 temples located.
You will at least half of the day to explore the Mt. Wutai Scenic Area.
Be transferred back to your hotel at Taiyuan for a good rest. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Day 4:  Jinci Temple, Taiyuan-Pingyao
Pick you up from the hotel lobby by your tour guide around 9:00am.
Then transfer to the Jinci Temple.
Jinci Temple is a great start place for people who are interested in Shanxi's impressive collection of ancient buildings. Founded during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-535) and expanded for several times afterwards, the temple has been famous for its collection of more than 100 sculptures, frescos, carvings and etc. The main building at Jinci is the Hall of the Holy Mother, constructed in 1032, with eight wooden dragons coiling around the first row of pillars. Besides, the temple boast a garden with an old cypress with a history of over 3000 years.
Then drive around 1.5 hours to reach Pingyao.
The tour begins with the exploration within the Pingyao Ancient Town.
Pingyao Ancient Town is one of the best-preserved ancient walled city in China. It was the financial center during the Ming Dynasty and center of trade between south of China to Mongolia. And the trade was so thriving by the Qing Dynasty that the country's first banks and cheques were created to facilitate the transfer of enormous amounts of silver.
Wander through the cobbled streets, you will easily come across the ancient government offices, residences and temple.
You will be guided by your tour guide to explore the city walls of Ming Dynasty, the Rishengchang Exchange Shop and the notable Ming Qing Street.

Day 5: Qiao Courtyard, Pingyao-Taiyuan, Departure
After breakfast, depart from hotel for Taiyuan.
On the way to Taiyuan, you will pay a visit to the Qiao Courtyard.
Located 20km north of Pingyao, Qiao Courtyard is the place where the movie 'Raise the Red Lantern' was filmed by the Zhang Yimou. Built in the Qing Dynasty and expanded into a grand complex by the period of the Republic of China, the Qiao Courtyard occupies an area of 10,642 square meters with six courtyards and more than 300 rooms.
After the visit, you will be transferred to railway station or airport of Taiyuan for departure. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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