5 Days Datong and Mt. Wutai Tour

Datong, Mt. Wutai

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Tour Code: TCT-Datong-02

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

Enjoy a great cultural journey in Datong

Be astonished by the stunning Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple as well as Yingxian Wooden Pagoda

Visit the Buddhist sacred land --- Mt. Wutai

Price from $ 502

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Day 1Arrival Datong
Transfer service to hotel

Meals: No meal
Accommodation:In Datong

Arrive in Datong, you will be greeted at the train station by your tour guide and transferred to hotel. In ancient China, Datong was a place of strategic importance and a place where the Han people frequently exchanged with the ethnic minority peoples in north China.

Day 2Datong
Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Nine Dragon Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel accommodation:In Datong

After breakfast, firstly drive you to the magnificent Yungang Grottoes (1.5 - 2 hours) - with 53 caves containing over 51,000 stone carvings of Buddha and Buddhist. And then, drive back to Datong downtown for a visit to  Huayan Monastery (1 hour) - the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty. Then a short stop in Nine Dragon Wall (10 min) - the oldest and largest glazed screen in China. After that, drive you back to the hotel and have a rest of this day.

Details in the itinerary:
? At present in Yungang Grottoes, only 45 caves are open to the public. And the former 20 caves are mainly ones for tourists to visit.
? It is forbidden to take photos when visiting insides the cave.
? Datong downtown - Yungang Grottoes: 20km, 1 hour driving
    Yungang Grottoes - Huayang Monastery (Datong downtown): 20km, 1 hour driving

Datong Yungang Grottoes
Datong Yungang Grottoes

Day 3Datong - Mt Wutai
Hanging Temple, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, Drive to Mt. Wutai

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel accommdation: In Mt. Wutai

Today, leave Datong you will first take 1 hour driving to Hunyuan County for a visit to the Hanging Temple (1 hour) - the masterpiece of ancient wooden constructions. After nother 1-hour driving, have a stop to visit Yingxian Wooden Pagoda (1 hour) - regarded as one of the three pagodas in the World. And then, have a 3.5-hour driving to Mt. Wutai. Upon arrival, drive you to the hotel and have a rest of this day.

Details in the itinerary:
? Best time to visit Mt. Wutai: between May and September.
? The road to Mt. Wutai may be blocked by the snowy weather during the winter season
? Datong downtown - Hunyuan Hanging Temple: 85km, 1 hour driving
    Hunyuan Hanging Temple - Yingxian Wooden Pagoda: 60km, 1 hour driving
    Yingxian Wodden Pagoda - Mt. Wutai: 110km, 3 hours driving

Hanging Temple
Hanging Temple

Day 4Mt. Wutai - Datong
Mt. Wutai Scenic Area, Drive to Datong

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel accommodation: In Datong

Today after breakfast, we will have a sightseeing tour of Mt. Wutai Scenic Area - one of the four holy Buddhist Mountains in China, visiting some temples in Taihuai Town to appreciate the architectural values. After that, be transferred back to Datong City.

Details in the itinerary:
? The temples in Taihuai Town is the cultural center of Mt. Wutai. There are so many temples in this area such as Xiantong Temple, Manjusri Temple, Tayuan Temple, Shuxiang Temple, etc.
? Quotation of Mt. Wutai only includes entrance fee, scenic area shuttle bus and temples in Taihuai Town
? Mt. Wutai - Datong downtown: 184km, 3.5 - 4 hours driving

Mt. Wutai
Mt. Wutai

Day 5Departure Datong
Transfer service to airport/train station

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy your free time then be transferred to the train station for your train to next destination.

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Tour Price (US$ per person)

Hotel Class Group Size Dec. ~ Feb. Mar. ~ Nov.
Economy Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $665 $665
6 ~ 9 pax $502 $502
Comfortable Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $678 $678
6 ~ 9 pax $516 $516
Deluxe Hotel
2 ~ 5 pax $777 $777
6 ~ 9 pax $614 $614
Price includes:
♦ Private transfer between airport(railway station), hotel and attractions
♦ English speaking guide service
♦ Hotel accommodation with daily breakfast
♦ Entrance fee to attractions listed in the itinerary
♦ Meals as itinerary specifies
China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance
Price excludes:
*  International and domestic airfare or train fare
*  Visa fee
* Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc. 
* Personal expenses
* Optional tours, meals, activities and services

※  Prices are valid from Mar 1, 2019 to Feb 29, 2020, except Chinese public holidays, local fairs or events.
※  TCT reserves the right to adjust the price caused by exchange rate
※  No guide on the flight and Yangtze River cruise. 
※  Recommended hotels are subject to change in actual booking
※  Special requirements should be advised to TCT in advance.
※  TCT reserves the right of final explanation for any change due to the reasons beyond our control

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I booked my trip with Top China Travel,extremely professional and prompt.I was guided by the guides Cathy in Xian and Eric in Beijing,very knowledgable,knew the English language very well,knew history,stories,always ready to help with any of my problems that I feel I was travelling with companions.I was very happy and I know you
Wilfred B


My wife and I planned our two-week tour of China with Maggie of TCT to include Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xi'an and Beijing. We found her to be incredibly prompt and helpful in responding to our emails and flexible in altering the preliminary itinerary to meet our needs. TCT's guides in each of the cities were competent, personable young professionals, well-informed and able to make every day an exciting and knowledge-quenching experience. Again, they were also flexible, caring and responsive to our needs. Overall, we had a fantastic vacation and compliment Maggie and TCT on their outstanding customer service and program quality.
Eve N


My 19 year old daughter and her friend wanted to see something of China before spending 8 weeks studying in Beijing. Rebecca from TCT arranged the itinerary. Everything went extremely smoothly and the girls had a wonderful time which included bicycle riding, sechuan opera and the panda breeding center. One of the guides in particular went over and above the call of duty to give the girls a great time. My daughter had her birthday during the trip and rebecca arranged for the guide to buy a beautiful birthday cake for her. it was the trip of a lifetime.
Samin I


The country is beautiful and glamorous from the inside and the outside. Including the people. Special thanks to our tour guide,LILY who made our trip memorable She planned everything from our our tickets to our food and shopping. Her service was excellent just like her behaviour. We had a misfortune of losing three newly bought phones. Even though we couldn't get the phones back lilly helped us through all the procedure from the police station to the street cc tv. And the lunch she provided us today in front of the great wall was perfect and elegant. Thank you for everything lilly. Hope we get you the next time we visit china again. And visit my country bangladesh anytime you like with your daughter and husband :)


Top China Travel Guide Jim in Beijing was an excellent guide for a solo tourist. He was attentive, passionate about Chinese history and very service oriented. He set the bar high for the following travel guides in Xian, Guilin and Shanghai. Overall the itinerary for my solo tour was amazing and I have so many awesome photos of my trip in China. Ask for Jim if you go to Beijing with TCT.
Miriam F


Arrived in Beijing, took high speed train to Xian and then plane to Shanghai. Beautiful weather, good food and great sites. Would have liked an extra day in Beijing and Shanghai.

Hotels and local tour guides were fantastic. Bus drivers got us around each city with amazing skill and precision.


During the last week in April and the beginning of May 2017, my wife and I toured southwestern parts of China - Guilin, Yangshuo, Xian, Zhangjiajie and Shanghai- in 8 days, starting from Hong Kong. The online booking process with Top China Travel ("TCT") went smoothly with a very knowledgeable and responsive (via e-mails) TCT sales representative, named Janet ("Dan Dan") Chan. It was a private tour with English-speaking guides in private vehicles and via air travels between cities (thus, a bit pricey). The guides all spoke excellent English and drivers were very helpful and courteous. The hotels and China domestic flights, arranged by TCT, were generally very good to excellent. The scenery in Guilin/Yanshuo and Zhangjiajie were breathtaking, although these popular tour destinations were very crowded, as expected. The foods were not as impressive as we expected, sometimes hampered by the language barrier in local Chinese restaurants. All in all, we enjoyed our trip very much, and can recommend TCT to our friends. Steve H.


We took the private 21 day Panorama tour for two, and it was above an beyond any expectations. We've got absolutely impeccable service - the guides / drivers were never late, even for a second - they were expecting us at the airports, train stations, hotel lobbies, always ready to take care of us. All the hotels were great, with very ample buffet breakfast included. Cars were nice and comfortable, equipped with A/C, and bottled water was always there for us. Great itineraries too, with Tibet included - a lot of incredible sightseeing - never were disappointed. Couple tips: 1.Tibet was a bit tough due to high altitude - if we knew, we'd ask for the room with oxygen - they are about $40-50 more per night, but totally worth it. 2.There is optional ERA show in Shanghai, but if you want to see it, you need to book it at least 2 months in advance. We didn't know, so we had to miss it. 3.I'd recommend you take some toilet paper with you, when you head for excursions.
ILma H


We had the most wonderful time in our trip to China, thanks to TCT. We had a great team in every City: Leo in Shanghai; Sarah in Guilin and Yangshuo; Snow in Chengdu, Carol in Xian and Jane in Beijing. They prompt met us at every airport, and train station and welcomed us with warm friend smiles. We appreciated how responsible they were and always on time to take us everywhere we were going! They made our vacation the most memorable ever. We learned so much about China's history and the fascinating stories they shared with us! our trip organizer Janet had lunch with us in Guilin and introduced her daughter to us. we felt like part of the family:) and that's how we felt the entire trip, like we had our cousins waiting for us on every airport...what an AMAZING trip. we highly recommend TCT! Very special thanks to Snow for re- arranging our visit to the Panda bear sanctuary for us to take pictures with the baby Panda! Thanks again to Leo, Sarah, Snow, Carol and Jane. We loved you guys!!!


We were 10 friends and we took a 13 day trip to Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Cruise on Yangtze River and Shanghai. Everything was so perfectly and professionally organized by Bonnie. She was so helpful and responded very promptly to all our questions and requests. The tour was perfect to our taste and we have seen and done all that we wanted. All the guides were very professional, specially Kathy in Beijing. Thanks to all TCT group. Josiane
Juanita S


We used Top China Travel to plan and execute our time in Beijing. They were very quick in responding to our requests and helped us create a personalized 6 day tour, giving us all the information we needed ahead of time. Our guide, Louise, was wonderful. She is personable and it was a pleasure to spend time with her. Her English is great and she is very knowledgeable about Chinese history and culture. She could answer any questions we had and we learned so much.Our trip was successful because of our time with her. We had a driver who took us to each place and all entry fees were included in our tour price which was very convenient. I highly recommend this type of tour in a city that could have otherwise been intimidating. We will definitely use TCT again.


TCT, and our dedicated agent Maggie, performed A+ service in the planning & execution of our 21 day, door to door excursion of China, Tibet and Hong Kong. All drivers and guides excelled in there individual skills, knowledge and were personable. Absolutely no complaints from us and we consider ourselves to be very well traveled to the more exotic spots of the globe. The Gordons, Richmond Hill, ON CANADA.


We recently returned from a 16 day tour of China. Our holiday was organised by Rebecca Wei who was a pleasure to deal with. We arrived in Beijing and departed from Shanghai. There was lots to organise as we had two internal flights and three train journeys as well as three nights on a boat cruising the Yangtze river. All the arrangments fell into place like clockwork, our guides were excellent, spoke very good english and had a good knowledge of the places we visited. We saw some fantastic sights but some of the highlights for us were The Great Wall, The Yungang Grottoes, The Hanging Temple Datong, The terrracotta warriors and the muslim quarter in Xiang and the cruise on the Yangtze. We travelled in September so the temperatures were around 28C [ fine for us as we live in Durban] it is also a good time as the lines to get enterance to some places were very short. There was a lot of walking involved so comfortable walking shoes are a must as well as a sun hat. We stayed in a couple of "traditional" hotels which we loved and then some very upmarket hotels. The exception was the hotel in Xiang which scored 100% on location but had some very unfriendly staff a poor restaurant as well as putting us in an unrenovated room for the first night. We moved to the renovated floors for the other night which was much better. I should add here that this was a mistake by the hotel not TCT] My one regret is that we should have stayed a night in Wuzhen Water Town but that really was not practical as we had to leave our hotel in Shanghai at 4 in the morning to catch the flight home. We have some wondefull memories so thank you Rebecca and TCT for organizing a really interesting holiday Andrew and Anne B, DurbanSouth Africa
Ms Masha B


My husband and I booked a two week private tour of China with Top China Travel. It was an excellent experience. Vicky, a tour consultant, offered us a very good program visiting Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai and Nanjing. We really enjoyed every location. The tour guides were knowledgeable and helpful. In Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing me made our own hotel reservation and in Xian an Zhangjiajie TCT made the reservations for us. Lunch was included in the tour and the selection of the restaurants was excellent in most locations (except Xian). Overall great tour!


The tour was well managed although expensive. The cruise vessel was fine and pretty much as you might expect. The scenery however is worth some minor hassles and a must do if in Guilin. It takes some 4.5 hours up the river and if you avoid the tourist on the road trip back it will take another 1.5 hours. Allow an hour in Yungshuo which is interesting but a tourist trap.

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