6 Days Datong, Pingyao and Taiyuan Tour

Datong, Pingyao, Taiyuan

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Tour Code: TCT-Datong-01

Tour Type: Private Tour

Tour Highlights:

The best Shanxi tour itinerary

Visit the highlights in Shanxi province, like Datong Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple, Pingyao Ancient Town, etc.

It is a showcase of China most for the ancient splendid architectural structures in China
 

Price from $ 600

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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
Accommodation: In Datong

Today, we will enjoy a wonderful cultural trip in Datong. At first, visit the famous Buddhist sites including Yungang Grottoes, which is one of the World Culture Sites. Yungang Grottoes is said to be the best preserved Buddhist cave art in China with 53 caves containing over 51,000 stone carvings of Buddha and Buddhist dating from the 5th and 6th centuries. It is one of the four most famous ancient grottoes artistic treasures of China. Then move to visit Huayan Monastery--the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty in existence in China and Nine Dragon Wall--the oldest and largest glazed screen in China.

Datong Yungang Grottoes
Datong Yungang Grottoes

Day 3Datong - Pingyao
Hanging Temple, Drive to Pingyao

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel accommodation:In Pingyao

Today, you will take a driving to the famous Hanging Temple for a visit.  Hanging Temple has been standing right at the foot of Mt. Hengshan for over one thousand years. After many times of repairs, the Hanging Temple had a large scale, and became a rare high altitude building on cliff in China. And then continue your drive to Pingyao ancient town. Pingyao was the home of a powerful trading family with significant commercial influence even beyond Shanxi, as they were in the trade sector, a nationwide business.

Hanging Temple
Hanging Temple

Day 4Pingyao
Pingyao Ancient Town, Rishengchang Exchange Shop, Mingqing Street

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel accommodation: In Pingyao

Enjoy yourselves in this ancient and relaxing town - Pingyao. Rishengchang Exchange Shop and Ming Qing Street are two main attractions in this town. Pingyao Ancient City is located in Pingyao County, central Shanxi Province, China. Since its listing as UNESCO World Heritage in 1997, Pingyao with its famous 600-year-old city wall a tourism product is selling well in China, thus becomes a hot destination of a never ending stream of busloads of tourist groups.

Pingyao Ancient Town
Pingyao Ancient Town

Day 5Pingyao - Taiyuan
Chang Family Courtyard

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel Accommodation: In Taiyuan

After breakfast, take driving to Taiyuan, on the way, you will have a visit to Chang Family Courtyard, which impresses visitors with its rich history and culture, every part of it is telling a story. And it was once the home of a powerful trading family in Shanxi Province. Chang Family developed a school of its own of confucian businessman culture. Chang Family Courtyard is a perfect example of Chinese architecture and combines northern and southern styles and integrates the residence and garden.


Pingyao Ming Qing Street
Pingyao

Day 6Departure Taiyuan
Jinci Ancestral Temple, Transfer service to airport

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, you will have a visit to Jin Ancestral Temple, the oldest wooden structure in Taiyuan. After the tour, be transferred to the airport for your flight 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 $839 $839
6 ~ 9 pax $600 $600
Comfortable Hotel
★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $879 $879
6 ~ 9 pax $641 $641
Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
2 ~ 5 pax $1030 $1030
6 ~ 9 pax $767 $767
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

Remarks:
※  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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5.0

Robin C

5.0

We wanted to do a short tour while stopping in Chengdu before flying to Kunming. We had used TCT very successfully before for a tour of Yunnan so they were our natural choice. As before the service we received was excellent. Daniel Mo, who was our email contact at the company was prompt and very efficient in his dealings. David our guide was knowledgeable and spoke very good English. The Old Chengdu Club hotel was excellent and our driver very steady! Trip arrangements were immaculate and the day trip to the Bifeng Panda reserve a sheer delight. I can happily recommend TCT
SheenaLeask

5.0

Huge thank you to Janet and Eric for an excellent trip to Beijing. Booking our trip with Janet was informative of all the available itineraries and destinations to visit and she made it easy to book our chosen one. Janet kept in touch even on our birthdays, most appreciated. We were met at the airport by Eric who was very friendly and knowledgable about Beijing and very happy to answer questions we had.The days were well planned and included several attractions all in one day. For example in one day we visited Tian'an,en square, the Forbidden city and the temple of heaven. Transport from place to place was seamless and very comfortable. Overall our experience in Beijing was extremely interesting and stress free. We will definitely highly recommend Top China Travel to friends who want a great experience in Beijing.
lucian1939

5.0

Wonderful time in Beijing Cian and Shanghai for a ten day period. Covered the Great Wall in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Cian and the Bund in Shanghai. Also visited the Silk Factory, Muslim Street, French area and a Cultural Show (which was great and should not be missed) and also a Private Garden. The Tour Guides and Drivers went to great lengths to make us visit as memorable as possible and attending to us round the clock.
Ruth Ann F

5.0

We traveled to China and southeast Asia for 33 days starting in Shanghai and ending in Kuala Lumpur. For the mainland China portion of our trip we spent 11 days with Top China Travel. It was a wonderful time and we were very happy we choose TCT. All of our guides were prompt, courteous and very knowledgable, especially William Zhang in Beijing and Snow Yu in Shanghai. Cherry Ma also did a fine job in Xi'an. We are very grateful that TCT changed our Yangtze River cruise ship from the Victoria Grace to the Century Sun 2 weeks before the start of our journey. We met a number of people on our Princess Cruise who were on the Victoria Grace and were very unhappy with their experience. Our cabin's on the Century Sun were mini suites and they were very nice. Also, the food and tours were excellent. So was the crew. We did find the boarding process to be a bit chaotic. We were not sure how our luggage was going to find it's way onto the right boat. Finally, we found a waiter from the Century Sun who assured us that our luggage would be put on board. It would have been less of a hassle had the TCT guide who met us at the Yichang airport taken us directly to the boat instead of us having to go on tour bus to the upstream part of the Yangtse due to the closure of the locks at the 3 Gorges Dam. However, it was only a minor inconveniance. We saw so much and had such great experiences. We would not hesitate to recommend TCT to any of our friends if their future travel plans included a trip to China.
Michelle L

5.0

The tour wasn't that bad, we visited the forbidden city, temple of heaven and the summer palace in one day. The tour guide Vic was nice and if we had some questions he tried to answer that. We also went to the pearl market where my friend bought some pearls for a good price. To cut a long story short the trip was fine but my friend and I we wished we had more time to look around in the forbidden city and summer palace.
rambleglobal

5.0

We used Top China Travel to book our entire 16-day trip through Beijing, Xian, Jiuzhaigou, Chengdu, Leshan, Guilin, Yangshuo, and Shanghai. We had a private guide and driver in each metro area who was always there to pick us up at the airport/train station and drop us off at the airport (and help us check-in for the next flights even). Our guides spoke English well, were very accommodating to our needs, and were fun be around throughout each segment. We were a little hesitant to book with a company based in China, but we combed the internet for reviews and found many that appeared authentic and all were good reviews. While in China, we met multiple people traveling with larger groups than us but paid more money than we did for our custom trip. If you're going to China, you have to at least consider Top China Travel - they were excellent.
Allessandr0

5.0

I am a tour leader from Italy and this was my first cooperation with Janet and how lucky we met her!! We followed the trip with her to remote areas in China including some ethnic group area in Guizhou province and Sanjiang, Longsheng and Guilin, we enjoyed completely throughout the whole trip and some arrangement even out of our surprise, like we went to Janet’s home to learn how to pack Chinese Ravioli, she invited a Taichi teacher and we had a 1 hour Taichi class inside her home community. Everything was fine and our group members are all like her very much. We strongly recommend Janet Chan (janet@topchinatravel.com) as your China trip consultant! She is so considerate and carefully planned each detail of our trip. Guizhou is a very interesting and primitive place for visiting, you should include in your China trip as well! Thank you Janet! You are very professional!!
Salina W

5.0

My 3 friends and I did a 11 days Beijing, Xian, Shanghai & Chengdu tour. Our tour agent was Joyce at TCT. From day 1 till the very last day everything went very smooth. All was organised very well, we had excellent tour guides, drivers, comfortable vans, they were very pleasant, helpful and flexible. The rooms in Xian and Shanghai were beautiful. I really got to see & experience a lot, got to taste delicious local food, bought nice silk stuff (haven't used it yet). Overall it was a great trip. Thanks to Joyce, Kurt, Helen, Presence and all the drivers for a wonderful, memorable trip.I would highly recommend TCT tours and definitely coordination through Joyce.
Rosemay N

5.0

Top China Travel, in Guilin, organized the transfer from Railway station, Hotel stay, and day trip - seat in coach( 6 persons , with an english speaking tour guide , for the day tour). It was well organized. Day tour included hotel pick up and drop-off, entrance fees, chinese lunch, and a folk custom show. The cable car ride - about 25 mins- was optional, but it was worth it, as reach top quicker , as can have a bird-eye view of the terraced fields, before walking down through the local village. walk- down -took about one hour. First time I booked Top China Travel, through the Internet, and am happy with the service.
k_sadiq

5.0

Brilliant experience with Rebecca booking our itinerary.all our guides were really good including Ali in Shanghai, mo in guieiling, frank in langshau, Lilly in Xian (Lilly was brilliant with the kids!) and jack in Beijing. Would recommend them for all travel.
bsingh1952

5.0

Overall our 16 days customized private trip to China ( including Tibet region ) was organized very well .Our contact person was Maggie Qin . We visited Beijing , Xi'an , Lhasa and Shanghai. We also took 3 nights Yangtze river cruise from Chongqing . Everything went off smoothly . The five star Hotels booked for us were excellent and centrally located . There was no problem with air , train or ship bookings . All cars arranged for local travel were in good condition and drivers courteous . All guides were well behaved and always present at the time of arrival at different destinations . They explained things nicely and in interesting manner . They were also helpful and flexible to meet our requirements . Thank you Maggie and thanks to the entire TCT team .
mikremedios

5.0

We had a family reunion of sorts in China. Ten of us started in Shanghai, and went through Xian to Beijing. Lily was fantastic (and patient) to work with as we spent months arranging the details. All transfers went perfectly, and all of our guides went the extra mile to make the trip really memorable. We had Vickie in Shanghai, Sally in Xian and Cathy in Beijing; all were outstanding. We were traveling with my 83 yr old mother in law who needed extra care in certain places and all guides made sure she was handled with the utmost care and respect. It was awesome to see! I would highly recommend this company, and would hire them again in a heartbeat. Thank you Lily and all our guides for a fantastic trip!
EBTraveler

5.0

With forty years of travel to the far corners of our world we have encountered many guides. Like most travelers some have not been very good, some decent and the rare few that are outstanding. During our three weeks in China last month we encountered just such a rare individual. Our guide in Guilin was a young women named Ping (I'll provide her email later). Ping demonstrated knowledge and command of the history, stories and culture all along the way. Beyond that, Ping exuded infectious enthusiasm not only for our touring, but for us personally as well. We had a serious medical issue occur suddenly, in fact one of us went into diabetic shock. It was four in the morning but no matter, after calling Ping she took command and arranged for the hotel to send us, with a car, driver, and assistant to a hospital. Upon our arrival there was Ping who obviously thru on some clothes, got on her motorbike and rushed to meet us. There she not only served as translator but as though a family member, she became invested in our proper care and recovery. Truly remarkable to have such a person supporting you. In small ways she flavored her guiding with a sense of our interests and preferences, like the day we mentioned our love of pomegranates and the next morning there she is smiling and with samples for us as a treat. When we left a jacket behind, once again was on it as Ping arranged for its shipment to out next stop and tracked it until it was in our hands. Beyond that, Ping was in frequent contact to make certain of our full medical recovery and to offer her help where or whenever it might be needed while in China. Amazing! Ping can be contacted at bellakanas@163.com Sheila Hertz, Howard Entin
jpreichert

5.0

We hired TCT as a private guide as we traveled from Shanghai to Beijing with lots of stops in between. We had the most incredible time. Our tour guides and drivers were professional and amazing. Each tour guide treated us as if we were part of their family. They were always prompt and courteous. Most importantly, their knowledge kept us wanting to know more. We loved the traditions and cultures. We highly recommend the Impression shows, especially the one on West Lake. Our favorite over night arrangements was when we stayed at Courtyard 7 in the Hutong, in Beijing. It was nice being part of the culture. Thanks TCT for a most memorable trip.
Fenilshah123

5.0

We selected TCT to help us with our China trip. They delivered what they promised. They were there at every step. We took their help in Beijing and then again in Guilin. In Guilin, they had a personal trip for us. They really provided value. We are vegetarians and the options they provided were great. Lauren, our guide in Guilin knew every aspect of information and was very honest and the kids enjoyed her candid remarks. We were a family of four with our sons 26 and 24. At times, the four days of trip with someone constantly with you got a little too much as we wanted to have private family time but they were always understanding and accommodated us.
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