Wednesday, 8 August 2007

6 Days Travel from Datong to Pingyao and Taiyuan

6 Days Travel from Datong to Pingyao and Taiyuan


Attractions: Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery, Nine Dragon Wall, Hanging Temple, Pingyao ancient town, Qiao Courtyard, Jin Ancestral Temple
Duration: 6 Days
Tour Code: TCT-Datong-03
Tour Type: Private Tour
Best Travel Time: Suitable for the whole year, best from April to November.
Price from
2-5 persons: US$ 899 P/P
6-9 persons: US$ 557 P/P
 
Day 1
Arrival Datong
Arrive in Datong, you will be greeted at the train station by your tour guide and transferred to hotel.
Meals: No meal
Accommodation: In Datong

Datong is situated in the northern part of Shanxi Province near the Great Wall Pass to Inner Mongolia. In ancient China, Datong was a place of strategic importance and a place where the Han people frequently conducted trade with the Mongol tribes to the North of China. Therefore this city is popular for its harmonious coexistence of religions, together with its strategic importance geographically and the beauty of its rugged terrain.
 
Day 2
Datong
Today, enjoy your city tour famous Buddhist sites including Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Monastery and Nine Dragon Wall.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Datong
Huayan MonasteryYungang Grottoes is one of the best preserved sites in China with 53 caves containing over 51,000 stone carvings of Buddha and Buddhist. The grottoes were built between 460 AD and 494 AD in the Northern Wei just before the capital city of that dynasty was moved to Luoyang to build another set of grottoes (Longmen Grottoes) afterwards. These statues range from the tallest of 17 meters to the shortest of a few centimeters high with some of them still retaining their original color. The lines of the statue face are very graceful, with a pair of bright piercing eyes. In 2001, Yungang Grottoes was included on UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
The complex of Huayan Monastery is located on the southwestern side of Datong City. Built during the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125), the Huayan Monastery is the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty in existence in China. In the middle period of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644), the temple was divided into two parts, the Upper Huayan Monastery and the Lower Huayan Monastery. The upper one referred to as the Grand Hall housing five large Ming Dynasty Buddhas, and the lower section referred to as the Sutra Temple containing a library of some 18,000 volumes of Buddhist writings.
Datong Nine Dragon Wall was built during the Ming Dynasty. With 426 glazed tiles fired specially in five different colors, the exquisite design of green wave at the bottom like the sea, blue background as sky and white as clouds, the glazed nine dragons on the wall vividly express their movements, rising out of the sea and chasing the mythical suns to gain the supernatural ability to control the forces of nature. The oldest and largest glazed screen in China, though it has been standing over 600 years, it is still in a perfect condition today owing to its architectural design and refined craftsmanship.

Day 3
Datong Pingyao Today, you will take a driving to the famous Hanging Temple for a visit there, and then continue your drive to Pingyao ancient town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Pingyao
All buildings in the Hanging Temple were constructed below the crags on a steep cliff-face of Hengshan Mountain (75m above the ground). Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is unique not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.

Day 4
Pingyao Ancient TownPingyao Enjoy yourselves in this ancient and relaxing town - Pingyao. Rishengchang Exchange Shop and Ming Qing Street are two main attractions in this town.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Pingyao
The ancient town of Pingyao had been emerged gradually along with the city wall during the Zhou Dynasty 11th century -256 BC. It is the only ancient city in China completely reserved as it was hundreds of years ago without any modern architecture, but only the narrow street flanking with Chinese shops in old style and the road plated with the original stone. Pingyao is not only famous for its antiquity, but also for being the merchant center with the nation earliest bank established in the 19th century, and furthermore it was once served as the financial center of the Qing government.

Day 5
Pingyao TaiyuanAfter breakfast, take driving to Tianyuan, on the way, you will have a visit to Qiao Courtyard, an enclosed castle style construction, which can be dated back to 1756.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: In Taiyuan
Located 20km north of Pingyao, Qiao Courtyard was built the Qing Dynasty, and developed into a grand architectural complex by the early days of the Republic of China. Covering an area of 10,642 square meters and has a floor space of 4,175 square meters, with six big yards, 20 small yards and 313 rooms, it was once the home of a powerful trading family with significant commercial influence even beyond Shanxi, as theirs was a nationwide business.

Day 6
Departure TaiyuanToday, 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.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Jin Ancestral Temple (Jinci) is located 25km to the southwest of Taiyuan City. Built in Northern Wei (386-535 AD), it is the oldest wooden structure in Taiyuan. It is known for the 43 statues standing inside and the most famous statues are 30 clay figures of young maids-in-waiting painted with colorful costumes, retaining perfectly.
Service Ends


Full price of this tour (per person in US$):
 
  • JAN, FEB, DEC
  • MAR, JUN, JUL, AUG
  • APR, MAY, SEP, OCT, NOV
 


Group Size Using Standard Hotel
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Using First Class Hotel
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Using Deluxe Hotel
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Sole
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1 person 1622 1754 1885
2-5 persons 899 1086 965 1218 1031 1350
6-9 persons 557 692 613 802 659 895
10 persons & above 438 550 489 653 526 726

Group Size Using Standard Hotel
★★★
Using First Class Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
1 person 1636 1754 1885
2-5 persons 906 1100 965 1218 1031 1350
6-9 persons 564 705 613 802 659 895
10 persons & above 445 564 489 653 526 726

Group Size Using Standard Hotel
★★★
Using First Class Hotel
★★★★
Using Deluxe Hotel
★★★★★
Double
Occupancy
Sole
Occupancy
Double
Occupancy
Sole
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Double
Occupancy
Sole
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1 person 1636 1773 1905
2-5 persons 906 1100 975 1237 1041 1369
6-9 persons 564 705 622 822 669 915
10 persons & above 445 564 499 673 536 745


Recommended Hotels:
City Standard Hotel ★★★ First Class Hotel ★★★★ Deluxe Hotel ★★★★★
Datong Hong Qi Grand Hotel Datong Hongan International Hotel oward Johnson International Jindi Plaza Datong
Pingyao - Pingyao Yide Hotel Yunjincheng Hotel
Taiyuan Jinlin Dongfang Hotel Taiyuan Shanxi Grand Hotel Taiyuan Shanxi World Trade Hotel

Remarks:
1.The prices quoted here are only valid from March 1, 2012 to March 1, 2013. TCT reserves the right to adjust the prices of any portion of the tour due to the reasons beyond our control without prior notice.
2.All quotation is in US dollar (per person), and based on the exchange rate between CNY and USD in effect at the time of publishing. It is subject to change.
3.The quotation on our website is also subject to change during some Chinese festivals, national holidays, fairs or events, when hotels may levy higher rates which will be advised on a case by case basis.
4.The availabilities of rooms, flights and etc. are subject to change until the actual booking is been made.
5.Specific requests such as adjacent or connecting rooms, bedding requests, smoking or non-smoking rooms and special dietary needs should be subjected to reconfirm upon your arrival. We would put on your request to the Hotel.
 
 
Price includes:
1. Airport/railway station welcome and private transfers between airports/railway stations, hotels and sightseeing spots. Separate arrivals and departures will incur extra charges.
2. Accommodation based on two adults sharing one standard twin-bed room; solo travelers or those who want to occupy one twin-bed room of their own are required to pay additional charge of single supplement rate (S.SUPP in above price table). A single room is subject to availability based on prior request at an additional cost; if the recommended hotel is not available, it will be substituted by a similar one.
3. Driver and English-speaking guide service on normal sightseeing activities noted in the itinerary.
4. All entrance fees to scenic spots as shown in the itinerary. The final arrangement will be determined by local tour guides based on the local circumstances which are beyond the control of TopChinaTravel. TCT will adhere to the original itinerary as accurately as possible.
5. Meals as specified in the itinerary.
6. Government taxes.
Price excludes:
1.Round way International airfare or train tickets, unless otherwise noted.
2.Domestic airfare of economic class or train ticket(s) as mentioned in the itinerary.
3.Visa fee, passport application or renewal fee.
4.Any Meals not specified in the itinerary.
5.Tips for guides, escort, drives, bellman, etc.
6.Personal expenses such as excess luggage fees, laundry, postage, communications and beverages.
7.Optional meals and shows mentioned in the itinerary, which will be added up if the clients desire to take the activities.
8.Any extra cost caused by changes of natural disasters, fires, weather, governmental and local authority orders, political change, strikes, war, riots, quarantine, custom regulations, damages or injury caused by accident beyond the control of TopChinaTravel and that has incurred due to the tourist action violating the laws.
9.Any items not specified in the plan.

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