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This 13-day Buddhist Pilgrimage takes travelers on a discovery journey in China, to visit the Buddhism sites scattered in the vast land. Follow with us and enjoy the amazing and mysterious grottoes, mountains, temples & Pagodas in scared places!

Duration: 13 days & 12 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Datong - Wutai Mountain - Taiyuan - Pingyao - Xian - Shanghai

Starting Point: Beijing

Ending Point: Shanghai


Day
Be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel at downtown.

Pay a visit to the Temple of Heaven, a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's bless of the whole nation. Then lead to the Tiananmen Square. It is the largest city square in the world, where solemn ceremonies of raising/lowering the national flag in every morning or sunset time are held here. At last, go to the Forbidden City. Standing in the center of Beijing, it is protected by high walls and a moat on all four sides and consists of dozens of halls and courtyards.

Meal: B, L, D

Temple of Heaven

Private escorted tour to the Great Wall, a series of stone and earthen fortifications in China which is a symbol of China's history and heritage. Drive back to Beijing and have a photo stop at the main venues of Beijing Olympic Games and appreciate their amazing architecture styles. Later, go to Yonghe Lamasery, originally a prince mansion of Qing Dynasty, it was changed to the head office of Lama Administration.

Meal: B, L

Great Wall

The Summer Palace comes first, built by Empress Dowager Cixi in Qing Dynasty, and is a masterpiece of Chinese garden architecture. Then transfer back to take a pedicab tour to Hutong (Beijing’s traditional alleyways) to see the local people’s life and this tour will actually show old Beijing’s timeless best to you. Then transfer to take an afternoon train to Datong (6 hours). Arrival in Datong around 21:45, be met and transferred to hotel.

Meal: B, L

Summer Palace

Visit the famous Yungang Grottoes, which are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes near the city of Datong in the province of Shanxi. They are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. Huayan Temple is the second destination on your tour plan. It is one of the biggest temples in China built in Liao Dynasty. Later, pay a visit to Nine Dragon Screen, the only screen having nine huge dragons on both sides and composed of 424 seven-color glazed tiles that embosses the screen.

Meal: B, L

Yungang Grottoes

Drive to visit Hanging Temple at Heng Mountain. It is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements under the same roof. Then proceed to Wutai Mountain. Check in hotel.

Meal: B, L, D

Hanging Temple at Heng Mountain

Tour at Wutai Mountain to see the Buddhist temples there, it is one of the four famous Holy Mountains for Chinese Buddhists. Wutai Mountain is home to 53 sacred monasteries, and they were inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. Then transfer to Taiyuan.

Meal: B, L, D

Drive to Pingyao Ancient Town. It is one of the best preserved ancient towns in China listed as Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. After wandering the town, go to visit Qiao Family Courtyard House--a masterpiece of folk architecture in North China. Later, visit the Double Forest Temple, with 1500 year history, it is famous for more than 2000 painted Buddhist sculptures, regarded as "the treasure of Oriental painted sculptures". Transfer to board the train to Xian at soft sleeper class.

Meal: B, L, D

Qiao Family Courtyard House

Arrival in Xian in the morning, be met and transfer to hotel for breakfast and check-in. The travel starts and visits the Shaanxi History Museum, which boasts a large collection of unearthed cultural relics of China. Go to Wild Goose Pagoda inside Ci'en Temple (4 kilometers south of Xi'an City), it is one of the most famous Buddhist pagodas in China. Later, pay a visit to Bell Tower, first built in 1384, it is the largest and best preserved of its kind.

Meal: B, L

Drive to visit the Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum. It is known as the eighth wonder of the world and a museum to display terra-cotta warriors and horses in Qin Dynasty. Later, take an afternoon flight to Shanghai. Be met and transferred to hotel.

Meal: B, L

Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum

4 highlight attractions today: Jade Buddha Temple-- the most popular Buddhist temple in Shanghai that boasting 2 precious jade Buddha sculptures from Burma. Yu Garden-- it was inaugurated in the Ming dynasty and has a total area of 20,000 square meters. As a paragon of the south Chinese landscaping style, it is a must-see site in Shanghai. The Bund and Nanjing Road-- as it is known to all, the Bund is the waterfront to see newly-erected modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period, while Nanjing Road is the busiest shopping street. Optional acrobatic show is offered at night.

Meal: B, L, D

Yu Garden

Drive to visit a nearby water town Zhujiajiao ancient town, where you can see the traditional lifestyle of Yangtze Delta. Afternoon is for your own trip and our recommendations are highlight spots like Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Xintiandi, Longhua Temple, etc.

Meal: B, L

Zhujiajiao ancient town

Transfer to airport and fly to your next destination.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • Guide

    Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide.

  • Meals

    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Transport

    Private transfers airport/hotel/airport.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodations with daily breakfast.

  • Other

    Domestic flights and trains listed.
    Admission fees.

  • Visa

    Visa arrangement. Please consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa.

  • Other

    Excess luggage charge(the luggage allowance at economy class is 20kg).
    Personal expense.
    Any meals not specified as "B, L or D".
    Gratuities to guides and drivers.

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