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11-day Shanxi Odyssey Tour

Tour code: ETC-Q58   

Shanxi, a well-know tourist province for its abundant historical and cultural sites, is one of the birth places of the Chinese nationality and civilization. Take this tour, you can fully explore the major cultural and historical relics in Shanxi Province.

Tour Date City Tour Brief
1 Datong Arrival in Datong
2 Datong Visit Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Temple and Nine Dragon Screen
3 Datong/Mount Wutai Visit Hanging Temple and Wooden Pagoda at Ying County
4 Mount Wutai/Taiyuan Half day tour to Mount Wutai. After lunch, drive to Taiyuan
5 Taiyuan/Changzhi Visit Jinci Temple. Then proceed to Changzhi city. En route visit Dayun Temple at Qing County
6 Changzhi Visit Jindeng Temple and Longmen Temple
7 Changzhi/Jincheng Drive to Jincheng. Visit Kaihua Temple and Yuhuang Taoist Temple
8 Jincheng/Linfen Drive to Linfen. visit Fencheng ancient architectural complex, Guangsheng Temple and Ming Dynasty Jail
9 Linfen/Pingyao Drive to Pingyao
10 Pingyao Explore the old town of Pingyao
Pingyao/Taiyuan departure ransfer to the airport and board flight to next destination

Day 01 Arrival in Datong (no meal)
Arrival in Datong by train or bus in the evening, be picked up and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02 Datong (B, L)
Visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site – Yungang Grottoes. Then proceed to ancient Huayan Temple of Liao and Jin Dynasty and Nine Dragon Screen.

Day 03 Datong – Mount Wutai (B, L)
Drive to visit Hanging Temple, Wooden Pagoda at Ying County, which is the oldest existent fully wooden pagoda still standing in China, first built in 1056. Overnight at Wutaishan city.

Day 04 Mount Wutai – Taiyuan (B, L)
Half day tour to Mount Wutai, one of the four holy mountains for Buddhists in China, you will tour the Xiantong Temple, Pusading Temple and Tayuan Temple. After lunch, drive 4 hours to Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province.

Day 05 Taiyuan - Changzhi (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to visit Jinci Temple, which was founded about 1,400 years ago, boasting a diverse collection of more than 100 sculptures, buildings, terraces, and bridges. Then proceed to Changzhi city (3 hours) in the afternoon. En route visit Dayun Temple at Qin County.

Day 06 Changzhi (B, L)
After breakfast, transfer to visit Jindeng Temple, which is famous for the Buddhist grottoes art. Then proceed to visit Longmen Temple, which was first built in Northern Qi Dynasty (550-577 BC), and it is home to architectures from Five Dynasties, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasty.

Day 07 Changzhi / Jincheng (B, L)
Drive from Changzhi to Jincheng. Visit Kaihua Temple, which is well-known for the exquisite frescoes painted in the North Song Dynasty. In the afternoon, explore the Yuhuang Taoist Temple, the 28 statues of Gods of Constellations built in Yuan Dynasty are the highlight in this temple.

Day 08 Jincheng / Linfen (B, L)
Drive about 4 hours from Jincheng to Linfen. On the way, visit Fencheng ancient architectural complex. After arrival in Linfen, visit Guangsheng Temple and Ming Dynasty Jail.

Day 09 Linfen / Pingyao (B, L)
Drive about 3 hours to Pingyao, which was listed as UNESCO Cultural Heritage site in 1997. Visit Wang Family compound on the way, it is also nicknames as “Civilian Forbidden City” in North China.

Day 10 Pingyao (B, L)
Explore the old town of Pingyao escorted by your guide, including the visits to the city wall, Rishengchang Draft Bank and Ming and Qing Street. Free time at the rest of the day.

Day 11 Pingyao - Taiyuan departure (B)
Transfer to the airport and board flight to next destination.

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As all of our holidays are tailor-made it isn’t possible to give anexact price on the web-site as the final cost is dependant on a number of factors. These include the number of people in your party, the season you travel, the standard of hotel (we offer a variety of standards from three-star to super-luxurious) and duration of your trip. However, as aguideline you should expect to pay from US$ for the opposite itinerary.

Included Services

Private transfers airport/hotel/airport;
Private tours escorted by an English-speaking guide;
Accommodations with daily breakfast;
Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner;
Domestic flights and trains listed;
Admission fees.

Non-included Services,
Visa arrangement;
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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