China travel map - Shanxi Odyssey Tour

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. The popular scenic spots including Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Temple, Nine Dragon Screen, Hanging Temple, Wooden Pagoda at Ying County, Mount Wutai, Jinci Temple, Dayun Temple at Qing County, Jindeng Temple, Longmen Temple, Kaihua Temple, Yuhuang Taoist Temple, Fencheng ancient architectural complex, Guangsheng Temple, Ming Dynasty Jail, old town of Pingyao.

Duration: 11 days & 10 nights

Destinations: Datong - Mount Wutai - Taiyuan - Changzhi - Jincheng - Linfen - Pingyao

Starting Point: Datong

Ending Point: Pingyao

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Arrival in Datong by train or bus in the evening, be picked up and transferred to the hotel.

Visit the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site – Yungang Grottoes. Then proceed to ancient Huayan Temple of Liao and Jin Dynasty and Nine Dragon Screen.

Meal: B, L

Yungang Grottoes

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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Mount Wutai

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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Longmen Temple

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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: 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.

Meal: B, L

Wang Family compound

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.

Meal: B, L

Transfer to the airport and board flight to next destination.

Meal: B

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What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suit Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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