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On an ETC private guided trip from Beijing to Pingyao, enjoy the marvelous ancient capital and China’s iconic landmarks including the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. Then travel to Pingyao, an ancient small town in North China, which was linked firmly to a certain prosperous time in Chinese history and still retains its original look and characteristics. Stoll the Ming-Qing Street, get in the Pingyao ancient city wall, visit the enormous Wang Family Compound and mystical Zhangbi Ancient Castle. Experience yourself the best history and culture in China!

Duration: 6 days & 5 nights

Travel Style: Private

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Upon arrival, our local guide and driver will pick you up to the hotel selected. Remainder of the day is at leisure to recover from the jet-lag. You can take a leisure walk around your hotels.

Private escorted tour to the largest city square in the world, Tiananmen Square first. Then go to the Forbidden City, which is the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties with a history of around 600 years. Later, move to 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.

Meal: B, L

A USA family visit Forbidden City

Private escorted tour to the Great Wall at Mutianyu section, the greatest of the eight ancient architectural wonders in the history of human civilization. Then go to Chang Tomb, the tomb for Emperor Yongle, the third emperor of Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1683), and his wife Empress Xu. Chang is an underground tomb, the first and the largest of the Ming tombs and reflects a similar conception of Imperial architecture. At the top of Chang Tomb, visitors can have a look of the other 12 Ming Tombs. Connected with the tombs, Sacred Road used to be regarded as "the way leading to Heaven", the highlights are the 12 pairs of animal stone sculptures. Tonight’s dinner, we recommend you the famous Peking Duck Banquet (optional).

Meal: B, L

An Indian couple visit the Great Wall at Mutianyu section

Pick up in the early morning and transfer to railway station for high speed train to Pingyao (4 hours). Be met and greeted by your Pingyao guide, then transfer with a private vehicle to your hotel.

 This afternoon, you will be guided to explore Pingyao Ancient Town, which is one of the best preserved ancient towns in China and was listed as Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. Pingyao is an outstanding example of city for Chinese Han nationality during the period from Ming to Qing Dynasty (1368-1911), with a history of more than 2,700 years. It owns more than 300 historical relics. Today you will visit the famous sites including the ancient city wall - one of the four best surviving ancient city walls in China, Rishengchang Exchange Shop - China’s early type of bank - that offers glimpse into Shanxi (Jin) merchants' business, and Ming-Qing Street lined with numerous vintage shops and stalls, the yamen government office in feudal China, etc. 

Meal: B, L

Visit Pingyao ancient city wall in winter

Enjoy your breakfast in the hotel, then drive about 50 kilometers to visit the Wang Family Compound. The Wang Family compound had been built successively during the periods of Kangxi, Yongzheng, Qianlong and Jiaqing Emperors of Qing Dyansty (1644-1911). It covers a total area of 250, 000 square meters. It is not only an example of residential architecture, but also a museum of architectural art. Our guide will set the scene to help you better appreciate the fancy and exquisite carvings from tile, stone and wood.

Then head for Zhangbi Ancient Castle, the Castle is backing on Mianshan, facing the green field, rising 1040 meters above sea level. Zhangbi Ancient Castle is famous gathers historic relics and monuments, including remains from the Xia and Shang Dynasties, underground tunnels from the Sui and Tang Dynasties, tombs from the Jin Dynasty, theater stages from the Yuan Dynasty and residences from the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Meal: B, L

 

Morning is free at leisure. You may have a rest in your hotel or explore the ancient town on your own pace. At appropriate time, our guide will transfer you to the railway station and see you off there.

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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