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This popular tour combines my Datong itinerary with a journey to Pingyao.

Pingyao is located approximately 700 kilometres southwest of Beijing and 80 kilometres from the provincial capital, Taiyuan. During the Qing Dynasty, Pingyao was a financial centre of China. The ancient city, whose history dates back some 2,700 years and which is renowned for its well-preserved city walls, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a major tourist attraction.

Combine this tour with a 2 day excursion to the ancient town of Qikou.

 

Datong & Pingyao (4 full days)

Day 1: Beijing - Hanging Temple - Datong
  • Pick-up from your Beijing accommodation in the early morning, ideally around 6:30 h.
  • Have breakfast about one hour into the drive at the town of Changping.
  • Continue on the highway to the Hanging Temple , arriving at noon. (Only snacks and fruit available here for lunch.)
  • Visit the Hanging Temple for about 2 hours, and, if you like, a local village afterwards.
  • Continue to Datong and check into your accommodation.
  • Visit either Huayuan Si or Nine Dragons Wall, if time permits.
  • Return to accommodation around 16:30 h in time for dinner (optional).
Day 2: Datong - Taiyuan
  • Check out of your Datong accommodation after breakfast.
  • Visit the Yungang Grottos for about 3 hours in the morning.
  • Drive towards Taiyuan.
  • Stop at remote original sections of the Great Wall at Yanmenguan (optional).
  • Stop at the Tomb of Emperor Han (optional).
  • Check into Taiyuan accommodation in the evening and have dinner.
Day 3: Taiyuan - Pingyao
Day 4: Pingyao
  • Explore Pingyao's numerous sights. Amazing photo opportunity !
  • Take a walk on the ancient city wall.
  • Return to Beijing with me by car in the early afternoon (round trip option), or continue to Xi'an by train (destination tour option).
Optional Add-On: Qikou Tour (2 days)
  • Combine this tour with a 2 day excursion to the ancient town of Qikou. See here for details.
  • Tour Price: 6600 RMB (1-3 guests)
  • Tour Price: 11000 RMB (4-7 guests)
  • All prices include taxes, petrol, road tolls and parking. Payment in full at the end of service and can be made in RMB, USD or EUR. No credit cards, please. A deposit is not necessary. 

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