9 Days Pingyao World Culture Heritages Discovery

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9 Days Pingyao World Culture Heritages Discovery


Beijing (6 Nights) ,Pingyao (1 Nights) ,Taiyuan (1 Nights) ,Datong

Duration: 9 Days & 8 Nights
Tour Type: Multi-City Tour
Tour Code: CTP18


Apart from the Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Yungang Grottoes, there are also Pingyao Ancient Town and Qiao Family's Compoud to make your trip outstanding.

1Highlights & Map

Experience the unique north China life style by train to visit cultural relics Walking along the ancient alley way in Pingyao to feel the atmosphere of history and culture Visit Yungang Grottoes to know more about Buddhism development in China.


Day 01Beijing

Destinations: Arrive in Beijing


Beijing is a city of amazing contrasts - an ancient capital with some incredible historical sites and a bustling modern metropolis getting ready to host the 2008 Olympics. Upon your arrival in Beijing, our guide will meet you and transfer you to your hotel. The guide will give you some tips on local restaurants that we recommend and you can do some shopping in streets nearby. The rest of the day is free to rest to recover from jetlag or to explore by yourself.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map


Day 02Beijing

Destinations: Beijing


After breakfast head out for Tian'anmen Square, the world's largest public square, which is closely linked to The Forbidden City, from which the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties governed for over 500 years. Later you'll visit the Temple of Heaven, where the Emperors prayed for good harvests and rain, or gave thanks for the harvest. Today's itinerary includes a visit to the old Beijing handicraft workshop.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map


Day 03Beijing

Destinations: Beijing


Leave town in the morning for the drive (a bit under two hours) to the Badaling Section of The Great Wall , which stretches for over 6000 km, and was originally built to protect China from the barbarians. You can walk and climb at your own pace, or enjoy spectacular views from the cable car. Before returning to the city you'll enjoy visiting the Changling (one of the Ming Tombs), and the attractive tree-lined Sacred Way , bordered by stone statues, along which the Emperors once trod to conduct their sacred ceremonies. During the day a visit to Jade Caving Factory or Cloisonne (enamelware) workshop is included. Dinner tonight is at Quanjude Restaurant, where you'll eat some of the best 'Peking Duck' in Beijing.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map


Day 04Beijing

Destinations: Beijing to Overnight Train


After experiencing royal life today there is the opportunity to take a rickshaw ride to the Hutong where we visit a local flea market which is an excellent example of typical architecture of this area. You may find some interesting things and learn how to bargain. You will also visit with a local family and talk to the family members to gain a true understanding of life in this region and to have an experience of this unique form of community. We can guarantee you will have impressive stories to tell your friends after this. Then to the Summer Palace, which is equally famous as the Forbidden City. It is the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China.

Meals: lunch

Day 05Pingyao

Destinations: Overnight Train to Pingyao


The Ancient City Wall: the ancient city wall of Pingyao with nearly 3,000 years of history keeps the original appearance of city wall constructed in early Ming Dynasty. - The Rishengchang Draft Bank: It was the biggest draft bank at that time and had been famous for "Hui Tong Tian Xia" (Business Connecting the Whole World). - The Mingqing Street: the downtown thoroughfare and reserved quite well of the styles in the Ming and Qing Dynasties - Pingyao Ancient Town: In the middle of Shanxi Province, this is the best-preserved of the four ancient towns in China.

Meals: lunch

Hotel: Pingyao TianYuanKui Hotel

No.73 Ming Qing Street, PingyaoShow Map


Day 06Pingyao, Taiyuan

Destinations: Pingyao to Taiyuan


Jinci Temple: Lies in the Xuanweng foothill, which is 25 kilometers from the southwest of Taiyuan city, it is the temple of Jin Emperor in ancient times; it is initially built during the northern Wei Dynasty (386-535) for memorizing the second son Jiyu of Zhouwu Emperor. Jinci Temple is one of the national key cultural relic reserves, enjoys the reputation of "Little South of the Yangtze River". Qiao Family's Compound: Built in 1755, this well-preserved and exquisite structure used to be the residence of Qiao Zhiyong, who was a famous businessman during the Qing Dynasty.

Hotel: Grand Metropark Wanshi Hotel Taiyuan

126 Pingyanglu, TaiyuanShow Map


Day 07Taiyuan, Datong

Destinations: Taiyuan to Datong


Yungang Grottoes: 16 kilometers west of Datong City.Yungang Grottoes are the most famous historic site in Datong. Nine Dragon Screen: In the east of Datong City.It is one of the four famous nine-dragon screen walls in China."

Hotel: Da Tong Hotel

No.37.W, Yingbin Road Datong shanxi,ChinaShow Map


Day 08Datong, Beijing

Destinations: Datong to Beijing


Transfer to Datong railway station and then end of service. Upon arriving Beijing at around 18:42. Transfer from Beijing Station back to Hotel.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Temple of Heaven

36 Nanwei Road (Nanwei Lu) Beijing China Show Map


Day 09Beijing

Destinations: Depart from Beijing

Activities: Transfer to airport for your next destination.

3Price Policy

Price Includes

  • Hotel accommodation in twin shared room with daily breakfast.
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner).
  • Domestic flights, trains or buses as specified in the itinerary
  • Airport tax and fuel fee.
  • Private car/coach for transfers service and sightseeing program as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Local English-speaking tour guide for transfers and sightseeing program as indicated in each city.
  • Entrance fees to scenic spots as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Service charge and government Taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Entry or exit China international airfare or train tickets.
  • Hotel room/cruise cabin single supplement.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc.
  • Gratuities to the tour guide, driver and hotel bellboy.
  • Fees for entry visa to China.
  • Traveler insurance.
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary.
Note: Tipping is now considered by many locals to be a part of their normal remuneration. However, this is a matter of personal discretion. You may use following as a reference.Suggested Tipping: for local guide: $8 to $10 per person(guest) per day, for driver: $4 to $5 per person(guest) per day.
Cancellation and Refund Policy for Tours Reservation
Cancellation in advance Cancellation penalty
More than 30 days No Cancellation Fee
30-10 days 50% of the full payment
9-0 days or no show 100% of the full payment

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Reviews (100% / overall satisfaction:)

Ms. Laura

Aug.05, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
Hi Tom,
Thank you for writing. We are home and we had a wonderful time in China. We have many photos and great memories.

The tour was very enjoyable and the service was excellent. The hotels were outstanding. We definitely recommend both the Garden Hotel in Datong and the guest house in Pingyao. Ms. Lee, the tour guide who helped us to the train in Beijing was very kind and helpful. She arranged everything and got us settled in our soft sleeper and answered all of our questions about how things worked on the train. The soft sleeper was very comfortable and was an interesting experience for us.

The only other suggestion for the trip was about the fast train home from Taiyuan. It would have been better to be on an earlier train back to Beijing because we did not have very much to see the last day and the train arrived in Beijing very late for our children. We also might have preferred to go first class on the bullet train if we had seen that option. But second class was comfortable and it was a very nice train! We enjoyed it.

Mostly the trip was fantastic. We learned a lot and saw amazing things. Thank you so much for your work in organizing it all. I would be happy to be a reference for your company in the future.



Ms. Hans Freeman

Jul.28, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
Dear Carol,

I want to thank and congratulate China Travel Depot tour company office personnel. You answered all my questions very promptly, you gave us advice on a lot of things, and when our computer rejected your E-mails as spam and I got into a panic, you actually phoned me and we sorted the problem out. We will recommend you to all our friends.

Our guides were perfect ambassadors for China and left us with a wonderful impression of a friendly intelligent and generous people. The drivers were very skilled in heavy traffic and looked after us with great courtesy. The car was always clean and well looked after.

The meals were very satisfying! Dumplings were my favorite! I really want to learn cooking some by myself. ALL the drivers and their cleanliness in their cars! It was very comfortable.

The hotels were very good and the breakfasts were excellent. Service and rooms were very good.

Thanks to your fantastic organization and our guides and drivers, our holiday, a major undertaking with 2 babies, was indeed one of a lifetime that went so smoothly with minimal stress. Thank you so much. We all have memories to last a lifetime.

Best Regards,
Hans Freeman,

Ms. Kit Cheng

Jul.14, 2011

Overall Satisfaction:
Dear James,

How are you? We are back home, during the 10 days we stayed in china ,we had a good time.

this time our China Train Travel mainly focused on Shanxi province. we experienced the unique north China life style by train to visit cultural relics. In Pingyao , we walked along the ancient alley way to feel the atmosphere of history and culture. In Datong, we visited Yungang Grottoes to know more about Buddhism development in China. The tour benefits us a lot!

Special Thanks for your hard work ,everything was as what we planned,if we will visit China again I will certainly contact you, and I will also refer your company to our friends.

Also We would also express special thanks to the 3 local guides ,they are all very processional!

Best Regards,

Kit Cheng

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