Datong + Pingyao Essence Tour
3D / 2N


Datong ->Taiyuan ->Pingyao
Day 1:

Yungang Caves - Hanging Temple - Yingxian wooden pagoda

Arrive in Datong in the morning. Meet your local guide and breakfast in hotel.

Yungang Caves: One of China’s four most famous "Buddhist Caves Art Treasure Houses”, it is located about sixteen kilometers west of Datong. There exists 53 caves, most of which are made during the Northern Wei Dynasty between 460 and 494 AD, and over 51, 000 stone sculptures. It extends one kilometer from east to west and can be fallen into three major groups.
Hanging Monastery : an architectural wonder, one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. The structure is kept in place with wooden crossbeams fitted into holes chiseled into the cliffs. The main supportive structure was hidden.

Yingxian wooden pagoda, it’s a treasure of ancient building in the world, all materials are wooden and connected by 50 kinds of base-mat.

Diner included : Chinese noodles


Day 2:

Cao family's Compound - Pingyao
Transfer to the railway station, take the train from Datong to Taiyuan.

Cao family's Compound: The Cao's Family first began trading in bean curd and other commodities at the end of Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Gradually, the business accumulated capital, which allowed the family to erect an estate comprised of several great houses, which became known as the Cao's Compound. The Compound is also known as Sanduo Hall, Sanduo meaning three mores: more good fortune, more longevity and more children.

Transfer to Pingyao.

Day 3:

Shuanglin Temple - Rishengchang- Résidence du gouverneur

Shuanglin Temple: it’s reputed to be the ancient painted sculptures museum. The temple houses more than 2,000 colorful sculptures reflecting the exquisite skills of the artisans of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. The Shuanglin Temple was included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO as an important cultural site of Ping Yao City in 1997.

Rishengchang: The Rishengchang Exchange Shop, located in Pingyao, is considered the first draft bank in China's history. It was founded in Qing Dynasty (1823). In the nineteenth century, at its peak, it controlled almost half of the Chinese economy and its branches were widespread throughout China's big urbans and capital, Beijing. And in some western and southeastern countries, Rishengchang also owned its branches and offices.

Pingyao County Government Office: The Former County Yamen or Ancient Government Office is firmly on the map for the Chinese tour groups. The complex of administrative offices, open courtyards and prison is large enough to handle the many tours that work their way through the rooms.
Transfer to the railway station for the next destination.