Datong+Pingyao Attraction
4J / 3N


Datong ->Yingxian ->Pingyao
Day 1:

Yungang Caves - Nine Dragon Wall - Agricultural and Trade Market

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.
Nine Dragon Wall: Located in central Datong within the old city ramparts. It is the biggest and oldest of its kinds in China. Built in 1392 during the reign of Hongwu of the Ming Dynasty, the Nine-Dragon Wall in Datong was built as a screen wall to go in front of the mansion of the 13rd son of the first Emperor of Ming Dynasty, Zhu Yuanzhang with 45.5 meters long, 8 meters high and 2.02 meters wide.The wall is decorated with brightly colored glazed tiles and carved dragons and animals.
Agricultural and Trade Market: Visit to a local market to know people’s life.

Lunch included: Chinese noodles

Day 2:

Hanging Monastery - Yingxian wooden pagoda

Drive to Pingyao.

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.

Day 3:

Zhangbi Ancient Castle - Shuanglin Temple – Rishengchang - Pingyao County Government Office – Pingyao City Wall – Laquer Factory
Zhangbi Ancient Castle : It is well known for its unique architecture where it looks like a castle on the ground but in fact, there is a long tunnel which connects this castle with the world outside underground. It had been a multi-purpose castle which served as a military center, residential area, production site as well as religious activity throughout the history.

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.
Pingyao City Wall: Pingyao Ancient City is thought of as the 'treasure house' of ancient Chinese architectures. The City Wall in Pingyao was first built in 827 B.C. In the early days of Ming Dynasty, in order to prevent the enemies from invading, all the cities in China began to build the City Wall to defend themselves.

Lacquer FactoryPingyao lacquer starts Tang Kaiyuan, Sheng Yu Ming and Qing dynasties, dating back more than 1,200 years of history, is one of China's four lacquer ware. 1, choice of materials: wood lacquer ware products are tires, paint art has always been selected linden wood.