This is a pure tour without any compulsory shopping stops.Spend 6 days to thoroughly explore great manmade wonders and miraculous architecture in Datong, ancient civilization in Pingyao.Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Yungang Grottoes and discover peaceful Huayan Monastery built in two minority-ruled dynasties-Liao and Jin. Pay a visit to the miraculous Hanging Monastery built 1400 years ago in the cliff and marvel at Wooden Pagoda in Ying County, the oldest and highest wooden pagoda built without nails. Drive to Datong and delight in the well preserved Pingyao Ancient Town by visiting Rishengchang Draft Bank, Ancient City Wall and Ming Qing Street. After a visit to Jinci Temple in Taiyuan, move onward to your next destination for further exploration in China.
Day1. Arrive in DatongGreet at the airport/train station by your friendly local guide. Transfer to your downtown hotel and check in. The rest of the day will be left on your own.Accommodation: Yungang Meigao Hotel, Datong (5Star) Day2. DatongAfter breakfast, head for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yungang Grottoes, comprising of over 200 caverns, housing more than 50,000 Buddha Statues. Afterwards, drive back to downtown Datong to admire Huayan Monastery, enjoy the magnificent Buddhism wall paintings and great statues of Buddha of three periods. Marvel at Nine-Dragon Screen, the largest one in China, and discover why it is even bigger than the one in Forbidden City.Return to your hotel and enjoy your free night time. (B)Day3. Datong-PingyaoDepart Datong and drive to Pingyao. Pay a visit to the miraculous Hanging Monastery on Mount Hengshan, known as the most spectacular and mysterious architectural miracle on the history. Discover how this monastery survived in the cliff for over 1400 years. Make a stop at Wooden Pagoda in Ying County. Learn about the importance of bracket used on this fully wooden structure.Check in at the hotel in Pingyao and relax for the rest of the day. (B)Accommodation: Yide Hotel, PingyaoDay4. PingyaoLeave for exploration in Pingyao Ancient Town. Start with Rishengchang Draft Bank, known as the precedent of modern Chinese banks. Move to Ancient City Wall, take a walk on top of the well preserved wall and take a panoramic view of the ancient town. Stroll along Ming and Qing Street, the most bustling commercial centre of Pingyao ever since 1856 AD. (B)Day5. Pingyao-TaiyuanVisit Qiao Family Compound fully showcasing the unique architectural style of the residence in North China during the Qing Dynasty, and explore Shuanglin Monastery boasting a long history of over 1,400 years. Later in the day, make a stop at Jinci Temple and admire its grand historical buildings, gardens and superior sculptural works. (B)Accommodation: Shanxi Grand Hotel, TaiyuanDay6. Depart from TaiyuanMeet your guide at your hotel and get transferred to the airport /train station. Your 6-day private Shanxi tour ends here. (B)