Day 1 Xi'an There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Xi'an/Pingyao Discover Xi'an with some free time before boarding an evening fast train to the ancient city of Pingyao. On arrival, get hands-on with a paper cutting class.
Traditional Paper-Cut Class
Local train (3.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Pingyao/Datong Datong is famous for its temples, pagodas, and other Buddhist structures in the area. The Huayan Monastery and Nine-Dragon Screen are excellent examples of the treasures found in the middle of the city.
Local train (6.50-8.00 hours)
Day 4 Datong/Datong The Hanging Monastery (or Hanging Temple) is a wooden structure built into a cliff at the foot of a mountain more than 1,500 years ago. It includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.
Further afield are the Yungang Grottoes; there are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining. Enjoy a guided visit to the grottoes to marvel at them in person. Beyond that is Mt Hengshan, one of the five sacred mountains of China.
Opt to check out Datong's six remaining pagodas, which gave the city the nickname "City of Pagodas".
Hanging Temple Visit
Yungang Grottoes Visit
Day 5 Datong/Beijing Take a final morning to explore Datong. Later, board a local train to Beijing and arrive in the evening.
Local train (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 6 Beijing Enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City then take the rest of the day to explore on your own.
Forbidden City Tour
Day 7 Beijing Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs.
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Day 8 Beijing Depart at any time.