Classic Xi'an to Beijing Adventure

Classic, Xi'an to Beijing

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To truly understand China, you’ve got to get out and meet it on its own terms, which is exactly what this eight-day trip through the country’s northern reaches delivers. Up here, you’ll get to the big stuff (the Great Wall, Xi’an, Beijing) and lesser-known treasures that only the hardiest of travellers ever get to experience: Datong’s Hanging Monastery, the amazing Yungang Buddha Caves, the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Pingyao, even a calligraphy class, to name just a few.

What’s included

  • Your Hands-On Moment: Calligraphy Class, Pingyao
  • Forbidden City visit
  • Great Wall Mutianyu excursion
  • Hanging Monastery visit
  • Yungang Grottoes visit
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities


  • Visit the forbidden city and the great wall
  • See thousands of buddha statues at the yungang grottoes
  • Enjoy an included calligraphy class
  • Explore the ancient city of pingyao


Day 1 Xi'an There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: 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. Transport: Local train (3.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Pingyao (1B) Try your hand at calligraphy with an included lesson. Enjoy free time to explore the old city of Pingyao with its cobbled streets and buildings dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Included Activities: Calligraphy Class
Day 4 Pingyao/Datong (1B) 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. Transport: Local train (6.50-8.00 hours)
Day 5 Datong/Beijing (1B) 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". Included Activities: Yungang Grottoes Visit Hanging Temple Visit Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (6.00-7.00 hours)
Day 6 Beijing (1B) Arrive in bustling Beijing early and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City. Included Activities: 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. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle
Day 8 Beijing Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day