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.
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.
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.
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".
Yungang Grottoes Visit
Hanging Temple Visit
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.
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.