Tour Code:CN-CUL02
8 Days to Beijing, Datong, Hanging Temple, Mt. Wutai, Pingyao, Taiyuan from Shanghai
Duration:8 Day(s)
Price from:(per person)

CNY 6700

Departure/Pick-up from:


Main Destination :Beijing, Datong, Hanging Temple, Mt.Wutai, Pingyao, Taiyuan
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Departure Date:You Decide!

Why we suggest this tour itinerary?

In this itinerary, you will have a varied experience, covering historic wonders, world heritages and modern marvels in China, from the modern and historical Beijing to unstirred ancient city, rich-in-Buddha-art grottos and famous temples, picturesque mysterious scared mountains. You can visit Tiananmen Square, the heart of China, know the emperors life at the Forbidden City, enjoy the stunning Great Wall in Beijing, get acquaintance with antique Pingyao city, scared Buddhist Mountain - Mt. Wutai, the giant Yungang Grottos (all of them are the UNESCO World Heritage sites) and some other charming attractions in Shanxi Province which can make you indulge in the typical Chinese culture, art and folk-custom.


Main Tourist Attractions in the Itinerary:


Qianmen Street, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, Lunch at an old Beijing family, Rickshaw in Hutongs (Lanes in the residence area in the well protected old Beijing zone) in well-protected old Beijing area, Summer Palace (include the Foxiang Pavilion on top of the central mountain (means Buddha Fragrance Pavilion)), Temple of Heaven, Great Wall at Badaling,



Yungang Grottos, Huayan Temple.


Hanging Temple.


Mt. Wutai 


Pingyao City

Ancient Pingyao City, Shuanglin Temple and Qiao Family Compound.



Jinci Temple


Experience in the Itinerary:

* Walk on the Great Wall. 

* Rickshaw through the Hutongs. – the alleys and lanes in old Beijing zone. One lunch in a normal Beijing Citizen home.

* To know the imperial life in the Forbidden City,

* Marvel at the great ancient art in China – Yungang Grottos. 

* Explore the mystery of the holly Mt. Wutai.

* Appreciate the charming ancient city - Pingyao which boasts the best protected ancient city in China.

* Enjoy the marvelous lady sculptures made around 1000 years ago at Jinci Temple in Taiyuan. 


More Info about Yungang Grottoes, Mt. Wutai & Pingyao City:

Located around 16 km to the west of Datong city, the Yungang Grottoes was built against a mountain and extend for about 1 km from east to west. The construction of the caves was started under the auspices of the noted monk Tan Yao in 453 during the Northern Wei Dynasty and took 50 years to complete. Some 40,000 people, including Buddhists from what is present-day Sri Lanka, contributed to the huge endeavor. 


The 53 grottoes in Yungang include some 1,000 niches with about 51,000 statues - a treasure trove of grotto art that combines traditional Chinese art forms with foreign influence, particularly Greek and Indian. The Yungang Grottoes are also a treasure house of ancient Buddhist art, the largest of its kind in China. They are as famous as the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang and Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province. 


The numerous niches set in the northern cliff of Wuzhou Mountain look like a honeycomb. The grottoes, a plethora of Buddhist statues, are composed of the following three parts: the early rock caves (five) in the west, which are mostly oval-shaped and planned on a large scale, with the main statue reaching a height of 17 meters; the grottoes in the middle, oblong in shape and in two chambers, with the main statue in the center and the walls, arches and roofs covered with Buddhist relief sculptures; the square grottoes, each with a pagoda-shaped central column, also excellently sculptured, reaching to the roof while the walls are carved with niches enshrining Buddhist statues.


More Detail about Yungang Grottoes on the UNESCO World Heritage Website: 


Mt. Wutai (UNESCO world heritage site): 

With its five flat peaks, Mount Wutai is a sacred Buddhist mountain. It is seen as the global centre for the Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjusri worship. Mount Wutai, literally, the five terrace mountain, is the highest in Northern China and is remarkable for its morphology of precipitous slopes with five open treeless peaks. Temples have been built on this site from the 1st century AD to the early 20th century. Now tourists mainly visit Taihuai Town which is in the middle of the 5 peaks and there are many well protected ancient temples.


Mt. Wutai was the first of the four mountains to be identified as the scared mountains of Buddhism in China. It was identified on the basis of a passage in the Avatamsaka Sutra, which describes the abodes of many bodhisattvas. In this chapter, the Bodhisattva of wisdom, Manjusri is said to reside on a "clear cold mountain" in the northeast. This served as charter for the mountains identity and its alternate name "Clear Cool Mountain". 


The Bodhisattva is believed to frequently manifest himself on the mountain, taking the form of ordinary pilgrims, monks, or most often unusual five-colored clouds.


More detail about Mt.Wutai at UNESCO World Heritage website:

More about Mt.Wutai at Wikipedia:


Ping Yao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city, founded in the 14th century. Its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town planning in Imperial China over five centuries. Of special interest are the imposing buildings associated with banking, for which Ping Yao was the major centre for the whole of China in the 19th and early 20th centuries. - from UNESCO website.


Pingyao Ancient City is an unbelievable melting pot. Buildings inside the Ancient City Wall, though taking on the same traditional looks, stand for sharply different contents. Exchange shops at Mingqing Street are to give you an active and ambitious Shanxi Commercial Group, which once dominated economy before modern China (before 1900). Among them is the famous Rishengchang Exchange Shop that you must visit. Astonishingly, These capitalistic banking companies lives in peace with feudal Government Office of Pingyao. Moreover, these companies have the Ancient Security Guard Company (Biaoju in Chinese) as their property supercargo. Youll find yourself amazed by such a relation and way of living together with varied minds in Pingyao!

More detail about Pingyao city at UNESCO World Heritage website:

Day 1
Shanghai-Beijing by Bullet Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Beijing

You will make your own way to the railway station in Shanghai by yourselves, taking the bullet train from Shanghai to Beijing. Upon your arrival, you will meet your local guide and driver, and transfer service to your hotel in downtown Beijing. Today in Beijing, you will visit and stroll with locals among the 6,000 ancient trees in the Temple of Heaven’s Grounds. Watch locals play chess, exercise, practice martial arts, and maybe play traditional instruments. 


The Temple of Heaven (UNESCO World Heritage) provided a place for emperors to pray to ‘the most high God in heaven’ for a good harvest. The Round Altar, Echo Wall and Imperial Vault of Heaven are rated as the key sight in China,You will cover these and more.


Day 2
Sightseeing in Beijing
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Beijing

Today, your tour in Beijing will began with strolling on Qianmen Street, an old Beijing style commercial street right to the south of Tiananmen Square. Afterwards you will walk north to visit Tiananmen Square, the heart of China and the biggest square in the world. 



Then walk through an underground tunnel to pass Chang An Road before The Tiananmen Rostrum to get into the Forbidden City Area, visit the Forbidden City (Palace Museum & Imperial Palace, UNESCO World Heritage) - the history and meanings of it will be unlocked by your guide. Glean the history out of a place where the guidebooks leave you short. It has served as the residence to 24 emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 AD - 1911 AD), but is now used as the Palace Museum. The Forbidden City has been the center of the highest authority for more than 500 years in China. With garden landscapes and an enormous architectural complex consisting of 9,000 chambers and halls containing furniture and works of art, it has become the historical landmark witnessing invaluable Chinese civilization during the Ming and Qing dynasties. 



Afterwards you will get to the north back of the Forbidden City to explore the well-protected old Beijing zone to get an authentic taste of the style and features of Old Beijing. Taking a rickshaw to explore this charming world.


There you will visit an old Beijing family who’ve lived in the Hutongs for generations, offering unique insights from a local perspective. You will also have Lunch at their home, and photograph the old lanes and courtyard houses in the neighboring Hutongs area. 


The last place to visit today is the Summer Palace (UNESCO World Heritage), an famous imperial garden with pavilions, vividly painted long corridors, temples, and a very large lake surrounded by hills. It was originally the imperial courts summer retreat, and still makes a nice place to escape the heat of the summer in Beijing. Strolling in the Garden, climbing the hill and enjoying the amazing view of the lake at the palace on top of the hill, for sure it is a location that will be the highlight for your photo album and also your memories because of its enchanting scenery.


We specially include the Foxiang Pavilion (means Buddha Fragrance Pavilion) - near the highest place in the central mountain where tourist can have a birds eye view of this giant charming garden although the extra charge should be paid for it (we included the fee in the quotation.) 


Day 3
Sightseeing in Beijing, Beijing-Datong by Overnight Sleeper Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Overnight Sleeper Train

Today, you will take a full day tour to the highlight of the tour in Beijing this time, Great Wall at Badaling (UNESCO World Heritage). You’ll drive for around 40 km/2 hours to the north of Beijing into the mountains, walk and enjoy the fantastic view there. 



By the evening or early night, Transfer service from your hotel to the railway station in Beijing. Say goodbye to your local guide in Beijing and take the overnight Sleeper train to Datong city. (around 6.5 hours on the way)

Day 4
Arrive and Tour in Datong
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Datong

Your local guide will wait for you at the exit of Datong Railway Station. A comfortable private car and experienced driver will take you to tour in Datong today. You will be transferred to your hotel to leave your baggage and take your breakfast there. 


Your tour in Datong will begin with the tour to Yungang Grottoes. Built against a mountain and extend for about 1 km from east to west, the construction of the caves was started in 453 and took 50 years to complete. Some 40,000 people, including Buddhists from what is present-day Sri Lanka, contributed to the huge endeavor. The 53 grottoes in Yungang include some 1,000 niches with about 51,000 statues - a treasure trove of grotto art that combines traditional Chinese art forms with foreign influence, particularly Greek and Indian. The Yungang Grottoes are also a treasure house of ancient Buddhist art, the largest of its kind in China. They are as famous as the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang and Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gansu province.



The tour will then move on to yet more Chinese ancient arts milestones in the form of sculptures at Huayan Temple. There are two separate sections at the monastery, the upper one referred to as the Grand Hall housing five large Ming Dynasty Buddhas, and the lower section referred to as the Sutra Temple containing a library of some 18,000 volumes of Buddhist writings. Built during the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125), it is the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty in existence in China. It was built according to the Huayan Sutra Sect of the Huayan School and is unique in that it faces east instead of south.


The wooden library containing the Buddhist scriptures is exquisitely and elaborately designed. There are thirty-one sculptures in the hall among which the Bodhisattva with a pious prayer pose is the most famous; it possesses a lifelike human likeness rather than that of a god.


Day 5
Datong - Hanging Temple - Mt. Wutai by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Mt. Wutai

Todays first destination will update your understanding of strength of buildings. You will go visit the never-fall-apart temple in the morning after 1.5 hours drive. Drive for around 100 km out from Datong and the incredible Hanging Temple will look down on you from the high cliff. 1-hour tour will engrave the temple into your mind for ever. This 1400 year old marvel doesn’t just defy gravity, but the laws of religion. Instead of an exclusive devotion to a single religion, the Hanging Monastery distinguishes itself from other temples by including homage to Taoism, Confucianism, as well as Buddhism. Inside the monastery, sculptures of Sakyamuni, Confucius and Laotzu appear together! 


Built to shield it from floods, rain, sun and snow as well as to conform to Taoist religious principles, the monastery, originally erected in 491, was rebuilt and maintained by the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Standing at the foot of Heng Shan (Heng mountain) 50 meters above the ground, the Hanging Temple is a great place in Mt. Heng Shan which is endowed with a wealth of temples, historic sites and natural beauty.


Then after another 210km/3 hours drive, a sacred Buddhist Mountain - Mt. Wutai (UNESCO World Heritage) will be in the front of you.


In Mt.Wutai, Youll go directly to the essential temple compound district, Taihuai Town which is in the middle of the 5 peaks of Mt. Wutai (In Chinese, Wutai means Five Flat Peaks), and start feasting on the breathtaking art of Buddha architecture and sculpture.


Day 6
Mt. Wutai - Pingyao City by Car
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Pingyao City

Today you will drive for around 310km / 4 hours the to exceptionally well-preserved example of the traditional Han Chinese city, Pingyao. Sightseeing in Pingyao to walk on its well preserved ancient streets and visit some deserving places such as the ancient County Government Office Compound, the famous Rishengchang Exchange Shop (the ancient Bank Office Compound) and some other places in the city.


A free night in Pingyao Ancient City is full of fun. Almost all the shops are decorated in old fashion and everything that bumps into your eyes is vintage. Red lanterns, red paper cuts, opera facial makeups are so Chinese accented; sidewalk restaurants sell traditional Pingyao diet and bars playing poetic Chinese ancient music. Whats more, youre likely to meet some night watch dressed in ancient costume.  


Day 7
Pingyao-Taiyuan by Car, Taiyuan-Shanghai by Overnight Sleeper Train
Dining:Not included in the quotation
Accommodation:In Overnight Sleeper Train

After breakfast you would head for Qiao Family Compound by car. On the way, you will visit the traditional Chinese art of architecture and sculpture at Shuanglin Temple at the outskirt of Pingyao. The temple is what Pingyao locals feel proud of. Inside the temple there are more than 2,000 painted Buddha sculptures waiting for your exploration. 



Today you will see how gorgeous the villa of ancient local commercial tycoon can get. Qiao Family Compound, the residential complex, is a sea of Qing Dynasty architectural art. Its surely worthwhile your 1-hour visit. After that, your tour of Pingyao can draw a perfect period. Youll turn to another city Taiyuan by private car. Totally you will drive for around 110km / 1h40m from Pingyao to Taiyuan.


The Taiyuan-version Forbidden City will unfold itself to you today. To the eyes of Taiyuan folks, Jinci Temple is as comprehensive and sophisticated as the Beijing Forbidden City. It will meet your curiosity about traditional Chinese culture in every way possible--architecture, carving, landscape, painting, inscription and so forth. The ever-spouting Nanlao Spring, 42 maid sculptures shaped in Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and the Divine Mother sculpture are the top three attractions inside Jinci Temple.

More about Jinci Temple at Wikipedia:



Transfer to Taiyuan Railway Station to catch the overnight Sleeper train from Taiyuan to Shanghai. It will take around 14 hours on the way and arrive at Shanghai before noon on the next day.

Day 8
Arrive in Shanghai
Arrive at the railway station in Shanghai.
Note: Visiting time,transporting time and the duration of shows and meals in the above itinerary are for reference only and will be subject to change accoring to the real situation.

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Single Room Supplement: CNY 1380

* For 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

Price includes:
1. 2nd class seat bullet train ticket from Shanghai to Beijing, from Beijing to Datong, from Taiyuan to Shanghai,

2. Private van in the itinerary with parking fee and highway fee.

3. 3-star standard hotel in Beijing, 4-star standard hotel in Datong, Mt.Wutai and Pingyao with breakfast (2 people stay in one room)

* But for 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together, there will be one person staying in one room. So the single room supplement will be added on the above quotation for one person if 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 people travel together.

4. Private local English speaking guide.

5. One lunch at a local Beijing citizen family.

6. Entrance ticket to the attractions as listed in the itinerary, include the Foxiang Pavilion (means Buddha Fragrance Pavilion) on top of the central mountain in Summer Palace.

7. Tour accident insurance.


Price excludes:
Lunch & dinner (Except a lunch at a local Beijing citizen family. Please ask the guide & driver to take the lunch with you in Beijing, and take the lunch and dinner with you in Datong-Mt.Wutai-Pingyao. Otherwise please give RMB30 per lunch to the guide and driver respectively.)

Personal expenses such as drinks, shopping.


* Tips is highly appreciated but not requested.


No national guide service. 


Please Note:

1. Child under the age of 12 may have discount.

2. This tour package can be fully customizable to fit your travel plan.

3. The tour itinerary described above may change or cancel because of force majeure. If because of force majeure or any conditions and/or situation which are not under the control of Shanghai Elite Tours happens (such as the problem of airlines, train, ship, public bus and any other public traffic means, the sudden change of weather, temporary road problem…) and/or accidental situation such as tourists will endanger the personal safety and property safety problem, and/or any other accidental situation which are unforeseen, unavoidable and insurmountable by Shanghai Elite Tours, this tour can not be accomplished as scheduled, Shanghai Elite Tours will not bear the responsibility.

4. The sequence of the activities in the itinerary maybe will be changed according to the situation.

5. In principle, the working hour of the driver and guide (include meal time) is not over 10 hours. (except the service time in the itinerary is listed to be over 10 hours).

The car can only be used according to the itinerary listed in the itinerary.

6. Tourists must bring their passport (for foreign tourist) or Chinese ID card (for local Chinese) in the tour.

7. Tourists should pay attention to the safety during the tour and the during the time when tourists arrange the activities themselves (such as during the meal time, shopping time, rest time, go to toilet and taking bath at hotel and so on…)

8. Shanghai Elite Tours is NOT a medical institution, and can only provide the tour and/or trip and/or conference service (if any). Every tourist should also know the health situation of them own, and tourists should guarantee their health condition can meet the needs of this tour.

9. Guide and/or driver represent Shanghai Elite Tours only when the guide and/or driver serve tourists according to the Itinerary. If tourist asks guide and/or driver to add more service item and this kind of item does not been approved by Travel Service Company in written form, Travel Service Company will not take any responsibility to the added item.

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