Beijing and Xian are two of the most favorable destinations for tourists traveling to China for the first time, and Luoyang is famous for peony. Pingyao is one of the best ancient cities in China, and Dunhuang is a sparkling pearl along the ancient Silk Road. You will follow your guide to visit the most sough-after attractions including Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple, Mogao Grottoes, Echoing-Sand Mountain and Crescent Lake. Join this tour to learn about Chinese history and feel the charm of Chinese culture.
Day 1 Beijing Arrival
Day 2 Beijing: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace
Day 3 Beijing: Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube
Day 4 Beijing – Datong by Train: Lama Temple, Hutong Tour
Day 5 Datong – Wutaishan by Car: Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple
Day 6 Wutaishan – Pingyao by Car: Xiantong Temple, Qiao’s Compound
Day 7 Pingyao: Pingyao Ancient City, Pingyao City Gode Temple
Day 8 Pingyao – Xian by High-speed Train: Wang’s Family Compound, Shuanlin Monastery
Day 9 Xian: Terracotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall, Muslim Quarter
Day 10 Xian – Luoyang – Xian by Fast Train: Longmen Grottoes, Shaolin Temple
Day 11 Xian – Dunhuang by Flight: Crescent Lake, Echoing Sand Mountain
Day 12 Dunhuang: Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang Museum
Day 13 Dunhuang departure
Upon arrival in Beijing, our local guide will wait you at terminal exit by holding a welcome board with your name and then transfer to hotel. The rest day is free for your disposal.
In the morning, your guide and driver will pick you up at about 8:00 am from your Beijing downtown hotel and start the tour with Tiananmen Square, the heart and symbol of Beijing and the largest city square in the world. The spacious square has been used for many public celebrations, ceremonies, and demonstrations for over a hundred years.
Next we will pay a visit to Forbidden City, one of the largest and most completely preserved palace complex built of wood. It functioned as the imperial palace in the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1912). 24 emperors of the two dynasties once lived here.
After a Chinese style lunch, we will head to Summer Palace. It is located at the west skirt of Beijing and covers an area of 290 hectares. During the Qianlong Era of the Qing Dynasty, the Summer Palace was built by imitating the layout of the West Lake in Hangzhou. Now it is the largest and most completely preserved imperial garden in China.
This evening you will have chance to try Pecking Duck, then back to your hotel.
In the morning we will firstly visit the Temple of Heaven, the largest existed worshiping architecture complex in China where emperors in the Ming and the Qing Dynasties did yearly worship to God for good harvest.
Nest we will pay a visit Mutianyu Great Wall, which is the most scenic part of Chinese Great Wall. It was built in the early Ming Dynasty at 1368 and stretches for 5400 meters. 90 percent of the Mutianyu is covered by vegetation. So in each season this part of the Great Wall will treat visitors with its unique scenery. If hiking is too much for you, cable car is available and optional.
On the way back to downtown city, we will pass by Bird’s Nest and Water Cube, where you can have a short stay to take some photos with them. Then back to hotel.
After breakfast, pay a visit to the Lama Temple, and then hop on a rickshaw for a Hutong Tour through the most characteristic, maze-like neighborhood.
Later, take a 6-hour trip on the soft-sleeper train towards Datong. Upon arrival in Datong, met by your local guide and transferred to your Hotel in Datong.
Explore Datong which boasts numerous renowned attractions.
First of all, head for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yungang Grottoes, the largest and best-preserved grottoes in China, comprising of over 200 caverns, housing more than 50,000 Buddha Statues.
Then head out for a ride towards Wutaishan. On the way there, pay a visit to the miraculous Hanging Temple on Mount Hengshan, which is hailed as one of the most spectacular and mysterious architectural miracle on the history.
Then stay overnight at Wutaishan.
After breakfast, visit Xiantong Temple, one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China with a dazzling Bronze Hall with ten thousand gleaming Buddha statues. Explore the wealth of monasteries on Mount Wutai, one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains.
Then transfer to Pingyao, on the way visit the Qiao’s Compound. Stay overnight at Pingyao.
Today we will do a full day tour in 2700 years old Pingyao ancient City.
The first stop will be Pingyao City Wall. On the wall top you will have a bird’s eye view of the whole Pingyao City.
Next we will move to the Rishengchang Former Bank where you will witness the rudiment of Chinese styled bank in ancient China. In the afternoon we will take a walk in the Street remains the looking of the Ming and the Qing Dynasty which is called Ming Qing Street to feel the trading method of the Ming and the Qing Dynasty.
Afterwards we will visit the Pingyao City God Temple. In the temple we will appreciate wonderful wood carvings, paintings and sculptures.Then back to hotel.
In the morning we will visit Wang’s Family Compound, the residence of Family Wang, a successful business family in the Ming and the Qing Dynasty. The whole family compound covers an area of 250 thousand m2 and enjoys the fame of Forbidden City of folk residence.
Then we will move to visit Shuanglin Monastery. A Buddhist temple with more than 1000 year’s history. The highlights in the monastery are Chinese scholar treed planted in the Tang Dynasty, tablets carved in the Song Dynasty, Bell cast in the Ming Dynasty, and colorful sculptures and ancient buildings survived from feudal dynasties.
At last transfer to train station for High Speed Train to Xian. Upon arrival in Xian, met by local driver and be transferred to hotel. The rest day is free for you.
In the morning, you will visit the world’s eighth wonder, the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Known as “the Eighth Wonder of the World” and one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in the 20th century, the museum shows a surprisingly high level in sculpture. The splendid battle formation will leave you an impressive memory.
In the afternoon, back to downtown city to visit City Wall, the best preserved and the largest military defense city wall in China. Tourists could optionally ride bikes on the city wall top.
After lunch, visit Xian Ancient City Wall, the most completely preserved and largest city wall in China. It was built for military defense in the Ming Dynasty, about 650 years ago. You can optionally ride a bike on the city wall.
Then come to Bell Tower & Drum Tower Square to have an outer look of the Bell Tower and the Drum Tower. At last, go to visit Muslim Quarter, the most famous food street in Xian.
Finishing the tour, the guide and driver will escort you back to your hotel.
In the early morning pick up by driver from hotel lobby and transfer to North Railway Station to catch the high speed train to Luoyang.
Getting off the train at Luoyang Longmen Station in 2 hours and our local driver and guide will meet you by holding a welcome board with your name.
Then transfer to visit Longmen Grottoes which is a treasure house of ancient stone-carving art more than 100,000 stone statues here,varying from 2-centimeter to 17.14-meter high and extending for about 1,094 yards along both banks of Yi River. It’s about 12 kilometers far away from Luoyang city. Along with Yungang Caves and Mogao Caves as well as Longmen Grottoes are regarded as the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscriptions in China.
We’ll end up Luoyang tour with the must-be see attraction–Shaolin Temple which is well-known for the birthplace of Chinese Zen Buddhism and Shaolin Martial Arts .You cannot wait for watching the Kongfu Show performance as the saying goes ‘All martial arts have their roots in Shaolin’.
At last transfer to train station to catch the high speed train back to Xian. Met by drive in Xian North Railway station and transfer back to hotel.
Pick up from hotel lobby by local guide and transfer to airport for flight to Dunhuang. Upon arrival in Dunhuang, our driver and guide will wait for you at the airport terminal exit by holding a welcome sign with your name on it. Then you will be driven to the hotel and have a short rest.
In the afternoon we will visit the Echoing-Sand Mountain. When you slide down the slope, you can hear the roaring echo of sands, hence the name. A short Camel Ride (optional) will leave you a unforgettable memory. Riding along the mountain to reach the Crescent Lake, your eyes will be feasted on the crescent-shaped spring surrounded by the endless Gobi desert.
Then back to Dunhuang city hotel.
After breakfast,our guide will take you to the Mogao Grottoes, one of the four most famous caves in China. The grottoes, also know as Caves of the Thousand Buddha, preserve nearly a thousand years of Buddhist cave temple architecture, clay sculpture, mural paintings, and manuscripts, dating from the 5th to the 14th centuries. And in Tourist Reception Center, which functions as Digital Exhibition Center now, tourists will see two 20-minute long digital movies to have a overall understand of Silk Road Tour.
Then transfer to learn about Dunhuang’s rich past by visiting Dunhuang Museum, home to thousands of ancient artifacts. Then escort you to the hotel.
Pick up from hotel lobby at confirmed time and transfer to airport for flight departing Dunhuang. Service ends here.