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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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China Train Tour to Datong and PingyaoTour Name:         China Train Tour to Datong and Pingyao
Tour Code:          M95D282
Duration:            8 Days & 7 Nights
Destination:        Beijing, Datong, Pingyao
Features:            North China is long believed as one of the roots of Chinese culture and birthplace of the Ancient Chinese Civilization. This rail travel takes you to explore the profound Chinese culture in Beijing, Datong and ancient town Pingyao.
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Arrive in Beijing, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Jianguo Hotel Beijing



Full day visit Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, The Temple of Heaven. B, L

Jianguo Hotel Beijing



Full day visit Badaling Great Wall and the Summer Palace. B, L

Jianguo Hotel Beijing


Beijing - Datong

In the morning Hutong Tours in Rickshaw, transferred to railway station and take soft sleeper train to Datong (approx.6hrs), arrival in Datong, met with and transferred to your hotel. B, L Datong Garden Hotel


Datong - Pingyao

One day tour in Datong, visit Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple, Wooden Pagoda, in the evening transferred to railway station for overnight soft sleeper train to Pingyao. B, L

Soft sleeper train



Arrival in Pingyao, met with and transferred to hotel for breakfast. Then visit Pingyao Ancient Town including the City Wall, City Gate, and Ming-Qing Street etc. B, L

De Chao Ge Hotel


Pingyao - Beijing

In the morning you will visit Qiao Family Compound and Shuanglin Temple. Later in the afternoon take soft sleeper train back Beijing.  B, L Soft sleeper train


Arrival in Beijing in the morning, met with and transferred to airport for departure flight. Trip ends.  B  N/A

Day01 Arrival Beijing
Today you arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. Greeted and received by your local guide and escorted to your hotel in downtown Beijing. The rest of day is at your own disposal.

Day02 Beijing (B, L)Forbidden City,Beijing,China
Enjoy your buffet breakfast at your hotel. Today you will have a day guided tour to explore Beijing. This morning the tour begins with a visit of the Temple of Heaven, located in the southern part of Beijing, and has been one of the most holy places for the whole country for more than five centuries. It used as a complex of sacrificial buildings for the Ming and Qing emperors, and is the largest one in Beijing among several royal altars to Heaven, Earth, the Sun, the Moon and other deities or symbolic forces of Nature. Then you will take a walking in the iconic Tiananmen Square, which is probably the biggest one of its kind in the world. From here you will go on to the Forbidden City (also known officially as the Imperial Palace Museum ) was commissioned by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700's and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in hina. The total area of the complex is 183 acres, so it takes quite a while to walk through, especially if you want to have a close look at everything. All together there are 9,999 1/2 rooms in the Museum, not all of which can be visited.

Day03 Beijing (B, L)Great Wall of China
This morning you will head to the Great Wall of China at Badaling. The Great Wall, like the Pyramids of Egypt, the Taj Mahal in India and the Hanging Garden of Babylon, is one of the great wonders of the world. Starting out in the east on the banks of the Yalu Rivers in Liaoning Province, the Great Wall stretches westwards for 12,700km to Jiayuguan in the Bobi Desert, thus known as the Ten Thousand Li Wall in China. The lunch today will be arranged at a good restaurant at the foot of the Great Wall. In the afternoon transferred back Beijing to visit the Summer Palace. Located at the northwest suburb of Beijing, the Summer Palace was originally a royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, Its predecessor was the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyiyuan) started in 1750 and burned down by the British and French allied troops in 1860. In 1886, Empress Dowager Cixi used navy outlays and other funds in the reconstruction and renamed the park as Summer Palace in 1888.The Summer Palace in northwest suburban Beijing is the largest and most complete imperial garden existing in China.

Day04 Beijing - Datong (B, L)Chinese Passenger Train
This morning you will take a unique Hutong tour by a rickshaw to discover the old residential area of Beijing. Hutongs are closely associated with individual four-sided courtyard in which people live. Most Hutongs are running east west for the local dwellers to procure the sunlight. After lunch you will be transferred to railway station to board your soft sleeper train to Datong (approx. 6hrs). In the evening you arrive in Datong, met with and transferred to your hotel.

Day05 Datong - Pingyao (B, L)Yungang Grottoes,Datong
Transfer to visit Yungang Grottoes, are ancient Buddhist temple grottoes near the city of Datong in northern China's Shanxi Province. The four main sites in China that are famous for their stone sculpture are Dunhuang, Longmen, Yungang and Dazu. Among these, the Yungang grottoes are considered first among equals, for their tremendous size, their ancient history, and their relatively complete state of preservation. In 2001 the site was listed as an UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Besides, you will be transferred to visit the Hanging Temple in Hunyuan County and the Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County. The Hanging Temple is an architectural wonder. It was built on a cliff face. The building complex was built on the base of the natural hollows and outcrops along the contour of the cliff. Over 40 halls, cabinets and pavilions within an area of 152.5 square meters are connected each other by corridors, bridges, boardwalks. They are evenly distributed and well balanced in height. The Wooden Pagoda is another must-see attraction for any tours to Datong. The Pagoda, built completely of timber, and standing 67.31 meters high, is the only extant large wooden pagoda in China and also the tallest among ancient wooden buildings of the world. Later of the day transferred to railway station and take soft sleeper train to Pingyao.

Day06 Pingyao (B, L)Pingyao Ancient Town,Shanxi Province
Arrive in Pingyao in the morning, met with and transferred to your hotel for breakfast and refreshment. Later in the morning you will visit Ancient City Wall, Ming-Qing Street, Yamen, Shuanglin Monastery and Wang Family Compound. Pingyao Ancient Town is an ancient county typical of rural counties in North China, simple and steeped in ancient tradition. The Old Town of Pingyao was constructed according to the traditional planning and building style of the Han ethnic group and was laid out according to the functions of its different parts. Four large streets, eight smaller ones, and 72 lanes made a neat grid. Symmetrically arranged along an axis, the private houses were constructed either in the style of courtyard houses or in the style of manmade-cave houses, all with local features. Today, Pingyao still has 3,797 courtyard houses, 400 of them especially well preserved. In addition, richly decorated temples and shops are scattered all over the town. These old buildings bring back a scene of the flourishing town of Pingyao during the Ming and Qing periods.

Day07 Pingyao - Beijing (B, L)Qiao Family Compound,Shanxi
In the morning you will drive half an hour outside to visit Qiao Family Compound. This ancient Qiao Family Mansion is the residence of the famous Shanxi Merchant, Qiao Zhiyong. It gained its fame home and abroad due to the movie "the Red Lanterns" by the famous Chinese movie director Mr. Zhang Yimou. The Qiao Family Mansion was first built in 1756 in the Qing Dynasty and renovated twice and enlarged once. Additionally you will take a short trip to the Shuanglin Temple. Also known as "Double Forest Temple", Shuanglin Temple is located about 20 minutes drive from Pingyao Ancient Town. Shuanglin Temple was built about 1,500 years ago, and is renowned for ancient locust trees, steles, frescos and especially the vivid and well-preserved colored-painting mud sculptures which number over 2,000. After dinner you will be transferred to railway station and take a soft sleeper train to Beijing. Overnight on train (soft sleeper)

Day08 Depart Beijing (B)
In the morning your train arrives in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to airport for your departure flight to the next destination. End of your rail travel to Datong and Pingyao.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.


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