--Drive to visit the Yungang Grottoes. Yungang grottoes are considered first among three grottoes of China for their tremendous size, ancient history, and relatively complete state of preservation.
--Then we will visit the Nine Dragon Screen. Built over 600 years ago, it is presently the oldest and largest glazed screen in China today. It is three times larger than that in Beihai Park.
--Move on to visit Huayan Monastery. Built during the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125), the Huayan Monastery is the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty in existence in China.
--Move on to visit the Shanhua Monastery located in central Datong within the old city walls. It was first constructed during the Tang dynasty (618-907AD) though most of the present wooden building dates back to the 12th century. The monastery houses some intricately carved Jin dynasty (265-420AD) statues and has a screen wall decorated with dragons.
--On the way to Taiyuan, we will visit the Xuankong Temple(Hanging Temple ), which has a history of more than 1,400 years. About 40 buildings survived are scattered halfway up the mountain on the cliff face or slopes, from 26 to 50 meters above the foot of the mountain. The temple buildings which seem to be hanging in midair on the cliffs are unique in structure.
--Then we will visit Yingxian Wood Pagoda. The pagoda is the oldest and highest wooden structure in China with about 900 years of history and is regarded as the "First Pagoda in the World" and a gem in the architectural field.
--Arrive in Taiyuan. Proceed to visit the Jinci Temple. It was built in the Bei Wei Dynasty (386-534) in memory of Shuyu, the second son of Zhouwu kingdom. The temple is a famous garden of ancient buildings, in compound with hall, pavilions, and towers. The cypress, the long-life Spring and the painted clay figures of maids in the Saintly Mother's Hall are reputed as Jinci Temple's 'three wonders'. Be transferred to hotel after the tour.
--Drive to visit the Wang's Ancestral Temple, a wealth of houses built long ago, which are representative of the wealth attained by the Shanxi Merchants.
--Drive to Pingyao. Walk along the Ancient City Wall. The city wall of Pingyao was originally built using rammed earth, and was rebuilt with bricks in 1370 during the reign of Emperor Hong Wu of the Ming Dynasty. The wall testifies to the profound influence of Confucianism in this region, as the 3,000 embrasures on the wall are said to represent the number of disciples of Confucius, and the 72 small watchtowers represent his 72 top disciples.
--Move on to visit Shuanglin Temple, which has stood there for 1,500 years since the North Wei Dynasty. Be transferred to Taiyuan and catch the overnight train back to Beijing (N202, 21:30/07:50). (Breakfast, Lunch)
|2-5 Pax||6-9 Pax||10 Pax & above||single supplement|