Upon your early morning arrival in Datong, your driver will welcome you at the airport. Meet your guide and start your visits, before checking in at your hotel in the afternoon.
Start your tour at the Buddhist Yungang grottoes, then go on to Shanhua Temple, a very well-preserved architectural complex. You’ll finish your day at Hua Yan monastery, before seeing the Nine Dragons Wall in Datong city centre.
This morning, you’ll meet your guide and visit the impressive Xuankongsi, a monastery that was built suspended to the cliff more than 1600 years ago. Explore the monastery and continue your trip from Datong to Pingyao through Mount Wutai (~4hrs drive), one of the five sacred mountains for Buddhists in China.
Mount Wutai is a unique sacred place, both for Chinese Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism. In the morning, you’ll explore Wutaishan natural scenery, forests, and temples. In the afternoon, your driver will take you to the old fortified city of Pingyao (~4hrs drive).
Today, you’ll discover Pingyao old town. This fortified city dates back to the 14th century, and its houses form the Ming and Qing dynasties are remarkably well-preserved. Lose yourself among its classical courtyards that will remind you of some Chinese period movies such as “Raise the Red Lantern” by Zhang Yimou. The old city itself is now a listed UNESCO World Heritage site, and its walls are among the best preserved from the Ming dynasty. You can stroll along the town’s narrow alleys and visit many temples and historical mansions.
In the end of the afternoon, your driver will take you to the airport and you will board your flight to your next destination.