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5 Day Train Travel: Beijing-Datong-Pingyao

Price From: US$ 558

Departure: Daily
Tour Duration: 5 days (start from about 8:00 am and back around 5:00pm)
Accommodation: 2 nights in well selected hotel (2 persons share one room with daily breakfasts).
Destination: Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Taiyuan, Beijing
Payment Method: Cash, Credit Cards, Wire, Western Union
Tour Guide Language: English, other language speaking guide (French, Japanese, Spanish etc.) is available, if need, please contact us!  

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Take the overnight train K605 (23:36 - 06:21) or 2603 (23:47-07:01) from Beijing to Datong, the famous coal city in China.

Day 2
Datong/Pingyao (by tour bus or car) (B)
Yungang Grottoes

A local tour guide will meet you at the railway station and take you out for breakfast. Our bus will leave for Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery at 9:00 am and return to the railway station at approx. 4:30 pm. This gives you enough time to walk around the downtown area where you will see the Nine-Dragon Wall and some old streets. Take the overnight train 2462 (22:39-07:19) to Pingyao, a UNESCO Culture Heritage Site.
- Yungang Grottoes: Another UNESCO Culture Heritage Site. It is the largest cluster of Grottoes in China with some 51,000 sculpures of varying sizes in 53 rock caves. This grottoes has a history of 1,500 years old.
- Hanging Monastery: With a history of 1,400 years and being constructed on precipitous cliffs, the temple makes itself an architectural wonder throughout history by standing as far as 50 meters from the ground.
- Nine-Dragon Wall: The oldest and largest glazed screen in China today. The screen can be divided into three parts, the pedestal, body and roof. It is of 8 meters (about 26 feet) high, 2.02 meters (6.6 feet) thick and 45.5 meters (149 feet) long.

Day 3
Pingyao (B)
Pingyao Ancient Town

A local tour guide will meet you at the railway station and take you to your hotel (Folk Hotel). Visit the Pingyao Ancient Town and Shuanglin Temple. Return to Folk Hotel.
- Pingyao Ancient Town: One of China's best-preserved ancient county towns with a history of 2,700 years, Pingyao represents a typical city built by Hans during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, therefore its reputation as "Treasure House of Ancient Chinese Architectures."
- Shuanglin Temple: A time-honored Buddhist temple. Famous for Chinese scholar trees of the Tang Dynasty, stone steles of the Song Dynasty and bells of the Ming Dynasty together with exquisite ancient architectures.

Day 4
Pingyao/Taiyuan/Beijing (B)
Jinci Temple

After breakfast, we will go to Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province, and visit Qiao Courtyard Houses Complex and Jinci Temple on the way. After dinner, we will take the overnight train K602 (21:30-08:05) or K610 (21:20-05:28) from Taiyuan to Beijing.
- Qiao Courtyard Houses Complex: It was built during the Emperor Qianlong's reign of the Qing Dynasty. The most exquisite relics in the solemn compound are brick carvings, woodcarvings and stone sculpture, as well as plaques and painted murals.
- Jinci Temple: It is noted for its "three wonders": two trees (a cypress dating back to the Zhou and a scholar tree planted in the Sui), an evergurgling spring, and Song-dynasty statues of seven serving maids.

Day 5

Arrive Beijing in the morning.

Tour Price for Per Person(US$)
Price List for 5 Days Beijing-Datong-Pingyao Train Tour - price for per person
Group Size
2 persons
3~5 persons
US$ 604
US$ 558
Datong: HongQi Grand Hotel;
Pingyao: Zhengjia Hotel or DeJuYuan Hostel;
Taiyuan: HuaYuan Hotel;
Two persons share one standard room; please pay single supplement for a single room.

Price Including:
1. Pick-up and drop-off from railway;
2. Entrance tickets of sightseeing;
3. 3-star hotel accommodation(two shared one room);
4. Meals as listed in itinerary, B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner;
5. Private Tour buses/taxies;
6. English-speaking tour guide explain the sightseeing;
7. Return train ticket.

Price Excluding:
1. Single Room Supplement;
2. Tips to the driver and the guide.

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Traveller Reviews of: 5 Day Train Travel: Beijing-Datong-Pingyao
Written by: Romeo ngo ★★★★★ Added: 2014-06-06

Really glad we did the train trip to Datong from Beijing. Had a great time in Pingyao and the train ride is part of the fun for visiting the ancient town.

The ancient town of Pingyao itself is quite marvelous and looks like a treasure trove. Staying in the town over those days felt like traveling back in time. It is really amazing and fun to explore the town that way. There are ancient sights everywhere and it is really incredible to take in those sights. Great trip!

Written by: Muhammad Armand ★★★★★ Added: 2014-04-26

Really glad we did this side trip from Beijing to Datong on a train ride. We both enjoyed exploring the historic city of Datong and Pingyao ancient town. All we did over there was taking in some historic sights and soaking up history down there. Definitely an awesome trip we did in China!

Written by: minjee kang ★★★★★ Added: 2013-10-09

Had so much fun and lots of great memories over those days! Definitely an essential Chinese experience! Everything turned out the way I expected! Our tour guide was fantastic and very knowledgeable. I just loved every minute of it! I also learn more about Chinese culture and arts on this tour! Highly recommended!

Written by: Joel ★★★★★ Added: 2012-05-11

We had a wonderful time, we enjoyed the tour around Beijing! In Datong the hanging monastery and Yungang Buddhist caves are very impressive. Pingyao, the ancient Chinese city was a highlight of this trip. Train tour was tired but we enjoy it! Thanks to the tour guide!

Written by: Ella Wong ★★★★★ Added: 2011-01-14

I book this tour on line and via email. Their service is really good and we had a very wonderful tour! We took a overnight train to Datong and when we got the train station the tour guide picked us uo from the station. We went to the Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery after breakfast. The tour guide Lily was so kind and knowledgeable, her explanation was so good and interesting. We also have a view of the famous Nine Dragon Screen, really beautiful! We visited Pingyao Ancient Town, Shuanglin Temple, Qiao Courtyard Houses Complex and Jinci Temple in the last 2 days, all were very great. The driver was also good, he was skillful and kept the car very clean, we were very confortable in his car! I am very satisfied about this tour and hightly reccommend the tour and this company to you!

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