Shanxi Explore 9 Days

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Tour Details

Group Size: 
2 --15 pax 

Travel Season: 
Year around

Accommodation: 
5&4-star hotel 

Transport: 
Chartered car or bus

Train:
N/A

Flights:
N/A

Meals:
Breakfast and lunch

Guide: 
English-speaking local guides

Entrance Fees:
Entrance for the sites stated

Payment

Shanxi Explore 9 Days
Shanxi is a province with a long history. There are plenty of cultural ruins, ancient cities, temples, grottoes, and mountains to explore. This 9-day tour will let you explore the amazing province in depth with a local guide.

Itinerary 
Day 01. Arrival Taiyuan

Arrive at Taiyuan airport or bullet train station at any time, met and transferred to hotel in Taiyuan.
Overnight in Taiyuan
Included meal: None


Day 02. Taiyuan
Day tour in Taiyuan including the beautiful Jinci Temple, Shanxi Museum(close on Monday), and Mengshan Giant Buddha that was built 1600 years ago.
Overnight in Taiyuan
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 03. Taiyuan -- Pingyao by car
After hotel breakfast, you will take 2-hour ride to Wang Family Courtyard to visit the massive family palace. Afterwards, you will drive one hour to the UNESCO cultural heritage, the old town of Pingyao.
Overnight in Pingyao
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 04. Pingyao
Today you will wander around the old town of Pingyao, you can visit the old Yamen, city wall, Rishengchang Bank, Confucius temple etc. Moreover, you will visit Shuanglong Temple that is 20km from Pingyao, which is famous for its splendid statues.
Overnight in Pingyao
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 05. Pingyao -- Mt Wutai by car
After hotel breakfast, you will take 3-hour ride to Mt Wutai that is a well-known for Chinese Buddhism. Upon arrival, you will visit Foguang Temple, and Dailuo Ding (climb up 1080 steps) etc. this afternoon.
Overnight in Mt Wutai
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 06. Mt Wutai
Full day explore Mount Wutai, you can climb up one of the 5 summits, of which, Dong Summit is famous for the sun-rising.
Overnight in Mt Wutai
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 07. Mt Wutai -- Hanging Mastery -- Datong by car
This morning, you will take 3-hour ride to Hanging Monastery that was called Wonder built on the cliff of the Mt Henshan. Afterwards, you will drive on hour to visit the 1000-year old Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian. Later, drive one hour to Datong.
Overnight in Datong
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 08. Datong
Today you will visit Huayan Monastery, Nine-dragon Screen and Yungang Grottoes. Yungang is UNESCO cultural site with the impressive stone carving in the caves that can be traced abck to 1700 years ago.
Overnight in Datong
Included meals: Breakfast and lunch


Day 09. Departure from Datong
Transfer to Datong airport or railway station to head for your next destination.
Included meal: Breakfast


Taiyuan
Taiyuan, the capital of Shanxi, lies on the Fen River in the heart of the province and in the northern part of the fruitful Taiyuan Basin. It is surrounded by mountains on three sides and it is800 meters above sea level. The contour of the city looks like a bat. It is 144 kilometers from east to west, and 107 kilometers from south to north. Its total area is 6, 956 square kilometers with a population of about 3million. The urban area is 140 square kilometers with a population of 1 million. Taiyuan now administers one city, two suburban districts, three urban districts and three counties. The streets of Taiyuan are very neat and well laid out. All the streets from south to north are called "Lu"(road), while al the streets from east to west are called "Jie"(street). Therefore, since ancient times, it has been praised as "Splendid Taiyuan. " The climate of Taiyuan is continental monsoon. It is in a temperate zone and changeable. The temperature difference between day and night is very large. The annual temperature averages 9. 6 ℃. January is the coldest month with an averaging temperature of-6. 4 ℃. July is the hottest month with an averaging temperature of 23. 5 ℃. The annual precipitation averages 470 millimeters and the annual frost-free time averages 170 days. Taiyuan has no hot summer; the temperature is moderate. The climate is delightful and it is an ideal place for tourism and summer resorts.
According to history, the city was founded in the Western Zhou Dynasty (1066-771 BC). In 500 BC, Taiyuan was an ancient capital, built by Zhao Jianzi and named Jinyang. It was renamed Taiyuan in the Qin Dynasty. The city had been deliberately flooded several times 453 BC, 969 AD, and it was destroyed by war in 1125. During the Ming Dynasty in 1568 the city wall was reconstructed. Because of its mineral wealth, fertile soil and strategic location, it was the site of many wars and changed hands five times between396 AD and 618 AD. Since ancient times, it has been the entry-way to the Shanxi Plateau, a favorite target of northern tribes and an advantageous starting point for the occupation of the Chinese Empire. Thus, Taiyuan was the scene of many political and martial conflicts. It was a silk center during the Sui Dynasty and has grown grapes for a thousand years.

Ancient City of Ping Yao 平遥古城
Ping Yao, located in the center of Shanxi Province in China, is a well-preserved city with traditional Chinese architecture style, which was inscribed on the list of Word Heritage by UNESCO in 1997. The history of Pingyao can be traced back to the 14th century During Ming Dynasty, that was the first time to build the city wall that was enhanced in 18 the century. Today the travelers still can walk on the original 6163-m old city wall to overview the entire city on the city wall. Though covering only 2.25 square kms, the old city has built various buildings including the first banking institute in the 19th and early 20th centuries, which played key role for the state finance at the time. Nowadays there are old government building, Confucius temple, Qingxu Taoism Temple, Rishenchao Bank Museum etc. in the old city for visitors to wander around. There are also various shops, guesthouses, bars, and restaurants in the old city for the tourists. While wondering in the old town, you will have a feeling that you were travelling back 100 years ago as the old houses and layout of the town are so well-preserved. You should choose Kang, the traditional local brick bed in the guesthouses to experience the local life. Moreover, the local noodles and beef are best delicacy in Pinyao.
The heritage property includes three parts: the entire area within the walls of Ping Yao, Shuanglin Temple 6 kilometers southwest of the county seat, and Zhenguo Temple 12 kilometers northeast of the county seat.

Open time:
All year around.

Entrance Fee:
Package tickets for Zhengguo Temple. Shuanglin Temple and Pingyao: CNY150.00 per ticket

Note: If you do not visit the museums and ancient institutes etc. in the old city, you do not have to pay. 


Travelers are advised to read the Trip Notes before your China tours.
 
Visas - A China visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China. Please view our web page for detailed information about China Visa: http://silkroadtrips.com/260.html
 
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. Please provide us with:
•    Insurance company
•    Policy number
•    24 hour medical emergency contact number
•    The expiry date of the policy
You may check our webpage for more detailed information as below.
http://silkroadtrips.com/266.html
 
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
 
Luggage - We suggest you to take one main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Don’t overload yourself, because you have to carry your own baggage.
 
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
 
Accommodation - Each tour lists the hotel standard, you can check it before your booking, The hotels are selected for convenience of location, comfort or character, and can range differently from tour to tour. In some remote areas, accommodation may be of a lower standard and may not have all western amenities. Please note that there is no international classification system for hotels, and differences and quality do exist between the European Countries and China, though it is marked 4 or 5 star hotel.
In bigger cities and large towns the standard is similar although on a lesser scale. In small towns or villages where tourism is less prevalent, the hotels we use are smaller and facilities are more limited, though we generally stay in the best place in town. Rooms will still be en suite but rooms can be basic. Plumbing and electricity supplies can be somewhat erratic and although the welcome is warm, service levels may be less efficient than you may be used to.
 
Booking a Single Room – Silkroadtrips are pleased to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room.  Kindly note our single supplement do not include sharing cabins on the overnight trains or cruises. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
 
Trains
Aboard the overnight sleeper train, berths are usually in 1st class ‘soft sleeper’ lockable compartments for 4 which have 2 sets of bunks with clean bedding provided. WC and washbasins are provided for shared use at the end of each carriage. Hot meals and snacks are sold to your berth on all overnight journeys. In times of large demand we may have to travel in 2nd class ‘hard sleeper’ which consists of sectioned off compartments for 6,leading off an open plan carriage.
Bullet trains are getting popular, it is very modern with a high velocity of 300km per hour. There are western toilets, dinning car on the bullet trains, and normally for short distance running 1—8 hours.
 
Air
You can check in 20 kg baggage and carry 5kg hand bag with you while boarding a flight in China. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.

Food
Eating is always an important part of the tours. Each tour of Silkroadtrips has listed the included meals, please check it on-line. Our professional guide will always arrange the meals at clean local restaurants to taste different food with different budget approximately from CNY20 to CNY200 per person per meal. Please check our webpage for Chinese Cuisine as below.
http://www.silkroadtrips.com/284.html
 
Tipping - If you're happy with the services provided then a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. Tipping is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across China and other Asian countries. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
Tour guides: Throughout your tour you may at times have local guides or national guide. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for guides.
Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate.
Optional Extras - Our standard tours are planned to be as fully inclusive as possible. However, from time-to-time you may be suggested to join optional tours/sightseeing in addition to the standard sightseeing planned for that city. Such options are at an additional cost, with prices ranging from 20-200 CNY per person. If you do not wish to take part in any optional extras, you will have the option of enjoying some free time at leisure or to return to the hotel.
 
Personal Expenses - Kindly check the inclusions for your tour, you will need to take some extra money to cover drinks, laundry and souvenirs, plus any additional sightseeing that may be offered to you. Based on the advice of previous customers an approximate amount of $250 per week should be sufficient; however for those that can’t resist a bargain, consider allocating a higher amount.
 
Electricity Supply & Plugs
China operates on a 220V and uses a combination of US/European and Chinese style plugs in most hotel rooms. You can buy an international adaptor before the tour