Essential Shanxi

Datong, Mt Wutai & Pingyao

From £2600 per person in low season
From £2900 per person in high season

based on 8 nights inc. flights & daily experiences

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Price includes:

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

per person based on two sharing. 
Please note that the cost of the itinerary will be higher during peak periods of travel, over Chinese National Holidays.

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  • Uncover the roots of ancient religion in Datong, known for over 51,000 Buddhist relics within 252 caves!

  • Admire the mountain temples of Wutai, acclaimed as one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains

  • Travel back into the ancient life of China as you stroll across the quaint streets of Pingyao

  • We recommend extension to Yuncheng to discover the earliest Taoist palaces and/or visit to the grandiose Hukou Waterfall

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The Central-eastern regions of Henan, Shanxi and Shandong experience four distinct seasons. Summers are hot and humid, with the majority of the year’s rain falling between June and August. July is the hottest month of the year, with temperatures peaking at around 40°C. Winters are cold, dropping as low as -20°C in January. Spring is short and warm, but sandstorms from Mongolia often sweep through the region at this time of year. The best months to visit the Central-eastern regions are September through to November, whilst the days are long and sunny and temperatures average 17°C.

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Step back in time to unravel to magnificent history of ancient China, including the Buddhist sculptures of Yungang Grottoes, the hanging temples of Mount Wutai before concluding at the incredibly-preserved ancient city of Pingyao with grand mansions courtesy of ancient Chinese tycoons. We can also arrange extension to Yuncheng and Hukou Waterfall.

  1. Days 1-2: Datong

    Arriving into Datong Yungang Airport or Datong Railway Station, your journey begins in the iconic Yungang Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site housing over 51,000 statues across 252 caves! Afterwards, you will visit the Shanhua Monastery with its three main halls, as well as Huayan Temple which best exemplifies the architectural style dating back to the Liao Dynasty. You will also admire the brightly-coloured tiles of the famous Nine Dragon Screen.

    The next morning, you will drive towards the Hanging Monastery, an engineering masterpiece of Taoist temple built on a vertical cliff. Continue to the Sakyamuni Wooden Pagoda which was built in 1056 before arriving into Mount Wutai.

    Accommodation: Datong Garden Hotel (1 night)

  2. Days 2-4: Mount Wutai

    If you would like to rise between 5-5.30am, we can organize an optional morning sunrise in the Eastern Terrace of Mount Wutai.

    Known as the peak of North China, Mount Wutai holds a prestigious title as one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains in China. We will spend the day exploring various temples and monasteries such as Xian Tong, Ta Yuan, Wu Ye, Pu Shou and Boddhisattva Top.

    The next morning, we depart from Mount Wutai with en route visit to two less-known temples of Foguang and Nanchan. Foguang is known for its colourful Tang Dynasty murals, whereas Nanchang is home to some of the most exquisite sculptures in the county.

    Accommodation: Wutai Mountain Marriott Hotel (2 nights)

  3. Days 4-6: Pingyao

    We will spend a full day exploring the old town of Pingyao. Stroll around Ri Sheng Chang which is the world's first Financial House, the ancinty City Wall, the Shuanglin Temple with over 2,000 artisanal sculptures across various dynasties, the Qingxu Taoism Temple, Seat of the County Government, as well as the Ming & Qing Street.

    An optional evening show of "Seeing Pingyao Again" is available. Accompanied with stunning visual and lighting effects, the Mandarin-language show narrates story about a group of hired bodyguards on a mission to rescue the kidnapped son of a wealthy businessman.

    On your final day, you will make a visit the Chang's Family Manor, the largest folk residence in Shanxi before transferring into Taiyuan Wusu International Airport or Pingyao Railway Station.

    Accommodation: Jing's Residence (2 nights)

  4. Days 6-7: Optional Extension: Linfen, China

    If you are able to add more nights, we can arrange an optional visit to Hukou Waterfall while you are based in Linfen. Hukou Waterfall is known as the world's only magnificent yellow waterfall. Time-permitting, we will visit Jishan with its beautiful Song Jin Grave murals consisting of 14 brick tombs with underground palaces.

  5. Days 7-9: Optional Extension: Yuncheng, China

    Complete your Shanxi experience by visiting Yuncheng. You will make a visit to one of China's largest Guan Yu temples, visit the nearby city of Yonji for a tour of Pujiu Temple, as well as Yongle Palace which is one of the earliest Taoist temples with intact building complex dating all the way back to the Yuan Dynasty!


  • Chang's Family Mansion Tour

    Make a visit to the Chang's Family Manor, which has one of the biggest courtyards in Shanxi that covers an area of 400 square kilometres.

  • Discovering Pingyao

    Explore Pingyao and its surrounds, visiting highlights including Ri Sheng Chang, the City Wall and the Shuanglin Temple.

  • Foguang & Nanchan Temples

    Visit Foguang Temple and Nanchan Temple, the two less touristy temples for a masterpiece of architecture and exquisite Tang Dynasty sculptures.

  • Hanging Monastery and the Wooden Pagoda

    Visit the Hanging Monastery before visiting the Sakyamuni Wooden Pagoda.

  • Mt Wutai Full Day Tour

    Spend the day exploring temples, monasteries and temples of Mount Wutai, including Xian Tong, Ta Yuan, Wu Ye, Pu Shou and Bodhisattva Top.

  • Yungang Grottoes and Datong Highlights

    Visit the renowned Yungang Grottoes and admire the Buddhist cave art. Continue to Shanhua Monastery. Return to Datong and enjoy a tour of the highlights including the exquisite Huayan Temple and the renowned Nine Dragon Screen.


Datong, Mt Wutai & Pingyao

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