Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 1 - You'll have to walk around on your own, climb some stairs and carry your own bag. Easy does it.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12.
Meals Included: 4 breakfasts
Accommodations: Not Availaible
Visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall, See thousands of Buddha statues at the Yungang Grottoes, Enjoy an included calligraphy class, Explore the ancient city of Pingyao
To truly understand China, you've got to get out and meet it on its own terms, which is exactly what this eight-day trip through the country's northern reaches delivers. Up here, you'll get to the big stuff (the Great Wall, Xi'an, Beijing) and lesser-known treasures that only the hardiest of travellers ever get to experience: Datong's Hanging Monastery, the amazing Yungang Buddha Caves, the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Pingyao, even a calligraphy class, to name just a few.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 8 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Xi'an||Day 1 Xi'an|
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Pingyao||Day 2 Xi'an/Pingyao|
Discover Xian with some free time before boarding an evening fast train to Pingyao. Transport: Local train (3.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Pingyao||Day 3 Pingyao (1B)|
Try your hand at calligraphy with an included lesson and explore the ancient city of Pingyao with free time. Included Activities: Calligraphy Class
|Day 4||Datong||Day 4 Pingyao/Datong (1B)|
Datong is famous for its temples, pagodas, and other Buddhist structures in the area. The Huayan Monastery and Nine-Dragon Screen are excellent examples of the treasures found in the middle of the city. Transport: Local train (6.50-8.00 hours)
|Day 5||Datong||Day 5 Datong (1B)|
The Hanging Monastery (or Hanging Temple) is a wooden structure built into a cliff at the foot of a mountain more than 1,500 years ago. It includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. Further afield are the Yungang Grottoes; there are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining. Enjoy a guided visit to the grottoes to marvel at them in person. Beyond that is Mt Hengshan, one of the five sacred mountains of China. Opt to check out Datongs six remaining pagodas, which gave the city the nickname "City of Pagodas". Included Activities: Yungang Grottoes Visit Hanging Temple Visit Transport: Basic overnight train (beds) (6.00-7.00 hours)
|Day 6||Beijing||Day 6 Datong/Beijing (1B)|
Arrive in bustling Beijing early and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City. Included Activities: Forbidden City Tour
|Day 7||Beijing||Day 7 Beijing|
Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs. Included Activities: Great Wall Mutianyu Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle
|Day 8||Beijing||Day 8 Beijing|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document 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. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. 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. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.