Day 1 Beijing-Pingyao Meal(s): Lunch, Dinner Attraction(s): Pingyao Ancient City Wall, Ri Sheng Chang Private Bank, Ming Qing Street Today Arrangement: Pick you up from your hotel/apartment at 7:00AM by our private English-speaking guide and driver, transfer to Beijing west railway station and take a train to Taiyuan.
Upon your arrival, be met by our guide in Taiyuan railway station and drive to Pingyao. Have a lunch and then visit Pingyao Ancient City for three of its characterized sites. First is the Ancient City Wall. Seventy-two watch towers were built every 50-100 m along the top of the wall and 3000 crenellations were constructed with openings for shooting. Then come to Ri Sheng Chang Private Bank, which is the first draft bank of China, the forerunner of modern banking and once manipulated the economic lifelines of the whole Qing Dynasty in the 19th century. Finally is the Ming Qing Street, also called South Street, the main commercial street in Pingyao. The street extends for about 750 m, with 78 traditional shops that remain well-preserved in the Ming and Qing style. After dinner, drive to the hotel and check in.
Day 2 Pingyao Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Attraction(s): Jinci Temple, Qiao Family's Compound, the Great Wang's Quadrangle Today Arrangement: After breakfast, visit Jinci Temple, a fine example of royal Chinese architecture, built by Prince Shuyu who was reputed to have magical powers. The temple is also well-known for the 1,000 years old Cyprus trees wrap around. Have a lunch and call at the Qiao Family's Compound. It was a courtyard house of Qiao Guifa, a local tea and bean curd merchant of Qing dynasty, consisting of six courtyards containing over 300 rooms, packed with antiques from the Qing period. Then move on to the Great Wang’s Quadrangle, is a great representative for the finest residential architecture of Qing Dynasty and the largest residential building collections throughout China with 1,118 rooms throughout the 123 individual courtyards, covering an area of 250 thousand square meters. The huge architecture was made to signify the greatness of Wang's family. Have dinner, transfer to hotel.
Qiao Family 's Compound
Day 3 Pingyao-Beijing Meal(s): Breakfast Today Arrangement: After breakfast, be transferred to Taiyuan railway station back to Beijing. Arrival at Beijing, be met by our English-speaking guide and driven back to your hotel or apartment in Beijing.
Please contact us if you are interesed in other hotels. You could also book hotel on your own.
Discount for children from 2 to 12 years old differs according to your tour size.
If you are a group of 10 or 10 people above, please contact us, we could give a very competitive discount.
If you need to prolong your stay in Beijing, or arrive a few days earlier, please let us know and we'd be happy to extend your hotel bookings, or arrange additional tours for you.
Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary.
Meals as listed in the itinerary.
Free-bottled mineral water.
Hotels as listed in the itinerary.
Private English-speaking tour guide and private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing.
Free visits to handicraft factories.
Service charge & government taxes.
Soft seat train tickets: Beijing-Taiyuan (D2003, 08:00-11-26), Taiyuan-Beijing (D2002, 08:25-11:48).
Luggage transfers between airports and hotels.
China life tourist accident/casualty insurance.
Entry or exit China airfare.
Gratuities, tips to guides or drivers.