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World Heritage Tour in North China

Day 1 Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, the capital of China. You are greeted by your guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After a short break in the hotel, you will take rickshaws through Beijing's Hutong, experiencing the lifestyle of the Beijing locals.

 

Day 2 Beijing

Day tour starts from Temple of Heaven, where emperors performed annual rituals of sacrifice to ensure prosperity for future generations. And then we will visit the Forbidden City, in scripted as a UNESCO world cultural heritage site in 1987. It has 9999 halls and rooms in which emperors lived for over 500 hundred years in Ming and Qing dynasties. And then we will take a leisure walk around Tian An Men Square to admire the grandeur of the largest public squares in the world.

 

Day 3 Beijing

In the morning, we visit the Summer Palace which was built 800 years ago. It is the second largest and best-preserved royal garden in China, with 294 hectares including the beautiful and serene Kunming Lake. After lunch, we will visit Lama Temple, the only Beijing city temple that survived the Cultural Revolution. It is the largest Lama Temple outside Tibet. It was built in 1694 and the architecture and ornamentation of the buildings show the influence of Han, Manchu, Mongolian and Tibetan styles. And ten we visit 798 Factory, which is a new rising, avant-garde and trendy space that hosts high-level cultural, artistic and commercial activities.

 

Day 4 Beijing - Chengde

After breakfast, we will visit the Jinshanling Great Wall, which is 140 kilometers long and at the north-east end of Beijing. It has never been repaired, and provides a unique view of the Wall, watchtowers and magnificent scenery. After that we will visit Chengde Summer Palace. It was a place where emperors from the Qing dynasty spent their summers to escape the heat in Beijing. Occupying an area of 564,000 square meters, it is the largest royal garden in China, even bigger than the Summer Palace in Beijing. The historically important Chengde Summer Palace is not only a tourist destination, but also a museum to explore the history and culture of the Qing Dynasty.

 

Day 5 Chengde - Beijing

In the morning we will visit Putuozengcheng Temple, which is reminiscent of the Dala Lama’s Potala Palace in Tibet.

It is considered as a great place to go if you cannot travel to Tibet. The temple was built to show the imperial family's respect for the minority groups and their beliefs. The top of the temple complex has a commanding view of the Chengde Summer Palace Resort. And then we will visit Pule Temple, which was built in 1766 for visiting Mongolian and minority dignitaries. The temple combines the styles of traditional Chinese, Mongolian and Tibetan buildings in a tranquil setting. At the rear of the temple is the Round Pavilion, a replica of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Beijing, after pay a visit to Puning Temple.

 

Day 6 Beijing - Datong

In the early morning, you will take flight to Datong. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. After breakfast in the hotel, we will visit the Yungang Grottos consisting of a series of 53 caves, which is in scripted in 2001 as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in China officially.

Afterwards, you will visit the Nine Dragon Wall that probably is the largest of its kind in China. Later you will visit the Upper Huayan Monastery which is considered to be one of the two biggest Buddhist halls existent in China. It was built under the Liao Dynasty in 1062.

 

Day 7 Datong ?Wutaishan

This morning we will visit Hanging Monastery. It was magically built into a near vertical rock face, the whole structure being supported by nothing more than a few wooden beams. And then we will visit Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, which is the oldest and tallest wooden pagoda in China. The pagoda was built over 900 years ago. It is a mystery to scientists and tourists alike that this pagoda withstood several natural disasters and still was able to maintain its original condition.

After that we will drive to Wutaishan.

                                                                           

Day 8 Wutaishan - Taiyuan

Today we will visit Wutaishan Mountain. There are five glorious peaks: Wanghai Peak in the east, Guayue Peak in the west, Jinxiu Peak in the south, Yedou Peak in the north, and the central Cuiyan Peak. This mountain, one of the four holy Buddhist Mountains, is said to be the dwelling place of Manjusri Bodhisattva. 360 temples were built here dating back to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and 47 of these still exist. And then we will drive to Taiyuan.

 

Day 9 Taiyuan - Pingyao

After breakfast, we will drive to Pingyao. On the way we will visit the famous Qiao Family built in 1755 and the Double Forest Temple that houses over 2,000 Buddhist terracotta sculptures. Overnight at the local traditional hotel.

 

Day 10 Pingyao ?Xi’an      

Today we will visit the Ping Yao Old Town, including Rishengchang Draft Bank, the Mingqing Street and Ancient City Wall etc. Paralleling Xian, Nanjing and Lijiang, Pingyao is one of time-honored cities that have survived with its ancient walls, a best example from the Ming Dynasty. In Nov. 1986, UNESCO subscribed the city into the World Heritage List in China. In .the evening, you will take overnight train to Xi’an.

 

Day 11 Xi’an

Upon arrival, you will transfer to the hotel to have your breakfast. After a short rest, we will start our full day tour. Surely Terracotta Warriors is our first destination. It is the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. It was listed by UNESCO in 1987 as one of the world cultural heritages. The museum covers an area of 16,300 square meters, divided into three sections: No. 1 Pit, No. 2 Pit, and No. 3 Pit respectively. And then we will visit Ancient City Wall.

It's the most complete city wall that has survived in China, as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. Muslim Street is a wonderful place to walk around; certainly we won’t miss this place.

 

Day 11 Xi’an

In the morning we will visit Shaanxi History Museum. This museum is quite simply one of the nation's best. Four major galleries in large, Tang-style buildings house a vast and impressive collection, beautifully displayed. Most of the item labels are in English, although some other information on the exhibitions is not, but your guide can help here. Wear comfortable walking shoes. And then we will visit Big Wild Goose Pagoda. It was built in the 7th century to house the Buddhist materials that Xuanzang (Tripitaka) brought back from his epic journey to India.

 

Day 13 Departure

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight.

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