11 Days Beijing Datong Pingyao Xian Tour

China, an ancient nation, has a long history with profound culture. During this tour, we will get a closer touch with the ancient cities of Beijing, Datong, Pingyao and Xian. Visit the historical sites and have a better understanding to China.


  • Stroll the mysterious Forbidden City and the majestic Great Wall in Beijing.
  • Enjoy the quiet atmosphere in Pingyao Ancient City.
  • Marveled at the Hanging Temple, Nine-Dragon Screen and Yungang Gottoes in Datong.
  • Admire the Terracotta Warriors and Xian Museum to explore the old history and fantastic culture of China.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Beijing Arrival
  • Day 2: Beijing
  • Day 3: Beijing
  • Day 4: Beijing – Datong
  • Day 5: Datong
  • Day 6: Datong – Pingyao
  • Day 7: Pingyao
  • Day 8: Pingyao – Xian
  • Day 9: Xian
  • Day 10: Xian
  • Day 11: Xian Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Beijing
Meals: none

Upon arrival, met by tour guide and transferred to your hotel for a rest. The rest of the day is free for you to explore this city.

Day 2 Beijing

Sightseeing and Activities: Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Kung Fu Show(optional)
Accommodation: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Tiananmen Square in Beijing

We will start the tour form the center of the city – Tiananmen Square. Go north through the square and you will reach the Forbidden City. As the largest and best-preserved ancient wooden structure in the world, it has more than 8,000 pavilions and thousands of historic treasures. Then enjoy the lunch.

The last stop is Summer Palace , which used to be the summer resort for royal families and emperors.

You could have a fantastic Chinese Kung Fu Show(optional) at the Red Theater in the evening.

Day 3 Beijing

Sightseeing and Activities: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Bird’s Nest, Water Cube
Accommodation: Beijing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Mutianyu Great Wall in Beijing

In the morning, head to visit Mutianyu Great Wall. Great Wall is one of the greatest architecture projects in human history. Then visit Ming Tomb(Changling), where the 3rd emperor of Ming Dynasty Zhu Di and his queen were buried.

See the appearance of Bird’s Nest and Water Cube on the way back to your hotel.

Day 4 Beijing – Datong

Sightseeing and Activities: Temple of Heaven, Hutong
Accommodation: Datong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, we will head to visit Temple of Heaven – the royal altar of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Then move on to visit Beijing hutong alleys, narrow but original.

After lunch, transferred to Beijing Railway Station and take the soft-sleeper train to Datong City. A local tour guide will pick you up at train station and transfer to your hotel.

Day 5 Datong

Sightseeing and Activities: Hanging Temple, Nine-Dragon Screen, Yungang Caves
Accommodation: Datong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast at hotel, drive about 70km to visit Hanging Temple. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable for its location on a sheer precipice and the only existing temple with the combination of three Chinese traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

After the visit, drive back to Datong city and visit Nine-Dragon Screen and Yungang Caves. Nine Dragon Wall is the oldest and largest glazed-tile Nine Dragon wall still extant in China. And Yungang Grottoes are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China.

Day 6 Datong – Pingyao

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: Pingyao
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, take the train to Pingyao. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 7 Pingyao

Sightseeing and Activities: Shuanglin Temple, Wang Family Compound
Accommodation: Pingyao
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast at hotel, start today’s tour with Shuanglin Temple, a large Buddhist temple, is notable for its collection of more than 2,000 decorated clay statues that are dated to the 12th-19th centuries. Then continue the tour to Wang Family Compound. Wang Family Compound is a luxurious residence built during 1762-1811 by the descendants of the Wang Family, one of the Four Families of the Qing Dynasty in Shanxi Province.

Day 8 Pingyao – Xian

Sightseeing and Activities: Ming and Qing Street, Rishengchang Shop, Ancient Government Office, Ancient City Wall, Ancient Security Guard Company
Accommodation: overnight train
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning, head to visit one of the earliest exchange shops in China founded during the Qing Dynasty – Rishengchang Exchange Shop, to experience the scene that appeared one hundred years ago. The exchange shop is now a museum.

Then head to the Ancient City Wall to get a bird view of this town and stroll along the ancient Ming and Qing Street, which was the busiest centre of business at that time.

Afterwards continue the tour to Ancient Government Office and Ancient Security Guard Company.

Then take the overnight train to Xian.

Day 9 Xian

Sightseeing and Activities: Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Accommodation: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Upon your arrival, a local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel for a short rest. Then start today’s tour with Shaanxi Provincial History Museum, one of the first huge state museums with modern facilities in China and one of the largest with the large storage of cultural relics from the Shang Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty.

The next stop is Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a Buddhist pagoda built in 652 during the Tang dynasty with original five stories.

Day 10 Xian

Sightseeing and Activities: Terracotta Warriors, Xian Art Ceramics & Lacquer Factory, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque
Accommodation: Xian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Terracotta Army, Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Xian

Today visit the world famous Terracotta Warriors. The Terracotta Army is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. After that, visit Xian Art Ceramics & Lacquer Factory to see how terracotta models are made.

In the afternoon, continue the tour to Muslim Quarter, the hub of the Muslim community in Xian City. Then move on to the Great Mosque.

Day 11 Xian Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:
Accommodation: none
Meals: Breakfast

Explore the city at leisure until being transferred to the airport for your next destination.

Recommended Hotels and Price List

Destinations Luxury Hotel Comfortable Hotel Economy Hotel
Beijing Jin Nian Hotel Sunworld Hotel  
Xi’an Grand Park Hotel Bell Tower Hotel Feilu Business Hotel
Group Size Tour Prices
2 Travelers      
3-5 Travelers      
6-9 Travelers      
Above 10      
Single Supplement      
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
  • A single supplement is a charge paid by a solo traveler to compensate a hotel or cruise line for losses incurred because only one person is staying in a room or cruise ship cabin. Our tour operators base their prices on double occupancy.
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off – book 60 days before, 5% off – book 30 days before

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.