5 Days Pingyao Taiyuan and Datong Culture Tour

Pingyao, Taiyuan and Datong are three historical and cultural cities of millennium in Shanxi, which are also the hottest destination of Shanxi tour. This 5 Days Shanxi tour will take you explore the profound culture of all these three historic cultural cities.


  • Enjoy the quite atmosphere in Pingyao Ancient City.
  • Marveled at the Hanging Temple, Nine-Dragon Screen and Yungang Gottoes in Datong.
  • Explore Twin Towers Temple and Jinci Temple in Taiyuan.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Pingyao Arrival
  • Day 2: Pingyao – Taiyuan
  • Day 3: Taiyuan – Datong
  • Day 4: Datong
  • Day 5: Datong Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Pingyao Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities: Ming and Qing Street, Rishengchang Shop, Ancient Government Office, Ancient City Wall, Ancient Security Guard Company
Accommodation: Pingyao

Upon arrival, met by tour guide and transferred to your hotel for a short rest. Then 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.

Day 2 Pingyao – Taiyuan

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

Shuanglin Temple in Pingyao, Jinzhong

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.

Then drive to Taiyuan in the afternoon.

Day 3 Taiyuan – Datong

Sightseeing and Activities: Twin Towers Temple, Jinci Temple
Accommodation: Datong
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we will visit the highlights in Taiyuan – Twin Towers Temple and Jinci Temple. Twin Towers Temple is the city’s major symbol and landmark and are unparalleled anywhere across the country. Jinci Temple was founded about 1,400 years ago and expanded during the following centuries, resulting in a diverse collection of more than 100 sculptures, buildings, terraces, and bridges.

After the visit, drive about 3 hours to Datong.

Day 4 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 5 Datong Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:
Meals: Breakfast

Explore this city at leisure until being transferred to airport or railway station for your next destination. Service ends.

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.