6 days Beijing Datong city tour
Take this impressive two city tour to ancient Datong and China's modern capital. While in Beijing you will not miss any of the classic sights this internationally city is know for. Following in the tracks, left by Chinese ancestors explore this historical and ancient city; including a wonderful hike along the Shixiaguan section of the Great Wall. Your guide and others will tell you of an old Chinese saying, 'you are not complete, unless you have walked the Great Wall.
Perhaps you have never heard of Datong, but it is a famous city that had existed since 457 B.C. This historical city balances well with a trip to Beijing. Being much smaller and less visited, yet still offering endless wonders such as the Nine Dragon Screen, a masterful piece of Chinese artwork.
Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport or Beijing Train Station, your guide and driver in will welcome you and safely drive you to the hotel. You can choose to rest in the hotel or explore Beijing freely. Overnight in Beijing.
Your first stop takes you directly to Tiananmen Square, an amazing site that no photo can give justice too. The largest square in the world and is now an important assembling place for the Chinese people on festival occasions such as the New Year Celebration. Wandering on the huge square to its north end, you will reach the Forbidden City, a UNESCO world heritage site where 24 ancient Chinese emperors lived and discussed national affairs with their ministers.
In the afternoon, go to the Temple of Heaven, a holy place of the Chinese people that has witnessed annual pilgrimages by emperors during ancient times to offer sacrifices to the God of Heaven and praying for an abundant harvest.
Then move on to Beijing Hongqiao Pearl Market to see the variety of pearls, jewelry and other dazzling accessories. Haggle over prices with the help of your guide and pick a few gifts for your friends and family. End the day with an enjoyable Kung Fu Culture Show. Overnight in Beijing.
In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel by your guide and driver and head directly to the Shixiaguan section of China's Great Wall for the exciting hiking trip. As an original section of the Great Wall, it is one of the best preserved sections near Beijing. It is less crowded by tourists than other parts of the Great Wall.
The whole hiking process maybe a challenge for you but well worth the efforts when you find yourself enjoy its stunning view along the way and having a great sense of fulfillment once reaching the highest watch tower. Your guide will escort you during the 7.5 km. (4.6 mi.) hike which most clients complete in 4 - 5 hours or can easily be adjusted based your fitness level and comfort.
After your return drive to downtown Beijing, stop at Olympic Green to get an outer view of the spectacular 2008 Olympic stadiums: the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. If you wish to enter one of the stadiums it is very easy and your guide will help you to purchase the required tickets. If you like your guide will help arrange and authentic Beijing duck for dinner. Overnight in Beijing.
A new day and a short drive takes you to visit Summer Palace, a noted summer resort of ancient Chinese emperors. Located about 12 km. (7.5 mi.) northwest of the city center and deemed as one of the four classical gardens in China. It is a well-preserved royal garden famous for its enthralling scenery and spectacular ancient architecture of the Qing Dynasty. You will have a great time relaxing and learning about all the secret details with your guide.
After returning from lunch your driver and guide will ensure you depart safely on the train to Datong. The train ride takes approximately 6 hours and will arrive in Datong for dinner. Overnight in Datong.
Your wonderful Datong tour begins with a visit to Yungang Grottoes in the morning. Recently listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2011, Yungang Grottoes boast a total of 252 grottoes and over 51,000 Buddhist statues which showcases the stone carving skills of ancient artisans. The large and small exquisite Buddhist statues positioned in the caves will definitely stimulate your imagination, make you linger long enough before moving on to the next one and marvel at the delicate craftsmanship.
Continue to Hanging Temple, a temple located 65 km. (40 mo.) from Datong's downtown. The biggest feature of this temple as its name suggests lies in its unique construction site, on the west cliff of Jinlong Gorge more than 50 m. (164 ft.) above the ground as well as in its architectural style which blends elements of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism all in.
This is a one of its kind in China. On your way back to downtown Datong, you will have time to stop and see the Nine Dragon Screen, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China with nine life-like shiny-eyed dragons made of colored glaze occupying its center and other small but vivid animals inlaid on lower layers. Overnight in Datong.
In the morning, you will be transferred to Datong Train Station or Airport where your guide and driver will see you off. End your Beijing and Datong joint trip or continue on with another WindhorseTour adventure. We can easily help make extensions of any trip to other cities within China. Drop a message to our Travel Advisors who will help create a customized tour itinerary according to your specific requirements and interests.