10 days Beijing - Datong - Pingyao and Xi'an cultural tour

⇀ Datong
⇀ Pingyao
⇀ Xi'an
This China tour package features a train journey through Beijing, Xi'an, Datong, and Pingyao. Visit top attractions such as the Great Wall, Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple, Pingyao Ancient City, and Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an.
10 days
Culture and Heritage, Train travel
Trip code
From CN¥ 7,810 per person
CN¥ 7,100
you save CN¥ 710 (10%)
Set off on one of our China tour packages to discover Northern China, covering the highlights of Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, and Xi'an. On this tour, you'll witness history spanning thousands of years, from Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors and Horses to artifacts from the last emperor of the Qing Dynasty. Traveling exclusively by train offers a relaxed journey, providing opportunities to interact with fellow travelers and locals while absorbing the captivating countryside scenery.
Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, and Xi'an are cities rich with history. Beijing and Xi'an, being among the four great ancient capitals of China, have plenty to offer. During your visits to Datong and Pingyao, marvel at the breathtaking Yungang Grottoes and the Hanging Temple, and explore the Ancient City of Pingyao, which served as China's financial hub until the end of the Qing Dynasty, immersing you in its historic financial significance.
Day 01 :
Arrive in Beijing

Upon arriving in Beijing, you will be greeted by your local guide and driver who will then transport you to the hotel. Here you can have a good rest and be prepared for the next days' journey. Overnight at Beijing.

Day 02 :
Beijing City Tour: Forbidden City & Summer Palace

Your first day will begin with a visit to the largest square in the world - Tiananmen square. It is also an assembling place for Chinese people to celebrate important festivals or hold other big events. 

Located in the north of Tiananmen Square, is the Forbidden City, the best persevered imperial palace in China. Walk through this mysterious place and taste the more than 500 years of historical civilization that once was China. Imagine you've traveled back more than 1,000 years ago, wandering here with princess or princes. 

After lunch, drive to visit the Summer Palace, an original royal garden and a temporary dwelling palace for emperors of Qing Dynasty, which is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. It is declared "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design" by UNESCO. 

After dinner, you can choose to enjoy the authentic Chinese Kungfu Show. Overnight at Beijing.

Day 03 :
Beijing Shixiaguan Great Wall Hiking

Morning excursion to one of the most adventurous sections of the Great Wall - Shixiaguan. It will take approximately 2 hours to drive there. Once you arrive, you will experience the physical challenge and the amazing views of the hiking tour from Shixiaguan to Badaling sections. This is an ideal place for hiking enthusiasts to enjoy the landscape. It is less crowded than other parts of the Wall and provides a unique view. It's really fun and worthy of a China Great Wall experience.

In the late afternoon, upon your return to Beijing, you will have a chance to view the 2008 Olympic Green.

Day 04 :
Beijing Hutong Rickshaw Tour / Train to Datong

After breakfast, you will be guided to visit the Temple of Heaven, a holy imperial temple where emperors once prayed for a good harvest and offered sacrifices to the God of Heaven during every winter solstice. You will have a glimpse of this masterpiece of architecture and landscape design.

Afterward, you will have 1-2 hours to experience the traditional Hutong culture by visiting Shichahai in west Beijing. You will travel by rickshaw through century-old Hutongs in Shichahai before their demolition. You can also walk along the old Yandai Xiejie, which has an 800-year history surrounding Beijing's Drum Tower. You will have plenty of time to explore on your own and nearby Nanluoguoxiang, where you can taste some local snacks or buy souvenirs from the many antique shows for your family and friends.

In the afternoon, you will take the high-speed train to Datong (about 2 hours train ride). Upon your arrival in Datong, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel.


Day 05 :
One Day Datong Tour

Today's tour begins with a visit to the Yungang Grottoes, one of the three major grottoes in China, the other two being the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang and the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang. Yungang Grottoes is made up of 252 grottoes containing over 51,000 Buddha statues and statuettes.

After that, visit the Huayan Monastery. The original monastery dates back to AD 1140 and the reign of Emperor Tian Ju'an of the Jin dynasty. The entire complex is being developed into a regional museum.

In the late afternoon, you will visit the Nine Dragon Screen, a wall carving built over 600 years ago, which is the oldest and largest glazed screen in China today. 
Stay overnight at Datong.

Day 06 :
Drive to Pingyao with Visits to Hanging Temple & Yingxian Wooden Pagoda

Today you will drive to Pingyao for about 5-6 hours. Pingyao was a financial center of China. Its history dates back 2,700 years and is one of the best preserved ancient cities in the known world. It is still inhabited by 50,000 residents and is renowned for its well-preserved ancient city wall, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

After breakfast at your hotel, start a 1.5-hour drive to visit the Hanging Monastery in Hunyuan County of Datong, 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. 

Then continue your journey south to Pingyao. En route, pause to visit the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, recognized as the world's tallest and oldest wooden stupa. After a cultural immersion at the stupa, continue on a four-hour drive until you reach Pingyao Ancient City. Settle in for an overnight stay in Pingyao.

Day 07 :
Pingyao Acient City Day Tour

Today you and your guide will visit Pingyao's ancient city. Your tour starts with the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao, offering a panoramic view of the town's layout. Next, Visit the Rishengchang Former Bank to get a glimpse of the historical banking system. Known as the 'Countryside Grandfather' of various Chinese banks, it was established in 1823 during the Qing Dynasty. Then, wander along the traditional Ming and Qing Dynasties Street, this narrow, bustling street is filled with numerous shops showcasing Ming-Qing style architecture. As you stroll down this street, you'll feel as though you've stepped back in time by 200 years. Continue the day tour by appreciating the intricate wood carvings, paintings, and sculptures at the Temple of City God. You will also be arranged to visit the Pingyao Ancient Government Office. If time permits, you can also visit some other attractions on your own. Overnight at Pingyao.

Day 08 :
Another Half Day Tour in Pingyao / Bullet Train to Xi'an

Today, you will have another half day tour in Pingyao to visit Wang Family Compound & Shuanglin Temple.
Begin your day with a drive to the Wang Family Compound, an architectural marvel located in Jingsheng town. More resembling a grand castle than a cozy home, it boasts 123 courtyards, around 1113 houses, and covers an area of 45,000 square meters. The compound is a reflection of the prosperous era of the Wang family and is noted for its intricate sculptures and woodwork. The journey from your hotel to this impressive location will take approximately an hour

Next, you'll continue to the Shuanglin Temple, located 7 km (4 mi) south of Pingyao. Known for its rare Song and Yuan painted statues, the temple was reconstructed in 571 A.D., making its history span about 1,400 years. The temple consists of halls of various sizes, from small to large, and rooms exclusively designed as sutra chanting halls. The notable Guan Yu's Hall is named after a famous general of the Shu people during the Three Kingdoms period.

Take afternoon bullet train to Xi'an (takes about 3 hours). Xi'an train station pick up and transfer to hotel. Overnight at Xi'an.

Day 09 :
Xi'an City Tour with Visits to the Terracotta Army, Big Wild Goose Pagoda & Muslim Quarters

Today your tour will begin with a short drive into the suburb to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Here you can embrace this more than 2,000 years lost history with what is now called the eighth wonder of the world. See the more than 10,000 clay warriors and their chariots, none of which are the same!

Afterward, you will be driven back in a private car to Xi'an where in the afternoon, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the landmarks of Xi'an. It's said the pagoda was built to house the Buddhist sutras brought back from India by a famous monk named Xuanzang. Here, you can enjoy a bird's-eye view of the city and samples of ancient architecture.

A short drive will then take you to the final stop of the day which is Xi'an Muslim Quarters and the Great Mosque. These two places will are filled with a unique feel and ethnic atmosphere. Overnight at Xi'an.

Day 10 :
Another Half Day Tour in Xi'an / Departure

In the morning, visit Shaanxi History Museum, which is often touted as one of the best of China, with a collection of 370,000 elaborate relics. You will feel that you have come to the ancient Xi'an because the museum is built in the architectural style of the Tang dynasty.

After you and your guide have left the museum, enjoy a delicious local lunch and then continue on to visit the famous Xi'an City wall, one of the oldest and best-preserved walls in China. Your last stop on the tour is Shuyuan Men, a perfect place to grab some last minute souvenirs. It presents you what the building and people's life in Tang dynasty. Your guide will ensure you reach the airport or train station for your departure from Xi'an.

Tour notes:

All of our tours can be customized to suite your requirements, interests and budget. It is our specialty! Please feel free to contact us.
Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

2 bottles of mineral water provided daily.
All required government taxes and fees.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
The hotel accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room alone, the single room supplement will be charged.
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.
Meals not specified in the itinerary.

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Elettra Conci
Elettra Conci
Thu, 03/16/2017

Hallo, I would like a quotation for the following tours:
1. Beijing, Xian, guilin and rice terraces, shanghai
2. Beijing, Xian, Datong, Pingyao
I am from Italy, an English speaking guide would be fine. I am willing to join a group. I will get an international flight to Beijing or Shanghai so I also need to know about the transfers to these city at the end of the tour.

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Anita Fan
Fri, 03/17/2017

In reply to by Elettra Conci (not verified)

Hi Eletta,

Thanks for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
As you may know the tour cost can be varied in different months, we would appreciate that you can advise your travel date before we can work out a quotation for you.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,

Luis Baquera
Luis Baquera
Thu, 02/09/2017

Necesitamos guia en español para viaje en octubre.
4 días en Beijing
1 día en Pingyao
1 día en Xi'an

Somos 5 adultos.

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Yuki Yi
Fri, 02/10/2017

In reply to by Luis Baquera (not verified)

Hello Luis,

Thanks for your comments. This is Yuki from WindhorseTour. I regret to share you that the Spanish guides are only available in big cities like Beijing / Xi'an / Guilin / Shanghai, for the rest of places, there will be only English guides available.

I have sent you the tour proposal with quotation via E-mail based on your requirements, please have a look and feel free to share me your comments and thoughts on it. With your replies we can provide a better assistance.

Kind Regards,

Wed, 01/16/2013

the ten days tour sound interesting to us ( we are a group of 8 adults). What we need is a two or three stars hotel near muslim comunities and halal food. Pls advice us and the cost of the tour.

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Murphy Feng
Wed, 01/16/2013

In reply to by dino (not verified)

Hi Dino,


Thanks for contacting us. We're glad to help you plan this trip, and I just sent you an email with detailed tour itinerary and quotation, please check it and let me know if you have any question on it!


I'm looking forward to hearing from you!


Kind Regards,



Lucretia Robinson
Lucretia Robinson
Mon, 12/03/2012

My husband and I are considering this ten day tour for sometime in September 2013. Could you please give me a quote for the cost of this tour so that we can begin planning in earnest. Thanks!


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Murphy Feng
Mon, 12/03/2012

In reply to by Lucretia Robinson (not verified)

Hi Lucretia,

Thanks for your comments! We'd love to help you plan this trip, and I just sent you an email with more details and few question about your tour. Please check it and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments on it!

Kind Regards,