Buddhist pilgrimage tour

Monk praying - Buddhist pilgrimage tour

Beijing – Datong – Mt Wutai – Taiyuan – Pingyao – Xi’an

After beginning in majestic Beijing, your pilgrimage tracks west by rail to Datong where you’ll explore the stone carvings of the Yungang Grottoes. Next you’ll journey to the magnificent Mount Wutai, before discovering the Hanging Temple on Hengshan Mountain. You’ll also visit the ancient cities of Taiyuan and Pingyao to explore the well-preserved dwellings and architecture that dates back to 827BC. Xi’an is your last destination where you’ll see some interesting attractions including the amazing Terracotta Warriors.

Tour Summary

Duration

11 Days, 10 Nights

Route

Beijing – Datong – Mt Wutai – Taiyuan – Pingyao – Taiyuan - Xi’an

Fitness Level

Average

Tour Price

From AU $2,019 per person - twin share 4-Star Hotels

Inclusions

10 nights accommodation with Breakfast (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as per the itinerary, accredited English-speaking tour guide, transportation for all specified transfers and tours, 2 soft sleeper train tickets, entry fees to shows and attractions as per the itinerary.

Exclusions

International airfares and taxes, visa application fees, personal expenses such as telephone, dry cleaning, taxi fares etc, gratuities to guides and drivers, optional activities, shows, meals or any items denoted by ** throughout the itinerary

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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

On arrival to Beijing Airport, you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. Please note no meals have been arranged for this day.

Day 2

This morning you’ll visit Tiananmen Square and tour the amazing Forbidden City - headquarters of the Imperial Emperors for more than 500 years. After lunch visit the tranquil settings of the Temple of Heaven and time permitting, you can take in some retail therapy at the Silk Street Markets. In the evening partake in a sumptuous Peking Duck dinner, which is one of China’s most famous signature dishes. (BLD)

Day 3

Today you’ll journey to the Great Wall of China and be overwhelmed as you walk along one of the greatest man-made structures in the world. You’ll also visit the Ming Tombs in the Shisanling Forest, resting place for 13 of the Ming Dynasty emperors. In the evening you have an option** of attending the widely acclaimed Kung Fu Show. (BL)

Day 4

After breakfast you’ll visit the Beijing Olympics site to stroll around the main venues such as the Birds Nest and Water Cube and then on to the magnificent Summer Palace retreat and a boat trip on Kunming Lake. This afternoon you’ll board a soft sleeper train for Datong where you’ll be met by your guide and transferred to the hotel. (BL)

Day 5

In the morning visit the incredible Yungang Grottoes, the site of China’s largest and oldest Buddhist stone sculpture collections. The grottoes run for more than a kilometre with an estimated 50,000 carvings adorning the rock faces. In the afternoon visit the Huayan Temple and the Nine Dragon Screen. (BL)

Day 6

Transfer to Mount Wutai, which is one of the most famous Buddhist mountains in China. With the highest of its 5 peaks reaching 3,058 metres, it’s earned the title of “Roof of North China”. Also visit the gravity defying Hanging Temple of Hengshan Mountain, which was built some 1400 years ago. Later you’ll check-in to your Hotel at Mt Wutai^. (BL)

Day 7

Today is an extensive tour of the Temples on Mt Wutai, which were built as far back as the Eastern Han Dynasty. With construction spanning across several dynasties, expect to see varying styles that have made Mt Wutai a popular centre for Buddhist activities. After lunch you’ll transfer to Taiyuan - the capital city of the Shanxi Province. (BL)

Day 8

Depart this morning on a journey to Pingyao Ancient City, which is only 100 km away from Taiyuan. Pingyao has retained its original condition of well-preserved residences and its magnificent barbican gates that were built around 800 BC. Later you’ll return to Taiyuan and board an overnight soft sleeper train to Xi’an. (BL)

Day 9

On arrival in Xi’an, you’ll be met at the railway station by your guide and transferred to the hotel for breakfast. Then you’ll tour the City Wall, Drum Tower and Shanxi History Museum which is one of the finest in China. You’ll also stroll through the old streets of the Muslim town before taking an interesting tour of the Grand Mosque. (BL)

Day 10

The highlight of today’s tour is one of China’s most amazing archaeological wonders - the Terracotta Warriors. Marvel as you study the 6,000 plus life-sized clay soldiers and their horses. Later you’ll visit the large Wild Goose Pagoda and in the evening enjoy dinner whilst being entertained by the colourful performance of the Tang Dynasty Cultural Show. (BLD)

Day 11

Check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

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Tour Prices per person twin-share in AU$

Travel Dates

Total People Travelling

4 Star Hotel

 

2-3

$3,069

01 Mar 2016 - 30 Nov 2016

4-9

$2,569

 

10 or more

$2,199

01 Dec 2015 - 29 Feb 2016,

2-3

$2,939

01 Dec 2016 - 28 Feb 2017

4-9

$2,419

 

10 or more

$2,019

5 Star Upgrade^

Add an extra $300 per person twin share^

Single Supplement

$649 for 4-Star Hotels or $819 for 5-Star Hotels^

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Important
^Mt Wutai area does not have 5-Star Hotels, only 4-Star Hotels. Please note that public holidays and seasonal demand directly effect availability, fares and accommodation pricing. To enable us to refine your travel plans and provide you with an accurate quotation, please send us some key details via our Enquiry Form. Prior to making a booking, please visit our Terms and Conditions page to view our policies related to travel in China. We strongly recommend that you purchase Travel Insurance prior to your departure to safeguard against unforeseen events. LetsdoChina.com is a registered Safe Travel Charter Partner with the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and is an authorised agent to issue travel insurance to our Australian clients. Visit our Quick Quote site where you can also purchase an online policy. For further information, please go to our Travel Insurance page and also find other useful links regarding advice on safe travel practices.

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