Pingyao tours and China tours operator from China Holidays Ltd "Admire old-fashioned teahouses, shops selling salt and silk, noodle restaurants and China's first bank"

This entire town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an atmospheric and charming fragment of old China
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Pingyao is situated in North China’s Shanxi Province. It lies about 715km from Beijing and 100km from the provincial capital, Taiyuan. During the Qing Dynasty, Pingyao was a financial center of China as it was situated midway between the two biggest cities and merchants would travel between them and stop at Pingyao. It is now renowned for its well-preserved ancient City Wall.
Pingyao still retains its city layout from the Ming and Qing dynasties, conforming to a typical Bagua pattern. More than 300 sites in or near the city have ancient ruins. Preserved Ming- and Qing-style residences number close to 4,000. The streets and storefronts still largely retain their historical appearance.
 

Pearls of Shanxi Province

13 days - Beijing, Datong, Wutaishan, Tiyuan, Pingyao, Changzhi, Luoyang and Beijing from £2195.

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Step off the beaten track on this fascinating escorted tour through China's historic Shanxi province

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13 - day escorted tour -  Beijing (1 night), Datong (2 nights), Wutaishan (1 night), Taiyuan (1 night), Pingyao (2 nights), Changzhi (1 night), Luoyang (2 nights) and Beijing (1 night).

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13 - day tour to Beijing, Datong, Wutaishan, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Changzhi, Luoyang and Beijing.

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London/Beijing

Begin your unique holiday by making your own way to London Heathrow for an overnight flight to Beijing with Air China.

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Beijing

On arrival in Beijing, met by your friendly local guide and take a stroll through Tiananmen Square where Mao’s Mausoleum and the Monument to the People’s Heroes, symbolically right in front of the former imperial palace, the Forbidden City are located. Transfer to the 4* Super House International Hotel for an overnight stay.


 

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Datong

Visit the magnificent circular Temple of Heaven, constructed entirely of wood and with no nails, and designed according to principles of cosmology and numerology to illustrate the meeting point of heaven and earth. Take the train to Datong, strategically located between Beijing and Xian, staying for two nights at the 4*Datong Hotel.  BD

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Datong 

See the five enthroned and gilded Buddhas in Huayuan Temple that also houses the museum with its relics unearthed from ancient tombs nearby, and the glorious Nine Dragon Screen, a 100ft-long wall of colourfully glazed tiles 600 years old that used to stand in front of the palace entrance to stop evil spirits entering. Visit Yungang where caves are filled with 50,000 Buddhist statues that were carved in the 5th and 6th centuries.   BL

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Wutaishan

Drive to Wutai Mountain, the holiest of the four sacred Buddhist peaks of China and home to dozens of monasteries and temples that were mostly built during the Tang dynasty of the 7th to 10th centuries. Luckily, they survived Mao’s Cultural Revolution as did nearby Yingxian Wooden Pagoda from the same era, the oldest and largest wooden building in China and built entirely without nails. Stay tonight at the 4*Huahui Hotel. BL

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Taiyuan

Not only goods but ideas travelled along the old Silk Road to Xian, and at Datong is evidence how Buddhism travelled from India to China, here at the spectacularly-located Hanging Temple, hewn from caves in the sacred Heng Shan mountain and clinging to the cliff face, where Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism are all celebrated. Drive to Taiyuan to stay overnight at the 4*Shanxi Hotel.  BL

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Pingyao

Visit Jinci Temple, a one-thousand-year-old ancestral temple, before driving to the quaint old town of Pingyao. En-route visit the Qiao Family Mansion, a perfect example of traditional workmanship and design with graceful roofs, red lanterns and fine carvings. Stay two nights at Pingyao’s characterful Yunjincheng Folk Guest House.   BL

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Pingyao

A day to explore charming Pingyao’s well-preserved streets and houses, China’s first bank that was established here in 1823 and which brought prosperity to the town, and the great fortified City Wall, 30ft high and 15ft wide, that was needed to keep out gangs of thieves intent on robbing the rich citizens and travellers.  BL

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Changzhi

On the way to Changzhi call at Pujiu Temple, founded by the wicked Empress Wu of the Tang dynasty and scene of a famous love story. Stay overnight at the 4*Jinxin International Hotel.  BL

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Luoyang 

Head to Luoyang to stay two nights at the 4*Grand Hotel. This afternoon visit the renowned Longmen Grottoes where 100,000 Buddhist statues of wildly varied sizes were carved into natural caves along a half-mile stretch of the Yi River valley, mostly between the 5th and the 12th centuries.  BLD

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Luoyang

Visit the birthplace of Kung Fu, Shaolin Temple, where the Buddhist monks devised this form of exercise to aid their self-discipline and to defend themselves from outside attackers, 1,500 years ago. They gained renown for their fighting prowess and the martial art became an integral part of monastic life. Then tour Kangbaiwan Manor, a Ming dynasty house like a castle the size of a village.  BL

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Beijing

Transfer to train station for  your high speed day train to Beijing for an overnight stay at 4* Super House International Hotel. B

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Beijing / London Heathrow

Fly from Beijing to London Heathrow with Air China. B

 

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At the end of your escorted tour of China's Shanxi province fly to Xian, the ancient capital for two nights at the 4-star Bell Tower Hotel, with a tour to the Terracotta Warriors, the ancient city wall, mosque and quaint Muslim quarter.

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You can adapt any tour in our brochure to create your own escorted tour of China. Simply call our expert team to tailor make a tour just for you and you can arrange to stay longer in any particular place, upgrade your hotels, add more meals or extra visits - whatever you choose.

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13  days -  Beijing, Datong, Wutaishan, Tiyuan, Pingyao, Changzhi, Luoyang and Beijing from £2195.

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China Holidays, the UK’s leading tour operator to China, offers unbeatable package to the Heritage China. 15 days for £2565

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Clients’ comments

From N Carroll, Newcastle

A unique experience to discover authentic Chinese culture and history by taking this tour.

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15 - day tour to Beijing (3 nights), pingyao (2 nights), Xi'an (2 night), Luoyang (2 nights), Shaolin Temple, Nanjing (2 nights), Shanghai(2 nights), and Suzhou

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Visitors can explore lots of China Heritages from this tour.

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UK/ Beijing

Today, you will take a scheduled flight from the UK to Beijing.

On board Overnight Flight.

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Beijing

Arrive in Beijing, met on arrival and take a transfer to your hotel for a three-night stay at the central located 3* Dongfang Hotel.  Free for t.he rest of the day to overcome the jetlag.

3*Dongfang Hotel(3 nights).

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Beijing

Visit Tiananmen Square, and then proceed to enter the Forbidden City, the great palace that housed 24 successive emperors and their thousands of courtiers, eunuchs, concubines and slaves. Continue to Jingshan Park, the imperial gardens, for panoramic views and visit the magnificent red and gold Temple of Heaven that was built for the Emperor, the son of Heaven, to make sacrifices for a good harvest.   B/L

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Beijing

Drive out from hotel to see one of the best-preserved and most dramatic sections of the Great Wall of China at Badaling (cable car excluded) and walk along the crenellated parapets that have snaked across the rugged mountain landscape for centuries, and visit the magnificent red and the imperial Summer Palace where you can wander through the formal gardens that were laid out by the extravagant Empress Cixi. B/L

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Beijing/Pingyao ( By high speed day train)

Drive to train station for your high speed day train to Pingyao, one of the four best preserved Ancient Towns in China, famed for its importance in Chinese economic history and for its well-preserved Ming and Qing ursban planning and architecture, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Met on arrival and transfer to a traditional court yard house converted hotel built in nearly 300 years ago for a 2 nights comfortable and unique stay. B

4*Pingyao Yide Hotel(2 nights).

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Pingyao

Your half day tour in Pingyao, will begin by visiting Ancient City Wall, The walls are considered among the best-preserved oldest and largest ancient city walls on this scale in Chinese history, and was constructed in 1370. Followed by the visit to Ri Sheng Chang Bank, it is the first bank in China, now has turned into Museum of Chinese Bank. Pingyao still retains its urban layout, having a leisure stroll along the Ming Qing Street, you may feel you are entering into the glories old empire days. B/L 

 

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Pingyao/Xian ( By high speed day train)

Morning start the day tour by driving to the Wang’s Courtyard first, it is the largest-existing folk residence cluster in China, best known as the First Folk House in China. The magnificent residence, built by the affluent Wang family in the mid-17th century and it took more than half a century to build. After lunch, visit the Zhangbi Ancient Castle. Zhangbi Ancient Castle is well known for its unique architecture where it looks like a castle on the ground but in fact, it has massive ancient tunnels underneath the castle. Drive to train station for your fast train to Xian. Met on arrival and drive to central located Ramada Plaza Bell Tower Hotel for a 2-night stay.  B/L

4*Ramada Plaza Bell Tower Hote Xian (2 nights).

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Xian

7,000 Terracotta Soldiers have stood guard over China’s first emperor for over 2,200 years, and now, painstakingly repaired along with their chariots and horses, they still stand in battle formation in giant exhibition halls erected around the pits where they were discovered in the 1970s. Followed by a visit to Terracotta Replica Workshop. In the city visit Xi’an Museum. Finally strolling on Muslim Quarter surrounding the imposing Great Mosque. B/L 

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Xian/Luoyang ( By high speed day train)

Met at hotel lobby to visit Xi’an's immense City Wall complete with towers and battlements, and then Take train to Luoyang, stay two nights in Luoyang. B/L 

4* Peony Plaza(2 nights).

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Luoyang - Shaolin Temple /Luoyang

Today first visit White Horse Temple. The White Horse Temple in Luoyang is the first Buddhist temple in China, the important cradle of China’s Buddhism, which was introduced into China from India in 68AD in Eastern Han Dynasty (25 AD – 220 AD), the same year when the white horse temple was built. Then drive to Shaolin Temple where is believed to be the birthplace of Shaolin Division of Martial Arts. You will also enjoy the 40-mintute martial arts performance in the temple. After that back to Luoyang. B/L

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Luoyang/Nanjing ( By high speed day train)

In the morning to visit the Longmen Grottoes. It is situated on the Yihe River bank, about 12 kilometers from Luoyang city. It is one of the three most valuable Buddhist cave and rock carvings in China. The grottoes were first carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), when the rulers relocated their capital from Datong to Luoyang at the end of the 5th century. The Longmen Grottoes were listed as a World Heritage Site in Nov, 2000. After lunch, take high speed train to Nanjing. B/L

4* New Century Hotel(2 nights).

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Nanjing

This morning we will visit Ming Xiaoling Mausoleum Continue to visit Presidential Palace. The Presidential Palace is a solid history book of 600 years' Chinese modern history from the Ming Dynasty, through Qing Dynasty, Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and the Republic of China. Afternoon we are going to visit the Confucius Temple and followed by the visit to beautiful Xuanwu Lake. B/L 

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Nanjing/Shanghai ( By high speed day train)

Today take high speed train to Shanghai, and then stroll through Yuyuan Garden, an oasis of calm and beauty in the midst of the bustling city. Later stroll along the Bund, Shanghai's riverside promenade with futuristic skyscrapers on one bank and grand 19th century European architecture on the other.  B/L

4*Holiday Inn Downtown Shanghai(2 nights).

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Suzhou

Drive to Suzhou, described by Marco Polo as 'the Venice of the East', and visit two of its favorite classical gardens, the Humble Administrator's Garden, and the Garden of the Master of the Nets. Admire exquisite handicraft at the Silk Embroidery Institute before returning to Shanghai.  B/L

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Shanghai/UK

Transfer to the airport to take your homeward flight back to UK.  B

On board Overnight Flight.

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