Description :Have you ever heard the whispers from the far away ancient town? Have you ever smelled the unique flavor of the stale architecture? Have you ever imagined living in the past? Follow us and bring back to the memories of the flourishing past. On this 2-day trip you will not only visit the old town, but also Qiao Family Compound and Jinci Temple.
Tour Code : BJP-42 Price : from US$423 p/p Departure Date : You choose
Today you will be picked up at the hotel in downtown Beijing and be transferred to the railway station for the fast train to Taiyuan. Second class soft seats will be arranged. It is about 3.5 hours on the way. When you arrive in Taiyuan, they will be transferred to a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch, you will travel to Tianlong Mountain. Do some hiking and also visit the Buddhist Grottoes on the mountain. After the visit, be transferred to Pingyao. Stay overnight in Pingyao.
Pingyao (B, L)
Today you will be guided to explore the old town of Pingyao. You will see the Ancient City Wall constructed in early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the Ming Qing Street. After that you will visit the County Government Office that was once the ancient law court. Later on, you will go visit the Armed Escort Agencies Museum, where many interesting objects and exhibits are displayed. They show how the ancient merchants and their goods were protected those armed escorts in ancient China when being transferred from one place to another. It was a very popular phenomenon in ancient China to entrust the transport of goods to armed escort agencies.
Pingyao -> Taiyuan -> Beijing (B, L, D)
This morning, you will take a full day tour to Zhangbi Underground Castle and Wang’s Family Compound. Zhangbi Underground Castle is actually an ancient village which features amazing architecture and engineering. It has many kilometers of tunnels in three layers under the town which were designed and built to protect the town. Wang’s Family Compound consists of 5 architectural groups but only 2 of them are now open to tourists. The entire architectural complex is very big. It is said that it covers half of the town. It has impressive and interesting maze of rooms and courtyards with delicate wood and stone carvings. Thus it is well known as a forbidden city in Shanxi province. After dinner, you will be transferred to Taiyuan railway station and board the train to Beijing. When you arrive in Beijing, you will be transferred to your hotel in downtown Beijing.
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