Day 1: Arrival in Taiyuan
Arrive in late afternoon and transfer to hotel upon meeting your guide. Balance of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Taiyuan
Capital of Shanxi Province, Taiyuan is surrounded by mountains on three sides and boasts a history of 24 centuries with a significant number of historic monuments to show for its past glory. Our sightseeing today features 50-metre-high Twin Pagodas, long considered symbol of Taiyuan, Jin Temple and Buddhist rock carvings at Tianlong Mountain.
Day 3: Taiyuan – Pingyao
Drive 90km to Pingyao and en route stop by the imposing Residence of the Qiao Family. The family’s fortune reached its peak in late Qing Dynasty under the guidance of its patriarch Qiao Zhiyong whose business acumen and generosity won wide admiration.
Day 4: Pingyao
The history of Pingyao dates back 2000 years. The town, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site, is “an outstanding example of a Han Chinese city of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (14th-20th centuries) that has retained all its features to an exceptional degree and in doing so provides a remarkably complete picture of cultural, social, economic, and religious development during one of the most seminal periods of Chinese history”. Spend the afternoon exploring the small town on your own after a guided tour of the major sites in the morning.
Day 5: Pingyao – Taiyuan – Next Destination
Drive back to Taiyuan in the morning to board noon flight for your next destination. Tour ends.