Classic Xi'an to Beijing Adventure
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To truly understand China, you’ve got to get out and meet it on its own terms, which is exactly what this eight-day trip through the country’s northern reaches delivers. Up here, you’ll get to the big stuff (the Great Wall, Xi’an, Beijing) and lesser-known treasures that only the hardiest of travellers ever get to experience: Datong’s Hanging Monastery, the amazing Yungang Buddha Caves, the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Pingyao, even a calligraphy class, to name just a few.

  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: ACXB/162848
  • Starts: Xi'an, China
  • Finishes: Beijing, China
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Xi'an
  • Pingyao
  • Datong
  • Beijing



Day 1: Xi'an

Arrive at any time.
There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.


Day 2: Xi'an/Pingyao

Discover Xi'an with some free time before boarding an evening fast train to the ancient city of Pingyao.


Day 3: Pingyao

Try your hand at calligraphy with an included lesson. Enjoy free time to explore the old city of Pingyao with its cobbled streets and buildings dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties.


Day 4: Pingyao/Datong

Hop on a train to Datong after a free morning in Pingyao.
Datong is famous for its temples, pagodas, and other Buddhist structures in the area. The Huayan Monastery and Nine-Dragon Screen are excellent examples of the treasures found in the middle of the city.


Day 5: Datong/Beijing

Set eyes on the gorgeous Hanging Monastery and visit the Yungang Grottoes to see the thousands of Buddha statues. Later, board an overnight train to Beijing.
The Hanging Monastery (or Hanging Temple) is a wooden structure built into a cliff at the foot of a mountain more than 1,500 years ago. It includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.

Further afield are the Yungang Grottoes; there are currently 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues of the Buddha remaining. Enjoy a guided visit to the grottoes to marvel at them in person. Beyond that is Mt Hengshan, one of the five sacred mountains of China.

Opt to check out Datong's six remaining pagodas, which gave the city the nickname "City of Pagodas".


Day 6: Beijing

Arrive in bustling Beijing early and enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City.


Day 7: Beijing

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.
Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and enjoy time to wander around, take photos, and pick up souvenirs.


Day 8: Beijing

Depart at any time.

    • Your Hands-On Moment: Calligraphy Class, Pingyao
    • Forbidden City visit
    • Great Wall Mutianyu excursion
    • Hanging Monastery visit
    • Yungang Grottoes visit
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Hotels (6 nts), sleep train (1 nt)
    • 4 breakfasts
    • Train, private vehicle
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Visit the Forbidden City and the Great Wall
  • See thousands of Buddha statues at the Yungang Grottoes
  • Enjoy an included calligraphy class
  • Explore the ancient city of Pingyao