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.
Day 1 Xi’an
Arrive at any time.
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 (1B)
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 (1B)
Hop on a train to Datong after a free morning in Pingyao.
Day 5 Datong/Beijing (1B)
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.
Day 6 Beijing (1B)
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.
Day 8 Beijing
Depart at any time.
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