China is an alluring fusion of past and present. On this journey you will explore the atmospheric ancient cities of Xian, Pingyao and Datong.
The journey begins with the undoubtable highlight of any visit to Xian and possibly even China, is to explore the legacy of the Terracotta Warriors and visit the incredible burial site, where they were discovered only recently. Immerse yourself in this impressive site of ancient history with a visit to the Mausoleum of Emperor Qin Shihuang and the awe-inspiring Warriors themselves. Whilst in Xian you can explore the Old City from the Walls, to the The Islamic Quarter and the Great Mosque, which is located in a truly beautiful setting amidst tranquil gardens.
On arrival in Taiyuan you will be transferred by road to Pingyao where you will be staying at Jing’s Residence hotel. Nestled amongst dusty curio shops and bustling restaurants in the old walled city of Pingyao, the 19-room Jing's Residence is a small boutique hotel located in a beautifully-renovated old mansion. Pingyao is an exceptionally well-preserved example of a traditional Han Chinese city founded in the 14th century and its urban fabric shows the evolution of architectural styles and town planning in Imperial China over five centuries. Just outside of Pingyao is the Shuanglin Temple, which dates back 1,300 years and displays over 2,000 colourful sculptures.
From Pingyao you will travel to Datong where you can explore the mesmerising Yungang Caves which were built in 400AD and hold over 50,000 Buddhist statues. Also in Datong you will visit the Hanging Monastery – located to the South East of Datong near the town of Hunyuan. The monastery is thought to date back 1400 years and clings to the hillside.
You journey will end with four days in Beijing. Here you will experience the vast Tiananmen Square, which is home to China’s Parliament – The Great Hall of the People. Walking through the Gate of Heavenly Peace from where Mao declared China as the People’s Republic in 1949, you will then visit the Forbidden City – home to China’s Imperial Dynasties. A visit to The Great Wall and The Ming Tombs provide a truly memorable experience. At The Great Wall you will explore the Mutianyu section, enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Before returning Beijing you will visit the magnificent Ming Tombs and the Sacred Way.
In Beijing itself you can explore the city's magnificent Temple of Heaven, the Pearl Market and the Hutongs – the small lanes and courtyard houses of old Beijing.