17 Day Train Tour to Central China

Muslim Street

  • Muslim Street
  • White Horse Temple
  • Shaolin Temple & Pagoda Forest (including Shaolin Kungfu Show)
  • Short Hutong Tour in Xicheng District
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17 Days Beijing, Datong, Wutaishan, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Xian, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, Shanghai Tour

Highlights: The Forbidden City, The Mutianyu Great Wall, Hanging Monastery, Wutai Mountain Scenic Area, Pingyao Ancient Town, The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Shaolin Temple & Pagoda Forest (including Shaolin Kungfu Show), Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Zhujiajiao Water Town

Day 1

Place & Transport: Arrive in Beijing, Flight not included

Today's Activities: Airport Transfer (Beijing)

Day 2

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Lizexiang Pearl Store

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant(Di'anmen Branch)

- The Forbidden City: The Imperial Palace was once home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, from 1420 till 1911.Its construction began in 1406 and completed in 1420. It is the world's largest and best preserved ancient complex of wooden architecture. In 1987, it was enrolled as a "World Chutural Heritage" by the UNESCO.
- Temple of Heaven: Built in 1420, the Temple of Heaven covers an area of 2.72 million square meters,even bigger than the Imperial Palace. Most of the buildings are located along the central axis from south to north. This is where ancient emperors used to hold sacrificial ceremonies and pray for bumper harvests for his people.
- Tiananmen Square: Located in the center of Beijing City, it is the largest city square in the world. It is surrounded by many magnificent buildings, such as national museums, People's Hall, and Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao.
- Jing Mian Da Wang Restaurant(Di'anmen Branch): This restaurant of typical Chinese style, it serves traditional-style food(mainly noodle) in a active Old Peking atmosphere. Waiters clad traditionally shout and cry around the room to announce customers arriving or leaving. Having the taste of the tasty noodles, usually eaten with a thick sesame and soy-based sauce, it is very noisy! You have some real experience of Old Beijing.

Day 3

Place & Transport: Beijing

Today's Activities: The Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Cable Car(round trip)

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant

- The Mutianyu Great Wall : This section of the Great Wall is less-crowded than Badaling. It is about 2.5 hours from Beijing city center. Cables car is available to take visitors to a good section and enjoy superb views from its watch towers. You can either walk back down or choose to descend in a chairlift. Good walking shoes and protection from weather is advisable.
- Mutianyu Cable Car(round trip): This section of the Great Wall is less-crowded than Badaling. It is about 2.5 hours from Beijing city center. Cables car is available to take visitors to a good section and enjoy superb views from its watch towers. You can either walk back down or choose to descend in a chairlift. Good walking shoes and protection from weather is advisable.
- Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant: Xin Shuang Quan Restaurant is near Great Wall of Mutianyu section. This garden style restaurant serves farmhouse dishes, specializing in rainbow trout, sturgeon and salmon. Its use of natural ingredients and fabulous taste will leave you with great memories.

Day 4

Place & Transport: Beijing to Datong, Train No. K615 (Beijing West Railway Station Railway Station - Datong Railway Station Railway Station) Dep - Arr

Today's Activities: Short Hutong Tour in Xicheng District, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing), Train station Transfer (Datong)

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Courtyard 7 Restaurant

- Short Hutong Tour in Xicheng District: Hutong, or old alleys, is the best place to observe the tradition of old Beijing. By taking a Hutong tour, visitors can ride a rickshaw that goes through the winding Hutongs, visit a local family in their courtyard house, talk to Beijingers and get to see how life goes on within these traditional architectures.
- Courtyard 7 Restaurant: Courtyard 7 is located in central area of Nan Luo Guo. Its well designed Chinese style modeling,the layout makes it antiquity and rusticity. Its special featured restaurant provides new modern French dishes. Seating in Courtyard 7, you may see the fusion of eastern and western culture, and smell apart of old and new fashion air. Here, you can not only taste delicious gourmet food, but also can enjoy a piece of pure land and haven in such a busy city. Courtyard 7 welcomes you stay and enjoy.

Day 5

Place & Transport: Datong

Today's Activities: Yungang Grottoes, Datong Nine-Dragon Screen Wall

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Yungang Grottoes: Yungang Grottoes is an ancient Buddhist temple grottoes complex located near Datong City. They were built from 453 till 493, and stretches 1 kilometer from east to west. It is well known for its grandeur, with 51000 Buddist statues and murals remain today.
- Datong Nine-Dragon Screen Wall: The Nine-Dragon Screen Walls is over 600 years old. The wall itself is inlayed with components of colorful glazes. It is 45 meters tall and 2 meters wide, and has images of nine different large dragons. On the wall, nine dragons are swirling vividly amid surfing waves and mountain cliffs.

Day 6

Place & Transport: Datong to Wutaishan

Today's Activities: Hanging Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Datong to Wutaishan

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Hengshan Restaurant

- Hanging Monastery: The Hanging Monastery is was precariously built into a near-vertical cliff surface of Hengshan Mountain, and the whole structure is supported by only a few wooden beams. Built more than 1500 years ago, the Hanging Monastery includes Taoist, Buddhist and Confucian elements.
- Hengshan Restaurant: The Hengshan Restaurant is one of the most famous restaurants in Datong. It specializes in Shanxi Cai (cuisine from north-western China). It is highly recommended by customers for its good food and reasonable prices.

Day 7

Place & Transport: Wutaishan

Today's Activities: Wutai Mountain Scenic Area, Foguangsi

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Wutai Mountain Scenic Area: Mt. Wutaishan is one of the four sacred mountains of Chinese Buddhism. Back in the Tang Dynasty (618-907), 360 temples were built in the mountain, and now 47 of them remain.

Day 8

Place & Transport: Wutaishan to Taiyuan to Pingyao

Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Wutaishan to Taiyuan, Our guide and driver will escort you from Taiyuan to Pingyao

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9

Place & Transport: Pingyao to Xian, Train No. 1095 (Pingyao Railway Station Railway Station - Xian Railway Station Railway Station) Dep - Arr

Today's Activities: Pingyao Ancient Town, The Rishengchang Draft Bank, Armed Escort Company Museum, The Mingqing Street, Ancient City Wall, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Pingyao)

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Pingyao Ancient Town: The ancient town of Pingyao was a financial center of China in ancient times. It still retains its layout, residential houses, streets and storefronts just as they were in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Its city walls were constructed in 1370, and it has Rishengchang, China’s first back inside the town.
- The Rishengchang Draft Bank: Pingyao was a financial center of China in Qing Dynasty. Rishengchang Draft Bank was established in 1823, and was considered the first draft bank in China.
- Armed Escort Company Museum: Armed Escort Company once played a significant role in promoting comerce in Ming and Qing dynasties. The museum tells stories of the founder-members and introduce some famous wings of martial arts.
- The Mingqing Street: The thoroughfare is well preserved with its original architectural style of Ming and Qing Dynasties. Numerous shops line the streets, and you can have a look or buy many traditional Chinese handicrafts.
- Ancient City Wall: The ancient city wall of Pingyao was built in 1370, and today it still retains its original appearance. A moat of 4-meters wide and 4 meters deep is just outside the walls. The wall is about 12 meters high with a perimeter of 6000 meters. Altogether there are 72 watchtowers and 3000 battlements.

Day 10

Place & Transport: Xian

Today's Activities: Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall,

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Guohua Restaurant

- Shaanxi History Museum: Shaanxi Province is rich in historical relics, having served as the ancient capital of 13 dynasties throughout China's History. Therefore, the history of Shaanxi is often said to be the history of China. The museum houses over 370,000 historical relics, spanning 1 million years from premitive stone age to modern times. Its architecture also embodies folk tradition and local features.
- Ancient City Wall: The walls, ramparts, gates and watchtowers form one of the oldest and most complete city defences still around. Built in the 13th century on the foundations of the original Tang Forbidden City surrounding the city centre. You can walk, rent a bike,rickshaw or take an electric cart around the full 14km circuit, with great views of the city on either side. If the weather is not good for biking on the city wall, we will substitute a visit to the Bell Tower. Your guide will be very glad to take you the Bell Tower after you have been to look at the city wall.
- Guohua Restaurant: Located near Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the restaurant serves Cantonese food and is famous for its sea food. The restaurant is nicely decorated, and is a long established restaurant popular with the locals.

Day 11

Place & Transport: Xian

Today's Activities: Muslim Street, The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Chongde Handmade Pottery Factory

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch at Reallove Restaurant

- Muslim Street: The 500-meter-long avenue paved by blue stones gathers many restaurants, food stands and souvenir shops, which are mostly run by Muslim people. A walk through the Muslim Quarter is an interesting experience,as it not only prvides good opportunities for food and shopping, but also see the vibrant life there.
- The Terracotta Warriors and Horses : It is one of the "Eight Wonders of the World". Over 7000 life-size soliders, chariots, horses as well as other archeological relics have been buried in this impeiral tomb since 210 BC, till they were accidentally discovered in 1974. Here you can also watch a film introducing the history of this vault. It is advisable to wear comfortable walking shoes.
- Big Wild Goose Pagoda: It has become the symbol of Xi'an City since its construction in 652. The pagoda is about 64 meters tall, and it was built to house Buddhist sutras and figurines that Monk Xuanzang brought back from India. Ci'en Temple at the foot of the pagoda has several Buddhist halls and statues that are worth visiting.
- Reallove Restaurant : Real Love Restaurant is located opposite the east gate of Small Wild Goose Pagoda and is one of the finest restaurants specializing in Shaanxi cuisine. It has become popular for its elegant environment and excellent service.

Day 12

Place & Transport: Xian to Luoyang, Train No. K81 Dep - Arr

Today's Activities: Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian), Train station Transfer (Luoyang)

Meals: Breakfast

Day 13

Place & Transport: Luoyang

Today's Activities: Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Longmen Grottoes: The construction of Longmen Grottoes began in 493 during the Warring States Period. It is one of the three most famous ancient sculpture sites in China, alongside with Mogao Grottoes and Yungang Caves. The site covers about one kilometer from north to south, with numerous statues, pagodas, tablets and steles thay depict Buddhist subjects.
- White Horse Temple: Backed by Mangshan Mountain and facing the Luohe River, White Horse Temple lies about 20 kilometers to the east of Luoyang city, Henan province. Since White Horse Temple, Buddhism monasteries in China traditionally began to be called as 'temple'. White Horse Temple as a result was ever since regarded as the cradle land of Buddhism in China. In history, highly accomplished Buddhist monks from China, even world renowned Buddhist monks from abroad used to pay visits to White Horse Temple in pursuit of Buddhism inspirations and wisdom; it was thereby also called the 'Home of Sakyamuni' or the 'Court for Ancestors'.

Day 14

Place & Transport: Luoyang to Dengfeng to Zhengzhou to Overnight train, Train No. K154/K151 (Zhengzhou Railway Station Railway Station - Shanghai Railway Station Railway Station) Dep - Arr

Today's Activities: Our guide and driver will escort you from Luoyang to Dengfeng, Shaolin Temple & Pagoda Forest (including Shaolin Kungfu Show), Jades store

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Shaolin Temple & Pagoda Forest (including Shaolin Kungfu Show): Shaolin Temple is considered to be the cradle of Shaolin Kungfu. It has an important position in Chinese Kungfu and Buddhism. Every day there are Kungfu shows performed by the monks.

Day 15

Place & Transport: Overnight train to Shanghai

Today's Activities: Train station Transfer (Shanghai), The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Hua Ling Silk Exhibition Hall

Meals: Chinese Lunch at Home's Restaurant

- The Bund: The 1.5-kilometer-long pedestrian with Huangpu River on the east side, is lined with European-style buildings on both sides, so it is also called "World Architectural Fair". Beautiful scenery together with shops, restaurants and bars offer much to see and do during a leisurely walk. The view at night is also magical with lighting on.
- Yuyuan Garden: Yu Garden was built in 1559, and is a beautiful landscape park consists of pavilions, bridges, rocks, resident halls and ponds. A busy small market nearby offers a great shopping opportunity for souvenirs, antiques and local snacks.
- Oriental Pearl TV Tower: Located at the tip of Pudong District opposite the Bund, it is the tallest TV tower in Asia and the third in the world. It is a symbolic construction of Shanghai. There is a Shanghai History Museum on its 1st floor, where you will get to know Shanghai's history and development.
- Home's Restaurant: Home's Restaurant is located near the Nanjing Road. It specializes in Shanghai cuisine using the best local ingredients. Smoked fish and red jujube with sticky rice are well known in Shanghai. The restaurant enjoys a great reputation with diners from many parts of China and abroad.

Day 16

Place & Transport: Shanghai

Today's Activities: Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhujiajiao Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Chinese Lunch

- Zhujiajiao Water Town: It is one of the famous ancient water towns of China, with hundreds of years' history. There are 36 stone bridges that reach across its numerous rivers, and the ancient buildings that line the riverbanks are home to local residents.
- Zhujiajiao Cruise: It is an enjoyable experience to take a short cruise along the winding rivers that go through this ancient town.

Day 17

Place & Transport: Depart Shanghai, Flight not included

Today's Activities: Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai)

Meals: Breakfast

Tour Summary

Tour Dates Destinations Transport Today's Activities Meals Included
Day 1 Arrive in Beijing Flight not included Airport Transfer (Beijing) \
Day 2 Beijing The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Lizexiang Pearl Store B,L
Day 3 Beijing The Mutianyu Great Wall, Mutianyu Cable Car(round trip) B,L
Day 4 Beijing to Datong Train No. K615 Short Hutong Tour in Xicheng District, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Beijing), Train station Transfer (Datong) B,L
Day 5 Datong Yungang Grottoes, Datong Nine-Dragon Screen Wall B,L
Day 6 Datong to Wutaishan Hanging Monastery, Our guide and driver will escort you from Datong to Wutaishan B,L
Day 7 Wutaishan Wutai Mountain Scenic Area, Foguangsi B,L
Day 8 Wutaishan to Taiyuan to Pingyao Our guide and driver will escort you from Wutaishan to Taiyuan, Our guide and driver will escort you from Taiyuan to Pingyao B
Day 9 Pingyao to Xian Train No. 1095 Pingyao Ancient Town, The Rishengchang Draft Bank, Armed Escort Company Museum, The Mingqing Street, Ancient City Wall, Hotel to Train station Transfer (Pingyao) B,L
Day 10 Xian Shaanxi History Museum, Ancient City Wall, B,L
Day 11 Xian Muslim Street, The Terracotta Warriors and Horses, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Chongde Handmade Pottery Factory B,L
Day 12 Xian to Luoyang Train No. K81 Hotel to Train station Transfer (Xian), Train station Transfer (Luoyang) B
Day 13 Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple B,L
Day 14 Luoyang to Dengfeng to Zhengzhou to Overnight train Train No. K154/K151 Our guide and driver will escort you from Luoyang to Dengfeng, Shaolin Temple & Pagoda Forest (including Shaolin Kungfu Show), Jades store B,L
Day 15 Overnight train to Shanghai Train station Transfer (Shanghai), The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai Hua Ling Silk Exhibition Hall L
Day 16 Shanghai Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhujiajiao Cruise B,L
Day 17 Depart Shanghai Flight not included Hotel to airport Transfer (Shanghai) B

Tour Price

Your Group Size Tour Class

Low Season

(Nov.16 - Mar.31)

High Season

(Apr.01 - Nov.15)
1 Person Superior Class
Deluxe Class
Tourist Class
2-5 Person Superior Class
Deluxe Class
Tourist Class
6-9 Person Superior Class
Deluxe Class
Tourist Class
City Superior Class Deluxe Class Tourist Class
Beijing Sunworld Hotel Beijing Redwall Hotel Beijing
Datong Datong Hotel Datong Hotel
Wutaishan Huahui Hotel Huahui Hotel Huahui Hotel
Pingyao Dejuyuan Inn Pingyao International Financiers' Club Dejuyuan Inn
Xian Grand Noble Hotel Sofitel on Renmin Square Xian Xian Skytel Hotel
Luoyang Yaxiang Jinling H Huayang Plaza Hotel New friendship Hotel
Shanghai The Bund Hotel Shanghai Renaissance Shanghai Yuyuan Hotel

* Prices are in US dollars per person. Prices may vary according to your travel time and are higher in the high season, e.g. Labor’s Day (Apr 29-May 3, 2012), China National Day Holiday (Sep 29-Oct 8, 2012), and Chinese Spring Festival (Jan 21-26, 2012).

* If only one person is traveling then the single room supplement is not required. If, for example, three people book a hotel, with two in one room and one in another room, the single room supplement must be paid.

Price Inclusions and Exclusions

Price Inclusions:

  • Entrance Fees:
    To scenic spots as listed in the itinerary.
  • Meals:
    All meals as specified in the itinerary.
    If the restaurant indicated is not available on the day, your guide will arrange another restaurant from our list of approved restaurants. Breakfast is usually a western style buffet. We endeavor to ensure that a choice of western and Chinese breakfasts is supplied, however there may be occasions when only a Chinese breakfast is available in some remote locations.
  • Private Transfers:
    Transfers between airports, hotels and scenic spots while sightseeing in Beijing, Datong, Wutaishan, Taiyuan, Pingyao, Xian, Luoyang, Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, Shanghai by private air conditioned vehicle with a driver and English-speaking guide (as listed above).
  • Guide:
    As outlined in the itinerary an English-speaking guide and driver will be provided in each city, who will remain with you throughout your time in that city. A new guide and a new driver will meet you at each city on your tour, to provide you with the best local knowledge available.
  • Hotels:
    Hotel fees are based on two people sharing one room with twin beds.
    All hotels as listed in the above itinerary serve daily western or Chinese breakfast. All rooms are air-conditioned with private facilities unless specified.
  • Transportation:
    Beijing West Railway Station To Datong Railway Station Transfer via: Train, K615 (Our arrangements)
    Pingyao Railway Station To Xian Railway Station Transfer via: Train, 1095 (Our arrangements)
    Xian To Luoyang Transfer via: Train, K81 (Our arrangements)
    Zhengzhou Railway Station To Shanghai Railway Station Transfer via: Train, K154/K151 (Our arrangements)

  • Service Charge & Government Taxes:
  • Insurance
    The insurance is China Life Tourist Accident/Casualty Insurance.
  • Luggage Transfers:
    Between airports/railway stations and hotels.
  • Arrangements:
    The tour cost includes planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

Price Exclusions:

  • International Airfare or Train Tickets to enter or leave China.
    China Entry Visa Fees.
  • Excess Baggage Charges.
    Passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 20kg, for economy class. Total weight of carryon baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg. The size may not exceed 20x40x 55cm.
  • Personal Expenses:
    Expenses of a purely personal nature such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone calls, optional activities, sightseeing or meals which are not included in the tour itinerary.
  • Meals:
    Any meals which are not specified in the tour itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.