To truly understand China, youve got to get out and meet it on its own terms, which is exactly what this eight-day trip through the countrys northern reaches delivers. Up here, youll get to the big stuff (the Great Wall, Xian, Beijing) and lesser-known treasures that only the hardiest of travellers ever get to experience: Datongs 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.
Arrive at any time.
Board a morning fast train to the ancient city of Pingyao. On arrival, get hands-on with a paper cutting class.
Hop on a train to Datong after a free morning in Pingyao.
Set eyes on the gorgeous Hanging Monastery and visit the Yungang Grottoes to see the thousands of Buddha statues.
Take a final morning to explore Datong. Later, board a local train to Beijing and arrive in the evening.
Enjoy a visit to the famed Forbidden City then take the rest of the day to explore on your own.
Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.
Depart at any time.