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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Shanxi Vernacular Dwellings Tour

Tour Code: SHX-01
Destinations: Taiyuan Qikou Zhangbi Pingyao
Duration: 5 Days
Tour Type: Private Tour
Price: Starting from US$ 440
Shanxi Vernacular Dwellings Tour
Day By Day Itinerary
Day 01
Taiyuan Qikou

Arrival at Taiyuan by train or flight, met by our English speaking tour guide and get on a private air-conditioned vehicle for Qikou. Qikou Ancient Town is situated about 230km down southwest of Taiyuan. It is a pleasant 2.5 hours'drive along the highway till Lishi where we'll turn northwest driving along a county road for about 48km before we get to Qikou Ancient Town.

Tonight you will settle at Qikou Coutyard Inn, a 300-year-old courtyard with kang beds and internet. It is an open, large and friendly place where you are able to have a nice view of the Yellow River if you climb up the stone stairs in the yard.

Meal: Chinese dinner

Hotel: Qikou Coutyard Inn
Day 02
Qikou Ancient Town

Today you are going to visit Qikou Ancient Town itself and its neaby Lijiashan Village, the big draw on your trip to Qikou.

Qikou Ancient TownQikou ancient town is situated along the west edge of Yellow River. For its special port situation, Qikou ancient town attracted many merchants centuries ago. Houses in the style of Ming and Qing Dynasty stand along the streets, which are granted as the first views in Qikou Ancient Town. The ancient town is worth visiting for its stone courtyards and cobbled pathways, leading to Black Dragon Temple, where you can overlook the Yellow River.

Lijiashan Village is well known for their cave houses hugging the hillsides with terraces of crops, a great charm for travelers who want to experience the vernacular dwellings in Shanxi. It was once home to over 600 families in its Qing heyday.

Meal: Breakfast, Chinese lunch and dinner

Hotel: Qikou Coutyard Inn
Day 03
Qikou Zhangbi Village Pingyao

After breakfast, say goodbye to Qikou and drive eastward about 180km to Zhangbi Underground Castle.

Zhangbi Underground CastleToday you will visit Zhangbi Underground Castle. This is a 1400-year-old network of ancient defence tunnels in Zhangbi Village not far from Jiexiu County south of Pingyao. The tunnels were used for military purposes over several hundred years with three levels of underground tunnels. The ancient town above contains old temples and houses. This fascinating Yuan-dynasty village is still inhabited by villagers.

After Zhanbi Village tour, you will move on to Pingyao, about 50km north of Zhangbi Village. For the remainder of the day, you will explore the Pingyao Ancient City on your own. Stay overnight at Dejuyuan Guesthouse.

Meal: Breakfast, Chinese lunch and dinner

Hotel: Dejuyuan Guesthouse
Day 04

After breakfast, first visit the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao City. The city of Pingyao is one of the four remaining well-preservedAncient City Wallancient cities in China. The city wall has a perimeter of 6.4 kilometers and is over 12 meters high and 3.5 meters wide. Then visit the Rishengchang Exchange Shop. It is the earliest bank in China, first opened in the 18th century.Rishengchang was the first money exchange shop in the history of China.

Afterwards, move on to the Mingqing Street. Ming and Qing Street, also called Nanda Jie. It is one of the busy and interesting streets in which to experience ancient Chinese culture. It is 440 long, Ming and Qing Street used to be the commercial center of Pingyao ancient city. Then move on to Armed Escort Company Museum. It offers an eye-opening armed escorts in protecting commerce. Cash moving from one area needed the armed escort firm to thwart of thieving hands. Finally visit County Government Office, an ancient city hall and law court.

Meal: Breakfast and lunch

Hotel: Dejuyuan Guesthouse
Day 05
Leave Pingyao

Today you are free at your leisure to explore the ancient city on your own. Then you are transfered to Pingyao Railway Station or Taiyuan Railway Station to continue your trip to Beijing or Xian ( tickets excluded ).

Meal: Breakfast

Price List for this tour (Price per person in US dollars)
Travelling Party 2 persons 3-5 Persons 6-9 Persons
Tour Cost Per Person US$ 670 US$ 540 US$ 440
Single room supplement US$ 130 US$ 130 US$ 130
1. The prices above are based two persons sharing one standard room. If one person prefers to stay in one room, the single room supplement must be paid.
2. For additional hotel accommodation added to the packages, please contact our trip advisors for new quotations.

Price inclusion:
1.All transfers and city transportation for your own use
2.Entrance fees and meals as mentioned
3.Private car or van with English speaking guide
4.The prices above are based two persons sharing one standard room with daily breakfast
5.The above private escorted tour is customized for you, your family or your friends exclusively. No other travelers will join in your group.
  Price exclusion:
1.Tips to your tour guide
2. Travel insurance for your coverage of injury or accident

Travel Tips:
Wear casually with comfortable sports shoes and pay attention to the climate in Shanxi.

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