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Shanxi Buddhism & Culture 4-Day Tour

The active Buddhist thoughts in Shanxi have made great contributions to the spread and development of Chinese Buddhism since the feudal era. Moreover, Shanxi is also a treasure house of Buddhist cultural relics and art, which is one of the richest Buddhist heritage areas in China. Likewise Mt.Wutai is the first of the four holy mountains of Buddhism; Yungang Grottoes culture can be comparable with Mogao Caves in Dunhuang. And all over the province around there are colorful Buddhist architecture, sculpture, painting and so on. These indicate that Shanxi plays an important role in the history of Chinese Buddhist culture. In this Shanxi Buddhism & Culture tour, you will visit Mt.Wutai, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, Hanging Temple & Yungang Grottoes, all are essence of Shanxi Buddhism relics. 

HIGHLIGHTS

*Visit norther part of Shanxi Province, enjoy China's splendid Buddhism culture and ancient architecture art

*Yungang Grottoes - a Buddhist art treasure house of royal style, which a nationality has spent nearly a dynasty to complete ever since the Buddhist art was spread to China

TRIP INFORMATION

- Tour code: CPT-ST-06

- Price: from $582 p/p

- Tour type: private tour

- Departure date: flexible

- Travel route: Taiyuan - Mt.Wutai - Yingxian -                                   Mt.Heng -  Datong 

- Trip length: 4 Days 3 nights

 Detailed itinerary:

In the morning, the local tour guide and driver will pick you up at your Taiyuan hotel/Taiyuan Railway Station/Taiyuan airport. Drive to Mt.Wutai from Taiyuan City in about 3.5 hours. You will enjoy an exploration to Mount Wutai (UNESCO), one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains in China. It is home to 47 China's most important monasteries, among which the Xiantong Temple and the Tayuan Temple are the most famous ones. 

 

In the afternoon you will visit temples in Taihuai Town, including Xiantong Temple (Monk Temple), Pogoda Temple (the symbol of Mt.Wutai), Pusa Top(Lama Temple), Wuye Temple(the most holy temple in Mt.Wutai).

Taste the vegetarian food in Wutai Mountain for dinner. Stay overnight in Taihuai Town, feel the peace of this small town.

Taiyuan - 240 km - Mt.Wutai

Today continue to visit the scenic spots of Wutai Mountain. 

 

Fomu (Buddha's mother) Cave happens to be the shape of a uterus, symbolizing the place where the birth of Buddha. It is said that people who go through the hole would harvest a new life. Later visit Nanshan Temple, the stone carvings and clay sculptures in the temple are the most characteristic, including Buddhist legends, Taoist allusions, trees, flowers and other patterns. Shift your eyesight to Luohou Temple, where there are a pair of stone lions near the mountain gate and a pair of stallions. There are the last remaining relics of the Tang Dynasty in Tahuai region. Moon Pool is said to be very smart that when looking into the pool, different people would see different scenes. Some can see their own past lives, some can see their own future lives, and some can see visions and Bodhisattva.

Mt.Wutai

Transfer to Datong after breakfast. En route, visit Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, the tallest and oldest wooden pogoda in the world.

 

Later visit Hanging temple, which was built in the Northern Wei Dynasty, with a history of more than 1,500 years. The Hanging Temple is characterized by its special location on the sheer cliff of Mt.Heng and its combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Take the cable car to have a great view of Heng Mountain. 

Arrive in Datong in the late afternoon. Check into hotel for rest.

Mt.Wutai - 220 km - Datong

Today you will have a full day in Datong to see its treasure - the Yungang Grottoes. It is the oldest one of the Three Major Buddhist Grottoes of China. With their 252 caves and 51,000 statues, Yungang Grottoes represent the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China in the 5th and 6th centuries. The Five Caves created by Tan Yao, with their strict unity of layout and design, constitute a classical masterpiece of the first peak of Chinese Buddhist art. Absorbing Indian Gandhara Buddhist art, Yungang Grottoes melds traditional Chinese art and social features of that time, which make it a masterpiece of early Chinese cave art and Buddhist culture.

Have lunch and short rest in a local restaurant. 

 

In the afternoon you will have a look at the Nine-Dragon-Wall ,the largest dragon wall in China. And then visit upper and down Huayan Temple, which was built in Liao Dynasty and famous for its ancient wooden structure.

After sightseeing, be sent to Datong airport/railway station/your hotel in Datong for following arrangements.

Datong

 China Panda Tour's experienced travel consultant 1 on 1 service 24hours/7days from inquiry to back home;

  Entrance tickets to listed viewpoints in the itinerary & necessary shuttle bus/cable car/sightseeing bus tickets;  

√  Escorted by experienced English-speaking tour guide;

  Meals mentioned in the itinerary;

  Private transfers with professional driver between hotel/attraction/airport/railway station/restaurant as listed in the itinerary;

√  Booking of flight/train/cruise tickets per your preferences;

  Accommodation in each city, hotel level/feature is decided by your choice;

√  Traveler's accidental insurance.

OUR SERVICE INCLUDES:

-- This itinerary can be flexibly adjusted according  to your requests. You can change the order, or extend the tour with more cities or days, or even shorten it with deleting any cities or days. Our professional travel consultant will help you revise the itinerary until suiting your schedule.

-- China Panda Tour also provides French/German/Spanish/Russian/Cantonese/Mandarin-speaking tour guide service.

-- If you only want to rent a car for your trip, please kindly inform us. China Panda Tour's professional drivers would provide you with satisfying service.

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