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Q&A: 5 Day Train Trip (Beijing -Datong -Pingyao -Taiyuan -Beijing)
Asked by g** Date Added:
Question: We are a family of 4 people, planning a tour to China this summer. We will land in Beijing on August 28th ad stay in the city for a few days,After that we would like the following tour:,1. From August 1st – August 4th: leaving from Beijing, going to the Great Wall and Datong and coming back to Beijing on August 4th, altogether 3 nights (we have a flight from Beijing on August 5th in the morning),Please let us know the route and attractions and the price for such a tour,Is it possible to sleep in Hohhot during such a tour? We noticed that they have more hotels there than in Datong,2. Do you also have tours around Shanghai? We plan a tour from August 9th – August 12th: Leaving from Shanghai to water city (if possible) and mainly to Huangshan Mountain and the villages in the area and come back to Shanghai on August 12th. (We have a flight from Shanghai on August 13th). If the water city is on the route, we would like to visit it. Please let us know the route you suggest and the interesting sights and the price for such a tour,We would also be happy to know where it is suggested to book the hotel for the nights
Answer:
Thanks so much for your tour inquiry with us, and please take a look the details below, and if there is any mistake, please reply me. thanks.

1. From August 1st – August 4th: leaving from Beijing, going to the Great Wall and Datong and coming back to Beijing on August 4th, altogether 3 nights (we have a flight from Beijing on August 5th in the morning). 
Please let us know the route and attractions and the price for such a tour. 
Is it possible to sleep in Hohhot during such a tour? We noticed that they have more hotels there than in Datong.
--I can arrange Beijing and Datong in Shanxi Province tour within 4 days 3 nights, but Huhhot is in Inner Mongolia, and I don’t need arrange the tour about Hohhot.

Aug 1: Beijing-Datong by morning flight CA1119 6:45-7:50.

Pick you up from the hotel in Beijing, and then you will take flight to Datong.

Pick you up from the airport in Datong and then to visit the Yungang Grottoes(Cloud Ridge Caves),Huayan MonasteryShanhua Monastery and Nine Dragon Screen. Stay overnight at Datong Hotel.

Aug 2: (L) Datong

Pick you up from your hotel. Visit Suspending Temple (Hanging Monastery) and the Wooden Pagoda. Drive you to the hotel.

Aug 3 (L) Beijing-Datong by flight CA1120 9:00-10:10

Send you to the airport in Datong, and upon your arrival in Beijing, the local driver and guide will pick you up from airport. You will visit Mutianyu Great Wall in the afternoon.

Aug 4 Beijing city tour + one shopping stop (L)

Full day tour for the Forbidden city, Temple of heaven and Summer Palace.

4 days private tour + two ways flights between Beijing and Datong, no hotel, you have 4 persons: 4450CNY about 654USD per person.

2. Do you also have tours around Shanghai? We plan a tour from August 9th – August 12th: Leaving from Shanghai to water city (if possible) and mainly to Huangshan Mountain and the villages in the area and come back to Shanghai on August 12th. (We have a flight from Shanghai on August 13th). If the water city is on the route, we would like to visit it. Please let us know the route you suggest and the interesting sights and the price for such a tour. 
--You can take one day Suzhou and Zhouzhuang water town tour from/to Shanghai on Aug 9th, and the tour fee is 1030CNY about 153USD per person.

--Aug 10-Aug 12: You can take 3 days 2 nights Huangshan tour by bullet train from Shanghai.

Day 1  Shanghai Huangshan City

Pick up from your hotel in Shanghai and take high speed train from Shanghai Hongqiao to Huangshan by G1509 08:42-13:15. Arrive at Huangshan train station, be met and transferred to your hotel. The tour guide will help you to check in. After a short break, start our visit by entry into the Huangshan Museum which was set up specially for ancient painting & art handcrafts, go forward to the 200 years old history Ink factory. Then visit the Tunxi Old Street, built in Ming and Qing Dynasties. Back to the hotel after the tour. 

Day 2  Huangshan Scenic Area (Breakfast+Lunch)

Start in the morning after breakfast, drive 1 hour to Huangshan Scenic Area, start today’s trip by taking 10min cable car to the top of Huangshan Mountain. Along the uphill way, we will see the Jade screen tower scenic area, Greeting guest pine tree(1500 years old), the 3rd summit ‘Capital heaven’ and the 1st summit ‘Lotus peak’,the 2nd summit ‘Bright summit’, Flying over rock, cloud dispelling pavilion for famous natural rocks, and natural China ink painting Gallery - West sea valley (Grand Canyon), Red cloud Peak (Purple Peak), view the Great Sunset. Stay overnight on the mountain.

Day 3  Huangshan Shanghai (Breakfast+Lunch)

Get up earlier to catch the breath-taking sunrise, and then have your breakfast there in hotel. After that, we will go to visit the Begin to believe peak and the Lion peak. Take the cable car downhill. After lunch, send you to huangshan train station and take G1507,13:50-17:56 back to Shanghai.

4 star hotel + private tour + two ways bullet train with second class seats, you have 4 persons: 3890CNY about 572USD per person.

Please book the hotel in Beijing, Datong and Shanghai.

Await your reply. thanks.

Asked by Emyl** Date Added:
Question: e are interested in 5 Day Train Trip (Beijing -Datong -Pingyao -Taiyuan -Beijing). what is the cost for 4 stars hotel ?
Answer:

Thank you for sending email to Chinatour.Net

The price of 5 Day Train Trip Beijing -Datong -Pingyao -Taiyuan –Beijing with 4 star hotel is 6290CNY*2=12580CNY(1992USD).

Asked by andr** Date Added:
Question: Your question about the tour? Do you prefer group tour or private tour? group tour,Do you want to customize the tour? if yes please tell us your plan and request:,Do you need us book hotel or flight/train? if yes please tell us:
Answer:

Thanks for your inquiry,

This tour is private tour and there is no group tour with this itinerary.

And can you please tell me which kind of hotel do you prefer?

Asked by L** Date Added:
Question: Your question about the tour? Do you prefer group tour or private tour? Private for 4 adults,Do you want to customize the tour? if yes please tell us your plan and request:,17 to 20 may. Only tours and train for suzhou and hangzhou. I will book flights and hotels,Do you need us book hotel or flight/train? if yes please tell us:
Answer:
Thanks so much for your tour inquiry online, and I am confusion about your request, and you need tour from May 17 to May 20, and you request the tour for 5 days train trip Beijing-Datong-Pingyao-Taiyuan-Beijing, so you want to take train from Taiyuan to Suzhou?
 
Or you just need tour in Suzhou and Hangzhou?
 
What's your hotel budget? 5 star, 4 star or 3 star?
 
Await your reply sooner.
Asked by Lourd** Date Added:
Question: Your question about the tour? Do you prefer group tour or private tour? prefer group, but private could be too,Do you want to customize the tour? if yes please tell us your plan and request:,I`ll take this tour, same as it is,Do you need us book hotel or flight/train? if yes please tell us: yes, 5 stars hotels and flight Taiyuan to Shanghai. Can you confirm this flight is available for April 22?
Answer:
Thanks so much for your tour inquiry email, and we just can arrange private tour for this trip, and if you are 1 person, the tour fee should be 5 Star Hotel + Tour Package, you have 1 person, : $1496 (9500CNY) + airfare from Taiyuan to Shanghai 1407CNY=10907CNY about 1718USD.

There are so many flights between Taiyuan and Shanghai, so plesae don't worry.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1  Beijing - Datong

Be transfered from your hotel here in Beijing and take you to Railway Station for the afternoon train K615 (15:40 - 21:45) to Datong, the famous coal city in China.
Upon arrival, be met at railway station and take you to local hotel.

Day 2  Datong - Pingyao (by private van)  (B, L, D)

Walk around the downtown area where you will see the Nine-Dragon Screen and some old streets and then go for Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery at 9:00am. Yungang Grottoes is a treasure house of rare and splendid Chinese sculptures enjoys worldwide fame. These grottoes are the main reason most people make it to Datong. The grottoes contain over 50,000 Buddhist statues and stretch for about 1 km east to west. Suspending Temple(Hanging Monastery) is just outside the town of Hunyuan, 65km south-east of Datong. Built precariously on sheer cliffs above Jinlong Canyon,the monastery dates back more than 1400 years. Its halls and pavilions were built along the contours of the cliff face using the natural hollows and outcrops. The buildings are connected by corridors, bridges and boardwalks and contain bronze, iron and stone statues of gods and Buddhas. Then drive to Pingyao directly. Upon arrival, check in local hostel.

Day 3  Pingyao (B, L, D)

The highlight of today's tour will be wandering around the old town of Pingyao, which was built according to the traditional Han Chinese town planning and architectural style. Four main streets, eight narrower ones and 72 small lanes formed a neat grid. The town's dwellings were built either in the style of courtyard houses or man-made cave-houses. Old temples and shops are still scattered all over the town which bring back memories of its flourishing past. A visit to Shuanglin Temple in the afternoon.

Day 4  Pingyao - Taiyuan (B, L, D)

After breakfast, we will go to Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province, and visit Qiao's Courtyard Houses Complex and Jinci Temple on the way. We could stay overnight in Taiyuan.

Day 5  Taiyuan - Shanghai by flight (B)

Take morning flight to Shanghai.

When you arrive in Beijing, you will make your own way to the hotel or airport or train station.

Await your reply sooner.
Asked by chu** Date Added:
Question: private tour, all shanxi -xian, just book hotel
Answer: Pingyao andTaiyuan, you also want to visit Xian, right? How many days do you have?

Can you read and write Chinese?

Asked by Li** Date Added:
Question: On day 4 can we take the overnight train to Xian and visit Terra Cotta army on day 5 and fligh back to Beijing the same day?? I would have like to visit the longmen grottoes ( east of Zhengzhou ) but I don't see how I could fit in the schedule???
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Asked by Barba** Date Added:
Question: Open,Provide other transportation means other than train,We want upgrade to 1) first class in trains; & 2) 5-star hotels (or best available) during this trip
Answer:

Thanks for your email to www.chinatour.net.

You request:

1) first class in trains;

--only upgrade the train D2002(Taiyuan South -> Beijing West, 09:22->12:55) to first class, is it OK?

2) 5-star hotels (or best available) during this trip

--OK. You’d prefer King Bed Room or Twin Beds Room?

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.    
Asked by clau** Date Added:
Question: does it 's possible to do this tour alone ? which price ? can you organise by train or plane this visite after to leshan, and dazu baodingshan, for which price ? thank you
Answer:

Hello claude,

Do you want us to arrange the tour to Leshan and dazu baodingshan? Or you just want to book a tour to Datong, Taiyuan and Pingyao?

What is your hotel budget? Please let us know because are 1 person, the cost will be a little higher

Asked by LATO** Date Added:
Question: We don't want a "shopping" tour, ,At the end of the tour, we would like to stop at Taiyuan to take the night train to Xi'an. Is it possible for your to book our train ticket with soft beds? We need a family room to be all 4 in the same room
Answer:

Welcome to China!!!
I'm Alice and work in chinatour.net service.
We have received your letter about your travel in China.It's a great honor to be your personal travel consultant.

1.At the end of the tour, we would like to stop at Taiyuan to take the night train to Xi'an. Is it possible for your to book our train ticket with soft beds?

Yes,we can book the soft sleeper train ticket for you.

2.Please check the itinerary below:

Day 1 Beijing -> Datong
Be transfered from your hotel here in Beijing and take you to Railway Station for the afternoon train K615 (15:40 - 21:45) to Datong, the famous coal city in China.
Upon arrival, be met at railway station and take you to local hotel.

Day 2 Datong -> Pingyao (by private van)  (B, L, D)
Walk around the downtown area where you will see the Nine-Dragon Screen and some old streets and then go for Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery at 9:00am and then directly drive to Pingyao. Upon arrival, check in local hostel.

- Yungang Grottoes: A treasure house of rare and splendid Chinese sculptures enjoys worldwide fame. These grottoes are the main reason most people make it to Datong. The grottoes contain over 50,000 Buddihist statues and stretch for about 1 km east to west.

-Suspending Temple(Hanging Monastery): This monastery is just outside the town of Hunyuan, 65km south-east of Datong. Built precariously on sheer cliffs above Jinlong Canyon,the monastery dates back more than 1400 years. Its halls and pavilions were built along the contours of the cliff face using the natural hollows and outcrops. The buildings are connected by corridors, bridges and boardwalks and contain bronze, iron and stone statues of gods and buddhas.

Day 3 Pingyao (B, L, D)
The highlight of today's tour will be wandering around the old town of Pingyao, which was built according to the traditional Han Chinese town planning and architectural style. Four main streets, eight narrower ones and 72 small lanes formed a neat grid. The town's dwellings were built either in the style of courtyard houses or man-made cave-houses. Old temples and shops are still scattered all over the town which bring back memories of its flourishing past. A visit to Shuanglin Temple in the afternoon.

Day 4 Pingyao -> Taiyuan (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will go to Taiyuan, the capital city of Shanxi Province, and visit Qiao's Courtyard Houses Complex and Jinci Temple on the way.Transfer to the train station, take night train to Xi'an.

Day 5 Xi'an

You will make your own way to the hotel or airport or train station.

Any questions feel free to contact me.
Looking forward to hear from you soon.

Thanks and

Asked by Dia** Date Added:
Question: Datong is our tour start city. Please pick us up at Beijing's hotel on April 19 and take train to Datong. Please include train cost in the land tour cost, ,Our customize tour is 6 days, 5 nights, Itinerary show below ,第一天/ 大同,Take train to Datong, and upon arrival, send clients to hotel ,酒店:大同(四星), ,第二天/ 大同-太原(早/午/晚), ,早餐后驱车前往参观“中国石窟三圣”之一【云冈石窟】。云冈石窟现存主要洞窟45个,大小造像51000余尊,为我国规模最大的古代石窟群之一,于2001年12月14日被联合国教科文组织列入世界遗产名录。,Visit Nine dragons screen and Wooden Pagoda at Datong,后乘车赴太原,途中参观北魏空中楼阁【悬空寺】,又名玄空寺,是国内仅存的佛、道、儒三教合一的独特寺庙。,酒店:太原(四星), ,第三天/ 太原-绵山(早/午/晚), ,早餐后乘车赴灵石。【绵山】,因自然景观奇险秀和春秋晋国介子推携母隐居被焚于此而著称,其山光水色,文物胜迹,佛寺道观,集于一体,是山西省重点风景名胜区,抵达后参观云峰寺、大罗宫、抱腹寺、抱腹岩、水涛沟(水涛仙阁)等景区(不含缆车)。,酒店:绵山(四星), ,第四天/ 绵山(早/午/晚), ,全天游览【绵山风景区】:棉山天梯、介公寺、正果寺(乾坤大佛)等(不含缆车)。,酒店:绵山(四星), ,第五天/ 绵山-太原(早/午/晚), ,早餐后乘车赴太原,参观【乔家大院】,是清代全国著名的商业金融资本家乔致庸的宅第,于民国初年建成一座宏伟的建筑群体,并集中体现了我国清代北方民居的独特风格。游毕参观【晋祠】,祠内有几十座古建筑,环境幽雅舒适,风景优美秀丽,素以雄伟的建筑群、高超的塑像艺术闻名于世。是集中国古代祭祀建筑、园林、雕塑、壁画、碑刻艺术为一体的唯一而珍贵的历史文化遗产,也是世界建筑、园林、雕刻艺术中心。难老泉、侍女像、圣母像被誉为“晋祠三绝”。,酒店:太原(四星), ,第六天/ 太原(早餐),We will take a flight from Taiyuan to our next destination city of Chengdu,早餐后送机场。, we will arrange ourselves for the hotel and flight to Chengdu. Thank you
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Asked by Muhamm** Date Added:
Question: Tentatively I will reach Beijing on 15th October, 2012 from Dubai by EK-308 (1100-2230),Reaching Beijing I plan to opt for 5 days train travel fom Beijing to Datong & Pingyao,On returning after 5 days tour to Beijing, I also plan to go Nanning,Please let me know:,Approxmate Temperature at Beijing, Datong, Pingyao and Nanning during the tour,Distance between the cities named above,Hotel Booking at 3 Star Hotel from 15th to 23rd October, 2012,Total expenses during my stay from 15-23 October, 2012, ,I dont have my personal plan. Please arrange as planned/requested,Yes please. (3 Star Hotel) - possibly budget
Answer:

The temperature of Oct in Beijing, Datong and Pingyao will be between 10 and 20 centigrade, and in Nanning will be between 15 and 30 centigrade.

The distance between cities is(approximately): Beijing & Datong:380km, Datong & Pingyao: 380km, Pingyao & Nanning: 2430km.

So, your itinerary is: 5 Day train travel from Beijing to Datong & Pingyao,  take train to back to Beijing to stay 3 days and then go to Nanning?

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