Snow Lion's unique overland trip via rail and road connects these less-visited sites on a cross-country weave from Beijing to Shanghai. Our first stop is the ancient imperial capital of Datong, location of the 12th-century Buddhist monastery of Huayan Si and the Cloud Ridge Caves, home to over 50,000 statues. We'll wander the narrow cobblestone streets of Pingyao (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Luoyang (capital of 13 dynasties prior to the 10th century). Further highlights include Xi'an, site of the 6,000 Terra Cotta Warriors; Song Shan, the central sacred mountain of Taoism; the Ming sites of Nanjing; and Tonli water town, before ending our wondrous journey in Shanghai.
Day 1: Arrive Beijing.
Day 2: Forbidden City/ Hutong neighborhood.
Day 3: Great Wall.
Day 4: Fly to Datong/ Yungang Grottos/ Suspended Temple.
Day 5: Drive to Taiyan / Double Pagoda Temples.
Day 6: Day trip to Pingyao.
Day 7: Jin Ci Monastery.
Days 8-9: Fly to Xi'an/ Terra Cotta Warriors.
Day 10: Train to Luoyang.
Day 11: Longmen Grottos/ Song Shan.
Day 12: Shaolin Temple/ Fly to Shanghai.
Day 13: Shanghai/ Yu Yuan Garden/ Shanghai Museum.
Day 14: Water town of Tonli.
Day 15: Depart China from Shanghai.
Airfares: USD 322 (Beijing/Datong, Taiyuan/Xi'an, Zhengzhou/Shanghai)
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