Northern Classics

8 Days Beijing – Pingyao Ancient Town – Xi'an Private Tour By High-Speed Train

The same destinations but you can travel in different ways. The list shows differences of the three travel styles. Please find detailed itinerary after the list.

  • Comfort Trip
  • Discovery Trip
  • Essential Trip
Comfort Trip Summary Full Itinerary

One week tour to visit three "bright pearls" in the north part of China. They are full of culture, history and enjoy personal touch with your guide in each city.

Day 1 Arrive in Beijing

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room) (TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015)

Airport to Hotel Transfer (Beijing)
Your guide, driver and private car will be waiting for you when you arrive in Beijing at the airport. They will help you with your luggage and check-into the hotel.

Your afternoon or evening is for you to relax and recover after your long international flight. Your guide will also help point out to you places to eat or what you can do nearby your hotel.

Day 2 Visit some classical sights in Beijing

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Visiting Beijing's Classic Sights

After a hearty breakfast you will be ready to explore some of Beijing's classic sights. Your guide will be waiting in the lobby for you when you are ready to roam. A visit to Tian'anmen Square located in the center of the city, has great cultural significance. Head to the north gate, and you can get panoramic shots overlooking the Square.

Make your way through the Forbidden City an important and historical monument that will open your eyes to what life was once like in the Imperial Palace. Take a rickshaw to the Hutongs from the Bell Tower to the Drum Tower to capture the experience of this once ancient lifestyle. Visit a family who has lived in the Hutong for generations and hear their life story. Enjoy the lunch at a local restaurant.

Enter into a Chinese Village Kindergarten
Take a trip to Gaobeidian Village with a history of over 1000 years. You will have an opportunity to the village kindergarten to enjoy the children's performance and play games with them.

Did you know …
Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen Gate meaning Gate of Heavenly Peace and is located north of the square – the entrance to the Forbidden City.

The Tian'anmen Square The Tian'anmen Square
Day 3 The Great Wall

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Walking on the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
This less-crowded section of the Great Wall is a about 2.5 hours' drive from downtown Beijing. A cable car takes you to a good section (avoiding a very steep climb), where you can walk along the wall, through the watch towers and enjoy superb views as it snakes across the hills and mountains.

Good to know
If you are interested in hiking, we also offer a 3-4 hour hiking from Simatai west to Jinshanlin section.

Jinshanling Great Wall The Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall
Day 4 Experience more Cultural Classics – Temples, Palaces and Gardens in Beijing

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Hotel Beijing Chaoyang U-Town (Superior Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Visit more Cultural Classics and Royal Gardens
Today, your guide will take you to see some classical royal relics, including the Temple of Heaven which was used by the emperor to offer prayers to the highest God. We then head to the Summer Palace also known as the Museum of Royal Gardens, which was initially built in 1750. You can take a short boat ride on the lake to the Island Temple like the ancient royals in the Qing Dynasty. We will lunch at the Jardine Matheson Spring Restaurant.

If you are an art or antique lover, the choice is yours to see :
The 798 Art District, once an abandoned factory built in the 1950s now displays the largest and most popular art zone in China.

Good to know

Things to do in the evening – acrobatic shows, puppet theatre, or see a Beijing opera show!

The Summer Palace The Summer Palace
Day 5 Beijing to Pingyao

Hotel: Yunjincheng Folk Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch

Early Morning Train (HSR) to Pingyao
You will be transferred to the railway station for the morning train leaving Beijing at 07:58 and get to Pingyao at 12:09 in the morning. You will be met at the station in Pingyao and taken to your hotel.

Walk around the Pingyao Ancient Town
Go back in time as we explore Pingyao Ancient Town. Considered the best ancient walled city in China, it is off-limits to cars so you can walk along the cobbled streets. The buildings are delicately constructed and decorated in a Ming and Qing style, comfortable and easy for visitors to appreciate the authentic flavor of old times.

Pingyao Ancient City Pingyao Ancient City
Day 6 Pingyao to Xi'an

Hotel:Wyndham Grand Xian South
Breakfast & Lunch

Visit Wang Family Courtyard
After breakfast, your guide, driver and private car will be ready for you to visit Wang Family Courtyard, a North China Folk House during the Qing Dynasty. Folk residences are the earliest architectural types in the history of China. These residences are usually in diversified forms with no restrictions and built according to local conditions.

Pingyao to Xi'an by HSR
Leave the hassles of transfer to your guide, as you will be taken to the railway station to Xi'an – hometown to the Terracotta Soldiers.

Wang Family Courtyard Wang Family Courtyard
Day 7 See the Imperial Army - The Terracotta Warriors

Hotel: Wyndham Grand Xian South
Breakfast & Lunch

Visit Xi'an's Historic Site – The Terracotta Warriors
Visit the Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty. This magnificent army of Emperor Qin dates back to 210 B.C. Enjoy a lunch at A Wa Shan Zhan Restaurant before you turn back to the city center.

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and enjoy a walk around the park. The pagoda was built around 400 AD and offers a view of the city as you ascend to the top.

Biking on the Ancient City Wall is also a highlight of Xi'an to take a birds'-eye view of the whole city.

Good to know
In the evening, you can visit the Muslim Quarter, walk around the many stalls and sample some of their local delicacies. The Bell Tower is nearby which is lit up at night.

The Terracotta Army The Terracotta Army
Day 8 Departure from Xi'an

Breakfast

The Hotel to Airport Transfer
Enjoy a cozy and relax time before you head back home. The hotel to airport transfer is arranged for you in good time to get your flight.

Good to know
Enjoy free time or visit the Shaanxi Museum before your international flight.

Discovery Trip Summary
Day 1-3 In Beijing

Get closer to imperial life and Chinese royal family by visiting the Forbidden City. Have interacts with local people in hutong and a primary school. Enjoy the Great Wall hiking with professional guide.

ACCOM: Hotel - 3 nights

Day 4-5 In Pingyao
Day 6-8 In Xi'an
Full Itinerary

Have an in-depth exploration in the three charming cities within 8 days to feel magnificent capital city in the past and nowadays.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Beijing Airport to the Hotel Transfer
Your guide, driver and private car will be waiting for at the arrival hall in Beijing airport and transfer you to the hotel. You can enjoy an easy and trouble-free transfer.

Day 2 Enjoy First Destination of Northern Classic-Beijing

Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Explore Classical sights of Beijing
Visit the Chinese royal symbol- the Forbidden City to explore 24 emperors' royal life during the Ming and Qing Dynasties with the help of your guide. Have a walk on Tian'anmen Square –modern Chinese national symbol in front of the Forbidden City. Take a rickshaw among the Hutongs from the Bell Tower to the Drum Tower and hear some Hutong stories by visiting a local family who live in the Hutong.

Have a Look Around in Gaobeidian Village Kindergarten
Accompanied by your guide, you will visit Gaobeidian Village Kindergarten to play games with children in the kindergarten and experience a different Chinese early educational life. Enjoy a tasty Lunch at local Chinese restaurant.

Hutong tour by rickshaw Hutong tour by rickshaw
Day 3 Beijing Great Wall Hiking

Hotel: Beijing Sihe Courtyard Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast & Lunch

Hike the Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai West
Enjoy a day out on the Great Wall hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai West with an experienced guide. The hike will be 3 to 4 hours taking you to the less-touched sections and away from the crowds, so you can enjoy best views to take candid shots.

Good to know
If 3-4 hours seems long for you, just tell your guide and we will just cover one section of the Wall, allowing you to still get great photographs of the Wall and its surroundings.

Jinshanling Great Wall Jinshanling Section of the Great Wall
Day 4 See More Beijing Classic Sights

Overnight Train (Soft Sleeper) from Beijing to Pingyao
Breakfast & Lunch

Discover More of Beijing's Classic highlights
Your guide will accompany you to enjoy a boat ride in Summer Palace, the best preserved and the largest scale imperial garden in China. Enjoy a visit to the Garden of Virtue and Harmony to explore Tibetan Buddhist culture. Have a look at Temple of Heaven where emperors held annual ceremonies to pray for harvests in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Enjoy a tasty lunch at Jardine Matheson Spring Restaurant.

Beijing Overnight Train to Pingyao
Experience an overnight train in China. You guide will bring you to the railway station in good time and make sure you get on the night train. Depart Beijing at 17:17 and arriving Pingyao around 05:18 the following day.

The Summer Palace The Summer Palace
Day 5 See Pingyao's Classic Historic Relics

Hotel: Hongshanyi Guesthouse
Breakfast & Lunch

Arrive into Pingyao in the Morning
Your guide, driver, and private car will be waiting for you and take you to the hotel.

See Historical Highlights in Pingyao
Walk or rent a bike to see buildings that have been preserved, dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasty in Pingyao Ancient Town. Visit the Ancient City Wall and experience local life in the bustling area along Mingqing Street or learn some ancient techniques of making Chinese handicrafts.

Mingqing Street The Mingqing Street
Day 6 Pingyao to Xi'an by HSR

Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel (Superior room)
Breakfast

Visit Wang Family Courtyard in the Morning
With less tourists, Wang Family Courtyard gathers all the major features of north China folk houses. Its building and decoration reflect the strict hierarchy back then, and the carvings and statues all imply lots of meanings and stories. Your guide and driver will transfer you to the railway station. You will leave Pingyao at 15:33 and arrive in Xi'an at 18:21. You will be met at the railway staion in Xi'an and transferred to your hotel.

Good to know
You can walk around on your own at night. The Muslim Quarter is home to the Hui ethnic minority people. A great place to get away from the summer heat in this shaded area, where you will be amazed by the sights, smells and sounds. The Bell Tower is located near the Muslim Quarter and beautifully lit up at night.

Wang Family Courtyard Wang Family Courtyard
Day 7 Visit Xian's Unique Classic-the Terracotta Warriors

Hotel: Grand Noble Hotel (Superior room)
Breakfast & Lunch

A 20th Century Discovery - The Terracotta Warriors of the Qin Dynasty
Visit the Terracotta Warriors, built to guard the China's first emperor - Emperor Qin's tomb dated back 210 BC. Have lunch at A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant before you make your way back to Xi'an City.

Visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda
A trip to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a major Buddhism relic, built from bricks around 400 AD.

Biking on the Ancient City Wall is also a highlight of Xi'an to take a birds'-eye view of the whole city.

Good to know
Tang Dynasty dancing and singing show is a good choice for night entertainment.

The Terracotta ArmyThe Terra-cotta Warriors
Day 8 Hotel to Airport Transfer (Xi'an)

Meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a leisurely start in the morning before you start your journey home. Your guide, driver and private car will take you to the airport in good time, and assist you at the airport to check-in and take you to the right terminal and gate at the airport in good time.

Essential Trip Summary
Day 1-3 In Beijing

Enjoy small group tour to the Fobidden City and the Great Wall on day 2 and some free days for you to discovery Beijing.

ACCOM: Hotel - 3 nights

Day 4-5 In Pingyao
Day 6-8 In Xi'an
Full Itinerary

Free time combination and essential arrangements in north part of China. The three cities have similarity but everyone has its' uniqueness.

Day 1 Beijing Arrival

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Beijing Airport to hotel Transfer
You will be met at the airport, where your driver guide and private car will take you to your hotel and assist with your check-in.

Have a Bite of Beijing's history
The afternoon and evening is for you to relax after a long journey. If you are up to it, you can explore nearby, so you can get a bite of this ancient city's culture first.

Day 2 Enjoy Essence of Beijing

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast

Pick you up at your hotel and transfer to the Forbidden City. We book the ticket online ahead of time to aviod long queue. Your guide will tell you the history and stories of emperors and royal family. After lunch, we head to the Mutianyu at the Great Wall.

the Forbidden City The Forbidden City
Day 3Free Day to Discovery

Hotel: Beijing Traditional View Hotel (Deluxe Room)
Breakfast &Lunch

Free Day-Explore Beijing's Highlights like a local
It is your free day in Beijing, giving up the private car, come for a journey and travel with the locals using the subway, taxi, rickshaw or bike to see Beijing's iconic sights. The Summer Palace, The Temple of Heaven are recommonded.

The Temple of Heaven The Temple of Heaven
Day 4 Overnight Train (Hard Sleeper) to Pingyao (Beijing)

Hotel: Night Train (Hard Sleeper) to Pingyao
Breakfast

Visit More Historical Royal Highlights in Beijing – DIY (Do it Yourself)
The subway is a fast and efficient way to get around and visit some famous historical sights such as the Summer Palace, the Garden of Virture and Harmony and the Temple of Heaven.

To Pingyao Ancient Town by Train (Hard Sleeper)
Embrace yourself for a special and unforgettable journey by taking an overnight train. A great way to explore and interact with locals. Leave Beijing at 20:43 and reach Pingyao approximately 08:00 the next morning. Hotel to railway transfer in Beijing is included.

Lama Temple The Lama Temple
Day 5 Pingyao Ancient Town

Hotel: Yide Hotel

Explore Pingyao Ancient Town on Your Own
Guide and driver meet you at the exit of railway station and help you check-in at hotel. After you have relaxed and freshened up, you can take a taxi,bus, bike or walk around visit Pingyao to see the highlights: Pingyao Ancient Town andMingling Street. Learn the development and management of ancient bank in the Rishengchang Draft Bank.

Pingyao Ancient Town Pingyao Ancient City
Day 6HSR from Pingyao to Xi'an

Hotel:Xi'an Skytel Hotel
Breakfast

Free Day-Explore More Chinese Traditional Culture in Pingyao
Reach the Ancient City Wall by public transport and cycle along the wall. The well-preserved City Walls dates back to the early Ming Dynasty with nearly 3000 years of history.

HSR to Xi'an in the Afternoon
The hotel to railway station transfer is included. You will take the HSR to Xi'an, a ancietn capital of China. Guide and driver in Xi'an will meet you at excit with your name sigh.

Pingyao Ancient City Wall Pingyao Ancient City Wall
Day 7 Visit-The Terra-cotta Warriors (Xi'an)

Hotel: Xi'an Skytel Hotel
Breakfast & Lunch

Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors– A Historic Discovery
Your guide and driver will wait in the hotel lobby, while you enjoy breakfast and freshen up. Once you're ready to roll, you will head out of the city to see the Terracotta Warriors. Enjoy lunch at the A Wa Shan Zhai Restaurant. After lunch, a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a major Buddhism site in Xi'an and offers you a view of the city once you climb to the top.

Biking on the Ancient City Wall is also a highlight of Xi'an to take a birds'-eye view of the whole city.

The evening is free for you to explore the Muslim Quarter, home to the Hui ethnic minority where you will be in awe of the sights, smells and sounds. The Bell Tower is nearby.

Good to know
The musical fountain in front of the pagoda will be lite up in the evening.

The Terracotta Army Pit 1 The Terracotta Army


Day 8 Departure from Xi'an

Meal: Breakfast

Hope you enjoy the one week holiday in the three ancient cities. Transfer to the airport in Xi'an with the guide and driver's help to catch your flgiht home.