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16-Day China Silk Road with Buddhism Discovery

Tour route: Beijing - Datong - Mt. Wutai - Pingyao - Xi'an - Dunhuang - Lanzhou - Shanghai

  • Tour code: ODY-CN-228
  • Tour Style: Affordable Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour).
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: Private tour with flexible travel date.
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Day 1: Arrival, Beijing

Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport, your personal tour guide will meet you and escort you to the hotel. The drive from the airport to the downtown hotel will take about 40 minutes.

The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover from jet lag. Before leaving you free, the tour guide will appoint the pick-up of next morning with you.

Day 2: Beijing
After breakfast, your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel lobby and accompany you to do the city exploration. The first stop is the Tiananmen Square, the badge of Chinese political center. From there, you can walk to the Forbidden City where the feudal emperors worked and lived. Usually, you will spend 2-3 hours in the Forbidden City to appreciate the classics of Chinese ancient architecture and absorb Chinese history knowledge. Afterwards, continue to visit the Jingshan Park and climb up the artificial hill to enjoy a panoramic view of the royal palace.
Day 3: Beijing

Today, you will be driven about 1.5 hours to visit the magnificent Great Wall at Mutianyu section. Get on the wall by cable car and do some hiking on it to enjoy the majestic scenery. After that, drive back to the city and have a stopover en route to take some pictures of the Olympic Bird Nest and Water Cube from outside.

If you are a hiking lover and prefer some less tourist section, we would like to recommend you the Jinshanling Great Wall with some extra drive. Please discuss with your personal travel consultant in advance for more details about the visit and cost.

Day 4: Beijing
Today's tour will start by visiting a morning food market where you can taste some local flavors. Continue to the Temple of Heaven - another masterpiece of Chinese architecture and a sacred place where ancient Chinese emperors visited yearly to pray for good harvest, and then explore the local Hutong and Summer Palace. While walking through the narrow paths of Hutong, you will get a deeper understanding of local people’s daily life; and in the royal garden of Summer Palace, you also have a chance to take a relaxing boat ride on the Kunming Lake.
Day 5: Beijing - Datong

Get to the airport and take the one-hour flight to Datong. The present coal city will surprise you by its clean and blue sky, and plenty of historical sites. 

On arrival, your local tour guide will pick you up and escort you to visit the Huayan Temple firstly, a Buddhist temple over 800 years old and Yungang Grottoes, a treasure house of rare and splendid Chinese sculptures and ancient Buddhist art. After the tour, you will be transferred to the hotel to have a rest.

Day 6: Datong - Mt. Wutai
This morning, you will head south for Mount Wutai. After around 1.5 hours, stop and visit the incredible Hanging Temple, a complex of wooden architecture inlaid on the cliff. You can spend around one hour to appreciate the architectural miracle and then another 3 to 4 hours drive to Mt. Wutai.
Day 7: Mt. Wutai - Pingyao
Today's excursion around Mount Wutai including Xiantong Temple, Pusading (Bodhisattva Summit) Temple, the Big White Pagoda and Wanfu Temple will put you into a thick Buddhist atmosphere. After enjoying a Buddhist Vegetarian lunch, you will drive about 4.5 hours to Pingyao.
Day 8: Pingyao
In the morning, pay a visit to the Wang Family's Compound out of the town firstly and then get back to Pingyao Ancient Town to savor the old charm: the ancient City Wall, the first bank of China - Rishengchang Exchange Shop, and Ming and Qing streets. Besides that, you can also spend some time roaming through the old small lanes for a glimpse of the lives of local people.
Day 9: Pingyao - Xi'an
Be transferred to the railway station for high-speed train to Xi'an. When arrival after 3 hours, local tour guide will pick you up and transfer you to the hotel. After checking in, have a relaxing strolling through Muslim Street with a visit to the Great Mosque.
Day 10: Xi'an

In the morning, head for Lintong County after an hour’s drive to visit the incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors. You can spend two to three hours there doing spiritual communication with the clay soldiers with different postures and expressions, and listening to stories of them and their Emperor Qinshihuang. 

On the way back to the city, you can take a chance to visit a jade souvenir shop if you have any interest. And in the late afternoon, you will visit the ancient City Wall

If you are good at biking, it will be a nice idea to do a cycling tour on the city wall. If you would like to do that, please check with your travel consultant how much it will cost to hire a bicycle.

Day 11: Xi'an - Dunhuang
After breakfast, get to the airport for a 2 hours’ flight to Dunhuang. Upon arrival, you will be picked up and transferred to the hotel, and then enjoy some relaxing time on your own. You may like to do a slight adventure to the famous night market.
Day 12: Dunhuang
Visit the Mogao Caves in the morning to please your eyes and mental with the rich treasures of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures in the morning. After that, continue to the Mural Tomb of Western Jin Dynasty, Crescent Lake and the Singing Sand Dunes.
Day 13: Dunhuang - Lanzhou
Fly around 1.5 hours to Lanzhou in the morning. Upon arrival, be picked up and escorted to hotel, and then go sightseeing in the city with the symbolic Sculpture of the Yellow River Mother, Iron Bridge of Yellow River and Yellow River Waterwheel Park.
Day 14: Lanzhou - Shanghai
Drive around 1.5 hours to Liujiaxia irrigation storage, where you will take another one hours’ yacht to get to the entrance of Bingling Temple. The grottos of Bingling Temple were hollowed out in the precipitous cliffs above the Yellow River, contains 183 grottoes and shrines stretching for two kilometers.
Day 15: Shanghai
After breakfast, start today's tour with a private vehicle transfer to the Shanghai Museum for tracing the past from its thousands of collections, and then the Yu Garden - a traditional Chinese garden of a local reputation family in old times, a silk workshop and the Former French Concession. Finally, have a relaxing walk along Huangpu River while appreciating the historical colonial style architectures on the Bund.
Day 16: Shanghai, Departure
You will be free on this day until your personal guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to next destination.

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

There is no doubt that your journey enjoyment will be increased by a good choice of accommodation. Our well-established network with key hotel chains around China will bring you more benefits of competitive rates and guaranteed hotel quality with availability.

Standard Tour ClassComfortable Tour ClassDeluxe Tour Class
BeijingHoward Johnson Paragon Hotel Beijing comfortable hotel star 18A Jianguomen Nei Avenue, Beijing 100005,China Beijing Novotel Peace Hotel comfortable hotel star 3 Jinyu lane, Wangfujing, Beijing, 100006, China The Regent Beijing deluxe hotel star 99# Jinbao Road, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China
DatongHongqi Grand Hotel standar hotel star No.11 Zhanqian Street, North of Train Station Square, Shicheng District, Datong 037005, China Hongan Hotel comfortable hotel star 28#, Bingxi Road, Datong, Shanxi Province, China Holiday Inn Datong City Centre deluxe hotel star No.37 Yingbin Street, Cheng District, Datong 37008, China
PingyaoYide Hotel standar hotel star No. 16 Shaxiang Street, Pingyao, China Yunjincheng Hotel comfortable hotel star No.56 West Street, Pingyao County 031100, China Jing‘s Residence deluxe hotel star 16 East Avenue, Pingyao Shan Xi, Prc (031100)
XianMercure Xian On Renmin Square comfortable hotel star No.319 Dongxin Street, Xincheng District, Xi'an 710004, China Grand Noble Hotel Xian deluxe hotel star 334 Dong Da Jie(East Street), Xian City, Shaanxi Province, China No. 334 East Street, Xian City, Shaanxi, P.R.C. 710001 Wyndham Grand deluxe hotel star No. 208 Ci'en East Road, Qujiang New District, Xian, Shaanxi Province, China
ShanghaiGreenland Jiulong Hotel comfortable hotel star No.601 Liyang Road,Hongkou District, Shanghai 200080 China Sunrise On The Bund comfortable hotel star No. 168, Gaoyang Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai, China Hyatt On The Bund deluxe hotel star 199 Huangpu Road,Shanghai Peoples Republic of China 200080

We pick Hotels for You Based on:
Location:most of properties we selected are either located in downtown area with main city attractions or close by main transportations. These conveniences will certainly improve your holiday experience.
Facility & Service Quality:all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.


Hotel criteria for each tour class

Hotel arrangement for Standard Tour Class

It will meet the basic requirements for a comfortable stay, good size and clean guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants with breakfast included and lunch or dinner at your own pick up. A small fitness center or spa can be expected.

Standar Hotel


Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in very rare cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience. 
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Comfortable Hotel


Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

Luxurious hotel with top-notch service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Deluxe Hotel


Normally China Odyssey Tours provides two meals each day: Breakfast and Lunch. You will have the freedom to make your own dinner choice.


It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, Chinese style, or a combination.

A la carte lunch

When plan your lunches, we consider the balance of food quality, dining environment and tour convenience. We provide a la carte lunch in a local restaurant whenever possible. A la carte meal will give you an opportunity to eat at local restaurant, follow local customs, and taste local dishes. The a la carte allowance would be adequate for a decent meal in our recommended local restaurants, but varies from different restaurants and different cities. However in some remote regions where it’s simply hard to find a non-tourist restaurant, the meal could be arranged at a local tourist restaurant or a local family.

Your own dinner choice

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in China. This is why we provide you this flexibility of food choice. Your private guide will always give you good suggestions based on your preferences.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All of our tour guides are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides in China who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed safe drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, your guide will stay at your side until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our travel guides in every destination are locals, who know the area well, they are very good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for taking your best photos.

When changing your itinerary is needed due to unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you have a wonderful experience.

Private Transportation

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most of your experience in China.

In every destination visited, your vehicle is air conditioned, clean, and expertly maintained. Your private driver is licensed, insured, and very experienced.

To maximize your comfort, we use vehicles with extra space for you and your luggage. Depending on how many are traveling together, we generally use sedans or mini vans (7 seats) for 4 people or less, large vans or small coaches (12-22 seats) for 5-12 people, medium coaches (33 – 37 seats) for 13 – 25 people, and large coaches (45 seats over) for more than 25 people.

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Rating: May 28th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Reinself Wei
I had never heard of China Odyssey Tours until I googled them on the internet and with some nervousness made an initial enquiry with them. Reinself Wei replied to my email and from that moment on I knew this was the agency I wanted to deal with. Thank you Reinself Wei for being our agent. We cannot fault your service. You have given us great service which has been professional, efficient, knowledgeable, prompt and without problems. You have answered all of our questions promptly and given us advice regarding our trip to China. We would definitely book through you and your company again. Thank you very much. Christine and Suzanne
Rating: May 28th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Wendy Wan
WOW! So glad we booked with Odessey Tours, had great tour guides and great hotels! Thank You
Rating: May 27th, 2017
Thanks to our amazing tour planner Alex Quan of China Odyssey Tours we had an amazing tour of 7 cities in China over 16 days. The guides have perfect English and were attentive to everything we needed, ensuring we were happy with our hotel rooms and that we made it onto the trains and planes, and they explained so much about how China operates and what it is like to live in this hugely populated country. I learned so much, and enjoyed every single tour. They gave us choices along the way, and would make extra stops for specific requests. I did not think we needed this much assistance, as I have traveled several times to Asia, but because so few Chinese people speak English, we appreciated dining suggestions and assistance with finding authentic souvenirs. We chose 5 star hotels, even requested a view of the Bund in Shanghai, and we loved every place we stayed. It was a great 4 person tour. Alex was very quick to respond to each and every email. I would recommend Odyssey Tours to anyone. I have never seen such first class service from start to finish. No surprise there are all these amazing reviews. Thank You.
Rating: May 27th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Tom Zhou
Tom Zhou has been putting together our itinerary for China and Hong Kong for next year and to date, I cannot fault anything he has done. His attention to detail and service has been excellent. Really looking forward to the trip that Tom has planned for us.
Rating: May 27th, 2017
Travel Consultant: Leila Deng
We booked our 15 day personalised tour through Leila of China Odessey Tours. Found company on internet so was a little worried if the trip would be ok. Reviewed company on TripAdvisor and the like and seemed to have very good reviews. Our trip was awesome and the company was very obliging. Leila was great to deal with as where all guides and drivers. We highly recommend this company! Thankyou!
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