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3 Days Yellow River Hukou Waterfall Tour from Pingyao

Breathtaking Yellow Waterfall and Glorious Ancient Town

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If time allows, you are strongly recommended to take a side trip to Hukou Waterfall which is the largest yellow waterfall in the world as well as the largest waterfall on the Yellow River, the Mother River of China. This tour is the chance. You will first take a high speed train ride of only about 40 minutes to Linfen where you will then escort about 2 hours to arrive at Hukou Waterfall. After enjoying the crashing waves and thundering waterfall group of Hukou, transfer back to Pingyao.

Highlights of this tour

  • Explore the best-preserved ancient walled town in China - Pingyao where more than 30,000-odd locals residing in the old town;
  • Get the best highlights that Pingyao can offer - ancient Shuanglin Temple, "Forbidden City in Folk" - Wang's Family Compound, old Rishengchang Former Bank, etc;
  • Enjoy the memorable trip to Hukou Waterfall to witness the power of mighty Yellow River as well as the magnificent brown and muddy waterfall group.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Pingyao - Hukou
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-LHWT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Pingyao (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up to start Pingyao Ancient City exploration. As one of the best-preserved ancient cities in China, Pingyao Ancient City is listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site because of its brilliant cultural magnificence. With a history over 2700 years, Pingyao Ancient City still keeps its intact charm: ancient city walls, elegant courtyards, scattered temples, all reflecting the urban planning style between 1368 and 1911 during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Your tour starts from the Ancient City Wall of Pingyao, where you can have a panorama view of the layout of this town. Then you will move on to the Rishengchang Former Bank, which shows you the original bank system in the past. Next, stroll on the traditional Ming and Qing Street, a cobbled road with old buildings on either side. It's much like tracing back to the former bustle bazaar in the old days. Later, visit the Temple of City God to appreciate the wonderful wood carvings, paintings and sculptures in the old temple.

After Pingyao Ancient City exploration, drive about 15 minutes to visit Shuanglin Temple, where you will be impressed by its large number of clay figures and wooden sculptures of various gods, goddesses and saints.

Return to your hotel after Shuanglin Temple visit.

Optional activity: Enjoy the excellent drama show of Another Glance at Pingyao (19:00~20:30) which presents local life, prosperity and recession of Pingyao during Qing dynasty vividly.

A local folk artisan in Pingyao Ancient City A corner in Shuanglin Temple
Day 2 Pingyao to Linfen(B, L)

After breakfast, drive about 1 hour to Zhangbi Ancient Castle, which is a series of tunnels dug to hide out in times of war in over 1380 years ago. You will be amazed by the fabulous feat of architecture and engineering in ancient time.

Later, move to Wang's Family Compound which is reputed as an art museum of traditional Chinese architecture and “Forbidden City in Folk”. It is a building complex of multi-generation endeavor of Jingsheng Wang family through the Ming and Qing dynasties for more than 300 years, including five lanes and 6 forts and 231 courtyards, 2,078 rooms and a street with a total area of 250,000 square meters. Within the courtyards are rooms, kitchens, schools, and prayer pavilions. The architectural layout of the Wang Family Compound inherits the courtyard style formed in the Western Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC~771 BC) – halls in front and bedroom at back which not only provides enough space for social activities, but also satisfies the requirements of the family privacy. Young and orderly, men and women, hosts and workers are accommodated in different areas, which fully reflects the majesty of the official family and the regularity of the patriarchal etiquette in ancient China.

After visiting, your local guide will escort you to Pingyao Ancient City Railway Station to take a high speed train to Linfen. After about 44~60 minutes' train ride, you will arrive at Linfen West Railway Station. Your local guide will pick you up and drive to your Hotel in Linfen city.

Zhangbi Ancient Castle Wang's Family Compound
Day 3 Hukou Waterfal Sightseeing & Departure (B, L)

Today, you will drive about 2 hours to Hukou Waterfall by a private and comfortable vehicle.

Hukou Waterfall is the largest yellowish waterfall in the world and the second largest waterfall in China. When Yellow River cleaves Shanxi province and Shaanxi province at the point where riverbed abruptly narrows down, the thunderous water splashes on the rock form spectacular Hukou Waterfall naturally. Hukou Waterfall gets its name of Hukou (meaning kettle spout literally) because the it seems pouring down from a huge kettle. As the water stirs up a mass of smoke and clouds, the scene of Hukou Waterfall is extremely overwhelming. In the sunny days, the mist is refracted by sunlight to create a rainbow like a beautiful bridge spanning river. You will have enough time enjoy the magnificent waterfall and take nice photos.

After the sightseeing, transfer back to Linfen West Railway Station to catch your train to your next destination.

Notes: 1) May to October is the best time to see the powerful waterfall but you can see calm glacier fall in cold winter; 2) you can pay an optional visit to the Dragon Cave (CNY 20) beneath Hukou Waterfall to get a different view.

Hukou Waterfall (Shanxi Side) Hukou Waterfall (Shanxi Side) - Wonder on the Yellow River

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Generally you only need 1 or 2 days for Mount Wutai exploration. You can spend one day visiting the sacred temples in Taihuai Town, then departing to other destination. If you are Buddhist or hikers, you can spend 1 or 2 more day exploring the Five Terraces which are 5 beautiful peaks with both natural wonders and Buddhist magnificence.

Great White Pagoda in Tayuan Temple
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Situated in the northernmost of Shanxi Province, Datong is neck-and-neck with Pingyao in the competition of attracting tourists. It is only about 2 hours' bullet train ride from Beijing, 3 hours bullet train ride from Pingyao.

Generally only 2 days are needed for a classic Datong tour which covers Yungang Grottoes - one of Four Greatest Grottoes in China as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hanging Temple - world's oldest wooden temple, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda - oldest preserving wooden Buddhist pagoda in China, Nine Dragon Screen - the oldest and largest glazed screen in China, etc.

Statues in Yungang Grottoes

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