Multi-Day Tour | Private

The Buddha Path - China (13 days)


Beijing, China To Dunhuang, China

Valid for Departures Now Through: 31 Dec 2019


Day 1
Beijing, China
Rosewood/Park Plaza Dinner

Your WildChina Beijing guide will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport with your chauffeur and private vehicle ready to take you to your hotel for check-in

Day 2
Beijing, China
Rosewood/Park Plaza Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Explore the Forbidden City, where emperors ruled, concubines fluttered their fans, and eunuchs schemed for five hundred years. If interested, enjoy special access to the lavish sitting rooms and living quarters of Chonghua Palace, normally closed to the public

- Lunch in one of Beijing’s ancient, interwoven hutong alleys

- Explore your creative side by trying various traditional activities such as Chinese yo-yo in a traditional courtyard

- Depending on energy levels, hike up Jingshan and take in a commanding view over the Forbidden City

- Wander the popular imperial neighborhoods around Houhai - Savor Beijing’s signature Peking duck for dinner in a renovated courtyard

Day 3
Beijing, China
Rosewood/Park Plaza Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Make your way to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

- Enjoy a picnic on this majestic wonder of the world- Return to the city and relax

- If energy levels permit, visit the heart of Beijing’s contemporary art scene at 798 Art District or spend the rest of the day at your leisure

Day 4
Datong, China
Beijing, China
The Garden Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Drive to Beijing airport for your flight to Datong

- Stand before the awe-inspiring Yungang Grottoes, a classical masterpiece of Chinese Buddhist art constructed during Buddhism’s peak in the 5th to 6th century

- Admire the wondrous Hanging Monastery, an ancient, surreal structure of pavilions clinging to a sheer cliff

- Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure

Day 5
Wutaishan, China
Datong, China
Huahui Shanzhuang Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Drive to Wutaishan (3.5 hrs), stopping off to visit various pagodas and temples along the way

- Explore the wealth of monasteries on Mount Wutai, one of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains

Day 6
Pingyao, China
Wutaishan, China
Jing’s Residence Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Spend the morning leisurely wandering around Mount Wutai

- Drive to Pingyao (5 hrs)

- Stop by the ancestral temple of Jinci

- Visit the Chang Residence, former house of a distinguished merchant-scholar family- Check into hotel and relax

Day 7
Pingyao, China
Jing’s Residence Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Enjoy a walk on Pingyao’s turtle-shaped ancient city wall and take in a commanding view of the old town

- Explore what used to be China’s “Wall Street” by strolling through Pingyao’s narrow streets

- Head to the old merchant town of Jingsheng and visit the Wang Residence, a sprawling complex featuring Qing Dynasty architecture

- Walk through the sutra chanting halls of Shuanglin Temples for a closer look at the countless bodhisattva figurines which grace the temple

- Travel back to your hotel and spend the evening at your leisure

Day 8
Xian, China
Pingyao, China
Xi’an Hilton Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Travel to the train station for a first class seat on a morning bullet train to Xi’an (D253110:13am | arrive at 13:06pm)

- Enjoy a savory traditional dumpling lunch

- View the proudly unflinching, life-sized Terracotta Warriors from a special VIP deck

- Explore the sights and sounds of Xi’an’s bustling Muslim Quarter, where street vendors hawk local delicacies

Day 9
Xian, China
Xi’an Hilton Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Practice the calming art of taichi in a private lesson on Xi'an's ancient city wall while enjoying a commanding view of the Bell and Drum Towers

- Visit the grand Taoist Temple of the Eight Immortals

- Wander through the exhibition halls of the “Treasure Chest of Ancient China,” the Shaanxi History Museum, built to mimic the style of the Tang Dynasty

- Enjoy a vegetarian dinner near the towering seventh-century Big Wild Goose Pagoda, built to hold sacred Buddhist texts and artifacts brought back from India

Day 10
Xian, China
Luoyang, China
Xi’an Hilton Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

- Travel to the train station for a two-hour high speed train ride to Luoyang

- Spend a day at the awe-inspiring Longmen Grottoes, where Buddha statues hewn in stone towers above you

- Drive (1 hr) to Shaolin Temple to learn about the history of Shaolin kungfu- Hop back on the train back to Xi’an and spend the rest of the evening at your own leisure

Day 11
Dunhuang, China
Xian, China
Silk Road Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Travel to airport for flight to Dunhuang

- In the afternoon, set out for the Mingsha Sand Dunes, which Marco Polo dubbed “the rumbling sands” for the sound they make when the wind blows

- Return to hotel

Day 12
Dunhuang, China
Silk Road Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

- Explore the Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, an ancient treasure trove filled with numerous manuscripts, frescoes, paintings, and sculptures

- Learn about Dunhuang’s rich past by visiting Dunhuang Museum, home to thousands of ancient artifacts

- Wander amidst the bustling stalls of Dunhuang’s night market

Day 13
Dunhuang, China
None Breakfast

- In the morning, our WildChina guide will escort you to the airport and see you on your flight to Beijing

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Take the road less traveled on this exploration of China's Buddhist history. Specially designed for those of you interested in understanding Buddhism's influence on Chinese life and culture, this adventure will see you traveling through five provinces as you witness wonders constructed as a result of Buddhist belief. The Hanging Monastery, which has been clinging to a sheer cliff face since the 5th century in apparent defiance of gravity, is just one example of how Buddhist devotion has manifested itself in the most unexpected places in China. Go off the beaten path on this pilgrimage-like journey.

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For first-timers, cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai in a week. Save five to ten days to explore the southern and western provinces and experience the true diversity of China.

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By: Angie

Reviewed on: 03 Nov 2014

Our travel agent used the services of Wild China for our recent trip to Shanghai and Beijing. Overall the guides were good and having their services proved very helpful in a country where the language & driving were very different from our own. 2 of our 3 guides were quite insightful & accommodating and enhanced our trip in many ways. Our only complaint was that 1 of the guides in Shanghai was quick to deliver us to tourist-trap locations where she would receive a kick-back from any purchase we made. We only learned of this after we had already made a few unwise purchases and then wished maybe we had spent less time with her. My advice would be to use the help, but be forewarned & slightly wary of any guide suggested "tours" or shopping.

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By: Lisa580

Reviewed on: 10 Apr 2016

WildChina provided outstanding service during our recent trip to China. Our guide, Anna, was suburb! Thank you, WildChina!
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By: Bookstaver

Reviewed on: 17 Jul 2016

Wild China setup up the perfect itinerary for my trip to China and Tibet. A different well versed guide met me in each section of my trip and showed me the trip of a lifetime
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Dicker

Fantastic trip

By: Jeff

Reviewed on: 02 Sep 2017

Very good experience. Well thought out trip and every detail was covered. Flexibility was also a key factor.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Rosenberg

And on my next trip to China as well.

By: Guy

Reviewed on: 04 Dec 2017

We spent two full days touring Beijing with Wild China and they really could not have been better. Couldn't ask our guide a question he couldn't answer about what were seeing (and in 9.5/10 english fluency). Always on time and always with a smile and great attitude throughout the tour. Very flexible, even on the fly! We made several requests in the car that required slight deviations from the original plan. No problem.
Travel Advisor:  Trish Mercer

WildChina Exceeds Erwin Family Expectations of China

By: Rhonda Erwin

Reviewed on: 31 Jul 2018

Rachel Dicker partnered with WildChina to plan our custom Chinese Adventure for our family of four (two boys ages 12 and 16). We experienced REAL China! We're a global family and we've never experienced the professionalism and attention-to-detail as we did from both Wild China (supervisor Kendra Tombolato) and Rachel Dicker Travel (owner Rachel Dicker). We particularly want to say that Joyce Ying (Shanghai), An Na (Beijing), Jessica Zhu (Xian), Dustin Zhang (Chengdu), James Lee (Guilin), and David Leung (Hong Kong) enhanced our trip each day with their warmth, humor, knowledge, and suggestions of off-the-beaten-path of things to see, do, buy and explore...things we would have never discovered on our own. Things we didn't necessarily plan for as well as fulfilling our requests of stuff we wanted to do. They are true GEMS in the sea of tour guides. We cannot say enough about how they made our trip and memories of China unforgettable.
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By: The Wellford family

Reviewed on: 19 Aug 2018

So glad to have this group as a resource for airport transfers and especially in Beijing where weather became a factor and Nancy Hsu and the team were able to completely rearrange their days and schedules at the last minute in order to accommodate our requests. Couldn’t have been more grateful for that and I would recommend this team to anyone with travel needs in China.
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By: China Yunnan 2018

Reviewed on: 06 Aug 2018

The guides were well educated, courteous, kind, thoughtful, and friendly. They were all knowledgeable about each area we visited. We could not have navigated this trip without the guides. Also, the trip was too vast and expansive to try and go it alone. Literally, we would never have gotten out of Beijing without the guide's help. Also, when the chair lift at the park stopped working, when our car over heated and when we needed a toilet, we were graciously helped! It was a trip of a lifetime and we loved every minute of the vacation. Many of the details were so well suited to our family- hiking, natural sites, luxurious lodges, delicious (and clean, safe) food and water, tea, religious monuments, and a spacious and comfortable van. We felt safe and well attended at all times.
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By: Keith

Reviewed on: 01 Nov 2018

Shirley, Joyce and David were excellent guides. All full of useful and interesting information regarding their respective cities. TingTing was knowledgeable, but was late to arrive for our morning tour and got us to the airport for departure to Shanghai rather close to departure time. The schedule was somewhat tight but was as expected. The guides were good for the most part in allowing us some flexibility. Overall, excellent tour!.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King