Datong is an ancient cultural city dating back more than 2,000 years, the regionâ€™s biggest attraction is the UNESCO-listed Yungang Caves. Built more than 1,500 years ago, the 53 caves are a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist art comprising a fine collection of carved-sandstone Buddhist figures. See our Datong bolt on for more info. Take a look at our other great bolt-ons.
|23 DEC - 02 JAN||USD $2,399||USD $739|
|23 DEC - 02 JAN||USD $2,399||USD $739|
|Supplementary Prices||Twin/Double||Single Supp.|
|Beijing - Pre-tour accom.||USD $80||USD $70|
|Beijing - Post-tour accom.||USD $80||USD $70|
Make the most of your time away! Listed below are the optional activities that are available on this trip. Please note that you will need to book these prior to travel as we cannot always guarantee availability of these activities once you are on holiday.
|The Tang Dynasty Show is a performance of Changâ€™an music and dance that originated during the time of the illustrious Tang Dynasty. Colourfully choreographed according to various historical records of the ancient arts with a host of singing, dancing and musical instrument playing performers, coupled with simple backdrops and props, this is entertainment that was once fit for a Tang emperor!|
|Datong is an ancient cultural city dating back more than 2,000 years, the regionâ€™s biggest attraction is the UNESCO-listed Yungang Caves. Built more than 1,500 years ago, the 53 caves are a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist art comprising a fine collection of carved-sandstone Buddhist figures. The â€˜Hanging Templeâ€™ also located outside of Datong was constructed some 1,500 years on a precipitous rockface. Literally hugging the cliff, the temple is a total spectacle.|
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Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Here's what some of our past travellers have written in to us and said about their experiences on this trip.
We are back from our short but awesome trip to China and Harbin.
The tour was organised well for us from beginning to end.
We had a terrific overall guiding from Feng who was knowledgeable about China and spoke very good English. She was quick witted, funny, caring and with so much patience able to handle 33 travellers well.
Local guides in Luoyang and Xian were good.
The weather was very very cold as we expected and prepared warm layering clothes were so useful to enjoy outdoor activities. It came down to minus 27C. But I heard that 2yrs ago it was minus 37C!!
Highlights were: Forbidden City, The Great Wall on Xmas day,The Terracotta Army (although not all were exhibited because of repairing season), Summer Palace, Xian cycling of Old City and Harbin Ice and Snow Festival.
Food was great - catering for Asian and Western palate.
Optional tours like Tang Dynasty Show and different dumpling dinner were great. Trips to see Pandas and Siberian Tigers were very interesting.
Hotels became more luxurious towards the end of the tour. Shangrila hotel, where we watched snowflakes falling while having brekkie one morning, all covered with snow! Winter wonderland!
Soft sleeper train was an experience. Because of our groupâ€™s large number, we occupied whole carriage to ourselves and youngsters had a ball!
I would recommend this special tour to others.
Thank you for handling our travel to China and hope to use On the Go again in the future.
Safely home after a really great trip. Great travelling companions, although our guide Feng had the odd problem or two. I raelly must commend her, she was concerned about each and every one of us and went out of her way to ensure that we were safe and happy, even as we stood waiting for our departure aircraft. A truely wonderful and thoughtful guide.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this trip to my friends.
Keith Aggett ,
It was a very good itinerary and the tour was very well organised, despite the road congestion level everywhere in China. As it was the first time for us to visit China, it was a real eye-opener to us. Friendliness of our tour leader, Feng, was helpful, too. All in all, the tour was a jolly good winter holiday.
Dr Noriko Box,
Back in OZ now, what an incredible trip!
Certainly the coldest New Year I've ever experience especially coming from Brisbane!
The Harbin festival rocks and every one should experience it at least once. Thanks for such an awesome Chinese New Year!
Richard was an excellent guide throughout the trip. His knowledge of the various sites, cities, hotels etc. was exceptional! He was incredibly friendly and helpful and made the trip stress-free and most enjoyable.
Feng was very funny and charming and his guiding around the sites in Beijing was excellent. Jeff in Luoyang was incredibly passionate about his city and was an amazing guide.
Overall the trip was excellent. The itinerary was very good - I would love to spend more time in Luoyang - it is a great city.
I'm really pleased I had an opportunity to visit Harbin - unique experience.
Great staff, wonderfull country, brilliant trip!
I thought spending Christmas day the the Great Wall was brilliant but the most extraordinary sight had to be the ice sculptures at the Harbin Festival. I could have filmed for hours - it's phenomenal right down to the last detail. Well worth seeing and an experience I will dine out on for years!
From start to finish we have been looked after very well. Our tour guide made sure we had a fun and safe time.
China is a fabulous place to visit. I felt able to enjoy its full potential during winter which I couldn't have been able to do if I had organized the tour myself.The pace of our tour was just perfect, I never felt rushed and we had something amazing to do every day!
Big thanks to On the Go!
I just wanted to let you know how fantastic the Chinese New Year holiday was
that I undertook 22nd Dec - 2nd Jan. Words cannot describe what an awesome
experience the whole holiday was. I think the highlight was walking the
Great Wall on Christmas Day followed by the spectacular visit to Harbin Ice
Festival on New Years Eve.
I would definately look to book again with your company and am interested in
the Golden triangle and Goa trip for later in 2009.
With kind regards