(Lunch & Accommodations, Datong)
You'll stop at Yingxian to view the amazing Wooden Pagoda. This 11th century pagoda is the oldest and highest wooden structure in China. It's regarded as the 'First Pagoda in the World' and a gem in the architectural field. Built during the Liao Dynasty (about 1056), it has roughly 900 years of history. While appearing as a five-story structure, this unique structure actually has a total of nine stories with four hidden inside. It was built with over 50 different kinds of brackets, and jointed only by the tenors and mortises without any nails or rivets!
Afterwards you'll stop for lunch before continuing to the ornate Qiao Family's Compound. It displays the special characteristics of North China residences of the Qing Dynasty (1636-1911). Built in 1756. the compound has been renovated several times as well as enlarged to its current size. Later in the day, you'll arrive in Pingyao, and check into your hotel. Dinner will be on your own this evening.
(Breakfast, Datong; Lunch, Yingxian; Accommodations, Pingyao)
(Breakfast, Lunch & Accommodations, Pingyao)