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Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

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Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

Hi, will it be easy for me to buy train tickets for the following route?

Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

Plan to take overnight train to all these destinations to save time.

Estimated stay for Xian 2 full days, Pingyao 3 full days and Datong 1 full day.

Do you think I have enough time to cover the important sights of these 3 cities?

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1. Re: Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

It depends on what time you have in advance to book tickets. Tickets to and from Pingyao are hard to get so should get as soon as they come out?

Why do you want 3 full days in Pingyao out of interest? Just FYI and entirely personal opinion of course (there have been many others who have loved it I am sure) I stayed one night 2 days there and was really disappointed by it. Too touristy and lots of irritating tourist mobiles. I couldn't wait to leave. Again entirely personal experience!

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I stayed in the old walled section of Pingyao and thoroughly enjoyed it. I enjoyed being able to walk around streets without having to dodge the usual hordes of bikes and scooters . Although a bit touristy on the surface the original buildings are mostly intact and a walk around the top of the city wall can transport you back in time,We spent a full dayand saw heaps , but could have done with 2 .

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Originally I plan for a 2 days 1 night stay in Pingyao, but since we will be wandering on our own, so I allot an extra day. Will be staying in the Old City area. Will stay at Beijing for 5 days before on tour to Xian, Pingyao and Datong. So I supposed I have amble time to buy the train tickets at Beijing.

Aside from the old city standard tour, I plan visit Qiao Compound. Will spend a day in Datong to visit Yunggang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery. Hope I have alloted enough time for these two cities.

In case I can't secure train tickets to and from Pingyao? Can I take bus from Pingyao up to Datong?

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4. Re: Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

I stayed two nights within the old city walls and it was great. Only one day is enough for Pinyao as such.

For train tickets it is hard to say. It depends on when you travel.

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5. Re: Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

Am expected to be in Xian May 16-17; Pingyao May 18-19; Datong May20.

Are weekend train tickets hard to get? We find travel by night train will be more economical since we save one night on hotel cost. From Pingyao/Taiyuan to Datong by bus will be an alternative option. Is the bus common among foreigner tourists?

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6. Re: Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

Btw is Qiao's Family Compound on the way from Pingyao to Taiyuan? Maybe I can take a cab and from Taiyuan to Datong either by train or bus. Is this route doable?

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7. Re: Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

车次 4631 (太原)20:03(平遥)21:22 票价 15元(硬座)

车次 2671 (太原)21:34(平遥)22:58 票价 6元 (硬座)

车次 6815 (太原)07:08(平遥)09:29 票价 7元 (硬座)

车次 N257 (太原)14:41(平遥)16:13 票价 7元 (硬座)

车次 1485 (太原)14:07(平遥)15:36 票价 8元 (硬座)

车次 1725 (太原)08:57(平遥)10:20 票价 8元 (硬座)

车次 2605 (太原)11:52(平遥)13:50 票价 6元 (硬座)

车次 4631 (太原)20:03(平遥)21:19 票价 15元(硬座)

平遥—→太原

车次 6816 (平遥)15:51 (太原)18:30 票价 8元(硬座)

车次 N258 (平遥)12:26 (太原)13:56 票价 7元(硬座)

车次 1164 (平遥)21:50 (太原)23:22 票价 12元(硬座)

车次 1486 (平遥)21:12 (太原)22:48 票价 6元(硬座)

车次 1673 (平遥)20:53 (太原)22:28 票价 7元(硬座)

车次 1726 (平遥)16:29 (太原)18:04 票价 6元(硬座)

车次 2464 (平遥)20:37 (太原)22:18 票价 8元(硬座)

车次 2606 (平遥)16:13 (太原)17:46 票价 7元(硬座)

车次 2672 (平遥)07:55 (太原)09:52 票价 7元(硬座)

车次 4626 (平遥)14:59 (太原)16:50 票价 16元(硬座)

车次 4628 (平遥)17:46 (太原)19:13 票价 14元(硬座)

车次 1166 (平遥)06:12 (太原)07:50 票价 6元(硬座)

平遥—→大同

车次 N258 (平遥)12:26(大同)19:30 票价 50元(硬卧)

车次 1676 (平遥)20:53(大同)05:40 票价 52元(硬卧)

车次 2464 (平遥)20:37(大同)05:16 票价 43元(硬卧)

大同—→平遥

车次 N257 (大同)08:45(平遥)16:13 票价 50元(硬卧)

车次 1675 (大同)17:46(平遥)01:27 票价 50元(硬卧)

车次 2463 (大同)22:39(平遥)07:19 票价 43元(硬卧)

平遥—→临汾

车次 K237 (平遥)00:49(临汾)03:20 票价 24元(硬卧)

车次 K237 (平遥)00:49(临汾)03:20 票价 24元(硬卧)

车次 N257 (平遥)16:13(临汾)18:36 票价 24元(硬卧)

车次 1163 (平遥)07:31(临汾)10:06 票价 33元(硬卧)

车次 1485 (平遥)15:36(临汾)18:07 票价 13元(硬卧)

车次 1725 (平遥)10:20(临汾)13:00 票价

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8. Re: Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

Actually, there are many trains between Pingyao to Datong. and most of tourists they aksed help from a local hostel to purchsing train ticket in advance. its website; www.yamenhostel.com

so I think taking train is best way from Pingyao to Datong. from Datong to Beijing by bus is nice trip for you. that's not long distance.

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9. Re: Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

We hired a driver from Pingyao to Taiyuan for the day and we stopped at the Qiao family compound.

Yes, night train will save you a hotel but I did it once and it will be the last time. Not a good sleep.

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10. Re: Beijing - Xian - Pingyao - Datong - Beijing

Thanks for all the inputs.

Think hiring a driver from Pingyao to Taiyuan w/ stopover at Qiao Family Compound will be a good option. How long is the ride and how much is the cost for a car good for 2 pax?