Timber Framers Guild

This group of 25 was specifically interested in ancient Chinese architecture made of wood. Visits were made to many temples, many of which were constructed hundreds of years ago with amazing and intricate carvings, many built without nails. They were accompanied by experts that the Guild had contacted directly in China.


  • Traveling with members of Timber Framer’s Guild, a common bond, and specific interests, many friends
  • Behind the scenes tours of Forbidden City, on-site lectures by guest speakers invited by Timber Framers Guild
  • 5 nights in amazing city of Beijing including destinations off the beaten track, e.g. Ancient Architecture Museum, private visit to part of Forbidden City off limits to public
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Yungang Grottoes at Datong
  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Ancient city of Pingyao
  • Wutai Mountain, one of China’s 4 famous sacred Buddhist mountains

Itinerary Summary

Day 1 to Day 4, Beijing

Beijing with visits to Temple of Heaven, Drum Tower, Bell Tower, Lama Temple, and Ancient Architecture Museum, and a very restoration-r-wiborgspecial behind the scenes visit to restoration work at a part of the Forbidden City closed to the public.

Day 5, Jixian

Full day tour with 2.5 hour drive to Jixian and visit Dulesi Temple, tiny Lubanmiao and White Pagoda, and 2.5 hour drive back to Beijing.

Day 6, Beijing to Datong

A short flight to Datong. On arrival visit Shanhua Temple, Huayansi and Yungang Grottoes.

Day 7, Datong

Full day tour with 1.5 hour drive to visit Hanging Temple, 1 hour drive to visit Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, and 3 hour drive to Wutaishan.

Day 8, Datong to Taiyuan

Visit 2 or 3 temples in Wutai Mountain, then a 1.5 hour drive to Foguang Temple and 1.5 hour drive to Nanchan Temple. Then 3 hour muta-the-wooden-pagoda-shanxi-province-rwdrive to Taiyuan.

Day 9, Taiyuan to Pinyao

30 minute drive to Jinci Temple and another 30 minute drive to Zhenguo Temple.  One hour drive to Family Qiao's Courtyard.

Day 10, Pingyao

Visit Pingyao: City Wall, Ri Shengchang Bank and Mingqing Street.

Day 11, Return to Beijing

1 hour drive to Shuanlin Temple and 1.5 hour drive back to Taiyuan. After lunch transfer to train station for train back to Beijing.

Day 12, Beijing

A free day to explore on your own!

Day 13, Beijing to home

Free morning with transfer to airport for flight home.