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Datong is a city in the northern Shanxi Province in China, located about 350 kilometres west of Beijing. About 16 km southwest of the city, the Yungang Grottoes, ancient Buddhist temple grottoes, are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and, alongside Longmen and Mogao, one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites of China.

The grottoes were mainly constructed in the period between 460-525 AD during the Northern Wei dynasty. They are an outstanding example of the Chinese stone carvings from the 5th and 6th centuries. All together the site is composed of 252 grottoes with more than 51,000 Buddha statues and statuettes. In 2001, the Yungang Grottoes were made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Hanging Temple is a temple built into a cliff 75m above the ground. It is situated 65 kilometers northwest of Datong. Along with the Yungang Grottoes, the Hanging Temple is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area. Built more than 1,500 years ago, this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements.

 

Datong (2 full days)

Day 1: Beijing - Yungang Grottoes - Datong
  • Pick-up from your Beijing accommodation in the early morning, ideally around 6:30 h.
  • 1 hour drive to the town of Changping; stop for breakfast.
  • Continue on the highway & arrive in Datong around noon.
  • Check into accommodation & have lunch.
  • Visit the Yungang Grottoes for about 3 hours.
  • Explore downtown Datong.
  • Time for dinner!
Day 2: Datong - Hanging Temple - Great Wall at Juyongguan - Beijing
  • Check out of your Datong accommodation after breakfast.
  • 1.5 hour drive to the Hanging Temple.
  • Visit the temple for about 1.5 hours.
  • Drive to the Great Wall at Juyongguan for about 1.5 hours.
  • Leave for Beijing in the late afternoon.
  • Drop off at your accommodation in the evening.
Accommodation
I am happy to assist you with finding accommodation or to make recommendations.
  • Tour Price: 3800 RMB (1-3 guests)
  • Tour Price: 5800 RMB (4-7 guests)
  • All prices include taxes, petrol, road tolls and parking. Payment in full at the end of service and can be made in RMB, USD or EUR. No credit cards, please. A deposit is not necessary. 

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