Known as the ‘City of the Coal’, Datong has developed into the second largest industrial city in Shanxi due to its advantage in energy.Starting with the Northern Wei dynasty 1,600 years ago, Datong was a beautiful capital. It continued to thrive in the Liao and Jin dynasties, and later regained prominence as a major strategic centre in the Ming dynasty (1368–1644).Datong has many tourist places to visit, there are very nice sightseeing, attractions in Datong which are must see.Our Private Tour to Dadong with your own driver or local guide will take you to explore these amazing sites in town
Tour Start at 8:00am, Your driver will meet you in your hotel’s lobby (hotel within the 4th ring road),then heading to Datong City,it will take 4-5 hours.On the way to Datong you will pass by the Juyongguan and Badaling Section of the Great Wall.
Once arrive Datong, you will have a Lunch in the Local restaurant (30 minutes)
Yungang Grottoes (2 hours)
Yungang Grottoes, an Example blending the Chinese and Western Cultures in the Fifth Century A.D.
As one of the three leading grottoes in China, Yungang Grottoes are located in the south of Wuzhou Mountain on the north bank of Ten-mile River. It is about sixteen kilometers to the west of Datong, Shanxi Province. All the grottoes, extending about one kilometer from east to west, were hollowed out of the mountain. There are 254 caves with 45 major grottos and 51000 stone sculptures. Representing the highest level of world carving art in the fifth century, the Yungang Grottos is considered the peak of the Chinese Buddhism art work. Yungang Grottoes was inscribed into the World Cultural Heritage List by UNESCO In December 2001.
Nine Dragon Screen (30 minutes)
This marvelous wall is 45.5 meters long, 8 meters high and 22 meters thick. Nine dragons, each playing with a pearl with the sun and moon aside, were carved in a very lifelike manner.Connecting the big nine dragons and 41 small ones is an embossed part, picturing various animals like horse, sheep, dog, deer, rabbit and so on.
Transfer Back to your hotel in Datong
Tour Start at 8:30am, our guide or driver will meet you in your hotel’s lobby
Ride to Hanging Monastery (1.5 hours)
Hanging Monastery (1.5 hours)
Hanging Monastery stands at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of Hunyuan County, and 65 kilometers (40 miles) from downtown Datong,is one of the world’s forgotten wonders
The Hanging Monastery pays homage to Confucianism and Taoism as well as to Buddhism, with sculptures of Confucius and Lao-Tzu alongside sculptures of the founding father of Buddhism, Sakyamuni Buddha.
Clinging to a crag of Hengshan mountain, in apparent defiance of gravity, it consists of 40 rooms linked by a dizzying maze of passageways. The temple is said to have been built by a monk named Liao Ran during the late Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 AD) and restored in 1900.
The temple was constructed by drilling holes into the cliffside into which the poles that hold up the temples are set. Interestingly the temple is dedicated to not just one religion, but three, with Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism all practiced within the temple and represented in 78 statues and carvings throughout the temple.
Lunch in the Local restaurant (30 minutes)
Heading to the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda (1 hour)
Yingxian Wooden Pagoda (1 hours)
Since it was built completely of timber, it has been known popularly as the Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County. Standing 67.31 meters high, it is the only extant large wooden pagoda in China and also the tallest among ancient wooden buildings of the world.
The pagoda was constructed in 1056 during the Liao Dynasty. The pagoda was built on a stone platform four meters high. Around the upper edge and at the corners of the platform there are sculptures of crawling lions whose simple and unsophisticated style belongs to the Liao Dynasty. The exterior of the pagoda is divided into five levels, but there are actually nine levels in the interior, including four built-in storeys. The steeple of the pagoda is ten meters high; the whole pagoda, 67.31 meters. The diameter of the octagonal first storey is 30.27 meters, the longest among ancient pagodas. The ground storey has two tiers of eaves and steps attached to it.
Heading back to Beijing City 4-5 hours and transfer back to your hotel in city