Datong is one of the nine ancient capitals in China with numerous historic relics in its territory. Itâ€™s a low-key city beyond the tourist trail but implies great energy. Take this one day private tour to visit the famous Yungang Grottoes, one of Chinese four grotto art treasures and the Hanging Temple, the earliest and best preserved high-altitude wooden cliff-building in China. With our professional tour guide and driver, you will make the largest value of this day to learn the background knowledge of the relics.
In the morning at some 8:30 am, meet your guide and driver who will hold a board with your name in your Datong downtown hotel lobby. Firstly we drive westwards to Yungang Grottoes. As the first batch of key cultural relics under state protection, also on the world heritage list, Yuagang Grottoes has a highly cultural and artistic meaning. It not only shows the traditional Chinese artistic style, but also incorporates the art characteristics of ancient India, the western regions and the Central Plain. Yungang Grottoes is the beginning of the "sinicization" of Chinese grotto art, which mainly stores 45 grottoes and 51,000 stone statues.
After a delicious Chinese style lunch, you will be transferred to Hanging Temple. Located between the cliffs of Mt. Hengshan, it is the only unique temple in China that integrates Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. The whole monastery is built in wooden framework structure. Though not very big, it astonishes people by the building design that relies on a mortise joint and embeds into the cliff without falling down. Owning a history over 1,500 years, many notable literati and poets have left words to show their amazing feeling. If time permits after Hanging Temple, we will also pay a visit to Nine-Dragon Wall. The wall was built in late Ming Dynasty, which is composed of coloured glaze. Nine dragons are different in shape and form, each of which is connected by water grass, white clouds and rocks. It presents the superb sculpture skills of ancient China. (If time is not enough for Nine-Dragon Wall, you will be refunded its entrance fee)
When finishing all sites, you will be transferred back to your Datong downtown hotel.
If you are looking for the highlights and World Cultural Heritage sitesï¼Œyou should come to see these two things: one is Hanging Temple, built along the cliff around 1,500 years ago,nowadays is famous for its grandeur; the other is Yungang Caves,carved1,500 years ago with 45 caves and over 51,000 statues preserved till now. This tour is leaded by an experienced tour guide who has been explaining these two places for over 10 years
You will be picked up by your private tour guide at 8:00 am in your hotel in Datong and transferred to the Hanging Temple, about 1.5hoursâ€™ driving. You will visit the temple for about 1.5hours. In summer time during the peak season (from July to August), it may takes a longer time and early start, since the Hanging Temple really is a hot spot. We will arrange you the lunch in the local restaurant in Hunyuang County. After lunch you will be transferred to Yungang Caves The stone carving was done in three separate stages. In the first stage, the five caves were carved under Monk Tanyaoâ€™s conduction, which are called Tanyao Five Caves now. Since it is the beginning of the stone carving, the carving style have been greatly influenced by Indian and Western Asian art style, even by the Greek art style, the statues looks much different from the later ones.
In the second stage, the caves are renowned for the delicacy and details, which are the manifestation of the art style from the Northern Wei Dynasty. The caves sculpted in the later time are much smaller in sizes but the statues from this period are designed thinner but with fine appearances and handsome features, which is a reflection of Northern Chinaâ€™s art style as well as the beginning of figuresâ€™ design style called elegant skeleton and delicate features. Moreover, lots of caves are decorated with carvings of music instruments, flying Apsaras in dancing and statues performing Chinese ancient miscellaneous acrobatics, which is a reflection of social life and the Buddhist practicing trend at the Northern Wei Dynasty. and then visit there for about 3 hours. The scenic area of Yungang Caves has been renovated and enlarged, so it will take 40 to 50 minutes for walking in and out and you will spend 1.5 to 2 hours for visiting. If you want to leave more time for staying in the central visiting area you can take the electric car instead of walking, which will be 15yuan per person for the round trip. After that, you will be transferred to the place where the trip starts.
If you are looking for the highlights and World Cultural Heritage Sites in China, Hanging Temple, Yungang Caves and Wooden Pagoda are 3 things you can't miss. The Hanging Temple, built along the cliff around 1,500 years ago, nowadays is famous for its grandeur; the Yungang Caves, was carved 1,500 years ago with 45 caves and over 51,000 statues preserved till now. The Wooden Pagoda is the tallest and oddest wooden tower preserved in China even in the whole world, which is over 960 years old. This tour is leaded by an experienced tour guide who has been explaining these places for over 10 yearsã€‚
You will be picked up by your private tour guide at 8:00 am and transferred to the Hanging Temple, about 1.5hoursâ€™ driving. You will visit the temple for about 1.5hours. In summer time during the peak season (from July to August), it may takes a longer time and early start, since the Hanging Temple really is a hot spot. Then you will be transferred to the Wooden Pagoda, which is a 50 minutes driving.
Your lunch will be arranged in a restaurant near the pagoda. After visit the pagoda, you will have a 1.5 hoursâ€™ driving to Yungang Caves, Yungang Caves indicate historical track of Buddhist artâ€™s transformation and development from Indian and Central Asian style to the Chinese one as well as the gradual course of Buddhism being transformed to Chinese Buddhism with the combination of Chinese ancient philosophies.
It can be said that Buddhist statues in artistic styles are unprecedentedly integrated in carvings in Yungang Caves. and then visit there for about 3 hours. The scenic area of Yungang Caves has been renovated and enlarged, so it will take 40 to 50 minutes for walking in and out and you will spend 1.5 to 2 hours for visiting. If you want to leave more time for staying in the central visiting area you can take the electric car instead of walking, which will be 15yuan per person for the round trip.
After that, you will be transferred to the place where the trip starts.
Day 1: (L)
After morning pickup from your hotel or the train station, your guide takes you to the World Heritage-listed Yungang Grottoes, a masterpiece of Buddhist cave art. The site holds 252 cliffside grottoes that date to the fifth century and are filled with thousands of hand-carved Buddha statues. Next, see the Nine Dragon Screen, built in 1771 during the time of Emperor Qianlong. It measures 98 feet (30 meters) long,12 feet (3.5 meters) tall, and holds 270 colorful glazed tiles. Have lunch, then visit the Datong Museum, which showcases a collection of 4,000 artifacts. Afterward, your guide returns you to your hotel.
Day 2: (L)
In the morning, relax during the scenic drive to Hanging Temple, located about 40 miles (60km) southeast of Datong. On the way, stop for a short visit to the Cave House Village to view cave-dwellings that were typical in old northern China. Upon arrival at Hanging Temple, hear about tis remarkable construction that allows the building to perch on a cliff high above the ground. The original structure was built more than 1,500 years ago, and the temple is the only one in China that incorporates Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.
Have lunch, then head to Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, the oldest and largest wooden Buddhist pagoda in the world. Afterward, transfer by private vehicle to your hotel or the train station in Datong where your tour ends.
Get a fresh take on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, China's iconic Great Wall, on this 9-hour private tour from Datong. Explore the 16th-century fortress and garrison town at Deshengbu, then drive to Zhenchuankou, where you'll hike for two to four hours along the rammed earth wall.
Your personal guide will collect you from your Datong hotel at 8am for the drive to the Deshengbu Fortress about 28 miles (45 kilometers) northwest of Datong.
There used to be 52 fortresses along the 221-mile (335-kilometer) stretch of Datong Outer Great Wall: Deshengbu, built in 1574, protects an important pass that links Datong to Inner Mongolia. The fortress' imposing walls and mighty city gate lead into a typical Great Wall garrison town: you'll spend around an hour exploring the fort and the village. Your guide will give you suggestions as to where to eat lunch, which is at your own expense, and help you navigate the menu.
After lunch, you'll drive another 19 miles (30 kilometers) or so to reach the Datong Great Wall at the timeless Chinese village of Zhenchuankou. Like much of the Great Wall around Datong, it was made of tamped earth: amazingly, the construction has withstood wind, rain, and snow for more than five centuries. It still stands proud above the fields, around five meters tall in places, and is dotted with beacons and guard towers.
You'll hike along this rammed earth wall for around two to four hours. When your hike is finished, your driver will collect you, and transfer you back to your hotel, arriving around 5pm.
- Your Chinsee speaking driver will meet you at Datong railway station / Datong hotel / Datong airport .
- Drive to Hanging Temple .(1.5 hours on the way )
- Wait for you at parking of Hanging Temple .
- Driver to Local lunch restaurant --Datong local noodle restaurant , good try with cheap price (1 hour on the way )
- Transfer to Yungang Grottoes ( 40 min on the way )
- Wait for you at Parking of Yungang Grottoes .
- Transfer back to Datong hotel / Datong railway station / Datong airport (1 hour , airport 1.5 hours on the way )
Private tour guide will pick you up from your Datong hotel at 9:00 am, enjoy private transfer to start the highlight day trip. Firstly visit the Yungang Grottoes, which is the most majestic spot in the city and one of the largest grotto-groups in China.
Yungang Grottoes is a relic of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) and there are now 53 grottoes with 51000 statues remaining. Listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2001, Yungang Grottoes represent the excellent achievement of Buddhist sculptural art of ancient China.
Later have lunch in a local restaurant, and continue to visit the peculiar wood-structured Hanging Monastery on the cliff at the foot of Hengshan Mountain. Built in 491, Hanging Monastery has a history of more than 1400 years. Seen from below, it appears to be a tumble-down castle in the air, which gives a breath-taking view of Chinese architecture. To conclude the trip, you tour guide will transfer you back and drop you off at the hotel.
Private tour guide will pick you up from your Datong hotel at 9:00 am to start the city sightseeing. You will firstly visit the Yungang Grottoes, one of the four most famous grottoes in China.
Yungang Grottoes were excavated along Wuzhou Mountain, extending 1 km from east to west, revealing 45 major caves and over 51,000 stone statues, it is a relic of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534). Follow your guide to visit the fascinating ancient grottoes and reveal the story of past glory.
Later have lunch in a local restaurant, and continue sightseeing to the Huayan Monastery - the largest and best preserved monastery of the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125) in existence in China, it is very unique as it faces east instead of south. Then see the Nine Dragons Screen, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China, it was built over 600 years ago and displays nine vivid and different shaped dragons. After the full day sightseeing, the tour guide will transfer you back to the hotel.
Private tour guide will pick you up from your Datong hotel at 9:00 am to start the full day trip.
Built in 491, Hanging Monastery has survived more than 1400 years. The peculiar wood-structured Hanging Monastery on the cliff at the foot of Mt. Hengshan gives a stunning view of Chinese architecture. Follow your guide to visit this architectural wonder, walk into the Monastery to explore this rare architecture and discover its history.
Later have lunch in a local restaurant, and continue to visit the Wooden Pagoda in Ying County. Regarded as the 'First Pagoda in the World', the Wooden Pagoda has about 900 years of history and is attractive for its exquisite design and delicate appearance. And large Buddha statues hosted in the Wooden Pagoda are particularly impressive.
After the full day sightseeing, the tour guide will transfer you back to the hotel.
- See the Yungang Grottoes and marvel at the size of one of China's main grotto sites
- Go to the Hanging Temple at the foot of Mt. Hengshan
- Try to imagine how the Hanging Temple has withstood winds and storms over the years
Yungang Grottoes and
Hanging Temple on a classic day trip from Datong.
Following a morning pick-up up from your hotel at 9:00am, transfer by private vehicle with an English-speaking guide. Go to one of the 3 main sites in China, famous for their stone sculptures (Dunhuang, Longmen and Yungang). Of the 3, the Yungang Grottoes are considered the best, due to their tremendous size, ancient history and relatively complete state of preservation.
A Chinese lunch will be arranged close to the Yungang Grottoes. Then drive to the Hanging Temple at the foot of Mt. Hengshan. Located 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of Hunyuan County and 65 kilometers (40 miles) from downtown Datong City, the Hanging Temple is so-named as it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge.
Marvel at the temple as it hangs more than 50 meters above the ground and try to imagine how the temple has withstood the winds and storms for so many years.
Take advantage of this tour to visit the two top attractions near Datong with your English-speaking guide and transfer. First discover the Hanging Temple, with over 1,400 years of history. Then explore the Yungang Grottoes, one of the largest grottoes in China.
After pickup from your hotel in Datong at 8:30am, you will be transferred to the Hengshan Hanging Temple, also called the Hanging Monastery (approx. 1.5 hours).
The Hanging Monastery is one of China's most unique and remarkable feats of wooden architecture. The monastery is also the only one built in honor of Sakyamuni, Laozi, and Confucius, who are founders of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, respectively. The monastery was founded during the Northern Wei period (386-584 ad), boasting a history of over 1,400 years. An architectural complex was built on the base of the natural hollows and outcrops along the contour of the cliff.
Enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch at a local restaurant and then proceed to the Yungang Grottoes. In 2001, the site was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. There are 53 grottoes remaining in Yungang with 45 major caves and more than 51,000 stone statues. The Yungang Grottoes are one of China's largest ancient grottoes, alongside the Dunhuang Mogao grottoes, the Longmen Grottoes and the Tianshui Maiji Mountain Grottoes, which are called China's four big grottoes. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
After pickup from your hotel in Datong at 8:30 am, you will proceed to the Hengshan Hanging Temple, also called Hanging Monastery (approx. 1.5 hours).
Hanging Monastery is one of China's most unique and remarkable feats of wooden architecture. The monastery is also the only one built in honor of Sakyamuni, Laozi, and Confucius, who are founders of Buddism, Taoism and Confucianism respectively. The monastery was founded during the Northern Wei period (386-584), boasting a history of over 1,400 years. An architectural complex was built on the base of the natural hollows and outcrops along the contour of the cliff.
Stop over at a local restaurant for lunch. After lunch you will head over to Yinxian County to visit the famous wooden pagoda - Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda. Based on Liao Dynasty structure, Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda was built in 1056. The wooden pagoda is one of the planetÂ´s oldest wooden buildings. Not a single nail was used in the construction of the nine-story, 67m-high structure, which has thus far survived seven major earthquakes. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Datong city centre and be transferred to Ying Xian County to visit the famous wooden pagoda, also called Pagoda of Fogong Temple.Â
The Yingxian Wooden Pagoda was built in 1056 and itâ€™s the oldest wooden building in the world. Your guide will show how not a single nail was used in the construction of this nine-story and 67 meters high structure; something amazing when taking into account that it has survived seven major earthquakes.
Next you will enjoy a traditional local lunch, with ingredients from this Chinese province called Shanxi. Flour is the main material in this area, used to cooked more than a hundred types of dishes, from noodles to beautiful pasta designs known as â€œflour sculpturesâ€. During your lunch you will enjoy the famous sliced noodles, corn oil cakes and honeycomb noodles.Â
After lunch, you will head to the famous Yungang Grottoes, listed as a World Heritage Site in 2001 and considered one of China's largest ancient grottoes. In the area remains 53 grottoes and 45 major caves, with around 51,000 stone statues.Â
After the tour finishes, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Datong city centre
This is a pure tour without any compulsory shopping stops.Spend 6 days to thoroughly explore great manmade wonders and miraculous architecture in Datong, ancient civilization in Pingyao.Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Yungang Grottoes and discover peaceful Huayan Monastery built in two minority-ruled dynasties-Liao and Jin. Pay a visit to the miraculous Hanging Monastery built 1400 years ago in the cliff and marvel at Wooden Pagoda in Ying County, the oldest and highest wooden pagoda built without nails. Drive to Datong and delight in the well preserved Pingyao Ancient Town by visiting Rishengchang Draft Bank, Ancient City Wall and Ming Qing Street. After a visit to Jinci Temple in Taiyuan, move onward to your next destination for further exploration in China.
Day1. Arrive in Datong
Greet at the airport/train station by your friendly local guide. Transfer to your downtown hotel and check in. The rest of the day will be left on your own.
Yungang Meigao Hotel, Datong (5Star)
After breakfast, head for the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Yungang Grottoes, comprising of over 200 caverns, housing more than 50,000 Buddha Statues. Afterwards, drive back to downtown Datong to admire Huayan Monastery, enjoy the magnificent Buddhism wall paintings and great statues of Buddha of three periods. Marvel at Nine-Dragon Screen, the largest one in China, and discover why it is even bigger than the one in Forbidden City.
Return to your hotel and enjoy your free night time. (B)
Depart Datong and drive to Pingyao. Pay a visit to the miraculous Hanging Monastery on Mount Hengshan, known as the most spectacular and mysterious architectural miracle on the history. Discover how this monastery survived in the cliff for over 1400 years. Make a stop at Wooden Pagoda in Ying County. Learn about the importance of bracket used on this fully wooden structure.
Check in at the hotel in Pingyao and relax for the rest of the day. (B)
Yide Hotel, Pingyao
Leave for exploration in Pingyao Ancient Town. Start with Rishengchang Draft Bank, known as the precedent of modern Chinese banks. Move to Ancient City Wall, take a walk on top of the well preserved wall and take a panoramic view of the ancient town. Stroll along Ming and Qing Street, the most bustling commercial centre of Pingyao ever since 1856 AD. (B)
Visit Qiao Family Compound fully showcasing the unique architectural style of the residence in North China during the Qing Dynasty, and explore Shuanglin Monastery boasting a long history of over 1,400 years. Later in the day, make a stop at Jinci Temple and admire its grand historical buildings, gardens and superior sculptural works. (B)
Shanxi Grand Hotel, Taiyuan
Day6. Depart from Taiyuan
Meet your guide at your hotel and get transferred to the airport /train station. Your 6-day private Shanxi tour ends here. (B)
Day 1: Start your private day trip with 8:30 am pickup from your central located Datong's hotel, where you'll board a private vehicle with your guide and travel to Yungang Grottoes, about 30 miles away from Datong downtown area. And the site holds over 250 grottoes that date to the 15th century and are full of thousands of hand-carved Buddha statues. explore different stone carvings of Buddha statues built in three different phases, later on explore Nine Dragon Screen, the biggest one in China, even biggest than the one from Beijing Forbidden City. Which is kind of colorful and impressive screen there, then have lunch at an authentic Chinese restaurant at your own extra charge , then go back hotel.
Day 2ï¼šAfter hotel pickup in the morning, your tour starts with the drive to the Hanging Monastery, which is a so-called â€œtemple in the midairâ€ constructed somewhere near the 5th century. It is literally a â€œflyingâ€ construction in the cliff. The temple has become a place where three religions come together, which is Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, then have lunch at a local and authentic restaurant at your own extra charge.
Later on head to Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, the oldest and biggest wooden Buddhist pagoda in China. it has been known popularly as the Wooden Pagoda of whole China. Standing 69 meters high, it is the only extant large wooden pagoda in China, finally go back hotel.
(*) All prices are approximations due to currency fluctuations.