You will be picked up from your hotel in Datong or railway station at 9:00 am in the morning and transferred to the Yungang Grottoes (approx. 60 km). The Yungang Grottos, one of the three leading grottoes in China, is
located in the south of Wuzhou Mountain. There are 254 grottos and 51,000 stone sculptures representing the highest level of world
carving art in the fifth century and considered the
peak of the Chinese Buddhism artwork.
If you would like to stop by for lunch, your guide can give you some lunch recommendations at your own expense. After lunch continue to the Hanging Temple in the early afternoon. The Hanging Temple was first built 1400 years ago in the Northern Wei Dynasty and rebuilt in the Tang, Jin, Ming and Qing Dynasties. This temple is unique not only for its constructional techniques and elaborate design, but also because it combines different concept of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. After visiting the Hanging Temple for about 2 hours, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
You will be picked up from your hotel in Datong at 8ï¼š30am and transferred to the Yungang Grottoes, a World Cultural Heritage Site since 2001 and also one of China's largest ancient grottoes.
Yungang Grottoes have 45 major caves of the size of Kukan 252 and more than 51,000 stone status. There are 53 grottoes remained at the site. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and afterwards visit the Huayan Temple located on the south western side of Datong. There are two separate sections to the monastery that were built during the Liao Dynasty. Its structure is based on the classic Buddhist Huayan "Sutra" but one thing very unique about the temple is that it is facing east instead of south.
Finally, you will go to the famous Nine Dragon Screen. The Nine Dragon Screen was built for Prince Hongwu, the 13th son of the first emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). It is the oldest and largest glazed screen in China with the size of 45.5 meters long, 8 meters high, and 22 meters thick. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
(*) All prices are approximations due to currency fluctuations.