2-Day Private Datong Tour:Hanging Temple, Yugang Grottoes,Wooden Pagoda and More
Maximize your time in the remarkable city of Datong on a comprehensive 2-day private tour to major attractions and historical landmarks. Alongside an expert guide, explore three spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple and Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda. Besides, you will also visit the Nine Dragon Screen and Datong City Wall. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city. This private tour including English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, lunches, travel by private vehicle. Tour start from your Datong hotel or Datong Railway Station.ItineraryDay 1: City Highlights : Yungang Grottoes, Nine Dragon Screen and City WallStop At:
Yungang Grottoes, Wuzhou Mountain, Urban Area, Datong 37000 China
In the morning, pick you up at your hotel lobby in Datong downtown or Datong train station (you will find a welcome signage).
Then heading directly to Yungang Grottoes which takes about 30 minutes. Your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories along the way, feel free to ask questions if you have.
Located at the southern foot of the Wuzhou Mountain, the Yungang Grottoes were built against the mountain and extend about one km (0.62 miles) from east to west. Comprising 252 caves and 51,000 statues within a carved area of 18,000 square meters.
Yungang Grottoes represent the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China during the 5th and 6th centuries. The Five Caves created by Tan Yao, with their strict unity of layout and design, constitute a classical masterpiece of the first peak of Chinese Buddhist art.
While influenced by Buddhist cave art from South and Central Asia, Yungang Grottoes have also interpreted the Buddhist cave art with distinctive Chinese character and local spirit. As a result, Yungang Grottoes have played a vitally important role among early Oriental Buddhist grottoes and had a far-reaching impact on Buddhist cave art in China and East Asia.
Yungang Grottoes were added to the World Cultural Heritage List in December 2001.
Walk with your tour guide to explore the grottoes and niches, get to know its history and culture. Since this is a private tour, feel free to ask questions during the tour.
Duration: 2 hoursStop At:
Nine Dragon Screen, Yanghe Street, Cheng District, Datong 037000 China
Next, follow your tour guide to check out the oldest and largest glazed screen in China. Built over 600 years ago, Nine Dragon Screen in Datong presently the oldest and largest glazed screen in China today. Admire the massive screen and learn its history and background with your tour guide.
Duration: 30 minutesStop At:
Datong City Walls, Centre of Datong, Urban Area, Datong 037000 China
Enjoy lunch in the local restaurant, after that, follow your tour guide to explore the city wall.
The Datong City Wall with a long history going back to the North Wei Dynasty (386～557), the City Wall is truly magnificent. Since ancient times, Datong has been a place of great strategic importance, especially when in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it became the door of the country's capital, through the protective screen of Shanxi province, and a safeguard of the Yellow River Plain.
At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Datong
Duration: 30 minutes
No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: Hengshan Hanging Temple and Yingxian Gogoda Stop At:
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Hengshan, Datong China
Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel ,then heading to Hengshan Hanging Temple which takes 1.5 hours, enjoy the countryside view along the way. Your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories along the way, feel free to ask questions if you have.
The hanging temple is the only existed temple hosting worship for the Taoists, Confucians and Buddhists. Built in 491 A.D, Hanging Temple is an architectural wonder because it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50 meters above the ground. An unique mechanical theory was applied to building the framework. Crossbeams were half-inserted into the rock as the foundation, while the rock in back became its support. Seen from below, it appears to be a tumble-down castle in the air. Inside, it provides the same scene as other temples. Hanging Monastery is an architectural wonder. A unique mechanical theory was applied to building the framework. Crossbeams were half-inserted into the rock as the foundation, while the rock in back became its support. Seen from below, it appears to be a tumble-down castle in the air. Inside, it provides the same scene as other temples. The architecture embodies a great cultural achievement of Chinese people.
Follow your tour guide to experience the 1400 years architectural wonder, get to learn the history of three major religions in China and how these believes been used into the architecture.
Duration: 2 hoursStop At:
Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda, 76km (47 miles) south of Datong, Datong China
Enjoy lunch in the local restaurant, in the afternoon you will heading to Yingxian Wooden Pagoda.
Upon arrival, follow your tour guide to experience the architectural gems which famous for its long history, unique design and wonderful construction techniques.
Built in 1056, the 957-year-old Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County is the oldest and tallest wooden multi-storey building of the world. The pagoda plays an important role in the history of ancient Chinese architecture. It embodies the wisdom of ancient craftsmen, and it still stands tall after many seismic tests during nine hundred years. It can be described as a miracle in the history of Chinese architecture.
After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Datong or Datong railway station.
Duration: 1 hour
No accommodation included on this day.
"Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
"Not wheelchair accessible"
"Infants must sit on laps"
"Most travelers can participate"
"This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate"
Duration: 2 Days
Traveler pickup is offered
Your tour guide will hold your name sign waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel
Cancellations and refunds:
If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.