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4 Days Beijing Side Trip to Datong

Brilliant Buddhist Art


Datong, one of the famous historical sites near Beijing, is a city of many historical and cultural heritages, such as Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Monastery and Wooden Pagoda. While taking this tour, you will discover more unique aspects of Chinese Culture & History.

Highlights of this tour

  • Visit the marvelous Yungang Grottoes that is a highlighting treasure of traditional Chinese art;
  • Trace back to thousands years ago and be awed at the intelligence of ancient human beings .

Basic Trip Information

  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
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Travel Length:
4 Days and 3 Nights
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Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
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Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 High Speed Bullet Train to Datong from Beijing

Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in Beijing to the train station and take a high speed train from Beijing to Datong (about 2-2.5 hours).

Welcome to Datong! After arriving, your guide will meet you at the train station and pick you up to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you.

Day 2 Datong (B,L)

Today’s tour starts to visit the famous Yungang Grottoes (about 20 km, driving for about 35 min), which hold 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues. The Grottoes are the highlight of your visit to Datong, for it is the treasure of traditional Chinese art that also influenced by Greek and Indian style.

After lunch, move on to Shanhua Monastery that consists of a set of well-preserved buildings of Liao Dynasty (905-1125). Later, continue to have a look at Nine Dragon Screen, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China. The dragons on the wall appear so vivid and marvelous that you can’t imagine they were built over 600 years ago.

Yungang Grottoes - The treasure of traditional Chinese art
Day 3 Datong (B,L)

Today’s tour starts to visit Hanging Temple (70 km, driving for about 1.5 h) at the foot of Mt. Hengshan. Because the temple is on the west side of a hill at over 50 meters high above the ground, it is named as Hanging Monastery.

After lunch, move on to the Wooden Pagoda, the oldest preserving wooden Buddhist pagoda in China, which is only 50 km away from the Hanging Temple.

(Please note: Since Yingxian Wooden Pagoda is under maintenance and protection at present, travelers cannot climb up to the pagoda. Instead, if you want to visit this site, you can have a good look at it from afar.)

Hanging Temple at Mt. Hengshan
Day 4 Datong Departure (B)

Today is free for you until to be transferred to the railway station / Airport in time for your train/flight to your next destination.

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