As the official operation of Beijing-Zhangjiakou High Speed Railway and Zhangjiakou-Datong High Speed Railway on December 30, 2019 simultaneously, the direct Beijing Datong High Speed Railway thus eventually opened. The rail shortens ancient capital tour from Beijing to Datong by train to just 2 hours, while former normal train costs at least 6 hours. After having a good time in Beijing, Chinese culture fans may continue to explore Datong to visit the World Heritage Yunggang Grottoes, the amazing Hanging Temple, two most representative artifacts of the Northern Wei Dynasty during 4th to 6th century BC.
The new Beijing Datong High Speed Rail is 338 kilometers long and starts from Beijing North Railway Station and Beijing Qinghe Railway Station in Beijing, passes Zhangjiakou and a few stations, ends in Datong South Railway Station in Datong. The whole train journey is about 2 to 2.5 hours. There are more than 5 high speed bullet trains, all are G trains running from Beijing to Datong each day.
Beijing Datong High Speed Rail Map
|From||To||Frequency (day)||Operating Hours||Duration|
|Beijing North/Qinghe||Datong South||over 5||about 06:30-20:00||about 2-2.5 hours|
Check the real-time Beijing to Datong High Speed Train Schedules below:
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
|From||To||Frequency (day)||Operating Hours||Duration||Detailed Train Schedule >>|
|Datong South||Beijing North/Qinghe||over 5||about 06:30-18:30||about 2 hours|
Notable as the capital city with convenient transportation and rich tourism resources, Beijing is usually used as the top gateway for a trip to China. With more than 3,000 years’ history, Beijing once was an ancient capital in different dynasties, and now the city has the largest number of UNESO World Heritage in China. During your Beijing tour, you may marvel at the spectacular ancient accomplishment, world-famous Great Walls, imperial buildings, like Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, etc. The Hutongs are good way to know about local culture. More about China Great Wall Tours >>
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Beijing North Railway Station 北京北站
Address: NO.1 North Binhe Road, Beida Street, Xizhimen, Xicheng District, Beijing 北京市西城区西直门北大街北滨河路1号
Transportation: Beijing North Railway Station is located near the 2nd Ring Road, the northwest of Beijing. It reopened on December 30,2019. At present, the station runs a few city bus lines and has subway transit station of Beijing Metro Line 2, Line 4 and Line 13. It takes about 30 minutes (9 km) the the city center, Tiananmen Square, half an hour to Forbidden City, 1.5 hour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Badaling Great Wall in suburb area. Considering the convenience and fares, it’s strongly suggested to travel with China Discovery, using our professional, safe and comfortable transfer service.
Beijing Qinghe Railway Station 北京清河站
Address: Qinghe Street, Qinghe Town, Haidian District, Beijing 北京市海淀区清河镇清河街道
Transportation: Qinghe Railway Station was a very small and old train station reconstructed larger and more modern to serve passengers on Beijing Zhangjiakou High Speed Railway. It is located outside the 5th Ring Road, a little far away from downtown. You can take Metro Line 13 to get to the station.
Beijing Mutianyu Great Wall
Beijing North Railway Station
Beijing Qinghe Railway Station
Datong is the second largest city in Shanxi Province and known as one of the nine ancient capitals in China. Because it held strategic location before, served as capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty and deputy capital during Liao and Jin Dynasty, there are lots of historical sites left. Yungang Grottoes, Hengshan Hanging Temple, Huayan Temple are the top attractions among all. Yungang Grottoes is a huge Buddhist treasury famous as Dunhuang Mogao Caves, Luoyang Longmen Grottoes and Tianshui Maijishan Grottoes. Tourists finishing Datong tour may extend trip further to Taiyuan and Xian by a fast bullet train.
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Datong South Railway Station 大同南站
Address: Kaiyuan Street, Pingcheng District, Datong, Shanxi 山西省大同市平城区开源街
Transportation: Datong South Railway Station is recently opened as the second biggest train station in Shanxi Province. The station is an important transportation hub in northern region, linking Beijing in the east, Taiyuan and Xian in the south, Hohhot in the north. It is also the starting point of Datong Xian High Speed Railway and Zhangjiakou Datong High Speed Railway. It is located about 8km (30 minutes’ driving) to city center, about 25km (40 minutes’ driving) to Yungang Grottoes and nearly 1 hour and 15 minutes’ drive to the Hanging Temple, 65km far away.
Datong Yungang Grottoes
Datong South Railway Station
Beijing Capital International Airport operates 1 daily flight to Datong Yungang Airport from November to March. The flight departs in the early morning and needs about 1 hour. Considering the time you will spend on check-in and transferring between the airports and downtown, taking a flight is not as recommended as high speed trains.
Best time to visit Datong: March to mid-June, mid-September to November
How to get to Datong: High-speed trains to Datong South Railway Station; normal trains to Datong Railway Station; Flights to Datong Yungang Airport.
It usually needs 2 days to cover the highlights in Datong. Without any doubt, Yungang Grottoes are a must. It consists of 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues and is a real treasure of traditional Chinese art. After that, you can go to Shanhua Monastery to appreciate a set of well-preserved buildings of Liao Dynasty (905-1125). Then, continue to have a look at Nine Dragon Screen, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China and later head to Huayan Temple, which keeps the largest wooden structure of Buddhist temple hall with elegant mural and scriptures. The next day is for the attractions a little far from downtown such as Hanging Temple, an unusual temple standing on the precarious cliff built over 1500 years ago, and Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, the highest wooden pagoda in the world.
In addition, the convenient transportation of Datong provides opportunities to discover more of Shanxi to Taiyuan, sacred Buddhist mountain Mount Wutai, world heritage site Pingyao Ancient City, magnificent Hukou Waterfall, etc.
If you have more days and want to travel outside Shanxi, it is highly recommended to extend your tour to capital Beijing (Great Wall, Forbidden City), time-honored Xi’an (Terracotta Warriors), and modern metropolis Shanghai (the Bund).
Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple, Pingyao and Mount Wutai in Shanxi
Class of Ticket
There are three kinds of tickets are provided on high speed train from Beijing to Datong, Business Class Seat, First Class Seat and Second Class Seat. Second Class Seat is the most budget level you will share a row space with other passengers. And the First Class of Seat is more comfortable and quieter for those who prefer a good rest on the way. If you would like to try the most luxury and superior train travel experience, the Business Class better than the business level on airplane will shock you beyond expectation. Check All Types of Seats on China High Speed Train>
Book, Collect, Alter and Cancel
Foreign tourists can book train ticket online or ask help from ticket agency, or buy the tickets physically at the train station with your valid passport. One thing you should remember is to book the ticket as early as possible, especially in peak tourist seasons. After collecting the tickets, please read carefully about the train number, departure date and station to make sure you won’t miss the train. If you want to cancel, alter your train tickets, you are required to bring your passport to the ticket counter and make the adjustments. Check details about How to Book, Collect, Alter, and Cancel Train Tickets>
Board & Get off
1) Prepare your documents well (valid passport with China Visa); 2) Get to the right train station in advance; 3) Collect train tickets; 4) Read your train ticket; 5) Pass the security control; 6) Pass through Security & Luggage Checks; 7) Find the right waiting room; 8) Cross the ticket checking gate; 9) Get to the right platform; 10) Get on your train. Keep the ticket well, because the ticket will be checked again to leave the station after you get off. Check details about How to Board & Disembark a Train>
China train travel with luggage is much easier than taking flight, for you don’t need to check luggage separately. Each passenger with a train ticket is allowed to carry luggage in certain weight and volume, but without limitation of amount and types. Though there are written regulation and rules about the luggage allowance, in practice, passengers can take as much luggage as you can if only you handled them properly. Check detailed Baggage Allowance & Policy to Take China Train>
Facilities and Service
All high speed trains in China are equipped with advanced facilities and good service to make your journey more convenient and comfortable. There are different places you can put your luggage onboard, racks and specialized luggage storage areas. Besides, the air-conditioner train offers you plug under the seats to charge your phone or laptop, sightseeing window to view the outside scenery as well as western-style toilets. There is also available dining area you can get some supplies. Bilingual signs and the broadcast use both Chinese and English so that you don’t need to worry about the communication. Check All Facilities & Service on China Train>
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