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Xian, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, is about 883 km away from Datong. After the opening of Datong Xian High Speed Railway on December 30, 2019, taking a high speed train from Xian to Datong to visit Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple and more attractions has become more convenient and faster.
Every day, there are two high speed trains (D trains) departing from Xian North Railway Station to Datong South Railway Station. The whole train travel is about 6 hours, which is shortened from 16 hours by previous normal trains. If 6 hours is still too long a journey for you, you can take a flight from Xian to Datong which will only need 1 h 40 min.
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Xian Datong Transportation Map
Check the following real-time Xian to Datong train schedules:
Note: Train information is subject to final confirmation due to the delay of data occasionally.
Xian North Railway Station (西安北站) - High-Speed Railway Station
Location: Yuansuo Road, Weiyang District, Xian City 陕西省西安市未央区元朔路
Distance: about 20 km (50 min by car) to downtown (Ancient City Wall), 50 km (1h by car) to Terracotta Warriors, 30 km (40 min by car) to Xian Xianyang International Airport.
Xian North Railway Station, also called Xianbei Railway Station or Xian North for short, is the only high speed railway station in Xian. It is also one of the largest railway stations in China which covers an area of 533,000 square meters. Since Xian is located in central China, Xian North Railway Station always acts as the most important transportation hubs of high speed rail network.
Xian Railway Station (西安站) - Normal Train Station
Location: No. 44 Huancheng North Road, Xincheng District (西安市新城区环城北路44号), in the downtown area.
Distance: about 37 km (50 min by car) to Terracotta Warriors, 40 km (50 min by car) to Xian Xianyang International Airport.
Datong South Railway Station (大同南站) - High-Speed Railway Station
Location: Kaiyuan Street, Pingcheng District, Datong, Shanxi 山西省大同市平城区开源街
Distance: about 8 km (25 minutes’ drive) to city center, 25 km (40 minutes’ drive) to Yungang Grottoes and 65km (75 minutes’ drive) to the Hanging Temple.
Datong South Railway Station, or Datongnan Railway Station, is the second biggest high speed railway station in Shanxi Province. It was put into operation on Dec. 30, 2019, is a new departure station on Datong-Xi'an passenger line and Datong-Zhangjiakou passenger line. The construction of Datong South Railway Station has greatly shortened the travel time of northern China, especially between Datong and Beijing, Zhangjiakou, Taiyuan, Pingyao, etc.
Datong Railway Station (大同站) - Normal Train Station
Location: No. 4 Zhanqian Street, Pingcheng District, Datong, Shanxi 山西省大同市平城区站前街4号
Distance: about 10 km (30 minutes’ drive) to city center, 18 km (40 minutes’ drive) to Yungang Grottoes and 90 km (1h 40 minutes’ drive) to the Hanging Temple.
There is one direct flight from Xian Xianyang International Airport (about 38km, 1 hour's drive from downtown near Ancient City Wall) to Datong Yungang Airport (about 15.5km, 40 minutes' drive from downtown), but it is not scheduled every day. At present in July, 2020, the flight is in the afternoon and needs 1 h 40 min. If your travel itinerary fits the schedule and you plan to take the flight, please remember to get to the airport at least 1.5 h ahead of time for security check and boarding.
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 Chengdu, 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 quiet 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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