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3 Days Datong Culture Tour with Hanging Temple

Magnificent Buddhism Culture

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As an ancient capital of Northern Wei Dynasty, Datong is a fascinating city with enough past glories to evoke. Among Datong's various cultural sites, Hanging Temple, an architectural wonder with a history of over 1,500 years is one of the biggest attractions for travelers. How could this temple stand perilously on the cliff for so many years? Join this 3 days Datong tour to unlock your doubt. Moreover, you won’t miss Datong’s other highlights (Yungang Grottoes, Huyan Temple, Earth Forest…) as well.

Highlights of this tour

  • Be marveled at cliff-standing Hanging Temple with the magical combination of architectural mechanics and aesthetics;
  • Step back into the origins of Chinese Buddhist caves at Yungang Grottoes and take a fascinating glimpse of the astonishing Buddhist artistry;
  • Enjoy a natural feast and take great shot of the fluvial erosion landscape of Datong Earth Forest at its most charming appearance when sun goes down;
  • Look up at the sheer pavilion-style Yingxian Wooden Pagoda ( Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple).

Basic Trip Information

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  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.
Travel Route:
Datong
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-DCT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulturePhotographReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Datong Arrival

Welcome to Datong! You will be greeted by local tour guide at Datong Yungang Airport or Datong South Railway Station and then escort you to your hotel. The rest time for rest or sightseeing freely.

Optional Activity: It is available to take a leisurely walk or ride a bike on restored City Wall of Datong. Both new and old city of Datong can be viewed on the wall, showing a drastic difference. The night view seen from the City Wall is more amazing.

Day 2 Datong (B, L )

After breakfast, you will drive about 50 minutes (23 kilometers) to Yungang Grottoes, a World Heritage site dating back to 5th century. Containing 254 Buddhist caves, Yungang Grottoes stretches about 1 km long. It is filled with about 5,100 precious sculptures - the height of the largest Buddha statue reaches 17 meters and the smallest is only 2 centimeters tall. Most of the sculptures are Buddhas, from which you can be awestruck at their life-like features and blissful smiles. You won't miss Cave No.5 and Cave No. 6 - the highlights of Yungang Grottoes with the entire interiors carved and colored. Facing these jaw-dropping celestial beings in different shapes, you can imagine the painstaking effort taken to produce them.

In the afternoon, drive back to Datong city to visit Nine Dragon Screen Wall, made of colorful glazed tiles and depicting nine dragons. It once served as a temple's spirit wall placed in an entrance to inhibit the evil spirit's coming. Now it is the biggest and oldest glazed dragon wall in China. Next, you will visit Huayan Temple - the largest and best preserved monastery built by Khitan during Liao Dynasty. Unlike most traditional Chinese buildings, it interestingly faces east not south, because the Khitan were also sun worshipers. Indulge yourself in the palatial buildings, exquisite frescoes, valued inscriptions in the temple.

Next, drive about 40 minutes (30 kilometers) to Datong Earth Forest to see the unique landscape made by hundreds of earth columns and earth walls. When the sun sets down, the glow will color the earth into golden and Earth Forest will present its most beautiful appearance.

Turn back to Datong for accommodation.

Our Clients at Yungang Grottoes Nine Dragon Screen Wall
Day 3 Datong & Datong Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, you will move to Hanging Temple, after 1.5 hours' driving (80 km). Built in 491 during Northern Wei Dynasty, it enjoys a history of over 1,500 years. Miraculously carved into the sheer cliff of Hengshan Mountain, Hanging Temple is one of the most incredible sights in China. Its 40 perilous halls and pavilions lean straight over the canyon. Seeing it from the ground, travelers can't help admiring at the ancient people's wisdom. Moreover, Hanging Temple is featured as the only existing temple with the combination of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. So various sculptures are enshrined in the temple. You have enough time to unlock the mystery of why this unusual temple could stand in the precarious position and explore China's religious culture.

After the exciting experience in Hanging Temple, drive 1 hour to Fogong Temple. The highlight of Fogong Temple is Yingxian Wooden Pagoda - the oldest and tallest wooden multi-storey structure in the world. Built in 1056 during Liao Dynasty (907 ~ 1125) and standing at 67.31 meters high, it shocks travelers most that the whole structure was made without any nails, screws, or bolts. There are lots of elegant Buddha statues and Bodhisattva statues to worship. Among them, an 11m high Sakyamuni statue is sitting solemnly in the pagoda on the first floor, it is the grandest one, and fortunately, it is accessible to the visitors. (The others are on the other floors, which are not open to public for a better preservation of the pagoda.)

After the sightseeing, you will be transferred to the airport or train station to catch your flight or train to your next destination. Service ends.

Optional Activity: Apart from the amazing building techniques, Fogong Temple is of great importance to Buddhists as there preserves two tooth relics of Sakyamuni, which is very rare and valuable. If you are interested, it is available to pay extra CNY100 for a respectful glance at them.

Great View of Hanging Temple Yingxian Wooden Pagoda -  Tallest Wooden Multi-storey Structure

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