How to Get to Hanging Temple
The Hanging Temple is located near Mount Heng in Hunyuan County, Datong City, Shanxi Province. So in order to get to the Hanging Temple, you need to get to Datong city first. As the name indicates, this amazing architecture has been hanging on the steep cliff for over 1500 years and is an attraction you can not miss for a Datong trip. Buses are available from Datong city to Hanging Temple (about 80 km), but you need to make a transfer in Hunyuan. So the most recommended way is to charter a car or find a professional travel agency like us to solve all the problems. Here we have introduced how to get to Hanging Temple from Datong Downtown, Yungang Grottoes, Datong Yungang Airport, Datong South Railway Station, etc. for your reference.How to Get to Hanging Temple
Step One: Get to Datong City First
Datong is in northern Shanxi, equipped with convenient transportation system of plane, high speed train and long distance bus. You can get there by high speed train from nearby cities such as Beijing (2-2.5h), Xian (6h), Taiyuan (2-2.5h), Pingyao (3-3.5) and fly there from farther cities such as Chengdu (2.5h), Shanghai (2.5h) and Chongqing (2.5h). More about How to Get to Datong>>
Step Two: Get to Hanging Temple from Datong City
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Get to Hanging Temple from Datong Downtown
Hanging Temple is about 80 km, 1.5 hours’ drive from downtown (near Huayan Temple). Except from charting a car, you can take a bus from Datong East Coach Station (大同汽车客运东站) to Hunyuan Bus Station (浑源汽车站) first. There are about 50 buses a day from 6:30 – 18:00 and the trip needs about 2h. Hunyun Bus Station is about 4 km to the Hanging Temple.
Note: Some people may refer Datong East Coach Station as Datong Coach Station, they are actually the same one on No. 1039 North Side of North Ring Road, Pingcheng District, Datong (大同市平城区北环路北侧1039号), only 3 km to downtown area.
Get to Hanging Temple from Yungang Grottoes
Yungang Grottoes is about 100 km, 100 minutes’ drive to the northwest of Hanging Temple. They are in different directions of Datong downtown. There is no direct bus between these two places. You can charter a car directly or get to Datong downtown first by bus (about 1h) and then transfer to Hangying Temple. But actually, if you plan to visit both Hanging Temple and Yungang Grottoes, it is more recommended to schedule Hanging Temple in the morning to avoid long waiting lines.
Get to Hanging Temple from Datong Yungang Airport
Datong Yungang Airport is about 73 km, 1.5 hours’ drive from the Hanging Temple. If you plan to choose public transportation, you need to take an airport shuttle bus to Datong Hotel first (about 40 min) and then transfer to Datong East Coach Station (大同汽车客运东站). They are about 11 km away, 1 h by bus. And from there take a bus to Hunyuan and then get to Hanging Temple.
Get to Hanging Temple from Datong South Railway Station
Datong South Railway Station is about 65 km, 75 minutes’ drive to the Hanging Temple. No direct bus is available, so for independent travellers, you can get to Datong East Coach Station (大同汽车客运东站) first, which is about 8.1 km (20 minutes by car, 50 min by bus), and then transfer to Hunyuan County and at last Hanging Temple.
How to Plan a Datong Tour
Best time to visit Datong: March to mid-June, mid-September to November
Where to Stay in Datong: It is most recommended to stay in Datong downtown near Huayan Temple where there are many choices from 5-star luxury hotels to 3-star economy ones. What's more, it is convenient to get to main attractions in Datong such as Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple from this area.
It usually needs 2 days to cover the highlights in Datong. Without any doubt, Yungang Grottoes is 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
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