Datong is an ancient tourist city with rich culture and profound history. Here you can pay a visit to the World Heritage Site Yungang Grottoes and find out why the Hanging Temple can stand on the cliff for over 1500 years. To better explore Datong city, you are recommended to spend at least one night here. Here are some selected hotels in Datong downtown (most recommended accommodation area) and several hotel choices near Yungang Grottoes and the Hanging Temple.
If you are staying overnight in Datong, it is most recommended to stay in the downtown area as the living condition is better and it is also convenient to get to the attractions. There are also some hotel choices near Yungang Grottoes and the Hanging Temple, but people usually choose to get back to downtown after visiting.
Where to Stay in Datong
Datong downtown has a large range of hotels with pleasant living environment. It is near to business streets, shopping malls, and very convenient to get to attractions both in city center such as Huayan Temple and those in suburb like Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple.
Address: Courtyard No.1 West of Chunyanggong, Gulou West Street, Datong, Shanxi
Service: Yunzhong Traditional Courtyard is a family-style boutique hotel with traditional Chinese courtyard buildings and exceptional facilities. It is a quiet stay within walking distance to Datong's must-see attractions including the Huayan Temply and Nine-dragon Wall. It provides free wifi and breakfast, 24-hour reception, luggage storage, bar, dry cleaning and other services and facilities.
Address: No.19 Yingbin East Street, Datong, Shanxi
Service: Yungang Meigao Hotel is near the Datong Municipal Government with convenient transportation. You can find Wal-Mart or shopping malls nearby easily. This 5-star hotel is well decorated and provides complete service such as free wifi, Chinese & Western restaurant, bar, spa, chess and cards room, postal service, currency exchange, luggage storage.
Address: No.93 Yongtai Street, Datong, Shanxi
Service: Datong Garden Hotel is located in the center of Datong downtown. It is a famous four-star tourist business hotel integrating accommodation, catering, entertainment, shopping and business. Guests in Garden Hotel can enjoy free wifi & breakfast, fitness center, bar, hot tub, 24-hour front desk, laundry service, etc.
Address: No.16 Yingbin Street, Datong, Shanxi
Service: Located in the commercial, political and financial center of Datong City, Datong Weidu international hotel is only 10 minutes' drive away from Huayan Temple and Nine-dragon Wall, and 30 minutes' drive from the airport. Considerate services such as wifi, swimming pool, bathtub, fitness center, sauna, dry cleaning are all provided.
Address: No.37 Yingbin West Road, Datong, Datong
Service: Datong Hotel is a famous hotel in Datong that has been in business for nearly 50 years. It is not only near to busy shopping mall, children’s park, Huayan Temple, long-distance bus station, but also the place to take a shuttle bus to Datong Yungang Airport. Free wifi, indoor swimming pool, fitness room, restaurant, car rental service, currency exchange, etc. are all available.
There are not many hotel choices near Yungang Grottoes and most of them are simply decorated homestays. If time permits, it is more recommended to go back to Datong downtown (45 minutes’ drive) to stay a night.
Address: No. 5 Parking, Yungang Scenic Area, Nanjiao District, Datong, Shanxi
Service: Datong Qingyin Homestay is in Yungang Grottoes Scenic Area, only 300m away from the entrance. It has 8-berth rooms for male and female respectively and standard rooms with public bathroom. The homestay is in general clean and tidy, equipped with wireless WiFi, and provides luggage storage and other services.
Most hotels around the Hanging Temple are in Hunyuan County. As it is a small county, the accommodation condition may not be as good as that in downtown and there will be fewer choices.
Address: Hengshan North Road, Hunyuan County, Datong
Service: Hunyuan Hengshan international hotel is located in Hunyuan Central Commercial Street, covering an area of over 20000 ㎡ with about 150 rooms. It provides multiple services such as free wifi, free parking lot, luggage storage, postal service, 24-hour front desk, and Chinese-style breakfast buffet.
Address: Hengshan South Road, Yong'an Town, Hunyuan County, Datong, about 6 km, 15 minutes’ drive to the Hanging Temple.
Service: Hunyuan Hengjili Hotel enjoys favorable location near the Hanging Temple and Hengshan Mountain. It has a variety of Chinese and Western suites and ordinary rooms with complete room facilities and comfortable service. Wifi, 24-hour hot water, LCD TV, luggage storage, meal delivery, laundry service are all provided.
Best time to visit Datong: March to mid-June, mid-September to November
How to get to Datong: High speed train from Beijing (2-2.5h), Taiyuan (2-2.5h), Pingyao (3-3.5h) and flights from Xian (2h), Chengdu (2.5h), Shanghai (2.5h), etc.
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).
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