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Datong tours include an enviable array of historical sites, with Datong being a charming destination for visitors to explore.
Apart from the historical walls surrounding the city, which have been rebuilt now, Datong hosts a trove of other cultural treasures. A trip to Datong captures an experience of ancient and present rural life, religion, legend, and construction, with plenty of interesting photo opportunities during a visit to the inland city of Datong with its rich culture and heritage.
Datong tours are not complete without visiting the magnificent Yungang Grottoes which is one of the finest examples of Buddhist cave art, as well as the Hanging Monastery built on the precipice of a cliff which is a stunning feat of architecture – it’s almost impossible not to be impressed by this stunning feat of architecture. From Datong, travelers can also enjoy the Wooden Pagoda in Ying County and the astonishing Nine Dragon Screen. Well preserved Pingyao ancient town is also a worthwhile inclusion in any trip to the Datong region.
Our Datong tours include memorable highlights.
- Yungang Grottoes – Wonder at the masterpiece of early Chinese Buddhist cave art, representing the successful fusion of Buddhist religious symbolic art from south and central Asia with Chinese cultural traditions, recorded from the 5th Century.
- Hanging Monastery – The phenomena of the Hanging Temple amazes for its location on a sheer precipice and the fact that it is the only temple combining the three traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
- Nine Dragon Screen – The dragon is an important character in Chinese legend and placing a screen at the gate prevented people from seeing in. The Datong Screen shows reliefs of nine different Chinese dragons typically found in imperial Chinese palaces and gardens. The remains of a palace that burnt to the ground in 1644, visitors can now envisage the original grandeur as the palace undergoes rebuilding.
- Wooden Pagoda in Ying County – The Sakyamuni Pagoda of Fogong Temple was built in 1056 by Emperor Daozong at the site of his grandmother’s family home. The 67.3-meter wooden construction stands on a stone platform and has survived several earthquakes; such is the engineering marvel without a nail, to be the oldest existing wooden pagoda in China.
Why not combine other destinations to your Dantong tour?
- Explore Pingyao – An ancient town located just four hours drive from Datong, Pingyao is beautifully preserved and worth a visit for those want to delve deeper into Chinese culture.
- Visit Taiyuan – Extend your tour with a trip to Taiyuan. Often passed through by travelers making their way to Pingyao or Datong, Taiyuan is worth at least a day trip. Far from being China’s biggest city, it still offers an array of temples, history, and culture that make for excellent sightseeing.
- Take a train – Experience China’s latest mode of travel with a high-speed train trip to Xi’an, now just two and a half hours away.
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The flexibility offered by ChinaTours.com allows travelers on small group and private tours to extend their travels by including a tour of Datong. A visit to Datong can be easily extended by adding to our nearby tours such as one of our Beijing tours, Pingyao or Luoyang tours.
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