Datong Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery 1-day from Beijing by Train

1) Taking advantage of the newly built Beijing-Datong bullet train, your day trip to Datong becomes possible. It only takes 2 hours each way. It is something perfect to do if you have an extra day in Beijing.
2) Our guide in Datong is one of the best tour guides, fluent in English, and knowledgeable about Shanxi history and culture. Very experienced in time management also to make sure you enjoy the most.
3) Have a taste of Shanxi-style food at lunch, not found in Beijing.
4) Private tour, so you will have a dedicated team to work for you.

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  • What's included :
    • Lunch - Chinese Shanxi-style dishes and noodles.
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • All Fees and Taxes
    • Bullet train tickets between Beijing and Datong (round-trip)
    • Beijing and Datong train station transfers (from hotel to station and back)
    • English-speaking tour guide extremely knowledgeable about the history.
    • Professional driver in Datong along with a nice car.
    • Entry/Admission - Yungang Grottoes
    • Entry/Admission - Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
    What's excluded :
    • This is a typical itinerary for this product

      Stop At: Yungang Grottoes, Wuzhou Mountain, Urban Area, Datong 37000 China

      The Yungang Grottoes are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture. It is one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites of China. They were built in the period between 460-525 AD during the Northern Wei Dynasty. The grottoes are an outstanding example of Chinese stone carvings from the 5th and 6th centuries. Altogether, the site is composed of 252 grottoes with more than 51,000 Buddha statues and statuettes. In 2001, the Grottoes named a UNESCO World Heritage Site as a "masterpiece of early Chinese Buddhist cave art... [and] ...represent the successful fusion of Buddhist religious symbolic art from south and central Asia with Chinese cultural traditions, starting in the 5th century CE under Imperial auspices."

      Duration: 2 hours

      Stop At: Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Hengshan, Datong China

      The Hanging Temple, also Hanging Monastery or Xuankong Temple, is a temple built into a cliff. Along with the Yungang Grottoes, the Hanging Temple is one of the main tourist attractions and historical sites in the Datong area. With the history of 1,500 years, the temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also the only existing temple with the combination of three Chinese traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. The structure is kept in place with oak crossbeams fitted into holes chiseled into the cliffs. The primary support system hides inside the bedrock. The monastery sits in the small canyon basin. The body of the building hangs from the middle of the cliff under the prominent summit, protecting the temple from rain erosion and sunlight. Coupled with the repair of the dynasties, the color tattoo in the temple is relatively well preserved.

      Duration: 1 hour

    • Departure Point :
      Traveler pickup is offered
      Your train to Datong is at 6:40 am at Beijing North Station. We'll pick you up from your hotel at 5:30 am. Then we will transfer you to Beijing West Train Station to take the bullet train to Datong. Your return train to Beijing is at 6:07 pm and arrives in Beijing at 8:25 pm. We'll meet you at Beijing North Station and transfer you back to your hotel.
      Departure Time :
      Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 3/17/2020 - 10/26/2021
      Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 11:30 PM
      Return Detail :
      Hotel Pickup :
      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Most travelers can participate
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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    Organised by Great Wall Hiking, Camping and Trekking Operator

    Activity ID: V-65186P27

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