Eastern city wall Belt Park Tours – Datong, Shanxi Province, China

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A collection of fine sculptural art from different dynasties can be found in Datong. The golden time for ancient Datong was the Northern Wei Dynasty when Datong was taken as the capital city for nearly one hundred years and in the Liao Dynasty when the city was taken as the second capital city for nearly two hundreds years. The sculpture art demonstrated in Yungang Grottoes, Huayan Temple and Shanhua Temple opened a new era in the sculpture history of China. As the home of nearly 100,000 pieces of ancient sculpture, Datong is reputed as ‘Sculpture Capital City of China’. As a model of the combination of sculpture and city planning the Eastern City Wall Belt Park is constituted with the city moat, a sink-style courtyard, green belt, sculpture squares etc. which creates a magnificent view together with eastern city wall. The Eastern City Wall Belt Park is 2 kilometers long and 210 meters wide covering an area of 450,000 square meters. There are altogether six sculpture squares with an area of 2,500 square meters each one with six individual sculptures as its theme. These give every visitor a taste of the human environment and the profound history of the city.

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