2 Days Tour for Yungang Grottoes Cave in Datong
Day 1 (L or D)
Pick you up from your hotel or railway station in Datong and then to visit the Yungang Grottoes(Cloud Ridge Caves), Huayan Monastery, Shanhua Monastery and Nine Dragon Screen. Stay overnight at Datong Hotel.
- Yungang Grottoes: A treasure house of rare and splendid Chinese sculptures enjoys worldwide fame. These grottoes are the main reason most people make it to Datong. The grottoes contain over 50,000 Buddihist statues and stretch for about 1 km east to west.
-Huayan Monastery: This monastery is on the western side of Datong city. The original monastery dates back to AD 1140 and the reign of Emperor Tian Ju'an of the Jin dynasty. The entire complex is being developed into a regional museum.
-Shanhua Monastery: Built during the Tang dynasty, rebuilt in AD 1120, further restoration was done during the Ming dynasty. The main hall contains statues of 24 divine generals. There is a small dragon screen within the monastery grounds.
-Nine Dragon Screen: One of Datong's several 'dragon screens'-tiled walls depicting fire-breathing dragons. It was originally part of the gate of the palace of Ming dynasty emperor Ming Taizu's 13th son, and is 8m high, over 45m long and 2m thick.
Day 2 (B, L, D)
Pick you up from your hotel. Visit Suspending Temple (Hanging Monastery) and the Wooden Pagoda. Drive you to your hotel or to the railway station.
-Suspending Temple(Hanging Monastery): This monastery is just outside the town of Hunyuan, 65km south-east of Datong. Built precariously on sheer cliffs above Jinlong Canyon,the monastery dates back more than 1400 years. Its halls and pavilions were built along the contours of the cliff face using the natural hollows and outcrops. The buildings are connected by corridors, bridges and boardwalks and contain bronze, iron and stone statues of gods and buddhas.
-Wooden Pagoda: This 11-century pagoda at Yingxian, 70km south of Datong, is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the world. It's said that not a single nail was used in the onstruction of the nine-storey, 97m structure.