On this two day trip you will leave Beijing to visit the famous attractions of Datong: Hanging Monastery, Yungang Grottoes, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, Nine-Dragon Wall. The tour lets you enjoy all the sites at your own pace, with no shopping stops.
Datong is known for its abundant historical relics and natural beauty. Datong is a worthwhile destination for travelers who wish to dig deeper into China's history and culture.
Day 1 Beijing - Datong
You driver will pick you up in the morning from your hotel, and you will be heading to Datong (it will take about 5 hours). Upon arrival in Datong, you will meet your guide. First you are going to have lunch, then visit the Yungang Grottoes, one of the three main sites in China that are famous for their stone sculpture. Yungang Grottoes are considered most famous due to the tremendous size, ancient history, and relatively complete state of preservation.
Later in the day, you will head to the Nine-Dragon Screen. This is a type of screen wall with reliefs of nine different Chinese dragons. Then, you will be driven back to your hotel in Datong (Please book your own hotel in Datong)
Day 2 Datong-Beijing
Your driver and guide will pick you up from your hotel in Datong and you will drive to Hanging Temple. The temple is at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, it is 5 kilometers (3 miles) south of Hunyuan County, and 65 kilometers (40 miles) away from downtown Datong. The temple is an architectural wonder and is called the Hanging Temple because it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge, more than 50 meters above the ground.
In the afternoon, you will visit the famous Pagoda of Fogong Temple. The Pagoda is known as the Wooden Pagoda of Yingxian County, as it is built completely of timber. It is 67.31 meters high and is the only extant large wooden pagoda in China and also the tallest among ancient wooden buildings of the world. After touring the Pagoda, the guide and you will part ways as the driver drives you back to Beijing (the ride is around 5 hours).
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