For ancient Buddhist temples
As one of China's acclaimed 24 historic cities, Datong is known for its many ancient relics and captivating natural beauty. Datong was originally the capital of the Northern Wei period, when Buddhism really caught on, and the 'support capital' of the Liao and Jin era's, which reinforced the religion. As a result, a vast number of temples, pagodas and other Buddhist buildings were constructed here.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Datong.
One of Datong's must-see sights, the Yungang Grottoes are situated about 10 miles from the city centre, and records state that it took 50 years to build the grottoes, with more than 40,000 people contributing their services. There are 51,000 statues remaining to this day, in the 53 grottoes left for you to explore, making it one of the largest collections of grottoes in the country.
Perilously built into the side of a cliff, at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, the Buddhist Hanging Monastery is made all the more intriguing by its long support stilts. The halls have been built along the contours of the cliff face, connected by precarious bridges and narrow corridors, and the building as a whole gives a breathtaking insight of Chinese architecture.
The Wooden Pagoda
With Datong known as the 'City of Pagodas', the 900 year old Wooden Pagoda, renowned for its exquisite design and delicate appearance, is one of best in the area.
A selection of our tours to Datong