• Join this tour to see the second-largest of the nearly 51,000 sandstone statues of Buddha in 53 Yungang grottoes. Buddhist cave art began here in Datong, 160 miles west of Beijing, in the fifth century, by Xianbei minority, which ruled North China for over 200 years. Then we check out the wooden Hanging Monastery was built about 1.400 years ago on extremely sheer cliffs of Hengshan Mountain. Bridges and corridors connect the different buildings of the monastery. We will also check out a village and its cave-dwellings, typical rural village of old northern China featuring mud-packed cave like houses, water wells, crops and sheep. The living environment is harsh.


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    Datong in north of Shanxi, north China is known for the second-largest of the nearly 51,000 sandstone statues of Buddha in 53 Yungang grottoes; the wooden Hanging Monastery built about 1.400 years ago on extremely sheer cliffs of Hengshan Mountain. Bridges and corridors connect the different buildings of the monastery.


    What to See


    Yungang Grottoes

    The sunlit giant (at 46 feet high) is the second-largest of the nearly 51,000 sandstone statues of Buddha in 53 Yungang grottoes. Buddhist cave art began here in Datong, 160 miles west of Beijing, in the fifth century, by Xianbei minority, which ruled Northern China for over 200 years.


    The Hanging Monastery

    Located about 80km south-east of Datong, the wooden Hanging Monastery was built about 1.400 years ago on extremely sheer cliffs of Hengshan Mountain. Bridges and corridors connect the different buildings of the monastery. Numerous bronze, iron, stone and clay statues are enshrined in the monastery. In the Three Religions Hall Buddha, Laotze and Confucius are enshrined together.


    Village and Cave-dwellings in Shanxi

    Typical rural vilage of old northern China featuring mud-packed cave like houses, water wells, crops and sheeps. The living environment is harsh.


    Nine-dragon Screen Wall (optional, not included in CCC itinerary)

    Located in the centre of Datong city,  this clay wall is much smaller and not impressive as the one in the Forbidden City in Beijing.

  • 1. Visit the second-largest grottoes in China with nearly 51,000 sandstone statues of Buddha.
    2. Climbing up the narrow wooden Hanging Monastery on sheer cliffs.
    3. Visit the village and cave-dwellings on the barren yellow plateau and experience the hard life of local farmers.

  • Itinerary

    Day 1 Datong / Hengshan(Hanging Monastery) / Yungang Grottoes

                  Take the morning flight to Datong. (CA111 7:00-8:05)
                  Shanghai participants fly into Datong the previous evening and stay overnight : Shanghai Pudong - Datong: MU5247 16:00-18:45
     
    • Take the morning flight to Datong.
    • Drive to the Hanging Monastery, on route, stop by a cave-dwelling village and residence on the yellow plateau.
      The Hanging Monastery is wooden structure built precariously on a sheer cliff. You don't need to climb strenuously up the mountain, the coach stops by the slop near the Hanging Monastery.
    • Have lunch in Hengyuan County.
    • In the afternoon return to Datong for the highlight - Yungang Grottoes, one of the three famous ancient grottoes of China. The sunlit giant (at 46 feet high) is the second-largest of the nearly 51,000 sandstone statues of Buddha in 53 Yungang grottoes. Buddhist cave art began here in Datong, 160 miles west of Beijing, in the fifth century, by Xianbei minority, which ruled Northern China for over 200 years
    • Beijing participants: stay overnight in Datong.
      Yungang Meigao Hotel(L,D)
    Day 2 Datong / Fly Out
    • Take the morning flight back to Beijing. 
    • Please note that the alternative hotels of similar standards will be used if any of the hotels mentioned in the itinerary is unable to provide enough accommodation.
      (B)

    Extended Tour:

    Option 1:  One-day Datong (Hanging Monastery & Yungang Grottoes) + 2 Days Xi'an (Terracotta Warrior Site and others)

    Option 2: This tour can be connected with Laoniuwan Valley, Yellow River and the Shanxi section of the Great Wall (authentic and has fantastic rural landscape), which takes another  two days .

    Option 3:
    You may also connect Datong with Pingyao - an Medieval walled city with Wang or Qiao Family Courtyard Fortress (nicknamed the Forbidden City of Shanxi).  It takes 4.5 hours drive from Datong to Pingyao.

  • 2-day bespoke tour prices
     
    RMB2,800/person/1 people
    RMB2,000/person/2-3 people
    RMB1,800/person/4-5 people
    RMB1,500/person/6-9 people
    10% discount for children under 12.
    Single supplement RM300 for 1 night

    What's Included:
    Private English-speaking guide(s) (selected by CCC)
    Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
    All accommodations based on double-occupancy (Five-star hotels or equivelant boutique hotels)
    All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
    All meals as noted in the itinerary

    What's Not Included:
    Domestic flights and relevant taxes
    (If you want us to book your domestic flights in this itinerary, please let us know.)
    Meals apart from those included in the itinerary
    Expenses of a personal nature
    Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
    Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
    Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
    Travel, health and trip cancellation insurance

    Note:
    We offer our itineraries as suggestions only; all of our tours can be tailored to your individual interests.The above prices may change based on any specific requirements you may have. The extended trip is available upon request.

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