• Datong
    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.

    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.

    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.

    Ancient City Xian
    Xi'an is 1200 kms southwest of Beijing (1hour and forty minute flight); 1084 kms northwest of Shanghai (2 and half hours flight). Xian had long been the capital of ancient China. The emperor Qin Shihuang went on to establish the first imperial capital of China in Chang'an (present day Xi'an). For centuries, the Chinese Empire was governed from this location, and Chang'an remained largely its political hub until the end of the Tang dynasty around 900 AD.

    Located at the eastern end of the Silk Road, Xi'an is home to some of the most spectacular sights in China, including the UNESCO-listed mausoleum of Emperor Shihuang with its thousands of life-sized terracotta warriors and their horses. Xi'an's excellent museum is one of the best in China, with Tang Dynasty pottery figurines and other relics. The Muslim Quarter, the Great Mosque, and the spectacular City Walls are all great historical sites.

    The lesser known Terracotta Army of Hanyangling, or nicknamed nude figures of warriors" is the mausoleum of the Western Han Emperor Liu Qi and his wife, the Empress Wangi, is located in the village of Zhanjianan on the Loess Plateau 20 km North of Xianyang City and some 22 kilometers from both Xianyang airport and Xi'an.

    The 81 pits contained terracotta goods for the afterlife including thousands of animals, dogs, sheep, goats and pigs all formally laid out ready for slaughter. There were stoves, grain jars, wine vessels, horses and chariots all intended for the Emperor's use in the next life. And mostly what amazed historians even more was the discovery of thousands of nude and semi-nude, armless figures of warriors one third life-size.

    So no visit to Xi'an should be considered complete tour to China without at least a stop here.

  •  3-day Tour to Datong (Grottoes) & Xi'an (Terracotta Warriors)

  • * The Xi'an city is surrounded by a well-preserved defensive wall which was re-constructed during the Ming Dynasty.
    * The Mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang and his Terracotta Army, located 40 kms to the east of the city's suburbs, is regarded as one of the seventh world wonders.
    * The city's Muslim quarter is home to the Great Mosque of Xi'an.
    * The Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Small Wild Goose Pagoda are both spectacular towers.
    * Datong has China's second-largest grottes in China in with nearly 51,000 sandstone statues of Buddha.
    * Climb up the narrow wooden Hanging Monastery on sheer cliffs.
    * Visit the village and cave-dwellings on the barren yellow plateau and experience the hard life of local farmers.

  • Most time of the year. The climates in Datong & Xi'an are similar to that in Beijing, which is cold in winter and hot in summer.

  • Suggested Itinerary

    Day 1 Datong (Yungang Grottos) Hengshan (Hanging Monastery) / Xi'an 

    • Beijing departure: Beijing-Datong CA1119 (06:50-08:00)
    • Shanghai departure: fly in the previous evening.  Shanghai Pudong - Datong: MU5247 (17:10 - 19:50)
      If you go from other locale, we will check the available train or flights from your locale to Datong.
    • Upon arrival, drive one hour to Hanging Monastery.
      wooden structure built precariously on a sheer cliff. You don't need to climb strenuously up the mountain, the bus stops by the slop near the Hanging Monastery.
    • Stop by a cave-dwelling village and residence on the yellow plateau, and then have lunch in Hengyuan County.
    • In the afternoon, visit the Yungang Grottoes in the suburb of Datong. 
      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.
    • Transfer to the airport for the flight to Xi'an and stay overnight in Xi'an. 

     Day 2  Xi'an City

    • Visit the world famous excavation site - the Terracotta Warriors, thousands of life-sized soldiers, officers, horses and wagons, form a component of the underground army buried to protect the first emperor of China during his afterlife - he is also builder of the Great Wall.
    • In the late afternoon stroll leisurely along glorious Ming-era city walls of the ancient city Xi'an.
    • Try the authentic muslim food as dinner.
    • Stay overnight in Xi'an.

    Day 3   Xi'an City / Fly out

    • Visit the Shaanxi History Museum, meandering through its halls of ancient treasures that trace back more than 1,000 years of Chinese history, and evidence the important role Xi'an played as a center of development for Buddhism.
    • Tour the Small Goose Pagoda - one of China's most famous pagodas.
    • Enjoy a various dumpling feast.
    • Explore the winding alleys of the Muslim Quarter with its unique Great Mosque, and have some free time to shop around in the bazaar.
    • Head to the lesser known Terracota Army of Hanyangling, or nicknamed “nude figures of warriors.”which is located in the village of Zhanjianan on the Loess Plateau 20 km North of Xianyang City and some 22 kilometers from both Xianyang airport and Xian. 
      It is the Mausoleum of the Western Han Emperor Liu Qi and his wife, the Empress Wangi, and is The 81 pits contained terracotta goods for the afterlife including thousands of animals, dogs, sheep, goats and pigs all formally laid out ready for slaughter. There were stoves, grain jars, wine vessels, horses and chariots all intended for the Emperor's use in the next life. What amazed historians even more was the discovery of thousands of nude and semi-nude, armless figures of warriors one third life-size.
    • Fly out Xi'an
      Xi'an--Beijing by air around 20:30-22:30
      Xi'an-Shanghai Hongqiao by air around 20:30 -22:30
    • Please note that the flights or timing of flights mentioned in the above itinerary may change subject to ticket availability and airline scheduling. Alternative hotels of similar standards will be used if any of the hotels mentioned in the itinerary is unable to provide enough accommodation.
    • Flights from Datong to Xi'an are only available on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings.

  • CCC does not offer regular set packages for this tour. However we are happy to help you plan a private custom-made one. Please scroll this web page down to check prices and propose a date and your own group.