• 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
  • 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 Garden Hotel.
  • Shanghai participants: Transfer to the airport for the flight to Shanghai. The flight takes off at around 7:25. 
Day 2 Datong /  Fly Out 
  • Take the morning flight back to Beijing. 
     
  • 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. 
  • Beijing price: RMB 2800 Single Supplement: RMB 250

    Shanghai price: RMB 4200 Single Supplement: RMB 250


    Children's Discounts

    Children ages 2-4 pay 50% of total tour price. (Single supplement would be applied if there is a need of extra bed)
    Children ages 5-7 pay 60% of total tour price.
    Children ages 8-11 pay 80% of total tour price.
    Children ages under 2 pay nothing for the tour but may incur the transport costs listed below:
    Train tickets cost:
    If they require their own berthat on the train they will have to purchase an adult ticket

    Air-tickets costs:
    10% of adult ticket if the child does not require his/her own seat
    50% of adult ticket if the child requires his/her own seat

    CCC calculates its trip prices and books its trip accommodations based on dual-occupancy rooms. Therefore, single travelers who is booking this trip as a lone passenger, and for whom CCC cannot find a room-mate when booking or paying for the trip, will have to pay the “Single supplement”. Should a room-mate be found, the Single Supplement paid shall be refunded.


    CCC services include:

    --Round flights Beijing-Datong or Datong-Shanghai Pudong.
    --1 night accommodation in a 4-star hotel
    --Transfers in customary air conditioned coaches
    --Entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program
    --All sightseeing and transfers with CCC tour leader & local English-speaking tour guide
    --Gratuities to the guide and driver
    --Local travel insurance

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