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Overnight tour to Datong (Grottoes, Hanging Monastery)
May 6-7 , 2017

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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.


 
Highlights

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.

         
   
         
         
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More about 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.

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.

 
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