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Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery From Datong

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Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery From Datong

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Take time out from Datong to see two of north China’s historical highlights on this private 8-hour Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery tour. View the 5th-century Yungyang Grottoes, a series of rock-cut caves filled with Buddha statues. Plus, check out the Hanging Monastery, whose ornate medieval temples are suspended from a cliff face. Learn about both sites from a private guide on a tour that includes a Chinese lunch, entrance fees, and private transport.
  • Private 8-hour Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery trip from Datong
  • Visit the Yungang Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site of cliff caves filled with Buddha statues
  • Discover the Hanging Monastery, a 1,500-year-old monastery suspended from a cliff face
  • Climb up to explore the temples or enjoy the views from the ground
  • Entrance fees and Chinese lunch included
  • Personalized attention from a private guide, plus private transport and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Datong hotel pick-up and drop-off
English-speaking tour guide
Entrance ticket
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8:30 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

Hotel pick-up area should be within the central Datong city.
Depart your Datong hotel with your guide and driver, and begin your 8-hour tour by private, air-conditioned vehicle. Sit back and take in the views of rural northern China and the Wuzhou Shan mountains as you journey toward the UNESCO-listed Yungang Grottoes.

On route, hear intriguing facts about this historical wonder from your guide. Dating from the 5th century, the site features 252 cliffside grottoes and niches filled with thousands of hand-carved Buddha statues, making it a masterpiece of Buddhist cave art.

On arrival, tour the grottoes that spread just over half a mile (1 kilometer) from east to west. Admire the largest, 55-foot (17-meter) Buddha in the fifth cave, and enter some caverns to admire the Buddha figurines, and colorful wall murals and decorations.

Break for a Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, and then travel onward to the Hanging Monastery, built into the Hengshan Mountain, south of Datong.

The only existing monastery dedicated to all three religions of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, this incredible structure was originally built about 1,500 years ago, and hangs from a sheer cliff face about 246 feet (75 meters) above the ground.

Topped by ornate upswept roofs, this monastery is supported by crossbeams driven into the cliff, and consists of 40 rooms connected by corridors and bridges, and filled with about 80 bronze, iron, and clay statues.

Admire the building from below or, if the monastery is open on the day, climb the steep steps to explore the walkways and chambers. Drink in the stunning views from the cliff face, and see the rock overhang above that shelters the temples from the worst of the elements.

After admiring the monastery, drive back Datong where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: the Hanging Monastery is occasionally closed for renovation or repairs. If this is the case on your tour, you will not be able to climb up to the rooms, and your visit will involve viewing the buildings from the ground.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Yungang Grottoes
At 8:30 am, your car, driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Datong to start today’s historical tour. Your first stop is Yungang Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's construction spanned 40 years in the 5th century. It stretches over half a mile (1,000 meters) continuously from east to west. 45 grottoes remained out of the original 53, and overall they contain 250 niches and 51,000 Buddhist statues with murals and frescoes which are all masterpiece of ancient Chinese carving art and embodiment of ancient people’s religious faith.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
After that, head to Hanging Monastery at the foot of Hengshan Mountain, one hour drive away from city center. The monastery is the only one that enshrines Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism within one establishment. The architecture is amazing and it literally hangs on the mountain cliff about 164 feet (50 meters) above the ground. You will have a look from the outside as climbing up the monastery at the moment is forbidden. After the tour, you will be transfer back to your hotel at around 17:30pm.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • You will receive details about tour guide and exact meeting time in your voucher the day before. And the tour guide will also contact you through hotel or leave a message for you regarding the exact time the night before tour.
  • Lunch is not included in this tour. But you can have a lunch break at any time if needed, just let your tour guide know.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • The Hanging Monastery is occasionally closed for renovation or repairs. If this is the case on your tour, you will not be able to climb up to the rooms, and your visit will involve viewing the buildings from the ground.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery From Datong?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery From Datong?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery From Datong?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery From Datong?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Great tour of these sites. The Grottoes...
Barbara R
, Oct 2016
Great tour of these sites. The Grottoes were our favourite - not to be missed. Our guide was excellent, he spoke good english and was very helpful. Only down for this tour was the price - very expensive for a day tour. We did other tours in China and none were anywhere near the price of this one.

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