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Private Day Trip to Yungang Grottoes and Hengshan Hanging Temple from Datong

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Datong, China
Private Day Trip to Yungang Grottoes and Hengshan Hanging Temple from Datong

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icon8 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Visit two top attractions of Datong — Hanging Temple and the UNESCO-listed Yungang Grottoes — on a privately guided day trip. Your personalized itinerary provides time to explore one of China's largest grottoes as well as the 5th-century temple built into Hengshan mountain cliff. Lunch and round-trip minivan transport are included.
  • Datong day trip including UNESCO-listed Yungang Grottoes
  • See the Hanging Temple of Hengshan
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by minivan
  • Traditional lunch of Chinese cuisine
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Professional and friendly English speaking guide
Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch
Transportation by private vehicle or minivan

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8:30 AM
Meet your guide at the lobby of your hotel in Datong City Centre
Meet your personal guide and driver upon pickup from your centrally located hotel. You'll depart in the morning for Hanging Temple, about a 1.5-hour drive from Datong. Founded during the Northern Wei period and constructed into the side of Hengshan mountain, Hanging Monastery is the only one of its kind that honors Sakyamuni, Laozi, and Confucius — founders of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism, respectively.

After exploring the architectural complex with your guide, it's time for a restaurant lunch featuring traditional Chinese cuisine. 

Then proceed to the Yungang Grottoes, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Inside the ancient grottoes, you'll find some 51,000 stone Buddhist statues dating to the 5th and 6th centuries. Learn about the significance of this cave art before your private tour ends with return transport to your hotel.
Stop At:  
Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
After pickup from your hotel in Datong at 8:30 am, you will be transferred to the Hengshan Hanging Temple, also called the Hanging Monastery (approx. 1.5 hours). The Hanging Monastery is one of China's most unique and remarkable feats of wooden architecture. The monastery is also the only one built in honor of Sakyamuni, Laozi, and Confucius, who are founders of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, respectively. The monastery was founded during the Northern Wei period (386-584 ad), boasting a history of over 1,400 years. An architectural complex was built on the base of the natural hollows and outcrops along the contour of the cliff.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Yungang Grottoes
Enjoy a traditional Chinese cuisine unch at a local restaurant and then proceed to the Yungang Grottoes. In 2001, the site was listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site. There are 53 grottoes remaining in Yungang with 45 major caves and more than 51,000 stone statues. The Yungang Grottoes are one of China's largest ancient grottoes, alongside the Dunhuang Mogao grottoes, the Longmen Grottoes and the Tianshui Maiji Mountain Grottoes, which are called China's four big grottoes. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Beijing Variarts Tours Activities Ltd
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.

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Our guide, Miller, was very...
Ranney L
, Jun 2017
Our guide, Miller, was very professional, extremely knowledgeable and really friendly. We requested that they could pick us up from the airport, as we arrived in the morning and they were very accommodating and Miller even helped out translating with Air China staff over some lost luggage luckily we got it back, thanks to Miller. The driver is was very good, safe and the car was clean and new. This is definitely a more expensive way of seeing the sights, but if you are short on time, it is the way to go.

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