Pingyao 2-Day Private Tour to Datong: Hanging Temple, Yungang Grottoes and More

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Join this comprehensive 2-day private tour to Datong from Pingyao. Alongside an expert guide, explore two spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple. Besides, you will also visit the Nine Dragon Screen and Datong City Wall. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city. This private tour including English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, lunches, travel by private vehicle during the tour. You can choose to end your tour...
Join this comprehensive 2-day private tour to Datong from Pingyao. Alongside an expert guide, explore two spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple. Besides, you will also visit the Nine Dragon Screen and Datong City Wall. Gain valuable insight into the rich history of the city. This private tour including English speaking tour guide, entrance fee, lunches, travel by private vehicle during the tour. You can choose to end your tour in Datong or return Pingyao. Please book your own hotel in Datong.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Pingyao -Xuankongsi-Datong

Pass By: Ancient City of Pingyao, In Pingyao County, Pingyao County 031100 China
Your tour guide will hold your name sign waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel, then heading directly to Hanging Temple which takes 3 hours, your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories along the way, feel free to ask questions if you have.

Stop At: Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Hengshan, Datong China
The hanging temple is the only existed temple hosting worship for the Taoists, Confucians and Buddhists. Built in 491 A.D, Hanging Temple is an architectural wonder because it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50 meters above the ground. An unique mechanical theory was applied to building the framework. Crossbeams were half-inserted into the rock as the foundation, while the rock in back became its support. Seen from below, it...
Itinerary

Day 1: Pingyao -Xuankongsi-Datong

Pass By: Ancient City of Pingyao, In Pingyao County, Pingyao County 031100 China
Your tour guide will hold your name sign waiting for you in the lobby of your hotel, then heading directly to Hanging Temple which takes 3 hours, your tour guide will explain the related histories and stories along the way, feel free to ask questions if you have.

Stop At: Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Hengshan, Datong China
The hanging temple is the only existed temple hosting worship for the Taoists, Confucians and Buddhists. Built in 491 A.D, Hanging Temple is an architectural wonder because it hangs on the west cliff of Jinxia Gorge more than 50 meters above the ground. An unique mechanical theory was applied to building the framework. Crossbeams were half-inserted into the rock as the foundation, while the rock in back became its support. Seen from below, it appears to be a tumble-down castle in the air. Inside, it provides the same scene as other temples. Hanging Monastery is an architectural wonder. A unique mechanical theory was applied to building the framework. Crossbeams were half-inserted into the rock as the foundation, while the rock in back became its support. Seen from below, it appears to be a tumble-down castle in the air. Inside, it provides the same scene as other temples. The architecture embodies a great cultural achievement of Chinese people.

Follow your tour guide to experience the 1400 years architectural wonder, get to learn the history of three major religions in China and how these believes been used into the architecture.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Datong (Please book your own hotel in Datong in advance)
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Day 2: Yungang Grottoes-Nine Dragon Screen- City Wall

Stop At: Yungang Grottoes, Wuzhou Mountain, Urban Area, Datong 37000 China
Meet your tour guide in the lobby of your hotel, then start your tour from Yungang Grottoes.

Located at the southern foot of the Wuzhou Mountain, the Yungang Grottoes were built against the mountain and extend about one km (0.62 miles) from east to west. Comprising 252 caves and 51,000 statues within a carved area of 18,000 square meters.

Yungang Grottoes represent the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China during the 5th and 6th centuries. The Five Caves created by Tan Yao, with their strict unity of layout and design, constitute a classical masterpiece of the first peak of Chinese Buddhist art.

While influenced by Buddhist cave art from South and Central Asia, Yungang Grottoes have also interpreted the Buddhist cave art with distinctive Chinese character and local spirit. As a result, Yungang Grottoes have played a vitally important role among early Oriental Buddhist grottoes and had a far-reaching impact on Buddhist cave art in China and East Asia.

Yungang Grottoes were added to the World Cultural Heritage List in December 2001.

Walk with your tour guide to explore the grottoes and niches, get to know its history and culture. Since this is a private tour, feel free to ask questions during the tour.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Nine Dragon Screen, Yanghe Street, Cheng District, Datong 037000 China
Next, follow your tour guide to check out the oldest and largest glazed screen in China. Built over 600 years ago, Nine Dragon Screen in Datong presently the oldest and largest glazed screen in China today. Admire the massive screen and learn its history and background with your tour guide.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Datong City Walls, Centre of Datong, Urban Area, Datong 037000 China
Enjoy lunch in the local restaurant, after that, follow your tour guide to explore the city wall.

The Datong City Wall with a long history going back to the North Wei Dynasty (386~557), the City Wall is truly magnificent. Since ancient times, Datong has been a place of great strategic importance, especially when in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), it became the door of the country's capital, through the protective screen of Shanxi province, and a safeguard of the Yellow River Plain.

After the tour finished, your can choose to end your tour in Datong or travel back to Pingyao.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Lunch
No accommodation included on this day.

Important Details

Included
  • Entry/Admission - Nine Dragon Screen
  • Entrance Fee
  • Entry/Admission - Yungang Grottoes
  • Entry/Admission - Datong City Walls
  • Travel by private vehicle
  • 2x Lunch
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Bottled Water
  • Private Tour
  • Entry/Admission - Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)
Not Included
  • Gratuites
  • Accommodation
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Your tour guide will hold your name sign waiting in the lobby of your hotel by holding your name sign

Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Stroller accessible
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.