Carved sandstone Buddhist figures st the Datong Yungang Caves

Datong - 4 days

An ancient cultural city dating back more than 2,000 years, Datong is located in Northern Shanxi Province. The Datong region’s biggest attraction is the UNESCO-listed Yungang Caves. Built more than 1,500 years ago, the 53 caves are a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist art comprising of a fine collection of carved-sandstone Buddhist figures. In it's heyday some 51'000 statues in 1000 grottoes were present.

Day 1 – Overnight train to Datong
From Beijing you take an overnight sleeper train to Datong. Overnight - Sleeper Train

Day 2 - Datong
You arrive into Datong early giving you a whole day to explore the area. Take a guided sightseeing walk around the Yungang Grottoes (some of the first and grandest of Buddhist grottoes containing intricately carved buddhas of all shapes and sizes), Huayan Temple, Nine Dragon Wall and Shanua Temple. The Nine Dragon Wall is a 600-year-old Nine-Dragon Screen made up of glazed tiles, the 50-m ceramic wall depicts a fire breathing dragon. Overnight - Datong

Day 3 - Datong
Today you head over to the Hanging Temple and the Wood Pagoda for more sightseeing. The Hanging Temple is a sight to behold and is a structure that seriously defies gravity. Constructed on an impossibly precipitous rockface, it literally hugs the cliff. Overnight – Datong

Day 4 – Train to Beijing
This morning you take the day train back to Beijing

Additional Information

  • Starts: Beijing / Ends: Beijing
  • All prices featured are based on 2 passengers travelling and surcharges apply for one passenger travelling. This is on top of the usual single supplement.
  • Please also note that supplements may apply over the Christmas/New Year period. No bolt-ons operate over May Day (01-07 May) or National Day (01 - 07 Oct) holidays in China due to overwhelming domestic tourist demand for local hotels and services.

What's Included

  • 1 overnight train (soft sleeper cabin) from Beijing to Datong.
  • 1 first class soft seater train journey from Datong to Beijing.
  • 2 nights 3 star accommodation including all meals at Datong.
  • 2 days guided sightseeing through the Datong region.
  • Local transfers apropriate to bolt-on.
  • Entrance fees applicable to excursions.
  • Services of an English speaking local guide during scheduled sightseeing

Applicable Prices

Dates Price/Person Single Supp.
Datong - 4 days All Dates USD $749 USD $129

Datong - 4 days is available on the following trips

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