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Transfer from Jiangxi Grand Hotel in Beijing (hotel booked independently to this trip) to the train station for your overnight train to Datong. 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 a fine collection of carved-sandstone Buddhist figures. In all, some 51,000 statues were created, though today there aren’t quite as many.
Arriving in Datong, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You'll have plenty of time to explore the Yungang caves, before the excursion continues to the Huayan and Shanghua temples and the Nine Dragon Wall (a 600-year-old Nine-Dragon Screen made up of glazed tiles, the 50-m ceramic wall depicts a firebreathing dragon).
Heng Shan's most impressive buliding is the ‘Hanging Temple’ (whose Chinese name literally translates as 'temple suspended in the void'). Some structures defy the rules of architecture and gravity and the ‘Hanging Temple’ is one of them. Constructed on an impossibly precipitous rockface, the temple literally hugs the cliff. Tall, narrow stairs and plank walkways connect the 6 halls of the temple, which comprise of natural caves and ledges fronted with wooden facades. Uniquely, here, shrines exist to all of China's main religions, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Datong's gargantuan sites never cease to amaze. We also visit the Wood Pagoda.
Transfer to the train station today for you seater train back to Beijing, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Departure transfer to the airport.
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