Best places to visit in China: Our pick #10
Home to a number of historical relics, Datong is a curious city that blends genuine history with recreated sites of cultural significance – a result of a former mayor’s plan to increase tourism to the area. Regardless of when it was built, there is no denying that the sight of the magnificent walls, lit up by traditional lanterns, is certainly one to behold. While there is plenty to see and do within the city itself, some of its best sites are located just a little outside. One of the main reasons so many people flock to Datong is to see the Yungang Grottoes, a collection of caves filled with over 51,000 statues of Buddha, dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries. A little further out, but well worth the journey, is the Hanging Temple, a place of worship that was built into the side of a sheer cliff over 1,500 years ago.