The Hanging temple is the national key cultural unit, which is unique as it includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. The temple was constructed in the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534) with a history of 1400 years. The extant monastery was largely rebuilt and maintained in the Ming and Qing dynasties.
The building's features can be summarized as "strange, cliff, and ingenious". Strange- Looking up Hanging Temple in distance, it seems as an exquisitely carved anaglyph set in steep bluffs; if you observe it closely, it looks as if it is flying to the sky. A total of 40 cabins were suspended, which seems to be supported by several wooden columns. In fact, some columns didn't bear the weight.
Yungang Grottoes were chiseled during the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD368-534). It was the first large-scale royal grotto project that was constructed by the state since Buddhism was introduced to China during the Han Dynasty (BC202-AD220). It was included by the UNESCO into the World Heritage List in 2001.
Pick up at the hotel at 9am
Hanging Temple (1. 5h drive)
Hanging Temple, built over 1, 400 years ago during the Northern Wei Dynasty, then rebuilt in the Tang, Jin, Ming, and Qing Dynasties. Standing 50 metres high in the air, the temple is unique not only in its concern for harmony and order, but also in its contents. At the Hanging Temple, its 40 perilous halls and pavilions lean straight over Golden Dragon Canyon. See these beautiful, ancient remnants of Buddhist history with a passionate local guide in tow.
We drive to Yunang Grottoes. Visit the world-famous Yungang Grottoes, with its huge Buddhas carved in AD 460. The kilometer-long monument is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an artistic treasure trove. Made from sandstone, the largest Buddha is a staggering 56-foot tall while the smallest is just a few centimeters high.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Datong hotel, Datong railway station or Datong airport
End location: Datong hotel or Datong railway station
Duration: 8 hours
If there is heavy rain or snow, you cannot go to Hanging Temple. Because going to Hanging Temple is zigzag mountain road.
English-speaking tour guide service fee
Air-conditioned vehicle with a private driver
Gas, toll & parking lot fees
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Nancy was a helpful and informative tour guide and the Hanging Temple and Grottos were amazing! Highly recommend!