Datong is about 4.5 hours car riding from Beijing. Due to the relatively short distance from Beijing and the rich cultural relics, Datong is regarded as one of the popular destination for a Beijing side trip. On this 2 days private tour, tourists would take the private vehicle throughout the tour to enjoy a comfortable touring experience.
Attractions: Yungang Grottoes, Nine Dragon Screen, Shanhua Monastery (Lunch)
In the early morning your driver in Beijing will meet you at hotel lobby. Then you will take the flight to Datong. Upon arrival met by your guide and driver in Datong. Then pay a visit to Yungang Grottoes, one of the 4 greatest Buddhist grottoes in China. The earliest grottoes there were excavated in the 5th century. And nowadays there are 51 caves and 5100+ Buddha figures left. From the Buddha figures visitors will learn about the facts about local history, art, music, dance, and architecture in ancient time. Then we will drive to Datong downtown area to visit Nine Dragon Screen. This 600 year-old screen wall was built in the early Ming Dynasty by the 13th son of the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang in front of his mansion. The screen is 8 meters tall, and 45.5 meters long. Beside the dragon figures, the plants and animals figures are also the highlights of the screen. You will also pay a visit to Shanhua Monastery, a Buddhist temple which has a history of 1200+ years.
At 08:00 the guide and driver will meet you at hotel lobby. After hotel pickup you will firstly be escorted to visit Hanging Monastery. The monastery was built on cliff which is 75 meters above the ground and till today it has a history of 1400+ years. The ingenious structure of the temple and its position in Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism are the main attraction points of it.
After lunch in a local area we will drive toward Wooden Pagoda in Yingxian County. The pagoda was built in 1056, since it is a pure wooden structure people usually call it Wooden Pagoda. In 2016, the pagoda was acknowledged as the world’s tallest wooden pagoda by Guinness World Record.
After the tour, you will take the flight back to Beijing. Met by local driver and transfer to your hotel.
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Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!
Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.
For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.