10 Things to Do in Datong County That You Shouldn't Miss

January 13, 2018 Esmeralda Fenner

Discover the best top things to do in Datong County, China including Yungang Grottoes, Mount Hengshan Scenic Spot, Datong Shizhu Mountain, Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si), Datong Longshan Mountain, ChinaTours Datong Private One, Huayan Temple of Datong, Wuguantun Grotto, Daxiong Hall of Dayu Temple, Datong City Walls.
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1. Yungang Grottoes

Wuzhou Mountain, Urban Area, Datong 37000, China
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4.5 based on 852 reviews

Yungang Grottoes

There are over 50 caves with over 50,000 well-preserved Buddhist statues from the 5th century.

Reviewed By G L - Malaysia

The monk that saw in the valley what looked like the valley in India to start this. That up to 5,000 monks worked and toiled to create this holy place. Craving thousands of Buddha sculptures into the walls of the Mountains. Tunneling into and creating a Buddha built into the mountain and removing the waste from the tunnel. A must see..

2. Mount Hengshan Scenic Spot

Within Hunyuan County, Hunyuan County 037400, China
Excellent
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4 based on 40 reviews

Mount Hengshan Scenic Spot

Reviewed By Meeyoru - York, United Kingdom

The scenery of Hengshan is not as amazing as Huashan. Mostly it's about the group of temples on the mountain. There is passenger Cableway available. The Cableway station is located at the foot of the mountain where the first parking area is. The second parking area is further into the mountain. The tricky thing is to decide if you want to take Cableway. Once you decide, you would have to stick with it. If you drive into the mountain and take Cableway back, your car would be in the second parking area and you are in the first. Same goes to the other way around. There are private cars offering shuttle between parking areas for a fee, but they don't have licence or anything official, purely private. Better bargain for the price beforehand.

3. Datong Shizhu Mountain

Within Datong County, Datong County 037300, China
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5 based on 1 reviews

Datong Shizhu Mountain

Reviewed By motoharuy2016

1番有名な石窟以外にも、多くの石窟があります。お寺、博物館もあり一通り回るには3〜4時間くらいはかかると思います。
大同はアクセスが悪く、来るのが大変ですが、石窟は大きく一見の価値ありだと思います。
入場チケット売り場の下では、荷物も預かってくれるカウンターもあり、観光客に優しい所だと感じました。

4. Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)

Hengshan, Datong, China
Excellent
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4.5 based on 655 reviews

Hengshan Hanging Temple (Xuankong si)

The monastery was built on the cliffs of Mt. Hengshan, one of the five most sacred Mountains in China. The caves and halls are connected by winding corridors and Bridges.

Reviewed By Geminican - San Jose

This is definitely an amazing architecture from ancient China. Because of its location, the best time to visit is first thing in the morning. Be there at the ticket office 10 minutes before the opening. Check the latest opening hours from its website.
Get the ticket, be first in line to go up because there is always a line and they impose a quota limit per day for tourists to protect the temple.
The sunlight shines directly to the temple around 8:30am-10am, which gives you good light for photo shooting. Other times, the temple will not be directly under the sunlight, and will be a dark.
Get it out of the way first so you can move onto your next activities at ease.

5. Datong Longshan Mountain

Jingzhuang Village, Hunyuan County 037400, China
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Datong Longshan Mountain

Reviewed By philter1000 - London, England

Absolutely magnificent, just thinking about how such a temple could be constructed 700 years ago that literally hangs off the side of Hengshan Mountain.
It is not a cheap entry (RMB 125) but the breathtaking view from the top is definitely worth it. Some of the stairways are a little scary but probably thats more to do with hanging over the edge of the mountain!!

6. ChinaTours Datong Private One

Datong County 037000, China

Make full use of your limited time in Datong with our Datong Day Trips. Besides the must-see Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery, we will also arrange tours to local rural village, allowing a direct touch with local life. Plus, we will guarantee you the no-shopping tour with expert guides and experienced drivers to make your stay more memorable.

7. Huayan Temple of Datong

Daxi Street, Urban Area, Datong 037004, China
Excellent
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4 based on 122 reviews

Huayan Temple of Datong

Reviewed By Diane D - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

Compared to some of the other temples we visited in Xi'an and Beijing, this one is relatively quiet, but fairly large in scale. We enjoyed our visit. It is just a few steps away from Fenglin Ge Restaurant, so plan your visit accordingly, you will be just in time for the best meal of your life. Restaurant opens at 5pm.

8. Wuguantun Grotto

Yungang Gou, Urban Area, Datong 037006, China
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5 based on 43 reviews

Wuguantun Grotto

Reviewed By Rowland45 - Iowa City, Iowa

Getting there is a big chore but fortunately it is rewarding. The beginning of the walk through the grottos is a tourist trap full of souvenir stands, but I guess that is to be expected. Once you get past that the site is rather inspirational. The stone carvings are just amazing. The labor and love that it took to make them warms the heart.

9. Daxiong Hall of Dayu Temple

Xingzhuang Village, Xingzhuang Country, Hunyuan County 037400, China
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5 based on 1 reviews

Daxiong Hall of Dayu Temple

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor China Member

出了应县木塔直接左转走到没有仿古建筑为止再往里走到一边是民居一边是全部废墟的地方向左看.穿过一片旧城改造的废墟和成堆的垃圾来到了地图上标的净土寺,寺院几近坍塌正在修理,墙面全靠外面的木头顶住让它不坍塌,内部佛像和壁画全让塑料布包了起来,深入工地,在它还未被修成一座庸俗的假古董前真实记录了一下它的原貌。整个大殿的天花美得令人惊叹惊讶。窒息。分九格,壁画还在但感觉应该是清或民国补得,颜色很好很完整但是和天花的精致程度相比不是一个档次的。尤其大佛头顶的设计被开了4格明床。倘若不是黄昏应该太阳光直射大佛脸部看上去更加佛光四射,建筑年代不详,谁改的不详,只听当地人说和木塔差不多年代

10. Datong City Walls

Centre of Datong, Urban Area, Datong 037000, China +86 130 5030 8766
Excellent
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4 based on 83 reviews

Datong City Walls

Reviewed By AndrewYew - Singapore, Singapore

I am always interested about fortifications so likewise this is very interesting to me. As Datong was a frontier city. Ironically I think this wall saw more fighting between the communists and nationalists in 1946. Anyway good to visit since it is free.

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