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Hanging Temple & Yungang Grottoes
(CETtrip to Datong 2017-10-21)
As the second largest city in Shanxi Province, Datong is situated in the far north, near the border with Inner Mongolia, a 6-hour train ride or 5-hour drive from Beijing. Because of such location, Datong has always been the center city in northern China historically and once as the capital of Northern Wei Dynasty for about 1 century (398-493).
In the year of 398, Datong was set up as the capital city of Northern Wei Dynasty (386 -557). In 493, Northern Wei Dynasty moved its capital city to Luoyang. The 97-year as a Northern Wei capital has left huge cultural heritage of that time to Datong.
In a valley at Yungang, there are more than 45 recesses dug into the hills and filled with Buddhist statues of various sizes and shapes, 51,000 altogether, later called Yungang Grottoes ( Cloud Ridge Caves ) listed UNESCO World Heritage in 2001.
At the foot of Mt.Hengshan, 65 kilometers from downtown Datong City is located Hanging Monastery with over 1500-year history, first built 491 AD. The temple hangs on the west cliff of a hill with over 50 meters above the ground, hence Hanging Monastery. The biggest attraction of Hanging Temple is the fact that the temple includes Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism.
Four hundred years later after Northern Wei Dynasty, Datong was designated as the west capital of Liao Dynasty (916 - 1125). Located in the Yingxian County 75 km south of Datong, Yingxian Wooden Pagoda was first built in 1056 during the Liao Dynasty. It is the oldest and largest wooden Buddhist pagoda in existence in the world. It is admired as one of the "Three Wonders of Pagoda in the world" together with Eiffel Tower in France and leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy.
In the city center of Datong, there are many historic sites like Huayan Temple, Nine-dragon Wall and Old Datong City Wall with over 1000-year history.
Highlights of this tour
Featuring the world Heritage, Yungang Grottoes is the must-see for Datong Tour, apart from that, the hanging Temple with its unique stunning structure draws tourists attention. And many other scenic spots in Datong all provided for you in this 2-day tour.
Appreciate over 50,000 various shapes of Buddhist statues in Yungang Grottoes;
Be marveled at the Hanging Temple stand firmly in the dangerously cliff-side;
The 2-day CLASSIC itinerary will make you not only get the essential parts of Datong city, but also fully enjoy the the nature hot spring at night.
Day1: Beijing-Datong-Yungang Grottoes, Live in Datong.
Day2: Shanhua Temple-Nine-dragon Wall-Datong City Wall-Hanging Temple-Beijing
Note: If the Hanging Temple is closed, we will have to skip it.
Basic Tour Information
Activity place: Datong City Shanxi province
Activity date: Mar.30th-31th
Meeting point 1:Weigongchun subway station, line 4, Exit B
Meeting time: 6:35am
Leaving time: 6:40 (no waiting)
Meeting point 2: Huixinxijie Nankou Subway Station, Exit B
Meeting time: 7:00am
Leaving time: 7:05(no waiting)
Meeting point 3: South gate of BLCU
Meeting time: 7:25am
Leaving time: 7:30(no waiting)
Traffic tools: Travelling Bus
Trip Fee: Round bus fee+Hotel+CET Guide Fee
Normal Price: 425RMB
Half Discount Price: 215RMB/pax if you share this post on your moment and @10 friends.
VIP Price：395RMB/pax (Click it o join CET VIP)
Kids Price: 155RMB if Children are less than 1.2m and no needs bed.
Participants: 200 foreigners with Chinese!
Booking Hotline: Jon 18514203469 / Jane: 15510307192 (English & Mandarin)
Statement: No changing to other CETtrips or refund once you book your seats, but you can share it to your friend if you want to cancel.
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Statement about the trip fee
What is included in the cost?
Transportation: Round traveling bus fee from Beijing to Datong and back from Datong to Beijing.
Hotel: 2 people share one room, independent washroom.
Datong City Wall Entrance tickets
Nine Dragon Wall Entrance tickets
Shanhua Temple Entrance tickets
CET guide fee for whole trip
2 Days outdoor insurance
What is not included in the cost?
Entrance tickets of YunGang Grottoes is 125RMB, Students can get discount.
Entrance tickets of Hanging Temple is 30RMB, geting on the temple is 100RMB, students can get discount. (If it is not open, then we will skip it)
Note: We want to have a positive effect everywhere we go, we don’t take commissions or kickbacks, and we don’t take you on detours for shopping.
About the Local Food: Local staple in Datong is mainly noodles and other food made of flour. In addition to the commonly seen Shanxi Noodles, various local snacks may give you a different experience of taste.
Liangfen (Cool Agar): Liangfen is made of potato flour or Chinese yam flour. It is a bit softer than vermicelli and chewier than common noodles. The liangfen can be blocks as well as strips according to people's liking. Adding in salt, bean sauce, vinegar, chilli oil and some shredded cucumber and caraway, the liangfen tastes much cool and refreshing.
Shaomai (Pork Dumplings) in Datong is also worth mention. As one of the main dishes in the feast of Datong, Shaomai satisfies people's appetite by its flower-like appearance and strong flavor meat stuffing.
Food: We would take most of our meals at local restaurants where we are visiting. Please take some snacks during thetrip as we will spend a lot of time on bus. Bring enough cash because ATM isnot available everywhere at local attractions.
Things to bring: Passport; Student card orbook; cash; Waterproof jacket andtrousers; Sturdy shoes, hiking boots if possible; Camera and charger,batteries; Mobile phone, charger; Hayfever medication; Tissues and wipes.
Please take your student book for this trip. Master and PHD don't work. Our leader will trip to get discount entrancetickets for the group
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【Day1】Beijing-Datong-Yungang Grottoes, Live in Datong City
Leave south gate of BLCU for Datong city ; it will take us around 5 hours to arrive at Datong City. Then have lunch when we arrive.
Today’s tour starts to visit the famous Yungang Grottoes, The Yungang Grottoes are ancient Chinese Buddhist temple grottoes. They are excellent examples of rock-cut architecture and a famous ancient Buddhist sculptural sites of China. World Cultural Heritage, which hold 53 grottoes with 51,000 statues. The Grottoes are the highlight of your visit to Datong, for it is the treasure of traditional Chinese art that also influenced by Greek and Indian style.
After Yungang Grottoes, we will head back to Datong city and have dinner then stay overnight in Datong City.
【Day2】Shanhua Temple-Nine-dragon Wall-Datong City Wall-Hanging Temple-Beijing
Get up around 7:20am and the have breakfast, check out and leave to Shanhua Monastery before 8:00
Shanhua Monastery consists of a set of well-preserved buildings of Liao Dynasty (905-1125). Then, continue to have a look at Nine Dragon Screen, the oldest and largest glazed screen in China. The dragons on the wall appear so vivid and marvelous that you can’t imagine they were built over 600 years ago. Later, head for Huayan Temple, a key cultural site from Liao Dynasty, keeps the largest wooden structure of Buddhist temple hall, with elegant mural and scriptures engraved here.
And then we will go to visit Datong City Wall. The local government has done a good job to update and maintain the city wall to allow younger generation to understand history of the city of Datong. The structure was built recently, copying the old wall erected 800 years ago as much as possible. New and old district of Datong can be viewed on top of this wall, showing the drastic difference modernisation can be so powerful and critical for development of a city.
After Lunch, you will move to Hanging Temple for one hour’s driving. Here you have enough time to unlock the mystery of why this unusual temple could stand in the precarious position. Hanging Temple: at the foot of Mt. Hengshan, it sits serenely along steep cliffs. Standing 60 meters high in the air, its 40 perilous halls and pavilions lean straight over the Canyon. Far from the crowd, you can’t help to wonder at the ancients’ wisdom and integrate of nature.
Around 15:30 we will head back to beijing.
Please be advised that there will be approximately 10-45 travelers per group
The above itinerary is for reference only, and is subject to change due to the weather conditions
Please inform us of any dietary restrictions and allergies if you booked our tour. Please remember to bring any medication that you need with you
Pregnant women, guests with heart attacks, high blood pressure, respiratory diseases, severe colds, and those who are not suitable for outdoor hiking are advised to carefully decide whether or not to travel according to their own conditions or doctor's advice
We will contact you between 8:00pm-10:00pm a day before you travel to reconfirm the pick up time and place. Please keep your contact lines or channels available. If you have not received any confirmation after 10:00pm, please contact customer service.
In case of severe inclement weather or other environmental problems beyond control that causes the tour to be unable to proceed, participants can opt for a reschedule.
Things to bring
Comfortable, sturdy shoes, and a spare pair of shoes to change into at the end of the day.
Bring a few changes of clothes, including something warm for night time.
It's highly recommended you bring a waterproof outer layer and rain jacket.
Bring a book or pack of cards in case you get bored during the driving between the villages. (We don't think you'll get bored!)
Bring you camera and chargers for all your electronics.
Bring a backpack to hold water and food for the hiking. Bring a duffle bag or suitcase for the rest of your things – we can leave that at the hotel or on the bus.
Meals, water and snacks arenot all provided; bring extra snacks if you like!
Bring personal toiletries (shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste etc) and small towel.
Bring any personal medicine you might need. Your guide will have a basic first aid kit.
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