Meals: Chinese lunch
Pick up from your hotel or train station in Datong in the moning, visit Yungang Grottoes first. The Yungang Grottos, one of the three leading grottoes in China, is located in the south of Wuzhou Mountain, at the north bank of Ten-mile River, about sixteen kilometers west of Datong, Shanxi Province. The Yungang Grottos, extending one kilometer from east to west, were excavated into the mountain. There are 254 grottos with 45 major grottos and 51000 stone sculptures. Representing the highest level of world carving art in the fifth century, the Yungang Grottoes is considered the peak of the Chinese Buddhism artwork. In December 2001, the Yungang Grottoes was listed in "World Culture Inheritance List - by UNESCO and was included in the nation’s first list of tourist areas at 5A level in May 2001.
After that, visit Huayan Temple on the western side of Datong city, the largest and most well preserved temple of the Liao (916-1125) and Jin (1115-1234) dynasties in China.
After lunch, have a close look at Nine Dragon Screen, one of the three noted Nine Dragons Screens in China. The glazed tile screen was built in 1771 during the administration of Emperor Qianlong. It is 3.5 meters high and about 30 meters long. It consists of 270 pieces glazed tiles, having 9 featuring dragons playing with pearls with a background of clouds and sea water. Transferred back to your designated hotel or train station in Datong.
Then visit Datong Museum. The museum covers an area of 5600 square meters, of which 1,800 square meters exhibition area, has now become the second largest museum in Shanxi Province, 1.3 million pieces of cultural relics, a product 132. Most of the local archaeological finds. Meet the public more than pieces of precious relics in 1000, half of the initial display of rare collections.
Meals: Hotel breakfast and Chinese lunch
Pick up from your hotel Datong in the morning. First drive to Hanging Temple. The Hanging Temple was first built over 1400 years ago in the Northern Wei Dynasty and rebuilt in the Tang, Jin, Ming and Qing Dynasties. This temple is unique not only in its concern for harmony and order, but also in its constructional techniques and in its elaborate design. The Temple is unique because it is neither purely Buddhist nor purely Daoist, but a combination of Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism.
After lunch, move on to Yingxian County to visit the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, the oldest and largest wooden Buddhist pagoda in existence in the world. The pagoda is a 9 story octagonal building 67 meters high. It was was built without using any nails. 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. Lunch included. After today's tour, you will be transferred by private car or van back to your hotel or train station in Datong.
No.1101 Jinhu International Building A , Datong Shanxi, Datong, China