Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery Day Trip from Datong

Cultural & Theme Tours in Shanxi

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Datong is famed for its rich deposit of coal as well as precious historical relics. Listen to expert commentaries from your private tour guide and get to know the stories, history, and culture behind those famous sites. You will have your own car, driver and English-speaking tour guide, pickup and drop-off from your hotel, and a Chinese lunch at local restaurant.
At 9:00 am, your car, driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Datong to start today’s historical tour. Your first stop is Yungang Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's construction spanned 40 years in the 5th century. It stretches over half a mile (1,000 meters) continuously from east to west. 45 grottoes remained out of the original 53, and overall they contain 250 niches and 51,000 Buddhist statues with murals and frescoes which are all masterpiece of ancient Chinese carving art and embodiment of ancient people’s religious faith. After having Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, head to Hanging Monastery at the foot of Hengshan Mountain, one hour drive away from city center. The monastery is the only one that enshrines Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism within one establishment. The architecture is amazing and it literally hangs on the mountain cliff about 164 feet (50 meters) above the ground. You will have a look from the outside as climbing up the monastery at the moment is forbidden.After the tour, you will be transfer back to your hotel at around 17:30pm.

What’s included

  • Datong tour escorted by personal English-speaking tour guide
  • Datong hotel pick-up and drop-off by reliable driver and air-conditioned vehicle
  • Entrance tickets
  • Chinese lunch

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)


  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included