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Datong

Datong is a prefecture-level city in northern Shanxi province, People's Republic of China, located in a basin at an elevation of 1,040 metres (3,410 ft) and bordering Inner Mongolia to the north and west and Hebei to the east. It had a population of 3,318,057 at the 2010 census of whom 1,629,035 lived in the built up area made of 3 out of 4 urban districts, namely Chengqu, Kuangqu and Nanjiao. The Hanging Monastery outside of Datong.

Datong is a small city with little experience with foreigners. People here are friendly and curious, and will definitely stare at foreigners. For simple entertainment, stop at a chuanr (meat on a stick) stand near Red Flag square, or Red Flag square itself and chat up the locals.

As of spring 2013, the city is overwhelmingly under construction, and shows no sign of completion anytime soon. Many streets are being torn up while buildings are being torn down; rubble and debris is littered all over the city. Expect taxi rides to take strange, roundabout routes because of the poor roads. Other than the city walls, there is not much to see in the city itself.

Tours
15-day Ancient China Culture Journey

15-day Ancient China Culture Journey

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5-day Datong Mt. Heng Mount Wutai Tour

5-day Datong Mt. Heng Mount Wutai Tour

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5-day Datong Mt. Heng Mount Wutai Tour to visit the world heritage sites Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Temple in Datong, we drive to Wutaishan Mountain to view more religious temples in 5 days. They are all the must-see things that over 1,000 years history.

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7-day Datong Taiyuan Pingyao Shanxi Tour

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Attractions
Hanging Monastery

Hanging Monastery

Hanging Monastery also called Xuankong Si, is a temple stands at the foot of Mountain Hengshan. The temple is about 65 kilometers south of Datong downtown, and could be reached by 1-hour’s drive.

Nine-Dragon Wall Datong

Nine-Dragon Wall Datong

The Nine Dragon Screen Datong, is the oldest and largest screen wall in China, another two similar walls are from Beihai Park and Forbidden City of Beijing.

Shanhua Monastery

Shanhua Monastery

Shanhua Temple covering an area of nearly 14,000 square meters, and the three main buildings are The Gate, the Hall of Three Saints and Daxiong Bao Dian.

Huayan Temple

Huayan Temple

Huayan temple or Huayan Monastery is an ancient temple in downtown area of Datong Shan’xi province; just located on Daxi Street on the south western of the city. The monastery was originally built in Liao Dynasty and was regarded as an ancestral temple for emperors.

Mountain Hengshan

Mountain Hengshan

Mountain Hengshan, also called Ziyue was renowned as "North Mountain (Bei Yue)", one of the Five Sacared Mountains in China. Mt.Heng is located about 62 kilometers south to Datong city, famous for the natural scenery and man-made landscaping.

Yungang Grottoes

Yungang Grottoes

The Yungang cave is located 16km south-west of Datong city, in the valley of the Shi Li river at the base of the Wuzhou Shan Mountains; and can be reached for 30 minutes car.

Tips

Transportation in Datong

Datong airport it is located in the north of Beijiaozao Datong County, about 17 kilometers (10.6 miles from urban Datong). There are flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Changzhi and Guangzhou

Datong Shopping

There are many things to see and buy when you come to the Da Xi Jie, Si Pai Lou and Xiao Nan Jie of Datong, there are malls, department stores, market place & special stores that travelers can find the specialties.

Food & Cuisine in Datong

Datong dish has heavy oil and color, little salt; the stable in Datong are noodles and other food made of flour. Do taste the traditional fishes and local snack when travel to Datong Shanxi province.

Datong Weather & Climate

Datong is located at the northern China, and has continental monsoon climate with four distinguishing seasons. The average annual temperature is around 6.8 degrees Celsius with big temperature difference between day and night.

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