Located in the northern part of Shanxi Province, Datong is the second largest city in the province and well known as the “City of the Coal”, a leading coal-production center.
Datong is one of the 24 famed historical and cultural cities in China thanks to its ever profound history, which can be dated back to 2,400 years ago. Such prosperous history leaves this city with fabulous historical and cultural relics. Yungang Grottoes are an apparent example, a cluster of caves brimming with over 51,000 Buddhist sculptures.
Thanks to its abundant mineral resources, mainly coal, Datong n...
The public transportation in Datong is well developed. Intercity buses and taxis are available for local transportation, and various trains and airlines connect the city to many major cities in and out of China.
Transport between Datong Airport and the urban area is convenient by the shuttle bus or taxi. The shuttle bus heading for the airport starts in front of the Continental Hotel at No.88 Binxi Street of Yingbin Road (West) in Datong City.
In addition to the Datong Airport, Taiyuan Wusu Airport is the nearest airport available to Datong acting as a transfer statio...
Located in Yingxian County, about 70 km south of Datong, the Wooden Pagoda is the oldest and highest wooden structure in China and is regarded as the “First Pagoda in the World”. It was built in the year of 1056 during Liao Dynasty.
Among the existing famous nine-dragon screen walls in China, the Datong Nine-Dragon Screen is by far the oldest, biggest and most artistic one. Dating back to Ming Dynasty, this 600-year-old screen is a masterful example of Chinese fire-glazed tile.
Also named as Southern Temple for its location in the southern section of Datong City, the Shanhua Temple is one of the best preserved temples of Jin Kingdom, a kingdom coexisting with Southern Song Dynasty.
Odd as its name, the 1,400-year-old monastery does not merely defy gravity but laws of religion. It is also homage to various religions, including Taoism, Confucianism and Buddhism.
The Yungang Grottoes are excellent examples of rock-out architecture and one of the three most famous ancient sculptural sites of China, of which the other two are Longmen and Mogao Grottoes.