Day 1: (L)
After morning pickup from your hotel or the train station, your guide takes you to the World Heritage-listed Yungang Grottoes, a masterpiece of Buddhist cave art. The site holds 252 cliffside grottoes that date to the fifth century and are filled with thousands of hand-carved Buddha statues. Next, see the Nine Dragon Screen, built in 1771 during the time of Emperor Qianlong. It measures 98 feet (30 meters) long,12 feet (3.5 meters) tall, and holds 270 colorful glazed tiles. Have lunch, then visit the Datong Museum, which showcases a collection of 4,000 artifacts. Afterward, your guide returns you to your hotel.
Day 2: (L)
In the morning, relax during the scenic drive to Hanging Temple, located about 40 miles (60km) southeast of Datong. On the way, stop for a short visit to the Cave House Village to view cave-dwellings that were typical in old northern China. Upon arrival at Hanging Temple, hear about tis remarkable construction that allows the building to perch on a cliff high above the ground. The original structure was built more than 1,500 years ago, and the temple is the only one in China that incorporates Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism.
Have lunch, then head to Yingxian Wooden Pagoda, the oldest and largest wooden Buddhist pagoda in the world. Afterward, transfer by private vehicle to your hotel or the train station in Datong where your tour ends.