Things to do in Datong

Top Things to Do in Datong

Things to Do in Datong

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  • KW M
    Belfast, UK542 contributions
    If you’re in Datong, you have to go see the caves.
    We were dropped off by the gate, walked up, bought tickets, 240RMB for 2 people, and proceeded in. Once you are in a few hundred metres, you can buy a there/return bus ticket for 15RMB. Buy the bus ticket unless you want to bake under the July sun. I would say it’s almost a 1km walk to the caves and then you’d have to walk back.
    The caves themselves are very cool, reminded me of the churches carved into the rocks in Cappadocia, Turkey, but these caves have much more detail, some with 1000 small buddhas carved into the rock.
    We went on a Tuesday in July, about lunchtime and there was a very large crowd, so expect weekends, and holidays to be insane with people. Try to go through the week, in the off season.
    Written 22 July 2021
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  • KW M
    Belfast, UK542 contributions
    This place is about 1.5 hours from Datong.

    Very touristy outside with all the vendors.

    We went on a Wednesday in July, got there about 11:00, tickets cost 230RMB for 2 of us, plus the ride there and back again. We bought our tickets at 11:18am, we then waited in line for 1.5 hours to go up and have a walk around the Temples. They only allow 50-110 people up at once, (so I’ve read, not sure which number is accurate). Go much earlier in the day, or later in the day if you want to avoid the long queues. We went back to our car just over 2 hours after we bought the ticket and the line was smaller, but still an easy 1 hour wait.

    The Temples themselves while very interesting from an architectural/historical perspective, were somewhat disappointing as Temples go. They are all very small. I expected them to be similar to the Yungang caves and was disappointed in that regard.

    Obviously if you have an issue with heights, don’t go. If you have little kids, don’t go. If you don’t trust yourself with heights, don’t go. There is a railing around the temple, but it is not even waist high. It is also very small and cramped in many places, careful if you are a larger person.

    Once you’ve checked this place off your list, you never need to go back.

    No issue recommending this place.
    Written 22 July 2021
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  • L920
    705 contributions
    Hard to believe this thing is still exist and stand still after so many natural disaster becoming one of tallest wooden pagoda in the world. When you are visiting Datong, this can be put together for your trip all the way long from Hanging temple and then to Wutaishan to see another magical landsacape of Buddhism history in China.
    Written 4 December 2019
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  • KW M
    Belfast, UK542 contributions
    This is in the middle of the Ancient City, a very large Temple complex, 50RMb entrance fee. If I recall correctly, almost the entire place is a rebuild for <15 years ago, in fact almost all the Ancient City is a modern rebuild.

    If you like Chinese Temples, go have a look see. It’s the same pattern and architecture you’ll see at almost all Chinese Temples, so if you don’t have the time to have a look, you’ll be okay.

    Two cool parts, they have a relic of the Buddha in the underground part of a Temple, his finger bone. There is also a huge Temple you can climb up and get a great view of the city.

    As Temple complexes go, it’s very well done, lots of photo opportunities.
    If you have the time, go have a look.
    Written 22 July 2021
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  • FlyfishermanBeijing
    Beijing, China256 contributions
    I visit Datong city wall November 2020 and it was very pleasant experience. Basically just me and my friend there. No rush no crowd just enjoyable wandring around wall. City wall itself is well rebuild and top of it can see old datong as well as new part of Datong. Rent bike is also available and recommed if want to see whole wall.
    Written 11 November 2020
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  • Maria
    38 contributions
    It is impresionant. It reminds mr the “portico de la Gloria” in Santiago de Compostela, because there are even lines of budist figures with instruments. There are a lot of details in every of the more than 60 grutes. Of course the 18 meters budas are impresionantes.
    Written 21 September 2019
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  • DoctorG44
    Canberra211 contributions
    Take it easy and ride the chair lift up and walk down but be prepared to climb many steps to get to the top before descending. The mountain side is has numerous temples with the hanging monastery two of the lower ones. The mountain is dedicated to one of the Taoist gods and the many temples and pagodas (we visited 12) are to different gods. Most are in magnificent condition with the Huixian or Jixian Cave with the 3 Gods and the Immortals one of the best. Before the descent take in the magnificent views of the mountain itself, the temples on the cliff faces and the lakes below.
    If you have the time visit the mount and go down to the Hanging Monastery you need about 5.5 hours round trip Datong. The temples were undergoing restoration and we were unable to enter.Start early to avoid the traffic!!
    Written 20 September 2018
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  • KW M
    Belfast, UK542 contributions
    The Museum, as Museums go, is quite excellent.

    They have many pieces from different periods and peoples of Northern China, including weapons, money, pottery, and Dinosaurs. While we were there, they also had an exhibition of African art and masks, again, it is well done. Most pieces had an English title, but no in-depth description in English.

    Not really a place for little kids, unless you want to get them through the dinosaurs, the other stuff may bore them.

    No issue recommending this place for those that enjoy history.
    Written 22 July 2021
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  • KW M
    Belfast, UK542 contributions
    Not really much to say, it’s a wall with 9 dragons ceramic on it. The wall is not original, the dragons appear to be. It’s free admission, in a nice little park, there are washrooms and a little gift shop. The Shanhua Monastery down the road has an almost identical wall with 5 dragons on it.

    Go have a look, get some photos and then 10 minutes later go see something else.
    Written 22 July 2021
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  • KW M
    Belfast, UK542 contributions
    Honestly, in China it is so very easy to get “Templed-out” from all the temples and monasteries there are. They all follow the same patterns, architecture, style and colours. Eventually you dread going to yet another “famous” temple, because they all start to look the same.

    That all being said, I’m happy I paid a visit to this place. It doesn’t feel like many other temples that came from the same temple factory. Yes, the place has been around for 1000 years and has likely been rebuilt a dozen times in that period, including recently, but there are some buildings here that look and feel, “old”. It’s a nice change.

    There are great opportunities here for some photos. There is a wonderful water area that makes for great photos. Very few people as it is away from the main tourist area. Free admission. There is a 5-dragon wall outside.

    If you only have time for one temple or monastery on your trip, head to this one.
    Written 22 July 2021
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  • Maria
    38 contributions
    It is in the middle of the mosque place and even when it is very animated zone, it was a palace before and it keeps the luxury.
    Written 21 September 2019
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  • MFinChina
    Shanghai, China10 contributions
    If you're into modern sculpture, this is a great museum for you. It has mostly Chinese artists, and most works are quite avant-garde. There is some art that really isn't family friendly, and while I enjoy modern art, there were a few pieces I found kind of disturbing, although most were fine. This museum is most appropriate for adults and older teens who appreciate modern art.

    While it doesn't have much English signage, remember that if you have WeChat, its scanning function can do Chinese to English translation.
    Written 25 July 2022
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  • Travelfox
    London, UK102 contributions
    Must-visit for people interested in history and culture to see remaining unrestored sections of the Great Wall and China’s largest fort cluster (see picture). The original layout contained two forts, a wool and horse market, tax office, temples etc. You can still see the 得胜堡 (Deshengbao) fort, 德胜口 (Deshengkou) gate to Inner Mongolia and remaining parts of the wall of the Datong section around 1km beyond 得胜堡village. The elderly villagers in the little town are friendly and helpful.
    Written 29 October 2020
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  • eealbertson
    Halsey, OR38 contributions
    The tower is in excellent condition. The stairs to the top story are very steep and narrow, but worth the effort to climb them. Just be careful. You get a good view of the old town.
    Written 7 November 2018
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  • Liesbet D
    Datong, China13 contributions
    After our visit to the Yungang Grottoes, we want to take a look at the remains of the great Wall near Datong. It was really worth the drive! Beautiful scenery all around!
    Written 19 July 2016
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