Datong Jiahe Express Hotel
No.116 East Yingbin Road, Datong, Shanxi, 037006, China
More about Datong
Sis. with fortune teller
One of the many Buddhas carved in the caves here
Old dusty part of Datong
Travel Tips for Datong
Huayan Temple 2
I am not quite sure, whether this is part of the Huayan Temple or it is a separat temple. Just next to the walls of the Huayan Temple I found this lively Buddhists Temple in a side street. The small halls were full of monchs and worshippers. As it was in the time of a Buddhist festival I was invited to eat with the locals and do my prayers here.
Xuanggong Si, view
From the hanging monastery you have a wonderful view down at the river and the surrounding mountains.
You can also visit the Heng Shan, the holy mountain. You can reach this mountain by a mountaineous path and a tunnel of the water reservoir. This is one of the Chinese holy mountains, with some temples and monasteries on your way to the top. The mountain is accessible for visitors from 1987. Because of the heavy rain and lack of time we didn't go up.
"Old city - Famous Buddhist Caves"
Short after the Transsiberian Train reaches the lower plains after descending from the Gobi-Desert the station of Datong lies in the middle of coal mines and fruit plantations.
The old part of the city - I hope - still exists with a city wall, narrow streets and temples. 2009-the old city still exists - it is being renovated and the city wall reconstructed - more in my tips
From Datong you can easily reach the
Buddhist caves of Yungang, which lies 16km from Datong.
I visited Datong in 1988 - many things have changed since then!
Modern times reached Datong