Visit one of northern China’s historical wonders on this private 12-hour Yungang Grottoes trip from Beijing. Travel to this UNESCO-listed treasure-trove of early Buddhist cave art near Datong, and enjoy ample time to tour its 252 grottoes of thousands of Buddhist statues. See highlights including the towering Buddha cliff carving, and smaller caverns and niches filled with murals and figurines, many from the 5th century.
Duration: 10 hours
Hanging Monastery,Yuangang Grottes
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Pick up from your hotel in Beijing in the early morning and go to Beijing Capital Airport. You will take the early morning flight departing around 7:00am from Beijing to Datong.The flight takes about 45 minutes.
Upon your arrival at Datong Yungang Airport, your personal guide will greet you at the airport holding the board with "Beijing Private Tour" on it. And then starts your Beijing highlight tour.
After meeting our English speaking tour guide and drive directly from Datong airport. Our guide will take you to Hanging Monastery, located south-east of Datong, about an hour driving. The temple hangs on the west cliff of a hill with over 50 meters above the ground, hence Hanging Monastery. Hanging Monastery was first built in 491. The present monastery was mainly rebuilt and maintained in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
After lunch, head to Yuangang Grottes. In a valley at Yungang, some 16km west of Datong, there are more than 45 recesses dug into the hills and filled with Buddhist statues of various sizes and shapes, 51,000 altogether, later called Yungang Grottoes listed UNESCO World Heritage in 2001. It is classified as a AAAAA Scenic Area by the China National Tourism Administration.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to Datong Yungang Airport and take flight departing, from Datong to Beijing around 45 minutes. Upon arrival in Beijing Nanyuan Airport, tranfer back to your Beijing hotel.
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