Datong's Hanging Temple
Admire the breathtaking ‘swallow’s nest’ Hanging Temple
Visit China’s oldest wooden temple
Full day private excursion from Datong to the 'swallow's nest' monastery and the oldest and largest wooden pagoda in China - both amazing architectural achievements from an ancient era!
The unmissable Hanging Temple tour from Datong
Pick up from your Datong hotel and drive around 50 miles southeast of the city to the breathtaking Hanging Temple that clings 150ft up on a sheer cliff of the sacred Heng Shen mountain. This spectacular, gravity-defying temple was actually first built in the 5th century, although the present-day one is somewhat newer! You can just see the façade of the temple and the butresses from below, but behind its elaborately carved columns are caves hewn into the mountainside and inside these prayer halls are great stone, bronze or iron statues to the three main religions of China – Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism – unusually all together. After visiting this unique structure, drive a further 40 miles westwards to see the oldest wooden pagoda in China, 200ft high, a thousand years old, and constructed entirely without the use of nails! Return to Datong.
- English speaking local guide
- Pivate car and driver
- All entrance fees mentioned, fuel, tolls and parking
- Meals, entrance fees not mentioned above
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance
- Gratuities to driver, guide