Get Inspired / China China: Datong Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Datong story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China Datong in northern Shanxi province was founded as a garrison town 2200 years ago, but is now a major industrial and coal-mining centre. It is best known for the Yungang Cave, said to contain the oldest, largest and best-preserved sandstone Buddhist carvings in the country. Originally cut into a 1km stretch of mountain between 460-494AD, the caves contain 51,000 statues, from only a few centimetres tall up to 17m high, with some still retaining their original colours. A visit to China’s cultural centre – about 270kms west of Beijing – is not complete without taking the 65km drive south-east of the city to see the impressive 1400-year-old Hanging Monastery, Xuankong Si. Located at the foot of Hengshan Mountain, the site’s halls and pavilions were built at varying heights along the contours of the cliff. Datong has many other historic attractions including the Huayan Monastery, the Nine Dragon Screen (one of China’s earliest and largest glazed brick screens) and the Shanhua Monastery, originally built in the Tang Dynasty, later rebuilt and restored in the Jin and Ming dynasties. The 11th Century octagonal wooden pagoda at Yingxian (70kms from the city) is one of the oldest wooden buildings in the country. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Alexandra Alexandra Ashburton Ashburton Auckland Albany Botany Junction Devonport St Heliers: St Heliers Browns Bay Parnell New Lynn: LynnMall Milford Whangaparaoa Newmarket Ellerslie Ponsonby Remuera Howick Takapuna Takanini Balclutha Balclutha Blenheim Blenheim Cambridge Cambridge Christchurch Barrington Central/City: On Victoria Upper Riccarton High Street Lanes Hornby Merivale Papanui: Northlands Riccarton: Riccarton Road Shirley Ferrymead Coromandel Coromandel Dunedin Dunedin Gore Gore Greymouth Greymouth Hamilton City East: Calder & Lawson Hamilton City: Hamilton City Hastings Hastings Havelock North Havelock North Hokitika Hokitika Invercargill Invercargill Kerikeri Kerikeri Masterton Masterton Matamata Matamata Morrinsville Morrinsville Motueka Motueka Nelson Nelson New Plymouth New Plymouth Oamaru Oamaru Orewa Orewa Palmerston North City: Stephen Parsons City: Broadway Paraparaumu Kapiti Coast Queenstown Wakatipu Rangiora Rangiora Richmond Richmond Rotorua Rotorua Taupo Taupo Tauranga Mt Maunganui Papamoa the Crossing Tauranga CBD Te Awamutu Te Awamutu Timaru Timaru Wanaka Wanaka Wanganui Wanganui Wellington City: Hunter St Lower Hutt Johnsonville City: Featherston Street Westport Westport Whangarei Whangarei I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Do Stop til’ you get Enough Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Xi’an: An Archaeological Time Capsule Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.