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Datong Attractions

Datong is located at 1,200 meters high in the north, in the northern part of Shanxi Province. Mountains surround Datong, with Yu River running across from south to north. Plains occupy its central and south part. Datong has a dry and windy weather with big temperature difference between day and night, and annual rainfall ranging from 400-500 millimeters. A number of cheap Datong hotels make your stay comfortable, and provide you an opportunity to visit the nearby tourist attractions in Datong.


Situated in the southwest of Datong, Shanxi Province is the Huayan Monastery, named after the Huayan sect of Buddhism. The Upper Huayan Monastery (Da Xiong Bao Dian) is considered to be one of the two biggest Buddhist halls existent in China. And it was built under the Liao Dynasty in 1062. The Monastery suffered from a severe damage in the last years of the Liao and yet Jin restored it in 1140.

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About 80 kilometers from Datong and 5 kilometers from Hunyuan County, the gravity defying Hanging Monastery is built on extremely sheer cliffs of Mount Hengshan above Jinlong Canyon. Mount Hengshan, one of the most famous "Five Sacred Mountains (Wu Yue)" in China, is located about 62 kilometers south to Datong City of Shanxi Province. It attracts people by its natural sceneries and man-made landscaping.



Located in Yingxian County, and about 70 kilometers south of Datong, the Wooden Pagoda is the oldest and highest wooden structure in China. It is regarded as the "First Pagoda in the World" and a gem in the architectural field. The Wooden Pagoda is a perfect combination of science, art and religion. It is also the wonder of the wooden architecture field.

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