Datong Photo Gallery and Information Page

Tours Featuring Datong:
Roots of Chinese Culture 14-Day Tour (CIT006): Taiyuan – Wutai Mountain –
Heng Mountain – Yingxian – Datong –
Pingyao – Linfen – Yuncheng –
Luoyang – Dengfeng (Shaolin
Monastery) – Zhengzhou – Kaifeng

Map of China showing the location of Datong
Datong is a large city in the mountains of north-central China known mostly for its nearby cultural treasures, including the Yungang Grottoes (see photos below), the Hanging Temple (or Hanging Monastery) on Heng Mountain, and the wooden pagoda at Yingxian.

BASIC FACTS:
Chinese Name: 大同 (pinyin: Dàtóng)
Population (2010): 1,570,035 (urban only)
Province: Shanxi
Weather: Dry, with cold winters and very warm summers

Datong Photos

The photos below show some of the sights and attractions that you will see on our tours that include Datong. Please refer to individual itineraries for specific information about the attractions featured on each tour.

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A panoramic view of grotto openings in the rock face at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China
A panoramic view of the grotto openings at the Yungang Grottoes—click to see a very large version and examine individual grottoes
(photo by Marcin Bialek)
Grotto openings on a rock face at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China Grotto openings and Buddhist carvings on a rock face at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China Large Buddha statues at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China
Another view of grotto openings
(photo by Patrick Streule)
Grottoes and statues
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
A closer view
(photo by Patrick Streule)
Large Buddha statues that appear to be painted carved from different rock strata at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China A grotto dominated by a statue of the Buddhist goddess Guanyin at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China A giant Buddha statue at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China
The different rock strata create a paint-like effect
(photo by Llee Wu)
A statue of the Buddhist goddess Guanyin
(photo by Llee Wu)
Gaze upward in awe at the imposing Buddha
(photo by Llee Wu)
Tourists stand at the feet of a giant Buddha statue at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China Looking toward the ceiling of a grotto at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China A Buddha statue with a gilded face at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China
Dwarfed by giant Buddhas
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
A grotto ceiling
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
Giant Buddha statue with a gilded face
(photo by John Barker)
A closeup of a large Buddha statue at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China The crossed feet of a large Buddha statue at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China A carved and painted Buddha statue at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China Buddhist carvings at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China
Closeup of a large statue
(photo by Patrick Streule)
The crossed feet of a statue
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
A painted statue
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
Grotto carvings
(photo by Steve Cadman)
A closeup of Buddhist carvings at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China Row upon row of Buddha carvings at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China Row upon row of Buddha carvings at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China Intricately carved and painted Buddhist figures and designs at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China
Carving detail
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
Row upon row of Buddhas…
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
…more than 51,000…
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
…all intricately carved, and many still painted
(photo by Llee Wu)
A pagoda-shaped structure covered with carvings of Buddhas at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China Intricately carved and painted Buddhist figures and designs at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China A Buddhist painting at the Yungang Grottoes near Datong (大同), China
A pagoda-like structure covered with Buddha carvings
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
More painted carvings
(photo by J.P. Bennett)
A painting at the Yungang Grottoes
(photo by Marcin Bialek)

Tours Featuring Datong:

Open the information page for our Roots of Chinese Culture 14-Day Tour (CIT006)
Roots of Chinese Culture 14-Day Tour (CIT006)
Taiyuan – Wutai Mountain – Heng Mountain – Yingxian
– Datong – Pingyao – Linfen – Yuncheng – Luoyang –
Dengfeng (Shaolin Monastery) – Zhengzhou – Kaifeng

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