Datong Travel Tips

When to Go

The best time to visit Datong is from May to September.
The best time to visit Datong 
is from May to September.
Datong is subjected to the temperate continental monsoon climate and has distinct four seasons. Winter here usually lasts four months. Cold and windy, it has an average temperature of -12.8C to 6.3C (8.96 F~43.34F). Though the temperature rises in spring, it still remains brisk averaging about 6.5C~9.1C (43.7F~48.38F). Snow or sandstorms are also frequent in spring whereas the weather becomes cool and humid in the summer. When autumn arrives, the sky is clear and the air is crisp. The best time to visit Datong is from April to September where the annual average temperature is 6.3C (43.34F) despite the sharp temperature swings from day to night. Clothing to protect against the cold weather is highly recommended. Moreover, since Datong is the main site of coal production in China, the air here is usually not much clean for it always flies coal ash.

Yungang & Mt. Hengshan Tourism Festival is held in July or August every year in Datong. During the festival, there are many activities related to Datong culture, such as the exhibition of the local handicrafts and products, opera, dance and a food festival.

Fast Facts

Area: 14,176 square kilometers (5473.4 square miles)

Population: 2,990,000

Area Code: 0352

Zip Code: 037008

Emergency Numbers:
Fire: 119
Police: 110
Ambulance: 120

Useful Numbers
Tourism Complaint: 0352-5022674
Tourism Enquiry: 0352-5102265; 0352-2020315
Consumer Complaint: 12315
Weather Inquiry: 121
China Mobile Service Tel: 10086
China Union Service Tel: 10010; 10011
China Telecom Service Tel: 10000

Foreign exchange is available in Bank of China, and here are some of its branches in Datong City:
Datong City Branch
Address: No.62, Yingbin Road (West)

Xinjian Road (South) Branch
Address: No.83, Xinjian Road (South)

Western Third Ring Road Branch
Address: No.29, Western Third Ring Road

Book Store
Book Building of Xinhua Book Store
Address: No.8, Nanguan Street (South)

Datong Municipal No.3 People's Hospital
Address: No.1, Yiwei Street, Xinjian Road (South)
Bus Route: 1, 7, 11, 15, 17, 28, 31

Datong Municipal No.5 People's Hospital
Address: No.141, Xinjian Road (North)

Post Office
Guangchang Branch
Address: No.3, Xinjian Road (South)

Yingbin Branch
Address: No.16, Nanguan Street (South)

- Last updated on Jul. 11, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Datong Travel Tips
Asked by Agnes from MALAYSIA | Jun. 16, 2016 05:55Reply
may i know on July went to datong. Is it the summer hot season?
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Answered by Fitch from SINGAPORE | Jun. 16, 2016 21:03

According to the previous statistics, the temperature of July may range from 60 F to 80 F. It's the summer season. But it won't be extremely hot. There may have several cloudy and rainy days that can bring cool feelings. About the clothes, you are advised to bring light jackets, T-shirts, shorts, jeans and other summer clothes. :)
Asked by Agnes from MALAYSIA | Jun. 16, 2016 04:08Reply
Which month is more suitable for going to Datong?
Answers (1)
Answered by Brian from BRAZIL | Jun. 16, 2016 04:46

In general, the best time for a visit lasts from April to October. May you have a nice trip! :)
Asked by KQUEJ from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 01, 2016 12:55Reply
Datong on Winter
Is it ok to travel there in winter? Planning to visit Yungang Grottoes and hanging Monastery this coming Feb.
Answers (1)
Answered by Josey from SPAIN | Jan. 01, 2016 20:56

Yeah, it is fine to visit in winter. You may find so different views of Yunggang Grottoes. However, an official news shows that the Hanging Monastery has been closed since mid Oc. 2015 for maintenance. The reopen time is unknown.
Asked by Marion from SWITZERLAND | Jun. 08, 2015 09:12Reply
Yungang & Mt. Hengshan Tourism Festival
When does the festival take place this year?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tom from NETHERLANDS | Jun. 09, 2015 03:33

Well, as far as I know, from August to October every year is the tourisem festival.
The official doesn't say the exact date yet. You can keep close attention on that. :-)
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