Shanxi - Datong Hiking Tours

Datong01 : 4 Days Datong - Yungang Grottos - Hanging Temple - Mt. Wutaishan
Upon arrival in Datong, first find a local guest house and get prepared. Start your hiking from Yungang Grottos which is about 16 km to the west of Datong city. Buses No. 3-1, No. 3-2 and No. 10 can take you directly there. You can also call Datong Bus Service Line at 0352-5037817 for consultation. Yungang Grottos consists of a series of 53 caves, and the caves are home to over 51, 000 stone sculptures that were completed during the Northern Wei Dynasty. The admission fee of Yungang Grottos is CNY60.00.
Hanging Temple, Datong
On the second day, continue hiking to Hanging Temple in Hunyuan town which is 75 km from Datong city. You can take the coach at Datong south coach station (Address: No. 20, Yantong West Road, Datong city; Tel: 0352-6036784). The coach leaves from 08:00 to 18:00 and the fare is about CNY15.00. Upon arrival in Hunyuan coach station, you need to take a taxi at about CNY10.00 or take the bus No. 8 to the Hanging Temple. The Temple is hung on the middle of the cliff, built 1,400 years ago and hosts worship for the Taoists, Confucians and Buddhists. The admission fee of Hanging Temple is CNY60.00. Then return to Hunyuan coach station to wait the coach from Datong to Mt. Wutaishan which will stop at Hunyuan coach station. The distance is about 132 km to Mt. Wutaishan. The admission fee to enter Mt. Wutaishan is CNY168 in high season and CNY140.00 in low season. Upon arrival there, settle yourself down in a guest house in Taihuai town and rest yourself.
On the third day, pay a visit to the temples around Taihuai town. In the morning, start hiking to Shuxiang Temple which is located 1 km southwest of Taihuai town and it is famous for its consecrating Bodhisattva Wenshu. Then head north to Wuye Temple, Tayuan Temple(CNY4.00), Luohou Temple and Xiantong Temple( ticket: CNY6.00). The four temples are not far from each other and it takes about 10 minutes from one site to another. Continue hiking to climb the 108 steps to reach Pusading(ticket: CNY5.00). If time permits, you can go on to climb the 1080 steps to visit the Dailuoding (ticket: CNY4.00).
A temple on Mt. Wutaishan, Datong
On the last day, get up early to see the sunrise on the East Peak, also called Wanghai Peak with an altitude of 2795 meters which is about 10 km east of Taihuai town. If you plan to climb to the top of the Peak, you should get up very early. You can also take the van at Taihuai town. Then head for the South Peak (Jingxiu Peak) with an altitude of 2485 meters which is about 13 km south of Taihuai town. The South peak is very attracting for its natural scenery where you can enjoy different kinds of beautiful flowers.
After that, you can extend your days in Mt. Wutaishan to explore more of the place or you can leave according to your schedule.
Questions & Answers
Asked by Danielle De Meuter from BELGIË | Apr. 16, 2019 05:19Reply
is it possible to do this with a guide, we are 2 persons.
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Apr. 16, 2019 17:58

The itinerary of this 4 Days Datong hiking tour provided here is only for your reference. We do not operate the hiking tour at present. It is for the travelers who would like to follow the itinerary and arrange it on their own. If you are interested in a guided tour in Datong, please refer to our Datong Private Tours page below, which provides several normal guided tour routes to meet your needs. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further question. Thanks.
Asked by Edgard from SPAIN | Oct. 02, 2015 18:45Reply
Route from Shijiazhuang to Wutaishan

Is there any bus connecting both cities in November?
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Answered by Scott | Oct. 07, 2015 22:12

As far as I know, there are direct buses available from Shijiazhuang North Station to Wutaishan and the bus departs at 7am, 9am, 3pm.
Asked by Helen from IRELAND | Sep. 13, 2014 07:34Reply
Buses and Guest Houses
Does anyone know any good guest houses and the websites for the bu timetables, it would really help to plan?

Also, based on questions above, is there actually time to see Hanging Gardens on second day? It sounds like you have to be on a bus again after less than two hours. You say the bus leaves Datong at 07:30 and at 09:30, but does the bus actually arrive at Hunyuan?
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Answered by Chang | Sep. 14, 2014 22:19

Timetable of which bus and which area are you going to stay?
Asked by Miranda | May. 27, 2013 05:34Reply
Where to stay the night?
Do you stay in a differents place each night? It sounds as if you do. But It is not clear. Arrive in Datong, hike to the caves. Next day continue hiking to the hanging temples. So where do you start? Datong and then stay somewhere near the caves then hike to the Hanging temples or do you go back to Datong each night?
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Answered by Jim | May. 27, 2013 20:26

You will stay in the same place from the second day to the last day. You will not go back to Datong each night, upon arrival at Mt. Wutaishan, you will stay in a guest house in Taihuai town. Besides, this is a hiking itinerary only for your reference and you will make the arrangement on your own.
Asked by Jolan | Sep. 27, 2012 23:16Reply
It seems that there are no buses late afternoon from Hunyuan to Wutaishan? Is it possible to hire a taxi to take me from Hunyuan to Wutaishan? What would it cost and how long would it take to get there?
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Answered by Tony | Sep. 28, 2012 06:56

You can charter a car from Hunyuan to Wutaishan, which takes about 3 hours. However, it is not very easy to find a car and it costs a lot since most of taxies there are illegal. Some people paid CNY300 but some people paid CNY600, you need to negotiate with the driver.
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