Datong heavily investing in city improvements in order to help increase tourism. As a result, a significant amount of construction work is underway to build, re-build, and/or enhance the city.
Western tourists are rare, so be prepared to have your picture taken and be observed by the locals. Basic Chinese phrases and a Chinese / English translation app comes in handy here!
***Note work in progress; additional details coming soon!***
Things To Do & See
1) Hanging Monastery
2) Yungang Grottos
3) Nine Dragon Screen
4) Huayan Monastery
Travel & Transportation
The train connects Datong with multiple cities including Beijing and Xi’an. We elected to make the 6 hour trip via a day train from Beijing. However, overnight train options also exist. After stopping in Datong, we took an overnight train to Xi’an.
Transportation via taxi is fairly easy, however, most of the taxis we encountered did not utilize the meter. Including when our hotel hailed a cab on our behalf. (Rate was agreed upon prior to departure.)