Datong attractions are mainly historical. The city had been a military stronghold and a Buddhism center for centuries, and its past importance are evidenced by the numerous historical heritages scattered around the region. Datong has two of China's best attractions, the Yungang Grottoes, the largest Buddhist sculpture clusters in China, and the Hanging Monastery, an architectural wonder. Modern Datong is the center of China's coal production . Jinhuagong Coal Mine, one of China's large coal mines, is open to travelers.
Datong is a worthwhile destination for travelers who wish to dig deeper into China's history and culture. Visit Datong on China Highlights' Datong tours.
I am planning to do a side trip to Datong while in Beijing in Oct 2010. I read somewhere that the sights may be undergoing renovation and closed to tourists. Are any of the sights (especially Yungang Grottos, Hanging Monastery) going to be closed?
The Huayan Temple in Datong has been being renovated for a year and we cannot tell whether it would open in October.
The surrounding of the Yungang Grottoes is also being renovated. But it does not affect the visit inside.
In spite of that, your visit time is correct as the October has the best weather in Datong.
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Dennis Su replied on 2010-08-23