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TravelPod Member ReviewsHongqi Grand Hotel Datong
It is a good hotel for tourist, sleep in there and dream of their next trip.
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Before heading off to Beijing I decided to see this large monastery in the center of Datong, close to my hostel. I got the student discount too which is always an amazing feeling, at 26 years old =)
The basement of the center building holds ...
... that to 40 meters today and a dam built 10 years ago reduced the river such that the monastery now has dry ground below it. Until a highway was put through 10 years ago it was inaccessible so it was pretty special to see.
Taoist monks started it and Buddhist monks came to help them. With the river below the only way to build it was from above, lowering men and materials down the cliff face with ropes. Narrow walkways and stairs about 2 feet wide connect ...
... went in.
The entrance price was quite steep, at 100 yuan (10 pounds) but to be honest, it was worth it. The grottoes extend over half a mile, each cave filled with Buddhas carved from the limestone cliff. They range from palm-sized to massive, imposing statues, the size of a three storey house. Some are coloured, many intact, ...
... during the Japanese invasion but couldn't be restored.
Yungang Grottoes, one of the three major cave clusters in ...
... It seems there are terrible roads between here and Chengdu. Thus, we had to cancel Chengdu from the itinerary. Instead, we are now planning to go to Luoyang next - home of the famous Longman Caves. After that, I will need to return to Beijing for my flight home. As for yesterday activities, we went to the Shaanxi History Museum. It is one of China's finest museums and was nice even though major parts are under ...