Between Beijing and Xian there are several superb cultural treasures yet to be discovered by the tourist hordes. Datong is one of them. Can be easily reached by train or flight from Beijing, Datong is home to the outstanding Yungang Caves, also known as the "Cloud Ridge Caves". These grottoes, amongst the finest in China, are cut into a kilometer stretch of cliff with beautifully-colored frescoed walls framing more than 50,000 Buddhist statues, ranging from miniature to monolithic. South of Datong the Wooden Pagoda, precipitous Hanging Monastery and the caves of the troglodytes all make intriguing stops on the journey to sacred Mount Wutai.
Day 1: Fly or take an overnight train to Datong. In the afternoon, we visit the Yungang Grottoes, one of the five great Buddhist cave complexes in China (the others being Longmen in Luoyang, Mogao in Dunhuang, Maijishan in Tianshui and Kizil in Kuqa).
Day 2: We travel towards Mount Wutai. En route, we visit the 1400 years old and Yingxian Wooden Pagoda.
Day 3: Today is set aside hiking and exploring Mount Wutai.
Day 4: Drive to Taiyuan and fly back home.
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