Datong Travel Blog› entry 39 of 80 › view all entries
Datong is about 6 hours by train from Beijing. As a place it is better known - at least by locals - as the coal capital of China, but we have chosen to come here because it also has two of the best sights in China on its doorstep.
Today we take a day trip to the Hanging Monastery about one and a half hours by bus from Datong city. We navigate the logistics of catching the correct bus with relative ease, but as usual the journey takes a little longer than expected as the bus tours the town picking up passengers. We are transferred to a taxi for the last 5km up the hill as we are the only passengers wanting to go this far.
The monastery is an impressive sight looking like it is glued onto the cliff. Some of the walkways are not suitable to anyone afraid of heights and look very fragile supported by stilts from the cliff below. Inflation has also hit the entrance fee since our 2008 edition of the LP; it is now 130Y entrance, a staggering amount considering that the Forbidden City in Beijing is only 50Y.
The site is also short on (read no) lunch opportunities and the very limited selection of drink stalls charge rip-off prices. We decline to pay the asking price and a sweet Chinese student runs after us and offers us some of her own water!