Datong - Shanxi Province - China

Discussion in 'Wanderlust and Travel' started by JustinD, May 9, 2007.

  1. Datong is a 6 hour train ride away from Beijing and was briefly China's capitol many centuries ago. Since it's heyday it's slipped into poverty and has become the "coal capitol" of China with coal mines all over the area.

    Left over from it's cultural high point, however, are several sights worth seeing...the most famous of these are the Cloud Ridge Caves. Carved into cliff sides these Buddhist images are quite a sight. Included are pictures from around the town's temples and Xuan Kong Si...Datong's famous Hanging Monastery which is precariously perched on the side of a sheer cliff and is partially kept in place by wooden poles. The pagoda is Mu Ta which is claimed to be the oldest wooden structure in the world, and, built without the aid of nails no less.

    Cloud Ridge Caves:

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    Hanging Monastery:

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    Ying Xia Mu Ta - Wooden Pagoda:

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    View from inside the pagoda:

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    Dragons in a Datong temple:

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    Datong Train Station:

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  2. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Very well done Justin
    Thanks You
     
  3. Great series Justin! Good to see you posting pics. Fond memories of our trip in Dec.
     
  4. jbing

    jbing

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    Aug 4, 2005
    Medford, Oregon
    Justin,

    Thanks for the excellent pictures. Brought back some wonderful memories of our trip to China last summer. We will be returning about a year from now to adopt our second child and can't wait to see more sites of this wonderful country.

    jason
     
  5. Very nice. Very interesting.
     
  6. Excellent photography and informative narrative! I particularly liked the view from inside the pagoda.
     
  7. I agree, wonderful story and very interesting photos! That monastary is fascinating, the construction process must have been quite dangerous!
     
  8. BigPixel

    BigPixel Guest

    fascinating Justin.
     
  9. I always enjoy your posts, Justin. This series is just outstanding!
     
  10. GastheerG

    GastheerG Guest

    Again a nice report. Special love #3 where some people make the scene complete! Intresting photo
     
  11. HHARRIS

    HHARRIS

    69
    May 1, 2007
    So Cal
    Very nice! Thank you for this post!!

    HHARRIS
    :)
     
  12. The monastery is frightening. Not much holding it all up! Very nice shots.

    :eek:
     
  13. Dayo

    Dayo

    May 1, 2006
    Bahrain
    Thanks for the pics and the narrative. Really helps when there is good narrative to accompany such pics.
     
  14. Haven't been to this site for awhile. Thanks for the comments, folks!
     
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