Datong is the second-largest city in Shanxi Province, about 350 kilometers west of Beijing. The city is a center of spiritual heritage in China, including the Yungang Grottoes, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, the hanging temple of Hengshan, and the ancient wooden pagoda of Yingxian, which represent the pinnacle of the ancient art in China.
Near Beijing and the Great Wall, combined with its rich culture, naturally places Datong as the destination in many routes transiting through the north of China.
Besides, Datong is known as the “coal capital” in China.
Area: 14,056 km²
Average annual temperature: 6.4 degrees
Geography: Located on the reliefs mixed hills and plains
Population: 3,105,591 inhabitants. (2020)
Ethnic minorities: Mainly populated by Han
Economy: Coal power, tourism
How to get to Datong?
When Go To Datong?
Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit Datong and the Shanxi Province. The temperatures are pleasant, between 15 and 20°C. It is necessary to provide a jacket for the end of the day, whatever the season. Rainfall is low during this period.
The altitude of Datong varies between 1000-1500m, it is not very hot in summer, and it is a city very appreciated by the Chinese who come here to avoid the heat.
Winters are long and very cold, and temperatures that can drop below -10 degrees. However, the snow-covered landscapes are superb, and the city is free from its flow of tourists.
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