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Datong -- is one day enough?

by heymikey Online Now Mar 26, 2007 at 11:08 PM

I'm thinking of arriving in Datong early morning from Beijing and leaving later that night to Xi'an. I don't really intend sticking around town for more than a day and I only plan to see the cave and the hanging monastery. I just have some questions about the logistics:
(1) Can I book a cheap tour through CITS once I arrive in Datong? If so, how much?
(2) Are there any storage lockers in the train station?
(3) Are there any shower facilities at the train station?
(4) I will be arriving in Datong on May 7, which is during the Golden Week. Will it be hard for me to book a sleeper ticket from Datong to Xi'an on this date?

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  • Re: Datong -- is one day enough?

    by GavinGuan Online Now Mar 26, 2007 at 11:42 PM

    enough
    (1)yes, about 300-500 CNY.
    (2)No, but some services can keep bag for you.
    (3)No
    (4)Yes, very

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    Re: Datong -- is one day enough?

    by johnastbury Online Now Apr 6, 2007 at 3:36 AM

    We did the Datong trip in a day, heading up to Hohhot on the evening. Don't need to use CITS to see the caves, lots of buses going up there opposite the station, much cheaper. Getting a ticket will be hard, its true, think about doing it at all from that point of view.

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  • Re: Datong -- is one day enough?

    by heymikey Online Now Apr 6, 2007 at 8:56 AM

    How do I book a ticket from Datong to Xi'an before I even get to Datong? How do I go to the Hanging monastery from the Datong train station?

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    Re: Datong -- is one day enough?

    by johnastbury Online Now Apr 9, 2007 at 2:30 AM

    Can't book a ticket in advance.
    The buses to the place are right outside. It isn't a big area, just go out and people will offer you the buses. Other foreigners will be there anyhow.

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  • Re: Datong -- is one day enough?

    by tanby Online Now Apr 14, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    CITS has 1-day tours to the "Hanging Monastery and Yungang Buddhist Caves" and "Hanging Monastery and Wooden Pagoda". Each tour cost RMB210/person (includes entrance fees and lunch).

    Yungang Buddhist Caves is just 16km west of Datong. The bus journey is within an hour.

    Hanging Monastary is further, 60+ km south of Datong. Journey takes 2 hrs.

    For convenience, I'm joining the CITS tour when doing a day visit only.

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    Re: Datong -- is one day enough?

    by ellyse Online Now May 19, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    2) There're always left luggage facilities at train stations, but they're usually not lockers.
    3) No.

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