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visiting Datong?
Posted May 18th, 2010 - 9:19 am by from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) (Permalink)
Hi CSers,

I meant to write thispost for a while now. Bettina and I traveled to Datong few weeks ago and we met a nice man there that showed us around the city for two days. He is a former English teacher / own taught tour guide / worker. He was very nice with us and brought us to some very nice places which aren't in the guide books. He does it obviously for money but it isn't very expensive and he speaks very good English (well knowledgeable on Chinese history).

So, i told him i would let people know about him coz i think it can make your trip to Datong much more interesting. I asked him to tell me what he can offer and he wrote this:

Hi! My name is Simon. I'd like to recommend you an interesting trip around north Shanxi, Datong.

Several route for you to choose:

A) Natural Highlights (1 day tours)
1- Yungang Grottoes + Hanging Temple
2- Hanging Temple + Cave Village in Mt + Mt Henshan
3- Hanging Temple + Great Wall of Song Dynasty + Wooden Pagoda
4- Hanging Temple + Wooden Pagoda + Yan Men Pass and Great Wall + Song Dynasty fortress, Han Tombs

B) Land Sites
1- Clay forest and Volcanic Relics
2- Underground tour in Coal mine area
3- Villages visit and traditional farmer life experiment
4- Search Zhao Great Wall (450BC)
5- Old City Wall + Hutong, Siheyuan (traditional courtyard)

C) Outside Datong
1- Datong to Wutaishan (Holy Buddhist Mt)
2- Hanging Temple + Wooden Pagoda + Wutaishan
3- Yungang Caves + Hanging Temple + Wooden Pagoda + Wutaishan
4- Datong + Wutaishan + Pingyao

I'll try my best to serve you well.
Any questions call me (Simon) 13152922171

Economic cost with best tour!

Posted August 12th, 2010 - 9:39 am by from Leixlip, Ireland (Republic of) (Permalink)
Hi! Do you have an email address for this guy?
We arrive in Beijing 18th and wish to travel from the 19th til 21st otuside of Beijing. We are debating:
A-19th Am Straight to Xian then back on the night train on the night of the 20th or 21st
B-19th to Pingyao first then onto Xian by nighttrain then nightrain back on the 20th or 21st
C-19th to pingyao then nighttrain to datong, send 20th visiting the hanging monastery and yunang grottoes, eve of 20th night train back.

Have to be back by the 22nd in Beijing to meet my brother.
We're also wondering how easy it is to get the nighttrain....
Would be grateful for any advice you may have.

Posted August 12th, 2010 - 12:56 pm by from Yangon, Myanmar (Burma) (Permalink)
i did ask him for an email but that seem to be something foreign for him (understood he didn'thave one) ...

there are train tickets boots all over the city so no need to go all the way to the station and wait the long queues ... however it is true that buying a ticket the day before might be hard ... if you have someone in the city that could buy one for you .... let's say this Saturday ... (4-5 days before) it'll be the best ...

Bj to Xian is a good 12-14 hours
Bj to Pingyao or Datong is about 7 hours

Posted May 6th, 2011 - 11:05 am by from Haarlem, Netherlands (Permalink)
Thanks for the info, I will travel to Datong in 2 days and I think I will give Simon a call. I will let you know what happened and if he is still available.

Posted May 8th, 2011 - 9:30 am by from Haarlem, Netherlands (Permalink)
His number no longer excist, he must have changed it.

Posted September 20th, 2011 - 7:09 pm by from Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Permalink)
Hi, thanks for all this info.i'm also travelling to datong In a Few months. Any news about his new number or e-mail of Simon?

Posted September 22nd, 2011 - 1:53 pm by from Datong, China (Permalink)
My hometown is Datong.However,I work in Hangzhou City,Zhejiang Province now.
But I can help to make the plan to Datong and make the plan of travellin to Datong where I lived before.
You can email me.My E-mail is 819217981@qq.com
You can also call to me.My phone number is 13588818617.
I hope you enjoy your wonderful trip in China.

Best regards,
Zhang Pengwei

Posted September 9th, 2012 - 12:53 am by from Datong, China (Permalink)
Yes,it is me. I have a new telephone number:13008098761. If u were planning to visit Datong which has a 1500 years' history, it would be a perfect choice to catch me.