Images from China
Toll gate in China as seen from the back of a taxi
Datong train station
Through the Wall
vehicle and pedestrian archway throught the Datong Great Wall
Entrance of a large wooden temple
Entrance of a large wooden temple with a woman placing incense in the incense pot.
Sunset on a temple's roof at the Huayan Monastery in Datong, China.
Entrance of a large wooden temple housing a giant statue of Buddha
Temple couryard with mountain views
Mountain scenery from a temple courtyard
Close up of a stone pagoda with religious carvings.
Taxi going over ledge in a field to get to the dirt path
A statue of a figure in the Buddhist Faith.
Steep stairs to the top most temple at Heng Shan.
A shop house in a small village like atmosphere at the Yungang Grottoes
Sakyamuni Buddha statue as seen from the side.
Round about decor
An artistic statue in the center of a round about
Close up views of the details adorning the roofs or ceilings of centuries old buildings
Close up of the corners of the roofs
A replica town being built within Datong's inner old city.
Robed Buddha Sakyamuni
A red robe placed around the Buddha Sakyamuni statue in front of the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda.
Replica Ming Dynasty Pagoda
Replica Ming Dynasty Pagoda on top of a Datong's Great Wall
Replica Ming Dynasty Pagoda
Replica Ming Dynasty Stone Pagoda on top of a Datong's Great Wall
Instead of destroying or removing historic relics, Datong builds roads around them
Gourmet rabbit dish served at the Datong Hotel.
Dragons fire pits atop a stone pillar
Path less travelled
Path leading to uncertainty behind a cliff top temple.
The archway at the top of the climb signalling the beginning of the peak complex
Giant stone Buddha scultpures in one of the caves at the Yungang Grottos under restorative repairs
Close up of an ornate roof top of a temple
Narrow corridors of the Hanging Monastery
Narrow halls of the Hanging Monastery
View from the path leading to the peak of Heng Shan
A young lady making clay pottery.
An old tea house on the street corner
Details of the 1500 year old Haning Monastery
The mini moat in front of the 9 Dragon Screen in Datong.
Magenta mirrored building in Datong, China
Ray on the bath to the temple lined with giant replica lotus buds.
Decorative tree just before the bridge entering the fort on the lake at Yungang Grottoes
Close up view of a corner watch tower of a fort built on lake.
An elaborate incense pot.
A side street in Datong's Old City, within the Great Wall.
An Imperial Palace looking complex left abandoned.
Wooden structure in the Huayan Monastery complex.
One of the halls housing Buddha statue.
Huayan Monastery Pagoda
Close up of the pagoda in Huayan Monastery
The plaza in front of the Huayan Monastery.
A temple hidden in a crevice.
Mountain side view of the Hanging Temple
Hanging Temple Supports
Slender poles supporting the Hanging Temple.
Hanging Monastery in Datong, China
A section of the Yungang grottoes
Guard tower atop Datong's city wall, lit up at night.
Caves at the Yungang Grottoes.
Arch way marking the trail to the grottoes
Entrance to the start of the grottoes.
Entrance to the Grottos park
Giant Stone Buddha
Giant stone Buddha scultpures in one of the main caves at the Yungang Grottos.
An isolated, acient looking gazebo on the mountain side
A two story ornate gazebo
Path lined on both sides by giant pillars leading to the fort on the lake.
Intricate carvings on an entrance archway
The building housing and exhibiting the Buddha Tooth Relic
A worshipper tying prayer ribbon on the ceremonial drum
A centuries old drum tower well preserved by building the streets around it.
A building with a watchtower left un attended
A dragon carved into a pillar at the plaza of the Wooden Pagoda
Construction works in Datong.
Datong Urban Landscape
Diamond in the rough, a building of importance amongst abandoned buildings.
Datong Inner City Paifang
Datong Inner City Paifang centered at a round about.
Section of the Datong Wall with a moat
Front view of Datong Hotel.
A seen from atop the the Datong Great Wall are the religious differences in Datong Society.
Differences in time and architecture and social stature.
A temple almost totally concealed by the forest.
Bunk beds stacked 3 high on each side of a high speed train car in China
A temple constructed in front of a cave.
Architectural details in and around Pingyao Ancient City
Close up of a large bell within the Huayan Temple complex
Close up of a bell tower at the Ying Xian Temple comples
Close up of an ancient temple as seen from atop Datong's Wall.
Many small to medium sized alcoves housing religious carvings or statues.
The Administration building on top of the Datong Great Wall
Admin Tower at nicht
Close up of one of the structures atop Datong's city wall, lit up at night.
9 dragon screen
Centuries old wall decorated with 9 dragons
One of the nicer access points to the city from atop the wall
Yungang Art Gallery
Yungang Art Gallery signage inside the Yungang Grottoes Complex
Yurts erected on some vacant property.
Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda
View of the Ying Xian Wooden Pagoda from the plaza.
Yingxian Pagoda Gate
Gateway in front of the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda
Yingxian Pagoda Temple
Temple behind the Yingxian Wooden Pagoda.
Ying Xian Town
A quick peak at the section of town across the street from the Wooden Pagoda
View from above
Looking down from the Hanging Monastery
View from the top
Cliff top view of he Yungang Grottoes complex
Biking on Datong's Great Wall.
Images taken in Datong