Exploring past in modern Datong


Updated: 2021-04-26


The Ancient City of Datong. The ancient city wall of Datong was built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) on the base of the city walls from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). In 2008, Datong launched the ancient city protection project, repairing 70 percent of the remaining ancient city walls with new bricks. At present, the eastern and southern ancient city walls have been restored in accordance with the architectural style of the Ming Dynasty and are open to tourists. [Photo/IC]


Visitors view the Nine Dragon Screen in Datong city. First built in the Ming Dynasty, the Nine Dragon Screen along Heyang Street, in Pingcheng district, is made up of 426 special multicolored glazed tiles. The wall features nine flying dragon patterns and is 8 meters high, 2.02 meters thick and 45.5 meters long. [Photo/IC]


The Datong Bell Tower is illuminated by bright lights in Datong city, in North China's Shanxi province. The Datong Bell Tower is located at the center of Qingyuan Street, west of the Ancient City of Datong. It was built in 1372 and destroyed in 1951, and its reconstruction began in 2015. [Photo/IC]


Datong is illuminated by lights. As one of the nine ancient capitals of China, ancient buildings, tombs and ruins can be easily spotted along the streets and alleys of Datong. [Photo/IC]


The China Datong Lantern Festival is being held in Datong city from April 1 to May 5. [Photo/IC]


Huayan Temple Square is illuminated with colorful lights during the China Datong Lantern Festival in Datong city. [Photo/IC]