About Datong

"Phoenix city" Datong

( chinadaily.com.cn )

update: 2011-09-28

In AD 398, rulers of the Xianbei ethnic group made Datong the capital city of the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534). Since then, Datong served as the capital city of the regime for 96 years, gradually becoming the political, military, economic and cultural center in North China and an influential international metropolis.

In Liao and Jin dynasties as well as the beginning of the Yuan Dynasty, Datong was known for 244 years as Xijing, the alternative capital, In the Ming and Qing dynasties, the city became a military stronghold defending Beijing to the major hub along the trade route connecting China with Europe due to its unique geographical position.

Datong, a city with a history spanning 2,300-years, was the capital of Northern Wei, alternative capital during the Liao and Jin dynasties, and a place of strategic importance during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

From the long history of change and transition, the city has accumulated numerous charming cultural heritages and natural sceneries. The city has over 300 important cultural heritage sites under protection, including 22 under state-level protection and 20 under provincial protection. The city is unrivalled across the country with so many high-grade cultural heritages and scenic spots.

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