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Yungang Grottoes, Datong

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Marvel at rock-carved statues of sitting Buddhas at Yungang Grottoes, a World Heritage Site perched on the banks of the Shi Li river at the base of the Wuzhou mountains. The unique cave complex has 252 grottoes featuring over 51,000 stone statues and 18,000 sq m (193,750 sq ft) of intricately carved areas. Admire ornamented arches and a 15 m (49 ft) tall ornamented pagoda-like column, summoning the highest achievements of the first wave of Buddhist art in China. Started in 450, the carvings display a rigorous unity of style, layout, and design. Reach the grottoes via boat tour, and consider hiring a guide to get the most of your visit. Plan your visit to Yungang Grottoes and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Datong trip planning tool .
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  • This is yet another must-see attraction in this area. This is just to be set-back by the Munchs that did manage to great this sculptures. The extreme details and the fantastic work they have done (and...  more »
  • You will pass first a theme park-style entrance with modern, newly built temple complex. Fake so. Even there over to get to the "caves". These are really worth seeing. Here you are also a bit white as the attraction. There are not that many Westerners. Go to the hanging Temple. Also not to be missed.
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  • Another great spot to visit in China. Amazing Buddhas sculpted on the rocks. There are thousands of them everywhere, of all sizes - from 30 cm to more than 10 meters. The visit takes around 1h30. When...  more »
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  • One of the main historical tourist attraction in Datong, Shanxi. Worth exploring the vast areas and admiring the ancient religious relics found here.
  • Simply incredible to see. Photos don't do the caves and carvings justice.
  • Fantastic history, the statutes are amazing in size and details!
  • It was about 20 years ago. While the art work was impressive, the coal dust of Datong was quite shocking. Hopefully they've cleaned up since.
  • the entrance/exit is actually quite scenic! I climbed a rock to take this photo (crazy tourist!).

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