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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. Put Yungang Grottoes on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Datong vacation generator.
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  • The Yungang Grottoes are one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites. I reached this site by taxi after I have visited the Hanging Temple which is by the way not so far from the Grottoes. The atmosphere yo...  more »
  • The front half was a bunch of nicely rebuilt buildings, but as you work your way back there is a very extensive ancient city built into the cliffs with incredible Buddhas and other deities. Incredible...  more »
  • Yungang Grottoes are spectacular, and in better shape than the Longmen, not quite as big, but there is not as much destruction and empty caves (theft) as in Longmen. Buddhas and Apsaras galore! Really...  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!).