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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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  • After going to the hanging Temple took us to see these caves. Were somewhat tired, but when we saw them, we said it was worth! They are extraordinary! It is a work of sculpture on the impressive rock.
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  • As part of our 2-day tour we stopped by at the Grottoes. What an amazing place! Though several of the alcoves were closed for restoration, we were able to visit most of the site. I recommend going ear...  more »
  • Great to be here, to witness one of magnificent mankind ever build from 1500 years ago. We should thank China for keeping this artefacts so people like us can study and appreciate the wisdom of life. ...  more »
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  • A truly amazing place. Well worth the long walk. Get a guide to tell you the wonderful stories and also the perfect spot to enjoy the grottoes. No words can do justice to them, it is one of those places where you have to be there to enjoy it.
  • The area consists of more than 200 caves. Some of them contain huge statues, others are just tiny holes in the rock with smaller carvings. All caves are full of smaller carvings of sitting buddhas. There is also a temple in the middle of a small lake and an extensive park for a walk along the river.
  • Beautiful place, lot of culture and architecture and nice places to have a rest. Additionally it's easy to reach by bus from the train station.
  • 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.

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