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Yungang Grottoes, Datong

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#1 of 53 in Parks in Shanxi
#Cave, #Ruin, #Must See
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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  • Asolutely amazing site! Very easy to access, directly with the bus 603 around the station for only 3 RMB
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  • Travelled to Datong on a recent business trip to China. Took a domestic flight to Datong and visited Yungang Grottoes in the afternoon. A unique experience and breathtaking views of the massive caves ...  more »
  • A very interesting place to see. I have never seen so many huge Buddhas and of course the largest one of them all. A peaceful and picturesque place to visit.  more »
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  • The monk that saw in the valley what looked like the valley in India to start this. That up to 5,000 monks worked and toiled to create this holy place. Craving thousands of Buddha sculptures into the walls of the mountains. Tunneling into and creating a Buddha built into the mountain and removing the waste from the tunnel. A must see..
  • 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.
  • As one of unesco heritage site, the place offers unique and great ancient architecture view with history background
  • Incredible cave sculptures. Carvings covered each cave wall to wall, ceiling to floor.

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