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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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  • September 28, 2017
    One of the UNESCO sites with magnificient caves. It can be very crowded, so lunch time can be quite a good time to visit them. Some of the caves will be in renovation. The biggest caves and the colore...  more »
  • September 21, 2017
    Totally topped my expectations! We had a great guide and she told us all about the history and everything. Since our family is bilingual, we opted for a Chinese guide as that was easier but I think En...  more »
  • September 17, 2017
    I think that there are over 50,000 Buddhas in this location. Some as tiny as an inch others hundreds of feet tall. Alas the condition of many of them is not quite up to par but that's due to age and l...  more »
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  • May 23, 2017
    One of the main historical tourist attraction in Datong, Shanxi. Worth exploring the vast areas and admiring the ancient religious relics found here.
  • May 21, 2017
    Simply incredible to see. Photos don't do the caves and carvings justice.
  • June 11, 2017
    Fantastic history, the statutes are amazing in size and details!
  • January 6, 2017
    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.
  • July 27, 2016
    the entrance/exit is actually quite scenic! I climbed a rock to take this photo (crazy tourist!).

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