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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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  • An amazing place with 45 caves of various ages and sizes filled with an astonishing array and variety of carvings - most, if not all, Buddhist. From walls of identical figures to friezes depicting the...  more »
  • It's worth spending a couple of days in Datong to visit these World Heritage Grottoes, the Hanging Monastery, and other sites. This site is not as extensive as the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, but sti...  more »
  • The Grattoes are, of course, amazing. What I didn't expect was that there was a coal mine directly across the river from them. So, you're trying to view these ancient carvings and the smoke and stink ...  more »
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  • the entrance/exit is actually quite scenic! I climbed a rock to take this photo (crazy tourist!).
  • Nice walk
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  • 我非常喜欢云冈石窟,这里属于北魏的艺术,所以比较接近莫高窟,而洛阳的龙门石窟是在云冈石窟之后的。也就是说这里的佛像比较接近佛教传到中国时期的样子。