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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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  • It snowed the day before we went to Datong. When we arrived from Beijing early in the morning in the train station, we decided to eat breakfast first at a nearby shop. After eating we took a bus going...  more »
  • it's a long way to travel but there are only 2 things worth seeing in Datong - these and the hanging temple. these are very impressive and well worth the trip out of town  more »
  • It should get a taxi at the hotel and reach an agreement for the payment. Really very accessible. The half-day tour can be
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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。