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Photography of Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monestary

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Photography of Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monestary

I'm spending 2 days in Datong and plan to visit these sites on separate days. Can someone tell me whether morning or afternoon is better lighting for photography at each site.


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1. Re: Photography of Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monestary

There are many coal mines in that region,even there is one on the opposite site to the grottoes.It is not popular place for photographers.Hope there is no heavy pollution when you are there.

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2. Re: Photography of Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monestary

Hi, lightningboy:

I was in those sites you are gonna visit in late October. It does not really matter going there in the morning or in the afternoon.

YunGang Grottoes:

several caves are now closed for protection that visitors are not allowed to get in. You are going to take pictures from outside. I arrived there at around 9 in the morning and left at nearly 12:00 noon. You got to walk through a big temple complex before getting into the grottoes area.

Hanging Temple:

It takes about 1.5 hours to maximum 2 hours to drive from datong to hanging temple. It is very hard to say that you got to be there in certain time of the day for picture, because the temple was built in the valley half way along the cliff. there was even a river in the valley which is already dried today. Due to its location that there are mountains around, it is not too bad, but please do not expect to get too bright light for photos.

Hope this information would be helpful.


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3. Re: Photography of Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monestary

I am local guide. I can tell you the Yungang Grottoes faces south and Hanging Temple faces east. It is the best time to take photoes of Hanging Monestary in the morning .

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