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Yungang Grottoes
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Private Day Trip to Yungang Grottoes and Hengshan Hanging Temple from Datong
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Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery Day Trip from Datong
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Owner description: There are over 50 caves with over 50,000 well-preserved Buddhist statues from the 5th century.
Reviewed 28 April 2014

This s my main reason to visit datong and I just love everythg abt this place.it reminds me of aurangabad cave temples a bit although since most part of aurangabad are hindu temples with its full deities, but still this cave has its own charm. I d prefer to stroll by walk,its not that far especially since I was accompanied by a very patient guide with me.I did some touristy act like taking pic with the classic tourist look by a local photographer (u can bargain the price).overall,u must visit it. Its the reason why u come to datong except for its beautiful hanging palace

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

We went to the Caves by taxi for ¥ 60, went back by bus 3 for ¥1.
We had been to the Caves 10 years ago and we were surprised to discover that they were now part of a completely new theme park with 2 temples, a State of the Art arrival hall, tea houses, a food and drink street, souvenir shops and a museum (opening soon).
Some Caves were being renovated but there was enough to admire. Some of the Caves have still some original colouring.

Thank jopo42
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

The approach is very long; pay the extra 10 RMB for the electric carts and zoom up to the real entrance in a few minutes. The exit is also a long walk through a maze of sales stands but the only way to return to the bookstore (and you don't want to carry any purchases all day while in Yungang). Best book is a hardback book in a slip case entitled Yungang, part of the "Grotto Art of China" series. It's 99.9% Chinese but the colour pictures are truly excellent. 230 RMB. (We were told a new multi-volume series on Yungang depicting every cave is in the offing, but this book is perfect for non-specialists.)

Thank SingaporeGirl
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Reviewed 16 April 2014 via mobile

Was there a couple of days before the Qingming period which probably explained why the place was not as crowded as we had expected. We had plenty of time to gaze at these awe-inspiring pieces of art in relative serendipity - a luxury for any Chinese tourist attraction.

Unfortunately several caves were under renovation and I believe those were the better preserved ones.

Do avoid the little shop selling dried foods - they sold us expired stuff. We only realized after 2 mouthfuls and promptly left. No point kicking up a fuss over ¥10.

Take bus number 3 from Datong city to get there. Only ¥1 each way (we took the tourist bus for ¥2 on our way back because it came first). A cab ride would have set us back by ¥160!

Thank TWInChina
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Having lived in Datong for 5 years, I have been to Yungang many times. It has never been a boring visit. The history is amazing. There are wall paintings that are older than the US is... kind of puts things in perspective.

There has been an excellent job of upgrading the site in the last 5 years. The visitor center and pathways are all new and in very good condition. English-speaking tour guides are available and recommended.

In summary, if you find yourself in the Beijing area for an extended time, a day or weekend trip to Datong is well worth the time. Easy morning and evening flights to/from Beijing directly to Datong.

Thank Gobux89
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