This is a must see! The most amazing layout of buddhas, bas relief and sculpture I've ever seen - some of the best not able to be photographed but which are simply stunning. You could spend a few hours here particularly if you want to visit the museum) which we didn't have time to do. The entrance to the grottoes themselves is via a visitor centre then a long avenue. It is actually a very large precinct that takes time to enjoy and wander through. There is also a 'food and shopping street' to one side which we wandered over to but which apparently charges a separate fee!! Chose not to indulge. Also of interest (but in a perverse sort of way) is the very large coal mine that is a neighbour to the grottoes. Presumably this is what provides Datong with its fuel source. It really is worth diverting to Datong to see the Yungang Grottoes and the Hanging Monastery.
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