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Review of Yungang Grottoes

Yungang Grottoes
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Private Tour: Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery Day Trip from Datong
Ranked #1 of 66 things to do in Datong
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Owner description: There are over 50 caves with over 50,000 well-preserved Buddhist statues from the 5th century.
Launceston Tasmania
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2014

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.

Visited April 2014
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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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185 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Superb carvings”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

One of the two main target attractions up here in Datong, we were pleased with the presentation, and the quality of the carving. Compared to the numerous Buddhas in East Asia, we found this rather unique.

Visited May 2014
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Pingyao County, China
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Greatest experience so far”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

I like temples and asian arts, so I have visted many of them. Yungang Grottoes (cave) is the top choice for all my experience. I think if you choose to know this country, you should come to visit this place.

Visited May 2014
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Hinterbruhl, Austria
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578 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
“Mind boggling!”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

The site is not huge but the number of carvings is! The height of some of them is quite breathtaking and the workmanship is spectacular. The largest is 17 metres tall! They are working on the site at the moment, and some of the most colourful carvings were being renovated - what a pity for us! There are over 50,000 statues along the cave site. There is some walking involved but you can get a golf buggy if you prefer. The only sad thing is that it overlooks a massive mining area - but the caves were there first!!!

Visited April 2014
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Beijing, China
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88 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“If you have an appreciation for Buddhism or art, you'll love it”
Reviewed 6 May 2014

I also have a special appreciation for caves so I really just had a wonderful time here. The caves are not really caves that you can explore though, mostly just niches in which there are one or several thousand Buddhist stone sculptures. It is really amazing.

Visited May 2014
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