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“This is why you go to Datong.”
Review of Yungang Grottoes

Yungang Grottoes
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US$40.00*
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Datong Classic Day Tour
Ranked #1 of 70 things to do in Datong
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: There are over 50 caves with over 50,000 well-preserved Buddhist statues from the 5th century.
Reviewed 7 June 2014

If you are considering going to Datong, this is why you are considering it. These cave carvings are unbelievable and totally worth the trip to this city.

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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Take tourist bus No:1 from Datong train station (2 RMB), it is 1 hour journey go till the last stop is the Yungang (entrance fee 120 RMB) The site is big for you can tour few hours but still some parts are not open for visiting.Yungang was constructed during the period of Bei Wei (Northern Wei) dynasty (dated 386-534), it has been long enough for some parts of the Buddha statues already fallen.At the site I can see the Chinese Authorities is taking the protection measures to keep it from further damaged.There are many caves and Buddha statues inside,it is the arts of Chinese Buddhism during the Bei Wei period,Chinese was influence by Indian Buddhism long time ago,the art work inside one of the cave tells the live story of Buddha Shakayamuni. It is amazing with these high quality historical art works

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Reviewed 29 May 2014

The size of the statues are huge. The place is well maintained and very organized. It is very nice to travel to a place that most of the turists are from the same country. In this case chineses

Thank Deborah B
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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.

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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.

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