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Address: Wuzhou Mountain, Urban Area, Datong 37000, China
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There are over 50 caves with over 50,000 well-preserved Buddhist statues...

There are over 50 caves with over 50,000 well-preserved Buddhist statues from the 5th century.

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We weren't sure if taking a 4 hour car ride (one way) from Beijing to see this would be worth it, but it was. We had an excellent time seeing a very unique place that you are... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tacoma, WA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't sure if taking a 4 hour car ride (one way) from Beijing to see this would be worth it, but it was. We had an excellent time seeing a very unique place that you are unlikely to duplicate anywhere else in the world. Crowds weren't bad. It does make for a rather long walk and we only saw... More 

1 Thank County-Hunter
Beijing, China
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing place with 45 caves of various ages and sizes filled with an astonishing array and variety of carvings - most, if not all, Buddhist. From walls of identical figures to friezes depicting the story of his life. Some of the more ornate caves you could walk from chamber to chamber in. Apparently this place influenced much other later... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's worth spending a couple of days in Datong to visit these World Heritage Grottoes, the Hanging Monastery, and other sites. This site is not as extensive as the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, but still provide insight into Chinese Buddhist history, art, and culture.

1 Thank Jill J
Dongguan, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Grattoes are, of course, amazing. What I didn't expect was that there was a coal mine directly across the river from them. So, you're trying to view these ancient carvings and the smoke and stink of the mine follow you the whole way! I was only in Datong long enough to see the Grattoes, but I guess there are... More 

1 Thank Jennifer M
Beijing, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've been to a lot of Buddhist temples in china and SE Asia, but seeing carving of statues in the caves was something most unique. Definitely a great day trip.

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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Yungang grottoes are truly amazing and the carvings are spectacular - it's well worth spending at least a couple of hours here. Take your time and browse through the caves, then turn back and re-visit your favourites. The tour groups can be a bit noisy, but you can avoid them if you're careful. Maybe try to visit on a... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

It snowed the day before we went to Datong. When we arrived from Beijing early in the morning in the train station, we decided to eat breakfast first at a nearby shop. After eating we took a bus going directly to the place. The ticket was a 100 plus rmb. It was worth it because there were no other people... More 

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Reviewed 6 March 2017

it's a long way to travel but there are only 2 things worth seeing in Datong - these and the hanging temple. these are very impressive and well worth the trip out of town

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

You will need to take an hour plane ride from Beiijing to reach Datong. Most hôtels (even taxi drivers that service the Airport) propose excursions to the grottoes and other monasteries in the province.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

This place is a must-visit especially if you're in Datong. The grottoes were really well preserved with the exception of some statues being defaced due to looting years ago. The whole place was really clean and easy to navigate. Overall, it's a really magnificent representation of Buddhism in ancient China, and I highly recommend giving this place a visit.

Thank Nichole T

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