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“Well deserved UNESCO World Heritage site”
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Yungang Grottoes
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Owner description: There are over 50 caves with over 50,000 well-preserved Buddhist statues from the 5th century.
Reviewed May 1, 2013

Certainly a well deserved UNSECO World Heritage Site and worth every penny for the admission considering what you see and how long you could stay here. The grottoes and the views from outside are spectacular. The site has been revamped into a scenic area not too long ago so we also get to enjoyed a large temple complex surrounding by water as part of the passage to the grottoes. The only setback we observed at the grottoes was the rather poor quality in restoration works done on the Buddha statues. When we visited in March, part of the grottoes were under full restoration so you might want to enquire ahead.

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Reviewed April 28, 2013

Yungang Grottoes are very well preserved Buddhist Caves from the earliest China period .Datong can be reached on either a 6.5 hour train,5 hour bus, or short flight from Beijing.Yungang grottoes are usually combined with the Hanging Monastery and 9 dragon screen.

To get to the Grottoes you can take a bus ,cab,car hire or a Cits group tour.We did the car hire from the Garden Hotel for 300 yuan for the day.The entrance fee to the grottoes is 150 yuan,well worth it in my opinion.Many of the caves have 15 meter or higher buddha statues,as well as many smaller images .Many of the statues have remarkably vibrant colors.Some reconstruction is going on ,which will force people to take long distance zoom photos with will have some posts near the statues.There is one main room,which is the centerpiece cave(no pictures are allowed)The cave has security ,but if you watch carefully some of the attendants will allow pictures.

If you enjoy these caves as much as i did the best ones are Dunhuang(near Xian no pics allowed)Luoyang Long Men(not as well preserved despite a great square of giant figures).Maijishan grottoes a 13 hour day or overnight from Xian ,or Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad India which were not sponsored by royalty.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

This location is the only reason to come to Datong as the rest of the city is either a dump or building site as it is being rebuilt.
The high fee of 150RMB is just about worth it as there are numerous impressive statues carved into the hillside which are easily accessible.
Some are being restored, lets hope they don't rebuild these as per Datong!
Taxi here is about 25RMB (1/2 hr) and you can catch two buses (#4 and #28) to get back to the city 4RMB-40 minutes)

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

China sure has some amazing sites to visit but I always feel that the majority of the ancient sites has been restored in such a touristic way that the authenticity is hard to find. While the entrance of the Yungang Grottoes is the same (with a newly built temple for example), the grottoes itself are really incredible to see. I was very impressed by the level of detail, the size of the site as well as the way it is presented to tourists. Definitely worth going to!

Thank EBelMel
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

We first visited the Yungang Grottoes in 2005 on our first trip to China. We are now on our fifth trip, and are pleased to be back where it al started. The Yungang Gottoes, like the rest of Datong, has been through a complete make over during recent years, and is now even more impressive than before.

Couple of tips.....Its a long walk from the parking lot (20+ mins), but there is a golf cart ride option if you ask (if you can, walk there and ride back). Also, do not miss out the new museum, very interesting.

Enjoy.....we did.

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