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Review of Yungang Grottoes

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.
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

This is one of the highlights of our trip to Shanxi. The area has been redeveloped with modern buildings at the entrance providing clean toilets, an important facility.
Entrance is free for Senior citizens over 60yrs. From the entrance, we took a short ride in a motorised cart to the grottos.
Only 3 caves were opened for viewing, but the statutes and carvings were intricate and well worth the visit. The disappointment was that we were not allowed to take photographs, even without flash.
Some of the carvings were extensively eroded and just left with an outline with several 1 plus in sized holes. We were informed by the guide that these holes originally held plugs that kept the surface mortar in place as the sandstone was very soft and often fell apart. With time, the surface mortar eroded away leaving the base featureless sandstone.
Further along, caves 16-20 were closed for renovations and screened from view.
The large standing sandstone Buddha is very impressive. There are other statues with varying degrees of erosion.
There are several "photographers" around who will take your picture and then pester you to buy them for ¥10/- each. I must admit, they took better pictures of us than we could capture and I guess at less than 2 bucks it's ok. I am not for this kind of hankering but, he is working very hard earning a living legitimately, more than a lot of people,

Visited October 2013
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Cairns, Australia
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“The Huge Buddha and 10,000 Buddhas walls. A must do in China!!!!”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

We stayed in Datong for 2 days and this was a must do of the trip. We didn't see any other western tourists for the 2 days in Datong and visiting the Grottoes, and I am sure that we are the start of a huge wave of westerner tourists that they are planning to visit this area. There is still a lot of construction work going on at the grottoes, but that does not detract from their splendid beauty.

I would recommend doing this in the first half of the day. Two reasons being that there is a bit of walking involved, about 20 minutes from the car park to the Grottoes, so it is the cooler part of the day. Secondly, the sun shines into the caves for better photos in the morning. I would expect that afternoon shots would make the Grottoes too dark for long distance photos.

3 hours is enough time once you get there to do this attraction.

Visited October 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“something special”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

The grottoes are in a lovely park suitable for strolling and admiring the many, many Buddhas carved into the rock cliffs. Be sure to eat the ice cream sold by the cart vendors. It's delicious.

Visited September 2013
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Shanghai, China
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Reviewed October 9, 2013

One of the best sites in China. The entry fee is not cheap, but absolutely worth it.
Plan to stay there for 2hours minimum !

Visited September 2013
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“Unescapable if you like old monument !”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

As always in China, we talk about mass tourism. The site is just huged. The sightseeing is good but a bit repetitive, Grottoes are similar few are exceptionnal. THe strangest is the area surrounded with a kind of mine (the main activity of the Datong region)

Visited April 2013
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