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Description
Yugang Grottoes, one of China's four most famous "Buddhist Caves Art Treasure Houses", is located about sixteen kilometers west of Datong, Shanxi Province. There exists 53 caves, most of which are made during the northen Wei Dynsty between 460 and 494 AD, and over 51,000 stone sculptures. it extends one kliometer from east to west and can be fallen into three major groups.

The first group (invluding Cave 1, Cave 2, Cave 3 and Cave 4) are at the eastern end separated from others. Cave 1 and Cave 2 have suffered from rigors of time and the weather. Cave 3, an afterthought after the Nothern Wei Dynasty, is the largest group among Yungang caves.

Tours normally begin from the second group ranging from Cave 5 to Cave 13. Yungang art manifests its best in this group. Cave 5 contains a seated Buddha with a height of 17 meters. In Cave6, a 15-meter-high two storey pogoda pillar stands in the center of chamber and the life of the Buddha from bitth to the attainment of nivana is carved in the pagoda walls and the sides of the cave. The Bodihisattva was engraved in Cave 7. The rare seen Shiva Statue in Yungang with eight arms and four heads and riging on a bull is illustrated in Cave 8. Cave 9 and Cave 10 are notable for front pillas and figures bearing musical instruments. Musicians playing instrumens also appear in Cave 12 Cave 13 has the Buddha statue with a giant figurine supporting its right arm.

The rest caves belong to the third group. Cave 14 has eoded severely. Cave 15 is named as the Cave of Ten Thousand Buddha. The caves numbered 16 to Cave 20 are onward are built in the later times and can not compare to their better preserved counterparts.


Vehicle Number of guests Price
car 1-4 3500 (RMB)
van 4-7 (RMB)
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•A deposit is not necessary.