Introduction to Yungang Grottoes (云冈石窟)
The Yungang Grottoes, in Datong, Shanxi province, with their 252 caves and 51,000 statues, represent outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China in the 5th and 6th century. The five caves, carried out by Tan Yao with a strict plan and design unit, are a classical masterpiece of the first peak of Buddhist cave art in China and one of the most popular Datong tourist attraction.
About 16 kilometers southwest of Datong city center （30 minutes' drive）
Dozens of caves with pagodas or rooms, magnificent and multi-colored sculptures with outstanding workmanship
Opening Hours: 8:30am~5:00pm, (the exhibition hall: 9:30 - 16:30)
Admission Fee: 150 yuan
Visiting Time: 2 hours
Best Time to Visit: May to October, while it is not that windy and dusty there
1. Take bus 3-1, 3-2, 10 or 12 from Datong downtown to get there.
2. Taking a taxi from Datong city center to Yungang Grottoes costs about 40 yuan.
The opening hours would be extended relatively on holidays.
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