Yungang Grottoes
Yungang Grottoes
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Historic SitesAncient RuinsCaverns & Caves
8:30 AM - 5:20 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:20 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:20 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:20 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:20 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:20 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:20 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:20 PM
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There are over 50 caves with over 50,000 well-preserved Buddhist statues from the 5th century.
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KW M
Belfast, UK556 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
If you’re in Datong, you have to go see the caves.
We were dropped off by the gate, walked up, bought tickets, 240RMB for 2 people, and proceeded in. Once you are in a few hundred metres, you can buy a there/return bus ticket for 15RMB. Buy the bus ticket unless you want to bake under the July sun. I would say it’s almost a 1km walk to the caves and then you’d have to walk back.
The caves themselves are very cool, reminded me of the churches carved into the rocks in Cappadocia, Turkey, but these caves have much more detail, some with 1000 small buddhas carved into the rock.
We went on a Tuesday in July, about lunchtime and there was a very large crowd, so expect weekends, and holidays to be insane with people. Try to go through the week, in the off season.
Written 22 July 2021
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CDubChina
Guangzhou, China343 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The Yungang Grottoes have a long history and I highly recommend visiting this place during your time at Datong. The Yungang Grottoes are a 20 minute drive from the old city.
Written 14 March 2021
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Travelfox
London, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Breathtaking site and grottos, though it is recommended to read up on the history and grottos / watch documentaries before going to grasp the uniqueness and depth of the site. Signage boards only provide limited information and the Museum is currently closed due to Covid. If you speak Mandarin, you could also respectfully ask the friendly security staff in the grottos for explanations. They are very knowledgeable and deserve credit for their willingness to share.
Written 29 October 2020
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Franck88
Beijing, China75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
be careful on the long waiting queue early in the morning to go in... lot of tours. better to exit by the same way than coming instead of waiting cars back to the exit
Written 26 September 2020
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Linda C
Central Otago, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Incredible, a must to visit. Amazing place, a UNESCO world heritage site. Amazing history and incredible architecture. Seek a guide to get the history.
Written 25 January 2020
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Catherine O
Brisbane, Australia149 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We travelled to Datong on the 8:40am fast train from Beijing North and organised for the taxi driver we got at the new Datong South station to take us to the caves and then bring us back to the station after a few hours at the caves (we have some basic Chinese language skills) It was certainly very cold but the caves are so amazing that we didn’t even think about how cold we were. The whole place is very well done and seeing the caves is very easy - being so cold (-4 on the day we visited) we did pay the 15Y for the electric bus around the site. We highly recommend the Yungang Grottoes if you have time.
Written 7 January 2020
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Trese
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The grottoes have become a main tourist attraction for Shanxi province. Ten years ago they were accessed by dirt tracks. Today they are a must see attraction featuring incredible twenty metre Buddhas and decorated ceilings as great as any in Churches in Europe. Accomodation costs are reasonable in Datong and the grottoes are a taxi ride away. Fast train takes you from Beijing to Datong in a couple of hours. A must see heritage site in China.
Written 30 December 2019
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L920
705 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Business
Around 30 minutes you can reach by bus or taxi. Public bus cos cheap around 2 yuan. Still nice and much more cleaner than my last visit two years ago. Always amazing with the selections of buddha caves and sculptures. If you have time you can do it during spring, summer, autumn.. winter is too freezing cold.
Written 3 December 2019
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downtherethunder
Fara Novarese, Italy45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Very big site. When I started my visit I wasn't that impressed by the first few Buddhas, there was not that much left of them, but halfway through, out of the blue, one of the best Buddha (and cave) I've ever seen in China, and I've visited the Bingling Thousand Buddha cave in Gansu and Longmen in Henan!

The colors were so well preserved, such a pity I couldn't take any pictures. I think if they let people spread such beauty tourists will multiply around here, but maybe that's also for the best of the site and those who visit it. I enjoyed it so much, not so many people around, yet so much beauty to witness.

After that Buddha, many others followed, such a pleasant visit. Highly reccommended!
Written 29 November 2019
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patrick k
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We visited Yungang Grottoes at the end of our China trip. We did Forbidden City, Terracotta in Xiang, Yellow Mountains Huangshang, Shanghai etc... and had not a lot of expectations. But for me, this was the absolute highlight of our tour. On all the fotos you see this "famous" buddha. But the real treasures are the buddhas in the grottoes. I could have spent hours in these "caves" watching these colorful wonder created in stone. Breathtaking and unreal. Go there. By the way: Datong has meanwhile a new old city wall, which is unbelievable beautiful as well. Datong is defintely worth a stay of one or two nights... cracy city development, a lot of good restaurants etc.
Written 16 November 2019
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