The Yungang Grottoes
The Yungang Grottoes is about 16 kilometers to the southwest of Datong city, next to the pass leading to Inner Mongolia. It is one of the three major cave clusters in China, punctuate the southern foot of the north face of WuZhou Mountain, in the ShiLi River valley. Started in 450, YunGang Caves are a relic of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534). Yungang Grottoes feature a blend of ancient Buddhist temple grottoes and statues, revealing excellent stone carvings of 5th to 6th centuries. There are 252 caves of various sizes and over 50,000 stone statues. The Caves are divided into east, middle, and west parts. Undeniably, Yungang Caves attract seas of people to rush to Datong and it quite worth to visit.