The Yungang Grottoes are ancient Buddhist”caves Temple” near the city of Datong, in Shanxi province. They are excellent examples of rock architecture and one of the three most famous ancient sites of Buddhist sculptures in China. The others are Longmen and Mogao. The site is located near the city of Datong, where we are, in the Shi Li River Valley at the base of the mountains Wuzhou Shan. The statues are an outstanding example of Chinese stone carvings of the 5th and 6th century. The site includes 252 caves and 51000 statues, from the largest, about 17 meters, the smallest measuring a few cm. UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001, they are considered a masterpiece of rock art of buddhist origin.
The Yungang Grottoes