YUNGANG CAVES (YUNGANG GROTTOES)
Yungang Caves (Yungang Grottoes)
Just 16Kms from Datong city, China are the Yungang Caves or Grottoes that have been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001. The caves are protected within a fort that was built during the Ming Dynasty. They are situated on the lower slopes of the Wuzhou Shan Mountains in the valley of the Shi Li River. The area has 53 caves and 51,000 niches with the same number of Buddhist statues. All over the site there are countless examples of intricate Chinese stone carvings that date back to the 5th and 6th centuries, making it a must-see attraction.