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As I went over yesterday, Datong is certainly a worthwhile destination if you are visiting China. Aside from Beijing, Mr. Selfish and I enjoyed Datong’s attractions the most, particularly the Hanging Monastery. The other primary attraction near Datong is the Yungang Grottoes, which are ancient Chinese Buddhist grottoes. Admission was 150 yuan per person, which was completely worth it.

The Yungang Grottoes has 252 grottoes with more than 51,000 Buddha statues. Some of the grottoes date back to the year 465 AD. You can’t visit all of the grottoes but it was still awe inspiring to see the ones that we could. The grottoes are, of course, in varying states of disrepair but the better preserved ones were Caves No. 5 and 6.

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There were also many Buddhas that were carved into the outside of the caves. The White Buddha was particularly impressive.

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Mr. Selfish and I also wandered into the museum located at the Yungang Grottoes. It was fairly modern, and you could see the details of some of the pieces quite close up.

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As Mr. Selfish and I continued to explore, we came upon the temple area. It was a bit new but still very scenic.

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Again, you should visit Datong if you’re coming to China and check out the Yungang Grottoes for sure.