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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Datong Yungang Grottoes
The three main sites in China that are famous for their stone sculpture are Gansu Province Dunhuang, Luoyang Longmen and Datong Yungang. Among these, the Yungang grottoes are considered the first among equals, for their tremendous size, their ancient history and their relatively complete state of presenvation. In 1961, the State Council of China declared this a National Key Cultural Relics Protected Unit and in 2001 the stie was listed as a World Cultual Heritage Site.

With their 252 caves and 51,000 status, the Yungang cave art represent the successful fusion of Buddhist religious symbolic art from south and central Asian with Chinese cultural traditions, starting in the 5th century CE under Imperial auspices. The power and endurance of Buddhist belief in China are vividly illustrated by the Yungang gottoes.

The caves can be divided into 3 phases: cave 20 is one of the five earliest caves of monk Tan Yao, house of the sitting statue of Sakyamuni, which is 13.7 meters high, with a full and round face, majestic smile, slim up and a high nose, ears that extend almost to the shoulders, radiant eyes, and broad shoulders. It is the representative of the Buddha sculptures of the Yungang Grottoes.
Add: Yungang Town, Datong
Ticket Price: RMB60
Opening Time: 08:30-17:40(in summer); 08:30-17:00(in winter)

A big rock signboard carved with the words in Chinese - Yungang Grottoes, a world culural heritage

Brief Introduction to Cave No.20

The earliest caved carved, incarnation of both Buddha and the first emperor of Bei Wei Dynasty - also representative of Yungang Caves

More pictures taken of the other 4 important earlier period of the carving

The carving during this prime time was much more lavish and Chinese

Later period carving including some small caves carved by some officials and monks instead of by the dynasty itsself

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