Datong Yungang Grottoes
The Yungang Grottoes, in Datong city, Shanxi Province, with their 256 caves and 52,000 statues, symbolize the amazing achievement of Buddhist cave art in China in the 5th and 6th centuries.
They were first carved out of the sandstone cliffs on Wuzhou Mountain in 454 AD, during the Northern Wei Dynasty. The main construction spanned for about 45 years, and it was completed around in 526.They are great examples of rock-cut architecture and one of the three most famous ancient Buddhist sculptural highlights of China. The others are Longmen and Mogao.