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Yungang Caves are China's greatest single venue of Buddhist statues. They were carved 1500 years ago.
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A few interesting statistics illustrating Yungang's massive construction and artistic endeavors:
Caves and statues
Yungang Caves have 53 caves and 51,000 statues depicting Buddha and his life.
Statue heights ranges in extremes from thumb size to 17 meters (55 feet).
The cave complex and statuary were created by 40,000 workers.
Be sure to reserve ample time for these:
Extensively carved. This is the artistic glory of the Yungang caves.
Notable for its thousands of Buddhist carvings on the walls and ceilings.
The home of a tall Buddha statue.
Boasts a seated Buddha of giant proportions.
Houses the giant seated Buddha shown in the above photo. It is bathed in sun light because its wall collapsed, exposing the statue to the outdoors.