Datong and Yungang grottoes

Nothing truly exciting going on here apart from working towards a portfolio deadline. Instead of sharing my agony, I will bring you on a spiritual trip.  

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Highway… (as if this wouldn’t be shared agony)

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Datong is located west of Beijing, in northern Shanxi Province. Apart from its mining and heavy industries, it is famous for the Yungang grottoes, Cloud Ridge Caves, with its rock-cut architecture in sand-stone.

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There are more than 50,000 carved images and statues of Buddha and boddhisatvas, the biggest measuring about 13-15 meters.

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The site has over 250 grottoes with stone carvings from the 5th and 6th centuries.

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In the future this site will probably look more like a theme park as there were, as always in China, quite a lot of construction going on in the area. Today the site is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, representing early Chinese cave art.

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Datong’s climate is a continental, monsoon-influenced steppe climate, meaning that summers are hot, while winters are cold, dry and long. Something to consider when packing. Forget about high heels.

http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1039

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