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Yungang Grottoes are a cradle of Buddhist art, playing host to more than 51,000 sculptures. [Photo by Zhang Xingjian/chinadaily.com.cn]


Yungang Grottoes, imposingly chiseled on the mountain slope and extending about one kilometer from east to west, is one of four famous treasure houses of Chinese grotto art. The other three are the Dunhuang Mogao Caves, Luoyang Longmen Grottoes and Maijishan Grottoes.


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Yungang Grottoes are a cradle of Buddhist art, playing host to more than 51,000 sculptures. [Photo by Zhang Xingjian/chinadaily.com.cn]

Vivid, lifelike, elegant and graceful, these statues represent the Buddhist art treasure caves in China.

There are 53 grottoes of different sizes and more than 51,000 Buddha sculptures.

The 20th cave was a statue built in the open air. It sits 13.75 meters high and is regarded as the masterpiece of the grottoes.

While influenced by Buddhist cave art from South and Central Asia, Yungang Grottoes have also interpreted Buddhist cave art with a distinctive Chinese character.

As a result, Yungang Grottoes have played a vitally important role among early Oriental Buddhist grottoes and had a far-reaching impact on Buddhist cave art in China and East Asia.


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