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Visit one of northern China’s historical wonders on this private 12-hour Yungang Grottoes trip from Beijing. Travel to this UNESCO-listed treasure-trove of early Buddhist cave art near Datong, and enjoy ample time to tour its 252 grottoes of thousands of Buddhist statues. See highlights including the towering Buddha cliff carving, and smaller caverns and niches filled with murals and figurines, many from the 5th century. Lunch, private transport, and central hotel pickup and drop-off included.
  • Private full-day trip to the Yungang Grottoes from Beijing
  • Soak up views of China’s towns, villages, and countryside on a drive to Yungang
  • Explore the UNESCO-listed grottoes filled with 5th- and 6th-century Buddhist images
  • Enter caverns and see niches crowded with Buddha statues of all shapes and sizes
  • See the 55-foot (17-meter) cliff-cut Buddha and grottoes boasting murals and figurines
  • Stop in Datong for a lunch of local specialities such as sliced noodles
  • Includes private air-conditioned transport, lunch, bottled water, and central Beijing hotel pickup and drop-off

Inclusions & Exclusions


  • Private tour
  • Bottle water
  • Local hand slice noodle lunch
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Local taxes, gas and toll fee
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Entry/Admission - Yungang Grottoes
  • Entry/Admission - Mark’s Guide & Driver Service


  • Entrance fee 90 CNY per person
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Hilton Beijing Wangfujing Parking Lot

Traveler pickup is offered

Departure Time

6:30 AM

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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What To Expect

After early pickup from your central Beijing hotel, settle inside your private vehicle. Then, gaze out at the city’s bustling streets as you set off on your journey to the Yungang Grottoes near Datong.
Travel west into northern China’s countryside, and during the roughly 4.5-hour journey, relax in the air-conditioned comfort of your car or minivan, and absorb the interesting views of the towns, villages, farms and fields.
On arrival in Datong, stop for an early lunch of local specialities such as sliced noodles — bowls of savory, flattened noodles sliced with a knife and mixed with other ingredients.
Duly refreshed, travel to your main destination for the day: the Yungang Grottoes. One of China’s three best-known historical Buddhist sculptural sites, this UNESCO-listed treasure dates from the 5th and 6th centuries, and consists of 252 cliffside grottoes and niches, all filled with more than 51,000 statues and depictions of Buddha.
Head inside the complex (own expense), and enjoy about four hours to look around the grottoes that stretch along a 0.6-mile (1-kilometre) section of cliffs, seeing everything from miniature statuettes to rock-face sculptures.
Stop to marvel at the largest, 55-foot (7-meter) Buddha in the fifth cave, and view some of the smaller caverns and niches to admire everything from colorful wall murals to figurines and other ornamental depictions of Buddha.
Having explored this incredible site, hop back into your vehicle and relax on your ride back to Beijing, where an early-evening drop-off at your central hotel brings your tour to a close.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Nov 2017

This was a very long tour, but extremely worth the four hour drive from Beijing. Sights along the drive were awesome and the Grottoes were unbelievable, 45 Grottoes with amazing carvings everywhere. Lunch in Datong was wonderful and the local tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. One of the highlights of our visit to Beijing.

, Apr 2017

First off don't let the length of the day stop you from doing this tour!!! It was phenomenal!!! Bruce picked us up bright and early to start our long drive to The Grottoes. We arrived 3.5 hours after being picked up and Bruce told us where to go. This wasn't a tour as much as Bruce was our driver. I was a little concerned about that at first but as we wandered the grottoes and found each cave to be more amazing than the next we were all glad we were left to experience this at our own pace and as a family. After leaving with our mouths dropped to the ground from the sheer amazement of this place we met Bruce in the parking lot where we proceeded to the town of Datong for lunch!!! Bruce ordered a feast for us that we will remember forever. The restaurant was a blast more of a banquet hall and we were able to see a 12 year old boys birthday party going on and all the cultural fun that came with that!!!
Such a great day in every way and we would highly recommend Bruce and the long trip to The Grottoes. You'll never forget them!!!

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