Monday, January 24, 2011

Yungang Grottoes (云冈石窟)

The next day our train left at 2:00 pm so we got up real early and decided to ride a cab out to Yungang Grottoes to save time. We actually arrived before it officially opened (8:00 am) so we walked around the visitor center for about 10 min before we could go in. This place has a massive visitor center and the park area is huge too, not sure what it's all for but we just went to the grottoes part. They were still at least pretty authentic looking despite all the new touristy stuff surrounding them. morning was definitely the time to go, the light shines right onto the cliff side. Again there was hardly anyone there so we had no problem peaking into every cave. We even saw peacocks in one of them! I was pretty thrilled about that. But then we hurried on back to the train station taking the local bus line that ends at the parks gate. Next stop Harbin.

1 comment:

Anna Edwards said...

Dude! I totally worked on the NG story on this place! The University at the Grottoes asked for a reprint in Chinese, and I got to design this little mini-cover for it.

Small. Freakin. World. But not small enough, because you're still 12-13 hours away. : / SKYPE.

I'm glad you're posting more though, at least I can live vicariously through your pictures.