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The happy monks and us.  

The happy monks and us.

Ancient Buddhist art at the Yungang Caves

October 27th 2014
From there our driver was taking us to see Muta, a five story wooden pagoda which is the worlds oldest and tallest wooden pagoda. It is 67 metres tall and was standing in the midst of a large open area which added to it's impact. It was built without any nails in 1056 and has very little colour on it. Only the bottom floor is open for viewing now - the clay Buddha in this floor was 11 metres high ... read more
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13th November 2014

A magical day!
How special the encounters with the monks, and the cave art is fabulous! I must say I'm shocked by the prices if you saved $60 on the discount, and you only only visited the Muta and caves sites--yikes! And while sad you couldn't enter all the caves, and there were new "temples" and tourist services, it's great to see that China is working to preserve its ancient treasures (and money makers).

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