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Datong (CN) - Yungang Grottoes - 9
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There are over 300 historical remains and sites of ancient relics, among which one has been listed by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site. They are the Yungang Grottoes, carved meticulously with Buddha images, dating back to 400s AD. It is a city of dragon screens, as there are several of them, and the Nine-Dragon Screen is the earliest and largest dragon screen in China! Datong is situated in the northern part of the Shanxi province, has 4 districts and 7 counties under its jurisdiction and a population of over 3 million. Located in the loess plateau, the city is about 1,060 meters above sea level, and has a continental monsoon climate of temperate zone, and therefore has clear division of the four yearly seasons. The key sights within the city limits included: the Nine-Dragon Wall; the Drum Tower; the Zhao Wuling Emperor Mausoleum; and the Shanhua Temple; the Huayan Temples. [edit text]  [editors]

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Former capital with tradition but underappreciated 
Datong,  China 
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