The over 250 caves and 50,000 statues at Yungang Grottoes represent "the outstanding achievement of Buddhist cave art in China in the 5th and 6th centuries." The famed artist Tan Yao worked on a small group of caves, known as The Five Caves, that are considered a classical masterpiece of Buddhist art. UNESCO designated the complex a World Heritage Site in recognition of its artistic relevance.
The Eight Outer Temples were built between 1713 and 1780 and reflect a number of architectural styles. For instance, Xumi Fushouzhi Temple reflects Tibetan, Mongolian, and Han Chinese buildings. The Puning temple contains a 73 foot tall Buddha statue made of five types of wood and has 1000 arms and eyes. Regular or summer hours are from May 1 to October 15.