Datong, China


City in China

Dàtóng isn’t going to win any beauty pageants, but who needs good looks when you’ve got art? Border town extraordinaire, the city has long held a strategic position on the edge of the Mongolian grasslands, first rising to greatness as the capital city of the Tuoba: a federation of Turkic-speaking nomads who united northern China. converted to Buddhism and, like most other invaders, were eventually assimilated into Chinese culture. The Tuoba’s main claim to fame is the Yungang Caves,.