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Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang

Categories: Caves, Historic Sites, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web
Admire ancient statues at the World Heritage Site of Longmen Grottoes, one of the world's premier sites for Chinese Buddhist artwork. Spanning both sides of the Yi River, the complex features niches and caves carved directly into the cliff faces along the banks. Explore this extensive network, with more than 2,300 chambers in all, and marvel at its array of Buddhist statues, shrines, and temples, as well as all sorts of religious inscriptions cut into the limestone rock. You'll find several sets of main grottoes home to intricate statues and carvings that date back to the complex's origins in the late fifth century CE. Don't miss the massive main statues in the western portion of the site, which tower over visitors from their position above three long staircases. Put Longmen Grottoes at the forefront of your travel plans using our Luoyang trip generator.
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  • This place can be compared, perhaps with Petra in Jordan. Carved in the rock caves, numerous carved stone figures of Buddha. In the same way as in Petra, many figurines are corrupted or missing. Well and grandiose figure of Buddha, made by order of the Empress, just admire.
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  • What an absolute wonder is to walk around the Grottoes even when you are surrounded by millions of Chinese tourists pushing you around its worth every minute. The main Grottoe is the most spectacular ...  read more »
  • me and my girlfriend were undecided whether to go there or not, so glad we chose it (with the fast train from Xi'An doesn't take long) and it was the coolest thing of the trip in China (9 days between Xi'An and Beijing). Absolutely worth it especially if you're in Xi'An
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  • Spectacular; but like every popular place in China, you will be competing with thousands of other people just to get a peek. While I think the grottoes are quite spectacular and amazing it was still difficult to enjoy. There were so many people that I could not get a good look at anything. Not only that but the constantly moving line forces you to leave sometimes before you would like to. I went on a rainy day and it was still crazy crowded. I think if you could go on a weekday (like Monday or Tuesday) and go when it is not a holiday, you can probably avoid a lot of the crowds and have a fantastic, and enjoyable experience.
  • The Longmen Grottoes, added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site for outstanding manifestation of human creativity, is situated near Luoyang and straddles the Yi River on both sides in a scenic valley. Consisting of 2,300 caves, the stone carved sculptures depict Buddhist art dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries. The Three Binyang Caves is a sight to see with massive and towering statues carved out of the Limestone Cliffs. As with any Chinese tourist spots, crowds can be an issue, but well worth seeing a piece of intricate history. As of March 2016, the Royal Cave Temple has been opened for tourists for the first time in over six decades.
  • A must visit for understanding the rich history of China and Buddhism in this country. Meticulously carved statues of Buddha and other related figures on a limestone mountain. Size varies from few cm to 17 m.
  • Great location, but too commercial. It's a great place to visit if you want to learn or teach about men's destructive nature and lack of perspective and respect for the most intimate human thoughts. I won't return unless I have young children to teach them about the choices we make.
  • Well ten years ago my home is colse to Longmen Grottoes..... At that time Longmen Grottoes was not a sight spot and we were allowed to enter into that area without ticket. And there were not so many tourists at that time either. So I really like to stay with those Buddist status alone when I'm free. Those smiling statuses were like my best friends during my whole childhood. I could feel they have a lot of stories to tell. And now seeing their photos really reminds me of my childhood memory. Well, dear old friends, long time no see. Hope you are fine.
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