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Longmen Grottoes, Luoyang

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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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  • We visited Longmen Grottoes on a beautiful day in April, getting off the high speed train at Luoyang on the way to Beijing from Xi'an. We checked in our luggage at the station, took a bus and spent se...  more »
  • Visited on Saturday 25 March Longmen grottoes had the wow factor for me Keep your head down climbing the yellow stairs that way you look up and see full view all at once BAM! I gasped! Easy by public ...  more »
  • I highly recommend visiting the Longmont Grottoes in the ancient capital city of Luoyang in Henan Province. There are thousands of statues carved out within the mountainside. It is a picturesque setti...  more »
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  • 1200-1700 years old carvings of Buddha and Arahats. This is a holy place and it is a shame it was unprotected for so many years. About 80 percent are defaced or faded. But the main attraction is a sight to behold. To have seen the world through their eyes. Rent a full day chauffeur from Zhengzhou and go to Shaolin Temple as well. Or take the HSR to Luoyang and then a taxi. Traffic is terrible close up and you will have to walk several km to enter.
  • Incredible carvings. Definitely worth visiting. Absolutely amazing.
  • TENS OF THOUSANDS of Buddha Statues carved into the mountains. YOWZA! Really impressive. We went in dead of winter so it was not overrun with tourists (which apparently it is at other times of year) It was really lovely and peaceful and astounding.
  • I was quite amazed by how big these grottoes are. At some point i thought "were these people bored" because it just keeps on going. That said, it is a beautiful place to see.
  • Longmen Grottoes contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). This place is worth visit. Very impressive Buddha art stone sculpture.

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Most international tourists who arrive in Luoyang are much more interested in what lies outside the city, but thankfully its abundant local attractions--natural and man-made--have been largely unspoiled by the addition of hotels, hostels, and inns. The same cannot be said for the city itself, which has covered itself in new buildings, even at times to the detriment of historical sites. Look to the north of the river for the bulk of options, with luxury hotels, backpacker-friendly youth hostels, and ordinary guesthouses to choose from.
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