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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. Plan to see Longmen Grottoes and other attractions that appeal to you using our Luoyang vacation planning website .
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  • You can't say you have visited Luoyang unless you visited Longmen Grottoes. It's only 20 minutes from Luoyang High Speed rail station. From the main entrance where you get the ticket/parking lot (plen...  more »
  • I visited here as part of a 32-day solo holiday with China Private Tours. Longmen Grotto is situated in Luoyang, about half way between Xian and Zhengzhou and is around a 90-minute bullet train ride f...  more »
  • There are several reviews here pointing the the same place. Such as Binyang Cave, Longmen Mountain. They are all parts of the same package, same location. We went during autumn and it was still hot(Gl...  more »
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  • It was really nice scene place. The Buddha statues in the ancient caves are incredible. Should wear some comfortable shoes cause there's lot of walking to be done.
  • Well organised. Good English info available
  • That rare overlap where accessibility and value meet. Easily done in half a day, you can see both banks of the river with stunning buddhas from as early as the 7th century.
  • 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 heavy close up. Recommend exiting your taxi from far away and walk several km to enter. Great street vendors near by the ticket entrance. 10 rmb egg wraps filled me up before embarking on the journey. Be prepared to jostle with line cutters.
  • Thousands of Buddha, huge, amazing place, must go, the craft is magnificent. What a pity that most of them were being damaged.

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