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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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  • In Luoyang half time because, first went to the Longmen Grottoes. Hotels near Luoyang station of the high speed train went by taxi, but 30 told the source. The win meter in what? And hear the shuttle in the Longmen Grottoes with 10 original or addition that would take 30 yuan, said it was no battle is more than. Were negotiating into the Longmen Grottoes and parked on the guards in the middle and let me put taxi drivers ended up bad. We walked down to the car, go to the entrance of the Longmen Grottoes. walk about 1 km on the way, many times went been overtaken by the shuttle. Thought this if you send from the main gate and rode the shuttle was at the time too late. Arriving at the entrance an introductory fee 100 Yuan payment, it started. First of all, I went to the Nishiyama caves. In a hole carved into the cliffs carved more statues. Anyway lots of statues and carved, was overwhelmed. If you do have a 17-metre great Buddha or lined up a lot of small statues as the number of cm and various Buddha images. I saw people who would be keen followers, together the Buddha integrated hands together praying too. Out of the Nishiyama caves and go on the other side of the River, Dongshan caves. Nishiyama caves as large number of Buddhist statues found here, was dotted with attractions. Had a spot overlooking the entire Nishiyama cave across the river and then go ahead. The view from here is really amazing. We recommend you to visit again take a look at if you go to Luoyang.
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  • A highlight, that is worth a visit. Hundreds chiseled Buddha in stone. Small to huge. A masterpiece.
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  • An absolute must for any traveler. Very impressive. If you come to Luoyang, should definitely take the time and look at the caves.
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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.
  • Day trip from Xi'an by train. Amazing grottos. Sad that many were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.
  • Richly historic. The grottoes themselves tell a tale of epic patience and dedication. The (quite literal) defacing of many statues dating from the People's Revolution speaks of the angry rejection of the past and growing pains of China as a nation during a tumultuous time. If the stones could speak...