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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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  • Avoid the crowd, but this is possible in winter or very early or a little late in the day, it is a place conducive to meditation and the evocation of history, the struggles between the four religion of State, examiner, Confucianism, Taoism and here, Buddhism
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  • Absolutely fascinating place along a pretty river. Tourist services are well developed. Be prepared for lots of stairs, crowds, but truly worth the trip  more »
  • If you are in the area this place is a must. Go early in the morning to beat the crowds and you will not be disappointed. One of the most impressive places I’ve visited in China. Also be prepared for ...  more »
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  • Great place!!! Highly recommended for all the architecture lover out there. You can easily spend a full day here. To get here is very easy but a taxi ride (12 yuan) to the place. Once you get there, you can get worked up with the walk up and down on these cave but all of them were well worthwhile. It would help if you read some detail info before visit since all the sign info was in Chinese.
  • Longmen Grottoes (or Longmen Caves) near Luoyang, Henan Province/ China is a site under the UNESCO World Heritage List. The caves housed tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples. Among the statutes, one of them was carved based on Empress Wu Zetian’s self-portrait. The Empress had donated a huge sum of money to the sculptors to do that. It is fantastic how the people at that time were able to carve so many intricate images onto the walls, both inside and outside of the caves, without any machines, etc.
  • the beautiful sceneric with long history of faithful holy sacred place. a lot of walking stairs to be achived, hence wear a proper shoes and have enough energy to climb up and down, however it's quite interesting and enjoyable.
  • When you're in Longmen, must visit here. Awesome view and beautiful cravings. Need some climbing.
  • It is very nice and amazing place. Dont miss to visit it.
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