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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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  • Longmen Grottoes is very large. If you intend to see this place in detail, you may need a few days. For us, we traveled from XiAn to LuoYang via high speed rail for a day trip so we decided to only co...  more »
  • Beautiful and extremely interesting. Nicest month for visiting may, quieter month July. Certainly I would insert a sightseeing tour
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  • 比起城区的重度雾霾污染,这里稍微好一点吧,景区挺干净,但规模比想象的小,自驾停车场到买门票后,必须转乘游览车才能进大门,路程挺远的,人流还行尚可忍受。 
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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...