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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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  • 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 and climb about 4 km of stairs.
  • Very nice to walk around and you should also take the boat on the river.
  • Unique Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples.
  • Very interesting place with Buddha statues in cave. Must visit.
  • Awesome sight to watch. Definitely worth a visit. It is a shame that so many statues are damaged
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