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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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  • August 16, 2017
    A must visit here. Amazing place and breath taking. Lots of stairs to climb so bring plenty of water for a hot day. The whole trip will take around 3 hours.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    beautiful caves near Luoyang, walking along the caves and return with a cart or can return by boat, many beautiful buddhabeelden in caves, some very colorful
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  • August 9, 2017
    A lot of big ones with Buddha images. You wonder why people take the trouble to so many images quarrying, from large to small. Now it is a completely depressing and can easily be combined with a visit to the Shaolin monastery on an hour to two drive. Worth and actually on the route from Beijing to Xi'an.
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  • June 14, 2017
    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 terrible close up and you will have to walk several km to enter.
  • May 26, 2017
    Incredible carvings. Definitely worth visiting. Absolutely amazing.
  • February 12, 2017
    TENS OF THOUSANDS of Buddha Statues carved into the mountains. YOWZA! Really impressive. We went in dead of winter so it was not overrun with tourists (which apparently it is at other times of year) It was really lovely and peaceful and astounding.
  • March 16, 2017
    I was quite amazed by how big these grottoes are. At some point i thought "were these people bored" because it just keeps on going. That said, it is a beautiful place to see.
  • December 26, 2016
    Longmen Grottoes contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). This place is worth visit. Very impressive Buddha art stone sculpture.

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