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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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  • Essential destination during a trip to China (I personally visited for the second time), to better understand one of the most important moments of Buddhism in this country. Plan an entire day to visit and try to be on site at 8 when the site opens and the parties have not yet arrived. There are thousands of caves and niches to look at but not all are open. Not everything is in good condition, but this does not detract from the interest and charm to the place. The most important are located on the West side of the river and that is where you will find greater crowding, the eastern part is visited much less. I recommend the classic route, before the West and then the East one, and to get back on your heels to give a look to the caves that you will like them more. Bring a packed lunch because the eateries inside are not that great. The caves are located about fifteen kilometers from the center of Luoyang and to get the fastest and practical is the taxi. Entrance fee of 120 Yuan. In winter closed at 16.
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  • By taxi from the hotel near Luoyang Centre, Hsin-Hsiang stall Street 40 from less than. Time without traffic jam 30 little, that is. Across the bridge to the entrance of the cave in the fact from the last so far include a taxi is intact in the taxi went to go and buy a ticket at the ticket office located at the entrance, after plenty of about 2 kilometres. I was go aboard the motorized carts from the parking lot with the first ticket, and regret. Western Grotto, lit by the Sun and great abandon, wants to see a rushana Buddha, went all the way in the morning, but roads to the caves on the eastern side of the exit-only at で 出口 専用 厳しい and severe staff to put in one step. No fee required for admission (white garden, East cave entrance are each) of is, for unknown reasons does not put. Perhaps, it is the rule. If the large illuminated in the morning sun if you know how to watch a rushana Buddha take a look at how post would like to won't-be. Incidentally, tore through the Western cave off to the East and to the West cave once in, must come out. And I do not know whether or not a will make re-entry from the West "exit. Cave itself is well well, just lots from large from small Buddha ' bruised but suppose interest really. And later Buddha ' of face worked scrape well well well, one by one, and this also is caught. And at the same time and he still beams scary thing. Climbing up and down stairs are good caves west nor the East cave is, so have no confidence in the lower body's attention. Also, do not take heavy loads is for. Warm weather 11 / was submitted humiliating break a good sweat! Would, on the contrary, were this summer, never quit in the middle. In addition, facilities such as rice to eat, there is a small kiosk that sells souvenirs, beverages and ice around the Western Cave the East caves. People are concerned about the hungry, snacks, fruit, and bring a little good will. White Garden lies to the East cave where the destination is at the bus stop, there are lots of minicabs tout to the station. And have eaten the rice around the bus stop. Price is the level of ordinary. 20 Yuan--30 eaten in 10 minutes. Move to the high speed train station, cute smile (? ) Aunt, until the station of the high speed train 20, it had in the original (two people). Usually 40 alone is referred to the original 20 Let's negotiate with. And clinging to her aunt, out of ordinary residence from the back door of the bus stop, waiting for little old lady driving Tuk yourself, come. Intact, low speed (20 mph just kilometers? ) In the high speed train station is 15-20 minutes. Traffic on side roads, so the signal (! ) Is better prepared for because I think the cold is no bother, but when it rains, sometimes quite harsh. Go here if you go to Luoyang with the inconvenience and hassle, and then what? Is a named place.
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  • 人真的很多,无论淡旺季。 事实上这里冬天应该是挺冷的,因为一条伊河贯穿而过,除了对佛文化感兴趣的人外,其实这里观赏性并不是很高,人文不够浓郁(氛围古老而又浅薄,文物保护不够好),商业化气息太浓,最近一次去大路正在修建,居然从公交车站进去还要坐车收费。所以我只好绕了很曲折的一段小路。 如果说文化是瑰丽的,那么现代的装扮便是毁掉它的浓酸。 
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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...