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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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  • Visiting the caves was one of the highlights of our trip to China. Standing among the thousands of caves and Buddhas gives you a bird's eye view of thousands of years of Chinese history. The incredibl...  more »
  • Human tenacity is a mighty force that fears no challenge and this site is one of the most impressive examples of this. For roughly 4,5 Km you can walk alongside both banks of the Yi river and watch wi...  more »
  • The grottoes are amazing, that many statue in the mountain is really something. It is as well nice walking around, and you can see a lots without having to climb 10 000 step But if you are planing to ...  more »
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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...