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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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  • Despite being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this site is little known outside China and almost never included in the classic sightseeing so much so that our very good guide Lisa asked us how we had discovered it. We made the day tour from Xi'an with the super comfortable fast train that in an hour and a half takes you to the high-speed station of Luoyang not far from the caves. These caves are attached to a wall that skirts the river for about a kilometer and are literally covered with engravings made by monks from 500 BC. There are up to 20 meters high as others by a few centimeters, but they are all beautiful.
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  • The second time, the stay was the same. The first is to buy the ticket, take a golf cart for about 5 minutes to reach the entrance. The straight two sides of the corridor have a very beautiful willows. You can also enjoy river views. A little walk to the cave, which must walk up a small staircase but worth a visit, because the location is great.
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  • wow wow wow I loved Luoyang, didn't expect it to be so exciting city. Apart from Longmen Grottoes you should visit old city centre too, it is one of the ancient city centres which preserved its atmosphere and didnt suffer much from reconstruction. Prices on street are comparatively cheap than other tourist destinations, as well as you can find some interesting and unique snacks and gifts which would be rare to find in other parts of China. Take a long relaxed evening walk here. recommend you to try fresh squeezed pomegranate juice. Later on try local newly baked bread from one of home shops. City was on ancient Silk Road, so you can observe elements of Muslim culture. Bread, mosques and etc. Nice city mix of modern and ancient China
  • These grottoes are sensational. The earliest grottoes started during the North Wei dynasty. The bulk of the constructions are from the Tang dynasty. And the last few are carved during the Song dynasty. I highly recommend a guide as it explains the subtle stylistic differences from each era. These grottoes ran along both bank of the river, so you can walk along one side, cross the bridge then back the other.
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