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Longmen Grottoes

Ranked #1 of 75 Attractions in Luoyang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations
Description: Early Chinese Buddhist cave art is represented by well-preserved pagodas, carvings and statues.
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Stafford, England, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The main reason for visiting Luoyang. Several caves containing carved bas relief Buddhas, one of them allegedly having 5,000! In an attractive river valley, and not as atmospherically polluted as much of China.

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Saint Thomas, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

I would recommend a stop here. The series of carved and natural caves to celebrate early Buddhism are inspiring mostly due to the sheer size and the amount of work that went into creating these monuments. The site has a lot of walking and up and down stairs. I would recommend taking the cart to the site and the charming... More

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Guangzhou, China
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

What an incredible place. It is absolutely worth the visit. We liked it more than visiting the Shaolin Monastery. It is a very impressive place and even with the large crowds I would absolutely recommend it. Be aware that there are LOTS of stairs and this is not the place to bring a stroller. If you do not take the... More

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Royston, United Kingdom
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181 reviews 181 reviews
59 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Set alongside a wide river a series of 2000 caves, each with bhuddist statues and carvings. Steps allow you to climb to some of the higher ones although they cover the entire cliff face in places. I visited in the rain and care was needed on the uneven wet steps. You can be ferried to the site from the remote... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This place is a must visit if you're in the Zhengzhou/ Mt.Song/ Luoyang area. There's great historical value to the place, and it's very interesting but sad to see all the defaced Buddhas in the grottoes. The through ticket also lets you visit more attractions across the river, so try to pace yourself along the stretch of road in the... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

You could see many statutes in your eye, not from the books/pictures. It's real one from ancient China(well maintenance). It's easy to get the clean restroom with door and few shops offer quick meals( corns, fast noddles, drinks). A good place to visit!

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Gold Coast
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We caught the local bus from our hostel, it was maybe a 20min trip, and well worth it. Amazing place and the size of it blows your mind. great setting being on the river which makes it all the more appealing. We walked all the way around in about 3 hours, and that time included climbing and resting, lots of... More

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Somerset, NJ
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is a great historic site about 45mins outside Luoyang city. I would recommend that you do a tour group, but you also can take a cab and go it on your own. It's about a 2 1/2 mile walk, a lot of stairs so if you have a hard time getting around it may be a little rough. There... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Longmen grottoes are gorgeous. It was sad to see a lot of statues which were vandalized and stolen. A tourist guide said some were in a museum in the State now. All statues were painted but the color has faded away over time. That said, they still look magnificent. If time and physical strength are limited, it is recommended... More

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kuala lumpur
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168 reviews 168 reviews
89 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Took the fast speed express train from Xian to come here about 1 hour and 45 minutes ride . Then took a taxi which cost 10 yuan to the site from the train station . Took the buggy ride in . We hire a English speaking guide that cost 100 yuan , the tour is about 1 hour . A... More

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