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Longmen Grottoes

Banks of Yihe River, Luolong District, Luoyang 471000, China
0379-5981342
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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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London
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Based on reviews and photographs in my guide book we decided that this place was worth a visit. We were a bit disappointed as we found grottoes in a very sorry state all covered with thick layer of dust /dirt. Not surprising as Luoyang is a very dirty city covered with smog. Generally in hindsight I would have avoided going... More

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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

This place is simply amazing. Seeing all those Buddha's carved into the caves is so cool. One cave has 10,000 Buddha's in it! We were staying in Luiyang at the YiJia international hostel on Zhong Zhou East Rd and caught the #53 bus (¥1 & ~40mins) to the caves. Entrance cost ¥120 which gave you access to the East Caves,... More

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ehingen
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29 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

wonderful buddha statues in caves at the riverside, not far away from luoyang. visit in the early morning - during the day very often big crowds of visitors

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Singapore, Singapore
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Well worth the day trip from xi an. It is located only 5 min cab ride from the train station. It is a marvel in itself even if without a guide to explain. Recommended to take the boat ride down the river back to the entrance.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The Longmen Grottoes are located in the south of Luoyang City. They are between Mount Xiang and Mount Longmen and face Yi River. There are over 2,300 holes and niches, 2,800 steles, 40 dagobas, 1,300 caves and 100,000 statues.

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Brisbane, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We were lucky enough to have a brilliant, erudite guide for our visit to the grottoes, it was wonderful to have the history as well as anecdotal snippets of information as we walked along the bank of the river. The climb to see the Dragon Queen will take your breath away (literally) but is absolutely worth it. Despite the damage... More

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Rexburg, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We went here in the late afternoon and it was quite pleasant once the sun was lower in the sky. A lot of walking and stairs, but well worth it! Seeing the large Vairocana Buddha Statues flanked by the Heavenly Kings was impressive. The cave of the 10,000 Buddhas is also worth it. I would recommend crossing the river at... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
44 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Longmen Grottoes (or Dragon's Gate Grottoes) dates from 493AD, runs about a km alongside the Yi River and features something like 100000 Buddha carvings and 1400 caves in all various sizes. Most of the carvings are fairly well preserved and it’s quite a spectacular site – especially from the river or the other side of the river. On the day... More

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Paris
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115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The grottoes form an impressive ensemble and the largest of the 100 000 or so buddhas, at 17 meters high, is amazing. Yet, I would rather recommend visiting the grottoes in Datong,

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Bangalore, India
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The grottoes were very scenic with the rivers, bridges and surrounding mountains. The giant buddha statues were very elegant and commanding. The view from the opposite side was breathtaking.

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