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Longmen Grottoes

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Address: Banks of Yihe River, Luolong District, Luoyang 471000, China
Phone Number: 0379-5981342
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7:30 am - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:30 pm

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Amazing Carvings

The carvings here were amazing. To think they started these hundreds of years ago and continued over various Dynasties. It's a shame modern man has thought it was alright to steal... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Singleton, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The carvings here were amazing. To think they started these hundreds of years ago and continued over various Dynasties. It's a shame modern man has thought it was alright to steal from this area by cutting of hands and heads of the rocked carvings. this senseless vandalism did take some of the shine of the carvings. The largest Buddha carving... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I'd never heard of the Longmen Grottoes before getting the opportunity to visit on a day trip from Xian. We caught the fast train from Xian to Luoyang - which only took 1.5 hrs - & then a short bus ride to the Longmen Grottoes. Having visited the Terracotta Warriors 2 days previously, I felt privileged to visit yet another... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting, unusual and impressive place - artificial ancient grottoes in a rock on a river bank.I think it's the third "must to visit" place in China after the Greate wall and the terracota warriors. Best view over the grottoes is opening from the other bank of the river. It's possible to approach the grottoes only by walk, cars and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really cool place. Thousands of hand carved Buddhas sit inside hand-carved alcoves. Some of the Buddhas are mere centimeters in height, while others are giant statues far larger than people. The stairs and gangways used to access them are almost as cool as the grottos themselves; it looks like an Indiana Jones set.

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Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first visit. Very impressive and historic. I do not recommend to visit this monument when it rains because everything is outside. The climbing makes it very dangerous on these wet stairs made from stone. Total distance to walk is approximately 2.5 km.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some of the most amazing carvings and statues I have ever seen. Visiting the Longmen caves should be an essential stop on your trip if you are anywhere nearby. It makes a good stop-over for visiters on their way from Beijing to Xi'ian.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not many tourists know about this interesting place. We are very happy we got to experience Longmen Grottoes. Well worth a detour on your trip. There are quite a few steps to negotiate and lots of walking. There are plenty of public toilets which were very clean. Both sides of the river have amazing views and we thoroughly enjoyed our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is just amazing. Magnifico !!! I'm glad it is not located in Afghanistan or else the Taliban will blow this place into dust just like what they did to a big carved Buddha statue over there. You have small Buddha, medium sized Buddha, HUGE Buddha carved on the cliffs but sadly, some of these Buddha heads are gone.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

God is amazing. We really love it Longmen Grottoes althaough we should walk to come in. With the big Buddha's statue and nice weather last month we really enjoy it

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Xinzheng, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a "must see" attraction, one of the best in all China and the best in Henan Province. Started during the Northern Wei Dynasty in the 490s, Buddhists carved grottoes into the cliffs on both sides of the Yi River near Luoyang for the next 400 years. Over 100,000 stone images were carved on the cliffs. A major patroness... More 

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