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Longmen Grottoes

Address: Banks of Yihe River, Luolong District, Luoyang 471000, China
Phone Number: 0379-5981342
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Ranked #1 of 76 Attractions in Luoyang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.5 of 5 stars 700 Reviews
Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations, Cultural
Owner description: Early Chinese Buddhist cave art is represented by well-preserved pagodas, carvings and statues.
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Type: Historic Sites, Caverns/ Caves, Geologic Formations, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 10:30 pm
Owner description: Early Chinese Buddhist cave art is represented by well-preserved pagodas, carvings and statues.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A great place! I am so appreciate their efforts to build the caves, especially the cave (I dont remember the name) built by 2 women. How could them do that? @@

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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

12 Km far from Luoyang,more than 1 Km long of cave art.Every pieces are interesting,near a river(Luo) and could be fun if the weather is good.There is not any type of new reconstruction and thus is a type of real ancient chinese art.Built from 493 A.D for more than 400 years, have more than 100000 statue of Buddha in 1400... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Highly recommended as it is very accessible via 1.5 hours high speed train from Xian (those that stop at every station will take 2 hours plus). Plus, it is so near the train station that you can just hail a cab to get there. It is one of the 4 grottoes in China (the others are in Yungang in Datong,... More 

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London
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I would recommend visiting this site when near Xi'an, it is only 1.5h away by bullet train. The grottoes are very impressive, there are thousands and each containing several statues. I was lucky to have dry weather and no crowds, but I imagine it getting uncomfortably crowded in high season. A guide is nice for extra information in different caves,... More 

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

A visit to the Longmen Grottoes is a must when you're in the Luoyang area. There's an entrance fee of RMB 150/person but it's worth it. It's a UNESCO Heritage Site. Also nearby are a temple, a garden and a poet's tomb which are included in the fee.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This place house thousands of Buddha sculptures since thousand years ago till recent days. Alot of the sculptures were stolen by foreigners when they invaded China but still quite some remained. You get a good view of the great work of the Chinese and how they embrace Buddhism.

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Miami, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Literally, Dragon's Gate Grottoes, or Longmen Caves, this is one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. This complex is 12 km south of Luoyang, China. Dug into the sides of a mountain for about a few kilometers, one cave after another of Buddhist shrines abound. Some containing massive Buddhas of epic proportions and others tiny little Buddhas but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Longmen grottoes started during gthe northern wei dynasty and was continuously built over the next 400 years. Empress Wu ze tian from the zhou dynasty was one of the biggest contributors in this big construction. There are many caves here with well made steps to bring you closer to the carvings of buddhas. This magnificent construction started because of the... More 

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Kuching, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Very interesting and beautiful Buddhist statues it boggles the kind that the people could produced beautiful works of art, especially the main statue of the Buddha out of the rocky mountain side. Worth every cent and pains climbing the winding wooden staircase.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

These grottoes hold a massive amount of Buddha images carved into the rock ranging from tiny to huge. The effort in producing these was impressive but those stairs! As they're carved into a hillside you have to climb up many stairs. Disabled access hasn't dawned in China yet so people with a disability will miss out. Those without need to... More 

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