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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
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

That was even better than I anticipated, highly recommended. Also a well-organised site, but really anything would do with the amount of relics they can boast of having.

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Markham, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

It's a UNESCO site for a reason. It's just amazing to see the work that went into carving the Buddhas in the side of the mountains. The ultimate carvings are found at the end of the trail. You can take a boat ride and then a shuttle to get back to the main gates. I recommend taking the boat ride,... More

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Aldershot
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

We got the train from Xian to Longmen, where we were met by our guide. The site is interesting, but many of the statues have been destroyed or removed by treasure hunters, or transferred to museums around the world. Many of the remaining statues are only a couple of centimetres tall and in dark caves where you can't truly appreciate... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Took the first express train from Xian to Luoyang Longmen. 1.5h from Xian to Longmen and another less than 10mins taxi ride to reach Longmen Grottoes (龙门石窟). As Shaolin Temple (少林寺) is also on our agenda, our wonderful guide; Bryan negotiated for us a taxi to bring us round trip for RMB400 ie train station --> Longmen Grottoes --> Shaolin... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

This attraction is located in the suburb of Luoyang, visitors can either take a taxi or bus to the place. The grottoes were carved out in Longmen mountain, overlooking the Yi River which splits the mountain into northern and southern halves. Best time to visit the place are either early morning or in the evening near sunset. In early morning... More

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Taiping, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Take a cap with you if you are visiting during the summer as the weather will get very warm. There is alot maintenance work around the time I visit it and many of its idol is destroyed. The entrance fee is quite expensive as compared to Shaolin Temple (and shaolin is more interesting) so I wouldn't recommend this place unless... More

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Karachi, Pakistan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

Well, not worth a place to visit really!!!! lots n lots of idols for which i did not find any interest except for the part where the guide highlighted the idols which were destroyed or stolen by Japs during the Sino-Japanese war the only part i enjoyed was the boating in Yi River that flows besides the mountains the shopping... More

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

I love the scenery and what made this site a Unesco WHS. It's grand and love the fact that it has the West & East side that connected by the bridge, over a wonderful river.... You could easily spend half a day in the Grottoes.. The ambience is nice in the cool weather when we were there..

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

It's a well presented tourist location, but it simply doesn't have the big impact compared to many other sites of a similar nature around the globe. Makes a nice stroll in good weather perhaps, but not worth a special trip.

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Loudi, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

I ended up in Luoyang by chance, having been unable to get a train ticket from Nanjing to Xi'an. A quick tripadvisor search led me to visit the Longmen grottoes. The access to the grottoes was remarkably easy, simply take the number 53 bus to it's terminus (at a cost of only 1 yuan) and there you are. I arrived... More

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