Seeing the Longmen Grottoes was THE reason we came to Luoyang. They spread along Longmen and Xianshan hills facing the Luo river. Started by Northern Wei rulers, the grottoes were added to for more than 300 years. Supposedly there are 10,000 images of Buddha here, altho we were told people who try to count can only get to 9,999.
Some of the sculptures are missing their heads, but the ones that are left are stunning. The largest image is over 56 ft. high and is supposed to have been modeled on the face of Empress Wu Zetian, the Tang ruler of China.
There are a lot of stairs to climb, both up and down. Happily, the risers are short, and there are hand rails. There are also vendors selling water, tea, and other bottled drinks. It gets hot at the grottoes!
We took a boat back to the entrance for 10 yuan, which gave us a nice perspective of the grottoes from the river.
This is a very popular attraction. I'd suggest going early to avoid the crowds and the heat in summer.
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