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“Outstanding group of Buddhist statues” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Longmen Grottoes

Longmen Grottoes
Banks of Yihe River, Luolong District, Luoyang 471000, China
0379-5981342
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Ranked #1 of 86 things to do in Luoyang
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Early Chinese Buddhist cave art is represented by well-preserved pagodas, carvings and statues.
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“Outstanding group of Buddhist statues”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

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.

Visited June 2013
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“Longmen disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

We are in our 70's and the long walk and the many stairs, only to see Buddhas with their faces destroyed was not worth the journey. We had previously visited the earlier Grottos at Datong and they were magnificent, a far better option than the Longman Grottos

Visited April 2013
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“very impressive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

The whole area is beautifully laid out and the walk along the river is very pretty. The main grottoes are hugh and well worth seeing. A bit of walking involved but it's flat except for when you go up stairs to get a closer look at the statues. If you're Australian don't bother getting the peony seeds, you'll never get them thru customs.

Visited May 2013
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“Buddha extravaganza”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

Very popular with Chinese, about a mile of niches with carved Buddhas miniature to Gigantic, You can take a boat back to start for extra 10-20 Yuan.. 4-8 bucks. Expect several 'opportunities' to have your picture taken with and by Chinese visitors if you're Caucasian.. it's nice to be popular.

Visited April 2013
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“Go for the main square Longmen”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

These Grottoes are probably in the worst condition of the major 4.Dunhuang,Datong Yungang Grottoes,Maijishan Grottoes.The grottoes are located nearby Luoyang or a 90 minute bullet train ride from Xian.The taxi ride from the train station is 10 yuan by meter or 20 yuan negotiated rate.

The entrance fee is 120 yuan to enter and expect large crowds.The grottoes are on 2 sides of the river ,with the best ones on the right side.Expect to do some climbing to get around the grottoes and view the statues.Over the years many of the statues have been stolen or vandalized.The color on the statues is not very good.

The main square is up a set of steep stairs in the middle of the grottoes,this is where you will do most of your picture taking.The square was sponsored by the queen.Good luck taking pictures without people in them.We were lucky enough to have some crazy chinese teenagers run interference for us.

After finishing the grottoes to the right ,cross over to the other side of the river.The statues are in poor condition,yet you can take some good zoom photos of the main square.After the grottos you can take a tram back or follow the trail and cross over the bridge.Be prepared fo be hit on by all the gift shops.

Visited April 2013
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