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Bingling Temple Grottoes

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Amazing and beautiful.

One of the finest examples of chinese art that was not destroyed in the previous century. You must... read more

Reviewed September 2, 2018
Shim S
Tel Aviv, Israel

To get to caves required a boat ride. Recent land slide has been bad for tourist trade. The caves... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2018
Hong Kong, China
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West of Yongjing County, Yongjing County 730030, China
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Reviewed September 2, 2018

One of the finest examples of chinese art that was not destroyed in the previous century. You must have a guide as not all the caverns can be visited.

Thank Shim S
Reviewed August 28, 2018 via mobile

To get to caves required a boat ride. Recent land slide has been bad for tourist trade. The caves were small mostly but date back to 400 CE. Not much crowds.

Thank Lankylee
Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

The place is accessed by a fast speedboat across Bingling Lake. The place is very quiet with wonderful views. It was one of the crossing points of the Yellow river on the Silk Road. The caves are are up a small valley and some have...More

Thank Clarky57
Reviewed April 7, 2018

Worthwhile to visit this remote place if you can reach it - 2.5 hours from Lanzhou + a 20 min boat ride across the lake to this treasure trove of grottoes. One of the advantages of the place is that you can take photos of...More

1  Thank bjnomads
Reviewed October 30, 2017

It takes a total of 3 hours to get to from Lanzhou West Long Distance Bus station (not to be confused with the bus station at Lanzhou West train station). Buy a ticket to LiuJiaXia for 25 Yuan. Tell the bus driver you are going...More

1  Thank Catlady88
Reviewed October 8, 2017

Today the day started out drizzling and cool. We set off from Lanzhou for the three hour drive through the mountains and along the scenic Liujiaxia reservoir. We saw the huge dam that was the first major hydro facility for China. Our objective was Bingling...More

1  Thank Archaeobuff
Reviewed August 19, 2017

You reach Bingling Temple after around 1 hour of speedboat through an artificial lake. Once arrived, you need to walk on a quiet and flat path in a narrow valley, having ripid walls both sides. Suddenly, at your left you can see a huge sitting...More

Thank Paolo P
Reviewed June 2, 2017

Bingling shi is a large Buddhist temple complex almost like Dun Huang Grottoes but without the crowd. It has one of the biggest Buddha statue like those in central Asia, product of the ancient silk road. The site is about 2 hours bus drive from...More

1  Thank HooiYee
Reviewed May 26, 2017

although it was remote place but worth to visit. overall landscape was beautiful & impressive. statue & printing also keeping in good condition. worth to visit

1  Thank iamface
Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Like most other posts I can confirm that this is a worthwhile day trip from Lanzhou. I went with private car which made it a little easier. Best to get to the visitor centre in Liujiaxiazhen before midday and maybe best not to visit in...More

2  Thank Sebastfailla
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January 10, 2018|
Response from Catlady88 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I went on October 20, after the rush of the Golden Week holiday in China.
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Response from Sebastfailla | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for delay in responding but it is open all year round weather permitting just that in the winter months not all the grottos are open but still worth the trip. We went early January and it was quiet and eerie.