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“nice day trip from lanzhou” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bingling Temple Grottoes

Bingling Temple Grottoes
Long Beach, California
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“nice day trip from lanzhou”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2013

This was my long day trip from lanzhou which included a bus ride and then taking a speedboat to get to the site. The name of this location is Bingling thousand buddha caves and I don't know about whether there are actually ten thousand buddhas, but there are a number of impressive carvings made into the cliffside. You are going to be limited by the speedboat driver as to the amount of time you get to spend at the site.

Visited August 2013
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Hamburg, Germany
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“NEARLY untouched - GO VERY EARLY on the day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is a very nice 90 minutes speed boad ride from LIUJIAXIA. Stay in that little town overnight to be at the caves at the opening at 9:00 - before the buses from LANZHOU arrive at around 11:00 to 11:30.
You will have finished by than ;-).

Bingling means 'ten thousand Buddhas' in the Tibetan language.

Hidden in the Caves are "very nicely restored" Temple Caves stretching about 200 meters on the west cliff in Dasi Gully. Among the caves, the main characters are Sakyamuni, Kwan-yin, Amitayus Buddha, Maitreya Buddha, and other Buddhas. With elegant postures, flying robes and ribbons, the statues are life-like.
The starting construction time dates back to the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316). In the following dynasties, the caves had been excavated many times. There are now 183 niches, 694 stone statues, 82 clay sculptures and some 900 square meters' (about 1,076 square yards') of murals.
It is said, that they lay on the former SILK road - as they are so much hidden, they were not "cleaned" in the cultural revolution.

GO VERY EARLY at the opening at 9:00 & you will be AMAZED about the CALM & BEAUTY!

Visited October 2013
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La Spezia, Italy
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2013

Due to their wonderful location , I think that these grottoes could be judged the best grottoes in Gansu Province ( I have not seen Mati Si grottoes ) . Morevoer there are very few tourists !!
This site can be reached after a 2 hours drive from Lanzhou to Liouijaxia Reservoir ( a basin of the Yellow river ) where you have to take a small speedboat . After a 20 minutes boating you reach a very scenic landscape , where there is the entrance of the canyon where the grottoes were dug and carved .
There is a very lovely walk below the cliff which holds the "thousands" Buddhas which the monks carved since 2nd century a.d.
If you want it is possible ( with a little overcharge ) to drive up to the end of the canyon ( 15 minutes of beautiful scenery ) where you can visit a small buddhist Monastery where an enthusiastic monk describes the site and offers you a cup of tea !
This is one of the best visits along the so called "Silk road"

Visited September 2013
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Canberra, Australia
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“One of the best attractions in China”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Lavvy88 (review dated June 2012) has given a nice description of Bingling Caves, which is one of the most fascinating attractions in China. The difficulty of getting there by bus and speedboat from Lanzhou probably explains the lack of visitors, and it's hard to believe that you can have such a peaceful and unhurried look at such an important heritage site. The only discordant note is the huge Buddha statue, which is so big and looks so new (is ' restored' the right word?) that it looks out of place here.

Visited September 2013
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Athens, Greece
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“Bingling "Ten Thousand Buddhas"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2013

Definitely worth visiting from nearby Lanzhou, although it can take 3 hours by coach and then 45 more minutes on a speedboat to get there. My group and I began our visit by climbing a few dozen steps to a Taoist Temple perched on the cliff. Then we saw hundreds of niches where Buddha statues used to be, but now are protected in the museum of the area and a few statues and tiny temples. Unfortunately the giant Maitreya Buddha that stands more than 27 meters was covered by scaffolding and a green net, but on the whole the trip to Bingling was a wonderful one!

Visited August 2013
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