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“Amazing historic site”
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Longmen Grottoes
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Owner description: Early Chinese Buddhist cave art is represented by well-preserved pagodas, carvings and statues.
Auckland, New Zealand
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“Amazing historic site”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Out family enjoyed this site and it is well worth visiting for a few hours, as it covers quite an area. We took taxi out there from outside Christian hotel, and agreed to a 40rmb flat fare. Meter taxi on way back cost 33 so that was about right.

Had to walk a gauntlet of tourist shops before getting to ticket office... things for sale are cheaper than Shanghai where we live, so if you want to do a bit of shopping for the usual stuff do it here.

Tickets are 120 rmb for entrance to LM grottos. Kids less than 130 cm are free. Includes 4 different sights...the West Bank, East bank, Xiangshan temple and Bai Juyis tomb. Keep your tickets with you as u will need them for all sites.

First go down the West Bank, there are some good grottos here. If you haven't got much time, then don't spend too much time on the first few as it gets better as you go along. Don't miss the big rock carvings in the Ancestor Worshipping Temple including a 17m high Buddha. Also we enjoyed the 10,000 buddha cave, with thousands of tiny bas relief buddhas. Cross the river over the bridge to get to East bank and don't forget to take a photo looking back at all the West Bank grottos and the ancestor worshipping temple and if u r lucky u will get the reflection in the river as well.

We thought the East bank was less interesting with more defiled Buddhas, but go take a look at the thousand eyed and armed Guanyin.

Wander along to Xianshan temple. It is a short hike up hill, take a look. Oldish rooves but buildings look new...

We didn't go into Bai Juyis tomb area as we had had enuff at this stage and it looked more like a park to us. You can take a electric cart back to the entrance gate for 5 rmb pp.

We then had lunch at one of the small restaurants in the gauntlet shop area in front of ticket office. 68 rmb for 4 dishes plus soup and tea. It more than fed 4 of us and we were starving after all that walking.

Walk the gauntlet of shops again, and you can catch taxi or bus out front. As mentioned the taxi back to Christian's Hotel cost RMB 33 by meter.

Visited April 2013
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Exton, Pennsylvania
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“Amazing place”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

A testament (yet another) to the amazing things ancient Chinese accomplished. The many hundreds of smaller grottoes are interesting but the central attract, a near 6 story Buddha, is just remarkable.
Worth the effort, but lots of walking and climbing involved.

Visited March 2013
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Lexington, Kentucky
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

Really amazing site. Worth the trip to Luoyang. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for a long stroll.

Visited March 2013
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Santa Barbara, California
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“Be prepared to walk long distances.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

The cave carvings of Buddha were very interesting. We took a cab from our hotel. When we were ready to return none of the cabs wanted to take us back because of the distance so we took a local bus. So plan your transportation in advance.

Visited March 2013
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Geelong, Australia
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

We have been fortunate to visit China many times, and have done the big-ticket "Top 10". This was one of the places we had always wanted to visit, and found it truly spectacular, up there with the best in China.
The first sighting as you come around the bend after the entrance is truly breath-taking.
Access is excellent via stairways, but be prepared to do a bit of climbing to see the higer ones. However, many of the caves are at low levels and the overall experience can still be achieved with minimum climbing.
We visited in February, so it was a bit foggy, but not too many tourists.
There are a few caves on the other side of the river, but these are fewer and not as impressive. The climbs can be quite steep, especially to the temple and villa.
However, it is worth crossing to get the vistas of the main cave sections from afar. There are electric cars available for quick access aound the site, but we found walking enjoyable and easy.

Visited February 2013
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