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.
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