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“Impressive sculptures with rich heritage”
Review of Longmen Grottoes

Longmen Grottoes
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Private Tour: 2-Day Luoyang Highlights of Shaolin Temple
Ranked #1 of 93 things to do in Luoyang
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Owner description: Early Chinese Buddhist cave art is represented by well-preserved pagodas, carvings and statues.
Singapore, Singapore
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“Impressive sculptures with rich heritage”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Took the first express train from Xian to Luoyang Longmen.

1.5h from Xian to Longmen and another less than 10mins taxi ride to reach Longmen Grottoes (龙门石窟).

As Shaolin Temple (少林寺) is also on our agenda, our wonderful guide; Bryan negotiated for us a taxi to bring us round trip for RMB400 ie train station --> Longmen Grottoes --> Shaolin Temple --> train station.

No wonder this is a UNESCO World Heritage site...this place has more than 1,000+ years of history and there are many rock sculptures dating back to northern wei to tang period so you see different interpretation of the statues depending on the period it was sculptured. There are also different dimensions ranging from 25mm to 17m in height.

The main highlight is the giant sculptures along the middle on the western side which is really very impressive. In fact, it is so huge that it is also visible on the eastern side across the Yi river. Unfortunately it was a little hazy so can't take a perfect picture from eastern side.

Visited February 2014
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“A must see in Luoyang”
Reviewed February 11, 2014

This attraction is located in the suburb of Luoyang, visitors can either take a taxi or bus to the place. The grottoes were carved out in Longmen mountain, overlooking the Yi River which splits the mountain into northern and southern halves.

Best time to visit the place are either early morning or in the evening near sunset. In early morning when there were no bus loads of tourists, this is a tranquil and peaceful place which you can enjoy all by yourself. And some times mist can rise from Yi River to cover the grottoes in a surreal atmosphere. During other time of the day though, it could be quite a different experience when the place is crowded with tourists. And at noon time, it could be hot with little shade.

The grottoes date back more than a thousand years, and they were completed during different dynasties, so the idols really shoe different characters. many smaller idols were damaged, but larger ones (10-20 m in height) remain mostly intact and are very impressive.

there are 2 bridges connecting the shores of Yi River, visitors can cross the river from the bridge near the exit of the grottoes park, and explore the other half of Longmen mountain. There are some grottoes there too, though not quite impressive. There is also the grave of Bai Juyi in Xiangshan temple on the mountain, which offers a great view of the grottoes and Yi River, and itself a rather quiet nice place to walk around.

The only gripe I had was the ticket price, which is rather steep, and becomes even more expensive if you plan to visit Xiangshan Temple.

Visited March 2013
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Taiping, Malaysia
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“Not much to see, mostly are under maintenance”
Reviewed February 10, 2014

Take a cap with you if you are visiting during the summer as the weather will get very warm. There is alot maintenance work around the time I visit it and many of its idol is destroyed. The entrance fee is quite expensive as compared to Shaolin Temple (and shaolin is more interesting) so I wouldn't recommend this place unless you have no where else to visit.

Visited September 2013
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Karachi, Pakistan
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“Japs destroyed many idols”
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Well, not worth a place to visit really!!!! lots n lots of idols for which i did not find any interest except for the part where the guide highlighted the idols which were destroyed or stolen by Japs during the Sino-Japanese war
the only part i enjoyed was the boating in Yi River that flows besides the mountains
the shopping in the nearby shops requires extra smart bargaining skills as the scarf that was demanded at 200 yuan was finally bought for just 20 yuan

Visited September 2013
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“One of the greates WHS”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

I love the scenery and what made this site a Unesco WHS. It's grand and love the fact that it has the West & East side that connected by the bridge, over a wonderful river....

You could easily spend half a day in the Grottoes..

The ambience is nice in the cool weather when we were there..

Visited October 2013
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