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.
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