Longmen Caves - 龙门石窟
The Caves of Longmen in photos
Presentation of Longmen Caves
South of the city of Luoyang, the Longmen Caves are spread out about 1 km. Beautiful Buddhist statues have been dug into the limestone. The setting is sublime with Mt. Xiang Shang on one side, Mount Longmen Shan on the other and the Yellow River in the middle. Construction began at the end of the fifth century and lasted no less than 400 years after.
The cliff where the caves are located is nearly 1,000 m long and there are more than 2,100 caves where more than 100,000 Buddha statues have been carved. The largest is 17 m tall and the smallest only 2 cm ! Fengxianxi Cave is probably the one with the most successful work. The finesse of the details is simply astounding.
In addition to the statues, you will find many stele and about forty dagobas. You have to know that the caves are mostly closed to the public but it is still possible to get relatively close to the statues and admire these masterpieces without problem.
Plan 3 to 5 hours for the visit.
Chinese Name : Lóngmén shíkū – 龙门石窟
Take the tourist bus from the station to get there.
Ticket price : 120¥
Opening hours :
– Spring, summer, autumn: 7:30 to 18:30 (7:30am to 6:30pm)
– Winter: 07:30 to 17:30 (7:30am to 5:30pm)
Tip : dont forget to take some mosquito repellent.
360 ° photo of the Longmen Caves
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