Luoyang - Longmen Caves

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July 30th 2009
Published: August 2nd 2009
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No wonder it took 400 years to carve them all!
After a very long and backwards route, our sleeper bus arrived in Luoyang at 04.20 in the dark, so after waiting for daybreak as well as our own brains to begin working, we took bus 81 to the Longmen caves about an hour away. Also known as the dragon grottoes, they are rock carvings created about 1200 years ago, and took 400 years to complete.

A highlight was the 17m high Buddha - particularly impressive when viewed from the opposite side of the river. We spent a good few hours walking up and down either side of the river. At 120 Yuan, they are a relatively expensive attraction, but worth it - they were an impressive sight with thousands of Buddhas carved in the rocks, some tiny, others very detailed.

We left for Xi’an that night on a 5 hour train…with a very chaotic boarding process!

J x

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The biggest of the carvings, his ears are 2m long!
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A classic sight...the Chinese tour group

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