Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Photo Gallery

The Longmen Grottoes were carved into the hillsides during the Wei and Tang Dynasties from the 5th century onwards. The UNESCO World Heritage site includes over 2300 caves along a 1km stretch of limestone cliffs.

After visiting the museum near the ticket counter, it is a long walk to actually enter the site and reaching the first caves on the west side of the river.

Lianhua Cave is named after the delicate lotus carving on the ceiling, which symbolizes holiness and purity.

Fengxiansi Cave is the highlight of the west bank. The main statue stands 17m tall with a faint smile.

The grottoes are 12km south of Luoyang but only a short taxi ride from the high-speed train station at Longmen. Over 2300 grottoes line both sides of the river, housing over 100,000 Buddhist statues.

On the quieter side of the river, there are some temples and more modern facilities for the government officials of yesteryear.