Our first stop after arriving in Henan was not our hotel – no, it was the Longmen Grottoes! The grottoes are known for being some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Located 12 kilometres south of Luoyang, it’s housing tens of thousands of Buddha statues carved on the outside and inside of the limestone cliffs of the Xiangshan and Longmen mountains, most of them dating from the Tang Dynasty.
The Yi River (as seen above) flows between the two mountains, and offer a nice view of one of the bridges you have to cross to get to the main Longmen Grotto (picture below), where you can find the largest Buddha statue – which is over 17 m high!
The largest Buddha is located in the largest cave, where the carvings are claimed for being the ultimate architectural perfection for the Tang Dynasty – quite a feat, aye? 🙂
I have lot’s of pictures – so enjoy!