Longmen Grottoes, China
After my post about funny signs, I realized that I haven’t posted about my China trips. One of my favorite and most interesting stops on my 2nd China trip was to the Longmen Grottoes- a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Longmen Grottoes is mostly stone carving into limestone cliffs along the Yi River in the Xiangshan and Longmenshan Mountains . For part of my China trip we stayed in the city of Luoyang. Longmen Grottoes is a car-sick inducing ride along a winding cliff highway where our driver thought we were racing. I’m not one to get too motion sick in vehicles but 3 out of the 4 audiologists in the car with me were all breathing a sigh of relief when we arrived and exited the car.
The entrance to Longmen Grottoes:
There are a lot of caves carved into the cliff each with its own Buddha. These were all carved around 400-900 AD.
The main grottoes were impressive.
One of my favorite memories from that day was when we took this photo- my friend Mallene and I. She is blonde and in a more rural part of China, the residents don’t get to see a lot of natural blonde hair. Whomever had my camera took this photo along with a couple dozen other Chinese people who wanted a picture of Mallene and I. It was so strange! It happened a lot with lighter hair travellers.
We saw a lot of Buddhas
There are over 1300 caves with 10,000 Buddhas in total (source)
Eventually it started to rain a bit so we went to the other side of the Yi River to get some full-effect photos.
Longmen Grottoes was a site unlike any I have seen before. If you ever are in the Luoyang area of China, make a special trip to the Grottoes to see this import Chinese Buddhist site.