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.

China- Big buddha Longmen Grottoes

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:

CHina- 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.

China Longmen Grottes caves

The main grottoes were impressive.

CHina- Longmen Grottoes Buddha carvings

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.

China- Longmen Grottoes Mallene and I

We saw a lot of Buddhas

China Longmen Grottoes cave buddha

There are over 1300 caves with 10,000 Buddhas in total (source)

CHina Longmen Grottoes caves

Eventually it started to rain a bit so we went to the other side of the Yi River to get some full-effect photos.

CHina- Longmen Grottoes cliff

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.

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2 Responses

  1. Christine Keane says:

    Wow what a fascinating place! 10,000 Buddhas?! I have to say though, in my parents’ house, they have their fare share of Buddhas statues too lol

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