Longmen Caves

Luoyang, Henan Province Travel Blog

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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Juliana (Russia)

We arrived into Luoyang at just gone 10am and left the station to find our hostel. Immediately we had the usual map sellers, taxi drivers and hotel workers trying to pull us in their direction. Stupidly we showed some interest, in the hope one of the women worked for our hostel. The next 20 minutes were spent been led from pillar to post, around numerous hotels, getting more and more frustrated. The problem was that when we asked passers by the directions, the women were getting them to point in the wrong direction and towards THEIR next hotel they wanted to show us! Eventually, a kind shopkeeper showed us the right road, to the annoyance of the hawkers.

Having eventually found the hostel and set our bags down, we jumped on a local bus, for the 13km trip (costing 7p!) to see the Longmen Grottoes. These were a continuation of the Yungang Caves built at Datong. When the Chinese capital had moved to Luoyang in 494AD, the Wei dynasty had over 100,000 figures carved into the rock faces, taking over 200 years. They were extremely impressive to see, but unfortunately many of the figures were headless due to past 'treasure' hunters. Having digested both the western and eastern embankment of caves, we went on to see a temple set on top of the embankment. In my opinion, the complex was not quite to the standard of the caves in Datong, still it had made for a really pleasant day out.

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Luoyang, Henan Province
photo by: Deats