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龍門石窟 Dragon Gate Caves Longmen Caves Longmen Grottoes
Near Luoyang, Henan Province, China Henan
Henan  state
China  country
Asia  continent
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34.552783° N, 112.470131° E
Opening hours
Daily 7am-6:30pm

Description of the Longmen Caves

The Longmen Caves include an astonishing 1350 caves, 750 niches and 40 pagodas, which together contain some 110,000 sculptures. A clear progression in style can be seen over the half-millennium represented in the caves. The early caves have simple, rounded, formally modelled statues of Buddhist holy men, while those from the Tang dynasty are more complex and incorporate women and court figures as well. The caves been beautifully renovated and have English labelling throughout. They stretch for 1km along the west bank of the Yi River; entrance is at the northern end and moves south.

Holly Hayes
March 21, 2012

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