Visit the Longmen Grottoes in China' s Henan Province and explore the treasures inside.
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Longmen Grottoes

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Longmen Grottoes are situated 13 km south of Luoyang in Henan Province in China. Construction of the grottoes commenced during the reign of Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) and continued for the next 4 centuries by the Eastern Wei (534-550), Western Wei (535-556), Northern Qi (550-577), Sui (581-618) and Northern Song (960-1127) dynasties.

The Longmen Grottoes spread over an area of 1 km from north to south and comprises 2345 caves, 3600 inscriptions, over 50 Buddhist Pagodas and more than 1,00,000 Buddhist statues. Infact, the entire Longmen Grottoes is a sparkling example of the Chinese artform at its zenith.

Worthvisiting caves include Guyang Cave, Binyang Cave, The Lotus (Lianhua) Cave of Northern Wei, Qianxi Temple, Cave of Ten Thousand Buddhas (Wanfuo), Fengxian Temple, Prescription Cave and Kanjing Temple.

The caves open between 07:00 to 19:50 during March 1st to October 31st and 07:30 to 18:50 during November 1st to February 28th.
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Inside the Caves

Henan Province & Luoyang
Henan province is located in the centre of China and is bordered by Hebei in the north, Shandong in the northeast, Anhui in the southeast, Hubei in the south, Shaanxi in the west and Shanxi in the northwest.

Luoyang is situated in the west of Henan province in the middle reaches of the Yellow River. It spreads over an area of 15,500 sqkm and population of 6.28 million. In its long history, Luoyang has served as the capital of 13 dynasties including Xia, Shang, Western Zhou, Eastern Han, Sui, and Tang. It is, infact, the oldest capital of China.

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How To Reach
By Air - The airport of Luoyang is situated some 13 km northwest of the city and is connected to destinations like Chendu, Dalian and Guangzhou. However, there are no flights that connect to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian & Guilin. To reach Luoyang from these destination, the Zhengzhou Airport is more conveninet. Zhengzhou is the capital of the henan Province. From Zhengzhou, highways connect to Luoyang.

CAAC shuttle buses and taxis are available to transfer you from the Luoyang Airport to the city itself. There are no public buses as such.

By Rail -Trains, perhaps, are the most convenient mode to reach Luoyang. Trains from Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Qingdao, Xiamen along the Lanzhou-Shanghai line halt at Luoyang Railway Station. Also, direct trains between Luoyang and Beijing, Shanghai, Zhengzhou are available.

The railway station itself is situated at the corner of Jingguguan Lu and Daonan Dong Lu in the northern part of the city. Public buses No. 2, 4, 5,11, 66 runs to the railway station.

By Road - Luoyang Long Distance Bus Station stands opposite the train station. There are buses from Luoyang to the nearby areas including Zhengzhou, Kaifeng, Sanmenxia. Also, there are long-distance buses going farther to Shijiazhuang, capital of Hebei Province, Baoding and Beijing. To reach the Longmen Grottoes, take Public Bus No 83 from the railway station.

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