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Longmen Grottoes--Treasure House of Ancient Buddhist Cave Art

2013-04-29 16:11:35      Web Editor: Luo Chun

The entrance of the scenic area

The Longmen Grottoes (or Longmen Caves) are located on both banks of the Yihe River, 6 kilometers south of the historic city of Luoyang, central China᯳ Henan province. They are known at home and abroad for their large numbers, massive scales, variety of subjects, delicate carving and profound meaning. They are an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity and prove how marvelous a place can be made by pursuit of excellence and dedicated hard work.

On November 30, 2000, the Longmen Grottoes were approved by the 24th UN Heritage Commission to be put on the List of World Cultural Heritage. The Grottoes, together with Yungang Grottoes in Shanxi province and Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes in Gansu province, are known as three most famous grottoes in China.


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