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The Longmen Grottoes in Henan Province, China, has one of the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art from the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316 to 907 AD). This page is presently a stub. Details will be added soon. The artwork in the grottoes and niches represent a high point of Chinese stone carving. They were inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites during the 24th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Cairns, Australia on 27 November to 2 December, 2000.

The Longmen Grottoes were inscribed under criteria i, ii and iii. The sculptures were regarded as "outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity" that played a highly significant role in the cultural evolution of that region in Asia. The sculptures are also celebrated as the encapsulation of the high cultural attainment and sophistication of Tang Dynasty China.

Photos of Longmen Grottoes

Buddhist art, Longmen Grotto, China
Buddhist art, Longmen Grotto, China
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Boddhisatvas of Longmen Grotto, China
Boddhisatvas of Longmen Grotto, China
Author: Rogerwilley (Creative Commons CC0)

Dragon Gate Cave, Luoyang, China
Dragon Gate Cave, Luoyang, China
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 34 28 0 E 112 28 0 in Luoyang City, Henan Province, China
Inscription Year: 2000
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III

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Visiting Longmen Grottoes

The Longmen Grottoes are near the city of Luoyang, which has flight connections with Beijing and Shanghai.

The grottoes are about 10 km to the south of Luoyang. You can get there by bus or taxi, or arrange with a local tour agency.

Local Tours of China

At times, it is faster, safer and cheaper to join a local tour than to go there yourself. This is especially true for many places in China. However, you need to be wary of the tour operators, especially those in China.

Here are a few local tours of China that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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