Night Scenery of Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang

Longmen Grottoes, a world cultural heritage site, are located 12km south of Luoyang, Henan Province. Longmen means Dragon Gate and the scenery in Longmen is the best of all in Luoyang. Here two mountains, namely East Hill (Mountain Xiangshan) and West Hill (Mountain Longmen), confront each other with the Yi River traversing northward between them.

Longmen Grottoes were first sculptured and chiseled around 493 A.D. The entire construction of Longmen Grottoes lasted more than four hundred years through Northern Dynasty, Sui, Tang and up to the Song Dynasty. Today, there are still 2,345 caves and niches, 3,600 inscriptions, 100,000 Buddhist images ranging in size from 2 cm to 17.14m, more than 2,800 inscribed tablets, and 50 Buddhist pagodas remaining.

Read Longmen Grottoes: Fine Example of Chinese Buddhist Art for more details.

The night tour at Longmen Grottoes has been opened to public since April 8 2013. Photos taken on April 8 show the night scenery of Longmen Grottoes.


The night scenery of Fengxian Temple, the largest cave in Longmen.


The buddhas are illuminated in scenic area of Longmen Grottoes.


The night scenery of scenic area of Longmen Grottoes.


The night scenery of the West Hill in scenic area of Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang.

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