From the bus-stop to the entrance of the territory with grottoes it is necessary to pass through a pedestrian street filled with all kinds of small shops.
The entrance ticket costs 120 yuan (708 roubles or 19.5 USD).
Chinese attractions are rapidly becoming more and more expensive.
Under the bridge is located an entrance to the territory of the grottoes.
On the way back visitors, having made a circle, are returning over the bridge from the opposite side of the river.
A walk along the kilometer long mountainside with grottoes begins.
Xiangshan Buddhist Temple (香山寺 - Xiāngshānsì).
Not far from it is the tomb of Bai Juyi /772—846/ (白居易 - Bái Jūyì), a Chinese poet of the Tang Dynasty.
Stone with patterns similar to peony flowers.
This group of three caves is called Binyang (宾阳三洞 - Bīnyáng sāndòng). They were carved from 500 to 524 AD.
Sakyamuni Buddha in the central cave of Binyang.
A small niche in the left wall of the Binyang cave.
Inside of the niche.
Moya Three Buddha Niche (摩崖三佛 - Móyá sān fú).
A head of a six-meters height Buddha Maitreya seated on a square pedestal, looks some like the stone heads of the olmec indians.
Cave of Ten Thousand Buddhas (万佛洞 - Wàn Fú dòng). Was constructed in 680.
Lotus Flower Cave (莲花洞 - Liánhuā dòng).
The biggest cave — Fengxian Temple (奉先寺 - Fèngxiānsì).
View to the eastern bank of the Yi River
The bridge to the eastern bank is located at the end of the path along the mountainside with grottoes.
View of the grottoes from the eastern bank of the Yi River.
Fengxian Temple, view from the eastern bank.
The height of the central sculpture of the Buddha Vairocana is 17 meters.
Face features of the Buddha Vairocana were made similar to the face of Wu Zetian (武则天 - Wǔ Zétiān), the only Empress of China.
Work on the creation of the temple ended on December 30, 675 AD.
After visiting of the Longmen Grottoes I learned that in the evening they are very beautifully illuminated.
In my opinion, cave niches, stuffed with modern lamps, look strange.
All these caves remind me the nests of sand martins.
Chinese fans shop on the way from the grottoes to the bus stop.
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