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Longman Grottoes

This is one of the best things I have seen in China so far. Still doesn't beat Zhangjiajie, but it comes in second place, I would say.

These are some super old carvings in the rock outside of Luoyang. There's like 10,000 of them, or more. A ton of them have been destroyed in the cultural revolution but even more of them have been stolen and/or sold to famous museums all over the world. Really sad, but the place was still awesome despite all that.

Lucky for me, Courtney was volunteering out there, helping the five foreigners that might visit the site that day, speaking English to them, and taking photos with Chinese people. So, the tourism department of the city paid for her cab ride, and I got to come along with her. Yippee!

I wandered along both sides of the river, completely enraptured by the fantastical environment. Wow, just speechless.

In addition to all the buddhist statues, there was a garden around the tomb of a famous ancient Chinese poet and also the summer home of the prime minister of China from the 30s.

Really really good times this weekend, despite the frustrations! I hope I go back next weekend to see the White Horse temple, the oldest still standing in China.

Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Yellow River

Yellow River


Yellow River

Yellow River


Yellow River

Yellow River


Yellow River

Yellow River


Yellow River

Yellow River


Small neat museum

Small neat museum


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Longman grottoes

Longman grottoes


Summer house of the prime minister in the 30s

Summer house of the prime minister in the 30s


Summer house

Summer house


Poet's tomb garden

Poet's tomb garden


Panorama from Wikipedia

Panorama from Wikipedia

Posted by baixing 17:00 Archived in China

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