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Day 11 (14.12.2007)

Today in the morning a Chinese family, whom I met in Luoyang, took me to the Longmen Grottoes. They are located about 12 km south of Luoyang. The Longmen Grottoes belong, besides the Yungang Grottoes near Datong and the Mogao Grottoes near Dunhuang, to the most important Buddhist grottoes in China. After Luoyang became the capital of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386 - 534) in 494, the construction of the Longmen Grottoes began. They were built until the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). There are over 100000 Buddhist figures in about 2000 grottoes. The grottoes were artificially hewn into the rock. The 17 m high Buddha, from the Tang Dynasty, in the Fengxian Temple is very interesting. Besides this Buddha there are further Buddhist sculputures. Afterwards the Chinese family invited me to a restaurant and they ordered dishes which are typical for Luoyang. Later we walked through the city center of Luoyang. In the evening I said goodbye to them and I took the train to Kaifeng. Kaifeng (also in Henan) is located about 175 km (as the crow flies) east of Luoyang.

The Longmen Grottoes
The Longmen Grottoes

The Longmen Grottoes
The Longmen Grottoes

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