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longmen grottoesThe world-famous Longmen Grottoes are located 12 kilometers south of Luoyang. Here two mountains, namely, East Hill and West Hill, confront each other with the Yi River traversing northward between them, just like a pair of Chinese gate towers.

So during the Zhou and Qin dynasties, it was called "Yi Que" (Gate of Yi River). Later, when the Sui established its capital city in Luoyang, the palace gate was just facing Yi Que, hence the name "Longmen" which means "Dragon Gate."

Spanning a length of over 1,000 meters on the hillsides along the Yi River, the Longmen Grottoes, together with the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang (Gansu Province) and the Yungang Grottoes (Shanxi Province), are reputed as the three greatest stone sculpture treasure houses in China.

In the year 2000, UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage Site listed Longmen Grottoes.

 Other Places in Luoyang
Shaolin Temple The Guan Yu Forest  

 

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