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Buddhist Grottoes and Caves

Buddhist Cave is really a miracle of history, through whcih people could figure out the ancient religion, arts, architecture, calligraphy, music, dress, and medicine etc. As an outdoor art museum of stone carvings, it never disappoint any Buddhist tourist who want to find more and deeper in the Buddhist world. A visit to these caves is highly suggested. The Longmen Grottoes near Luoyang, the Mogao Caves near Dunhuang and the Yungang Grottoes near Datong are the must see buddhist caves in China.

  • Maiji Grottoes

    History of Maiji MountainMount Maiji Grottoes were first built more than 1,500 years ago in Later Qin of Sixteen States (384-417) and were reconstructed during Northern Wei (386-534) and Western Wei (535-556) dynasties and Northern Zhou Dynasty (557-581) and the successive dynasties until Qing Dynasty (1616-1911). Maiji Mountain is 142 meters high and looks like a wheat stack. Hence it is called M
  • Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves

    Located on the west cliff of the Small Jishi Hill, about 35 kilometers west of Yongjing County in Lanzhou City, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves is one of the very famous caves in China. In the Tibetan language, Bingling means 'ten thousand Buddhas'. Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves were originally built during the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316) and it has 183 niches, 694 stone statues, 82 clay scul
  • Dazu Grottoes

    Lies in Dazu County, which is 167 kilometers away from the urban area of Chongqing city, Dazu Grottoes is a general designation of the stone statues distributed in 76 places in the whole Dazu County, the number of the stone statues amounts to 60,000. The Dazu Rock Carving is a piece of great work of China's grotto art, which is not only rich in content but also carved with marvelous technique. Wi
  • Yungang Grottoes

    With 252 caves and 51,000 Buddhist statues of 5th and 6th centuries, Yungang Grottoes represent the excellent achievement of Buddhist sculptural art of ancient China, and it is the largest among the four most famous ancient grotto complexes in China. Besides, it was listed as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 2001. The whole grotto complex is magnificent with delicate carvings and statues, r
  • Western Thousand Buddhas Cave

      The Western Thousand Buddhas Cave, which is situated to the west of Mogao Caves, is 35 kilometers away from Dunhuang City and set into a cliff on the bank of the Dang River. Moreover, the age of this cave may be earlier than Mogao Caves, the exact ages are not known.It has 16 caverns with over 800 sqm of murals and 34 painted clay statues which were built in different dynasties, some of the ca
  • Mogao Caves

    With the treasured Buddhist murals and statues in caves spanning the Northern Wei (386-543), Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties, Mogao Caves is a shrine of Buddhist art treasures. Mogao Caves, which are stacked five stories, nearly 50 meters high, are located on the eastern slope of Mingsha Shan (Mount Echoing Sand), which is 25 km from the downtown Dunhuang. At the time of Wei Dynasty (3