Longmen Grottoes

On the way back from Xi’an, I stopped by Luoyang, which is the home of the Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes are famous Buddhist stone carvings. It was a very impressive site. Five Yelp stars.

A “grotto” (shi2 ku1 石窟) is evidently a recessed carving:

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There were lots of grottoes:

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Some of the carved idols were very big:

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Others were smaller:

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Some of the carvings exhibited signs of damage:

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As I walked around, I kept thinking that it would have been great to bring along a real geologist to help interpret the rocks:

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