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:
There were lots of grottoes:
Some of the carved idols were very big:
Others were smaller:
Some of the carvings exhibited signs of damage:
As I walked around, I kept thinking that it would have been great to bring along a real geologist to help interpret the rocks: