Explore Longmen Grottoes on this guided 4-hour walking tour. Learn about the history and culture of grottoes and niches of Longmen which contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). Walk along the Yi River, admire thousands of Buddhist statues carved into the steep limestone cliffs. A private guide ensures you receive undivided attention and have ample time to ask questions. Tour includes entrance fee and hotel pick up.
When booking your private tour, choose from five departure times, which range from the morning to the afternoon. After meeting your guide upon hotel pickup, hop into your vehicle and set off on your exciting tour. If there is anything you particularly want to see, feel free to let your guide know. The best thing about having a private guide is that the tour can be tailored to the things that interest you the most. The grottoes and niches of Longmen contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving.These contain almost 110,000 Buddhist stone statues, more than 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions carved on steles. The grottoes are formed in 1 km of the stretch of Yi river and were carved on both banks, in limestone formations creating the Longmen Caves. Most of the work was done on the western bank, while the eastern bank caves, of smaller numbers, served as residences for the large groups of monks. Accompanied by your tour guide, your will explore most caves on the western bank, then walk bought the eastern bank caves to the Xiangshan Temple which is one of the earliest of the ten temples at Longmen. Your tour will end at the Bai Garden Temple which was surrounded by thick vegetation of pine and cypress trees. After the tour you can choose to spend more time to explore the area on your own, or your tour guide can help you get a taxi to your next destination.