This UNESCO World Heritage Site is not to be missed in Luoyang. There were a number of tourist from Xian that came for the day on the speed train just for this.
The Longmen Grottoes 龙门石窟 are a collection of stone Buddhist carvings (all hand chiseled) that dates back to about 400 AD. The work was built over a span of 4 centuries.
The sight was awe-inspiring.
There was one cave that had inscribed prescriptions for common illnesses and diseases. Very cool.
Some caves took over centuries to complete. Imagine art projects without deadlines or that are constantly a work in progress. Though you may want to live to see work completed...
Buddha also evolved from slim figures to the rounded look that we are familiar with. We saw a range of sizes from 100s of small Buddhas that were about 2 cms to the largest Buddha which was 17m high.
Many signs of vandalism which brought to attention it's historic turmoil. Read somewhere that some of the stolen statues' heads ended up in the Met in NYC!
We walked 17600 steps that day. In our effort to save money and be hardy travelers, we opted out of the offered transport cars. We took the bus to 'destination', ignored the busybodies, found our way to the bus that took us to the LG Tourist Center, skipped the cost of electric cars and walked our way to the grottoes. Came home to a hot meal cooked by Mr. Wong Wei. It was a fine day.