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The Longmen Grottoes, China

China has several major Grottoes-related historical sites, such as Yungang Caves in Shanxi, Mogao Caves in Gansu and Longmen Caves in Henan. The first site is already lomo-covered, the second resides in the north of China, having very unattractive weather in December for the warm hamsters like us, so here is the review about the third.

China has several major Grottoes-related historical sites, such as Yungang Caves in Shanxi, Mogao Caves in Gansu and Longmen Caves in Henan. The first site is already lomo-covered, the second resides in the north of China, having very unattractive weather in December for the warm hamsters like us, so here is the review about the third.

Well, we could not resist to the inscriptions: the history of the site starts in 5th century, the site is listed in UNESCO World Heritage List, the scale of the site is really amazing: “over 2100 niches, more than 100,000 statues, some 40 pagodas and 3600 tablets and stiles” – according to Wikipedia.

However, that Longmen Grottoes successfully survived for 1500 years, but not the 20th century. How sad that during the last 100 years the parts of the statues were stolen/taken/saved/(borrowed?) by various collectors all around the world (one resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY), also the Chinese Cultural Revolution contributed its own part as well.

Currently, the statues are being carefully restored (mainly the biggest cave), some heads and other reminders are slowly making their way home, but nowadays, the best shots can be made only from a considerable distance from the site itself, such as the Yi river bridge or even the opposite river bank.

Useful link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Longmen_Grottoes

(http://beta.lomography.com/magazine/locations/2009/01/02/yungang-grottoes-datong-china)

written by breakphreak

2 comments

  1. pjp

    very interesting location so it seems :),
    nice double exposure pictures, especially the third, it looks like boedha didn't notice you at first, but then looks down upon you,

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  2. breakphreak

    breakphreak

    wow :) I like your interpretation! good stuff! 8)

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