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UPDATED: 16:14, April 19, 2005
Longmen Grottoes attracts 100,000 visitors at weekend
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Tourists visiting the Longmen (Dragon Gate) Grottoes, thirteen kilometers south of Luoyang, an ancient city in central China's Henan province.

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A stream of tourists visiting the Longmen (Dragon Gate) Grottoes, thirteen kilometers south of Luoyang, an ancient city in central China's Henan province, April 17, 2005. Longmen Grottoes is one of the three most famous Buddhist grottoes in China. Buddhist statues were carved into the cliff face overlooking the tranquil and picturesque locale. Longmen has over 2,100 grottoes and niches, more than 40 dagobas, over 3,600 inscribed stone tablets, and more than 100,000 Buddha images and statues. The first carvings were done in 494 when Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) moved his capital to Luoyang, and they continued for about four hundred years, through the Sui Dynasty (581-618) to the Tang Dynasty (618-907).

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