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Exploring the Ancient Capital of Luoyang Posted by on Sep 7, 2016

Everyone knows that Beijing is the current capital of China, but that hasn’t always been the case. Many different locations have served as the capital of the Middle Kingdom through the centuries. In addition to Beijing, three other cities make up the Four Ancient Capitals of China (中国四大古都 – zhōng guó sì dà gǔ dū)…

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Yungang Grottoes Video Tour Posted by on May 25, 2013

Explore one of the three great Buddhist sculptural sites in China at the incredible Yungang Grottoes in Datong, Shanxi province. The 200+ grottoes here contain well over 50,000 Buddhas. You’ll have to see it to believe it! 云冈石窟 – yún gāng shí kū Yungang Grottoes 北魏 – běi wèi Northern Wei Dynasty 灵岩寺 – líng…

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Sightseeing in Datong Posted by on Apr 24, 2013

While Datong itself is an interesting city with a long history, the main reasons for traveling there lie outside of the city. Most tourists travel here to visit the Yungang Grottoes (云冈石窟 – yún gāng shí kū), one of the three major Buddhist sculptural sites in China. Way back in the day, the Northern Wei…

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Longmen Grottoes Video Posted by on May 7, 2012

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000, the Longmen Grottoes outside of Luoyang, Henan province, are one of the best examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Here, over 100,000 statues of Buddha and his disciples are carved into the limestone caves of the Xiangshan and Longmen mountains. It’s an amazing sight, and certainly worth a visit…

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