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Luoyang photo roundup

These are a few more good photos from Luoyang’s Longmen Grottoes and the Luoyang Museum in Luoyang, Henan, one of China’s great ancient capitals.

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The North side as seen from the South side of the Yi river. The giant Fengxian cave is the one on the middle.

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This shows how much these caverns filled up the cliffside. There was a fair amount of climbing involved to see everything.

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There were countless small caverns with multiple statues such as this.

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There’s a main Buddha statue with several figures standing by the side, and many smaller sitting Buddhas around him, with a row of tiny figures on the top.

 

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I swear this Buddha is smiling right at the camera.

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A row of small figures with a row of tiny figures beneath.

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Statues of famous monks lined part of the South bank of the Longmen Grottoes.

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Luoyang has a history stretching back thousands of years ago and its museum exhibits reflect this. These objects are from the Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC), the second dynasty in Chinese history. There were artifacts from the first one too, the Xia Dynasty (2000-1600BC).

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A man taming a horse. A lot of the pottery depicted scenes from life, unlike most pottery which are just normal staid objects.

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This procession was buried in the tomb of a member of royalty or nobility.

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A band of musicians and a dancer, from the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220).

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A bronze ding that’s over 2,000 years old from the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC).

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A fine example of the famous Tang Dynasty tricolor glazed pottery horses. It was quite big and there were several of these on exhibit.

 

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A garbage bin at the Longmen Grottoes. At the museum afterwards, I would see a frog statue that resembled this.

 

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