The ravaged grottoes at Longmen apparel one of China's handful of surviving masterpieces of Buddhist rock carving. A sutra in stone, the epic achievement of the Longmen Grottoes was commenced by chisellers from the Northern Wei dynasty after the capital relocated here from Dàtóng in the year 494.
Shaolin Temple, built in AD 497, is on the north side of Shaoshi, the central peak of Songshan Mountain, one of the four Sacred Mountains of China, in Henan province. The first abbot was Batuo, also called Fotuo, an Indian dhyana master who came to China in AD 464 to disseminate Buddhist teachings.
1 Day Tour: Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple
2 Days Tour: Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple (by Train)