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Do you remember Paul's photo from Vardzia (Georgia) The vertical town ? I hope to see Vardzia next week but I have in my archive the photo of similar view in distant place.

The Longmen Grottoes are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. They are located 12 kilometres south of present day Luòyáng in Hénán province, China. The images, many once painted, were carved into caves excavated from the limestone cliffs of the Xiangshan and Longmenshan mountains, running east and west.
There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from an 1 inch to 17 m in height.
Situated in a scenic natural environment, the caves were dug from a 1 kilometre stretch of cliff running along both banks of the river. 30% date from the Northern Wei Dynasty and 60% from the Tang, caves from other periods accounting for less than 10% of the total.

It is a fascinating place and I have been sure there are many photo from there on TE. I am very surprised that there so few photo from Luoyang.

I wanted to show here the similarity with Vardzia, so I posted this one as the main photo and not general view or
big statues

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