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  Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves

Brief / profile
As one of the cultural treasures along the Silk Road, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves is one of the best-preserved collections of Buddhist cave art in China and only second to Mogao Caves in terms of the artistic value.

Location

This scenic spot is situated on the Jishi Hill, about 35 kilometers west of Yongjing County in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province.

History

Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves were originally built during the Western Jin Dynasty.  The caves had been excavated many times during the following dynasties. Most of the caves were carved in the Tang Dynasty. The State Council listed this site as a key cultural relic under the state’s protection after the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Architecture / Structure / Each scenery.

Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves mainly consists of the upper temple, the lower temple and the caves in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

between. There’re totally 183 cave niches, 776 statues, murals of more than 99 square meters and 6 ink and carved inscriptions. The caves in the Tang Dynasty account for over two thirds. Walking on the wooden road along the cliffs, you can get to cave No 50 with a striking Bodhisattva in it. Cave No 92 should not be neglected either. There’re statues of Buddhas, Buddhist monks, Bodhisattvas and Heaven Kings on the wall of the cave. They’re really wonderful workmanships. Besides, another spotlight in the caves is the half body Kwan-yin in cave No 98. Cave No. 172 and No. 169 are the highest caves of Bingling Temple and usually considered as the “northern and southern caves of the heaven bridge”.

Transportation.

You can go to Yongjing County by expressway for about one hour from Lanzhou. Then after two hours’ yacht trip, you will see your destination.

Admission fee.

The admission fee for the Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves is RMB 50.

Note

This attraction is open to the public from 9:10 to 11:30 in the morning and 14:40 to 17:30 in the afternoon from Tuesday to Saturday. Tourists should arrange your time according to its opening time.

 

 

 

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