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An outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity.

The Longmen Grottoes, #龙门石窟, or 龍門石窟, Dragon's Gate Grottoes, or Longmen Caves, are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of #statues of #Buddha and his disciples, in Hénán province #China. The images, many once painted, were carved into caves excavated from the limestone cliffs of the Xiangshan and Longmenshan mountains.

There are as many as 100,000 #statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from 25mm to 17m in height. 30% of them date from the Northern Wei Dynasty (493AD) and 60% from the Tang, with caves from other periods accounting for less than 10% of the total.

In 2000 the site was inscribed upon the UNESCO #WorldHeritage List as “an outstanding manifestation of human artistic creativity,” for its perfection of an art form, and for its encapsulation of the cultural sophistication of Tang China.

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