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Bingling Temple Grottoes

West of Yongjing County, Yongjing County 730030, China
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Fantastic Buddhist Caves Hidden Gem

The place is accessed by a fast speedboat across Bingling Lake. The place is very quiet with... read more

Reviewed 30 May 2018
Clarky57
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York, United Kingdom
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Nice grottoes

Worthwhile to visit this remote place if you can reach it - 2.5 hours from Lanzhou + a 20 min boat... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
bjnomads
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Beijing, China
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West of Yongjing County, Yongjing County 730030, China
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Reviewed 30 May 2018 via mobile

The place is accessed by a fast speedboat across Bingling Lake. The place is very quiet with wonderful views. It was one of the crossing points of the Yellow river on the Silk Road. The caves are are up a small valley and some have...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2018

Worthwhile to visit this remote place if you can reach it - 2.5 hours from Lanzhou + a 20 min boat ride across the lake to this treasure trove of grottoes. One of the advantages of the place is that you can take photos of...More

1  Thank bjnomads
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Reviewed 31 October 2017

It takes a total of 3 hours to get to from Lanzhou West Long Distance Bus station (not to be confused with the bus station at Lanzhou West train station). Buy a ticket to LiuJiaXia for 25 Yuan. Tell the bus driver you are going...More

1  Thank Catlady88
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Today the day started out drizzling and cool. We set off from Lanzhou for the three hour drive through the mountains and along the scenic Liujiaxia reservoir. We saw the huge dam that was the first major hydro facility for China. Our objective was Bingling...More

1  Thank Archaeobuff
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

You reach Bingling Temple after around 1 hour of speedboat through an artificial lake. Once arrived, you need to walk on a quiet and flat path in a narrow valley, having ripid walls both sides. Suddenly, at your left you can see a huge sitting...More

Thank Paolo P
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Reviewed 2 June 2017

Bingling shi is a large Buddhist temple complex almost like Dun Huang Grottoes but without the crowd. It has one of the biggest Buddha statue like those in central Asia, product of the ancient silk road. The site is about 2 hours bus drive from...More

1  Thank HooiYee
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

although it was remote place but worth to visit. overall landscape was beautiful & impressive. statue & printing also keeping in good condition. worth to visit

1  Thank iamface
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Like most other posts I can confirm that this is a worthwhile day trip from Lanzhou. I went with private car which made it a little easier. Best to get to the visitor centre in Liujiaxiazhen before midday and maybe best not to visit in...More

2  Thank Sebastfailla
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

My trip to the Bingling Si grottoes was arranged through the solo tour I took. They scenery along the Yellow River on the boat ride to the grottoes was fantastic. There were very few people there. Unfortunately, the upper grottoes were closed in preparation for...More

1  Thank MooncakeVixen
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Reviewed 6 September 2016

I thought the grottoes were lovely and well worth the trip - as an independent traveller I was put off by the comments about how hard it is to get there but found it easier than I had thought to make it in the end....More

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Ewin O
10 January 2018|
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Response from Catlady88 | Reviewed this property |
Hi. I went on October 20, after the rush of the Golden Week holiday in China.
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Rorne
11 April 2017|
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Response from Sebastfailla | Reviewed this property |
Apologies for delay in responding but it is open all year round weather permitting just that in the winter months not all the grottos are open but still worth the trip. We went early January and it was quiet and eerie.
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