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Bingling Temple Grottoes

West of Yongjing County, Yongjing County 730030, China
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You reach Bingling Temple after around 1 hour of speedboat through an artificial lake. Once... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Paolo P
Florence, Italy
A real gem worth the effort - giant Buddha and lake view

Bingling shi is a large Buddhist temple complex almost like Dun Huang Grottoes but without the... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
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West of Yongjing County, Yongjing County 730030, China

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
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
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

Thank iamface
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

1  Thank Sebastfailla
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
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

5  Thank EMD100
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Let me give you first some infos about how to get there: There is a place at 4-5 km of liujiaxiazhen where you can take a boat to the temples. So first go to Liujiaxia. There ask a taxi driver to take you to the...More

Thank Manu G
Reviewed 26 October 2015

This is not an easily accessible site especially for independent travelers. It is located on the bank of a reservoir and reachable only by a jetty. The challenge is finding transportation and locating the dock to broad the jetty, then arranging the return. The best...More

1  Thank FYL003
Reviewed 16 October 2015 via mobile

Our group of 10 hired a minibus to Xiahe and stopped by Bingling Si on the way. The bus dropped us at the jetty by the lake and we hired a speedboat to take us to the grottoes. Cost Y600 for the return trip and...More

1  Thank Unseonsinable
Reviewed 26 September 2015

After an hour and half drive (80 km) from Lanzhou, we arrived at the visitor centre at Liujiaxia, currently under construction. We arrive after mid day when most of the tours on the larger barges had left. We hired a speed boat for 8 persons...More

1  Thank emster2029
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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.