Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves

March 3, 2018
Lanzhou Attractions

The Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves located 35 km southwest of Yongjing County in Gansu Provinice. It lies north of Yellow River flows into Liujiaxia Reservior at Yongjing which is about 80 km to Lanzhou.

It is the one of the four famous stone caves and well preserved Buddha caves in China. It is regarded as a second after the Mogao Grottoes in artistic value. Bingling means Ten Thousand Buddha’s in the Tibetan language.

Construction of the caves began as early as the Western Qin Dynasty (366AD) and continued on Wei, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties throughout the centuries. Today, there are 183 caves containing 694 stone statues, 82 clay sculptures and some 900 square meters’ of murals. All the statues are with different facial expressions.