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Review of Longyou Grottoes

Longyou Grottoes
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Reviewed 9 January 2016

Even after reading reviews, I was still really unsure what to expect from here. So when we stepped into the first cavern we entered (#7, I believe?) I was happily surprised to feel a sense of awe. It is a little annoying how they've added some modern artwork to the walls, but in my opinion that doesn't take away just how impressive these caves are. The only thing I was suggest is to go out of your way to start from Cave #1 and work your way up to #7 if you can (not positive that's an option, we just went in the first cave entrance we saw). #7 was the largest and #1 the smallest, so while #1 was still really cool I feel like we didn't appreciate it as much as we would have had we started from there.
Additionally, I would like to add that while there was a bus route by the train station, we waited for 10 minutes past the time it should have arrived/departed before giving up (after arriving 5 minutes before the scheduled departure). So if you're going to try and rely on the public transportation, just be warned. Both legit and not so legit cabs are abundant, though.

Date of experience: January 2016
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

This is Indiana Jones stuff. Spectacular mysterious ancient caverns. Most are still full of water and neglected. The most bizarre thing however is the level of destruction that is going on to the ones that are open to the public. Concrete is being poured over them, lights and speakers are installed, large fish ponds are being built inside the grottoes, modern carvings cover the walls now. By trying to attract tourists Despicable greed is destroying and defacing the ancient cultural historical and architectural wonder!

Date of experience: August 2015
4  Thank KUK34
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Reviewed 31 July 2015

This place was great I liked the caves and all the work that went into restoring them and making them viewable to the public,but they have done the usual chinese by adding in tacky coloured lights to parts of the cave and music as you walk around outside. Getting here was also a pain seeing as i couldn't manage to find any tours to and from the place and ended up being caught at the train station for 6 hrs waiting.

Date of experience: July 2015
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Reviewed 30 September 2014

These grottoes were only discovered, or should that be re-discovered, in 1992. People had previously presumed they were just old fish ponds, but when they were drained, people learned that they were actually ancient grottoes that had been hewn from solid rock before the Qin Dynasty, some two thousand five hundred years ago. The construction methods, the lighting methods and the purpose of these grottoes are all cloaked in mystery. All that it is known is that enormous 30 metre high artificial caverns were carved out of siltstone by unknown people using unknown tools, demonstrating tremendous care in the process. The walls are all gouged in exactly the same pattern for example. The ancients also knew to leave at least three central pillars standing in an equilateral triangle formation to support the roof. This is certainly one of the best attractions in the south-western corner of Zhejiang province. Entrance tickets cost 65 yuan and several caves are now open.

Date of experience: September 2014
4  Thank camsean
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Reviewed 24 September 2017
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Date of experience: September 2017
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