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Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves
The Bingling Temple, also known as the Bingling Grottoes, or the Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves, are a series of caves some 100km southeast of Lanzhou that are filled with statues, sculptures, frescoes, and other artworks dedicated to the Buddha. In all, there are 183 caves,694 stone statues, and 82 clay sculptures that remain. The caves were first begun in 420 AD, and work continued on them for more than 1,000 years of successive Chinese dynasties.
The site is extremely remote and can only be reached during summer and fall by boat via the Liujiaxia Reservoir. Boats leave from near the Liujiaxia Dam in Liujiaxia City (Yongjing County's county seat), and sometimes also from other docks on the reservoir.