#The site itself:Although less decorated than Mogao Grottoes, the Bingling caves are really worth the travel thanks to the nice walk through plenty of small caves at the bottom of the cliffs and it's >26m meters high Buddha niched right into it. #Get there:From Lanzhou you can catch a bus to LiuJiaXia from West Bus Station (兰运集团兰州汽车西站) preferably in the morning to have enough time. Ask the driver to stop once close to the Tourist Center (黄河水电博览馆) at LiuJiaXia. There you can take a boat to the site, speedboat takes 1 hour, normal boat 2-3 hours. Good to know: boats only leave once full and you have limited time on the site to visit before returning on the same boat (60-90 minutes).Alternatively you can hire a driver from LiuJiaXia to Bingling Si (60-90 minutes drive) for around 250-300 RMB and enjoy as much time you want.
The boat transport ticket system is not good. They don’t tell you about the construction going on. You are very limited what you can see and do there. After buying 2 tickets, we must wait for other customers wanting the same route. If a family of 4 and another family of 4 came after you, (even 30 minutes later) they will go before you. if a family of 8 paid the ticket to see the damn, and you didn’t, they will go before you. We had to wait for a boat for about 70 minutes. The workers seemed to have no idea what was going on. very unorganized. Terrible system. The boat ride is fine. Takes about 30-40 minutes to arrive to the Bingling Si (Bingling Temple) there are some restaurants right off the dock. after you get off the boat, it’s about a 10-15 walk to get to the main attraction. But they are doing construction (August 2020) so we could not walk up the stairs or view the caves. We could only see the standard view. it was interesting, but I wish I could have seen and learned so much more about it. And unfortunately... the boat driver determines how much time YOU get. you must take the same boat back with the same driver and same group. I felt rushed. have to hurry up and get to the Buddha. hurry up and take photos and then hurry back to catch the boat so we don’t keep people waiting. Overall, I enjoyed the view of the Buddha and caves (from afar) but everything else was a bit frustrating. I highly recommended skipping the boat transport. Hire a car to drive you there. If you don’t mind being quick, you can stay there for an hour and it’s fine. if you want to take your time, take nice photos, use the toilet, learn about the history, have lunch/snack.... then I recommend 2-3 hours.
The scenery from Liujiaxia to Bingling Temple is really beautiful. After arriving at Bingling Temple, the scenery is even more unique. The weathered pinnacles rising straight into the sky, surrounded by the clear water of Liujiaxia Reservoir, and the spectacular Danxia Stone Forest in the distance. , Like a secret world. The interior of the Bingling Temple Grottoes scenic area is also very shocking. The grottoes from the Five Dynasties to the Tang Dynasty to the Ming Dynasty are all available. It is worthy of being "one of the six largest grottoes in China". The 27-meter Buddha appeared in the mountains and small caves The exquisite portraits and colorful paintings are integrated with the beauty of Liujiaxia and complement each other. Fortunately, I met a very interesting Latvian uncle. He is very friendly and speaks Chinese very well. He also made a movie with him.
The Bingling Temple Grottoes were excavated in the Sixteen Kingdoms Period. According to textual research, the earliest grottoes were written 100 years earlier than Mogao Grottoes. As part of the “Silk Road: The Road Network of the Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor” at the 38th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting held in Doha, Qatar in June 2014 as the joint heritage of China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan A site was successfully included in the "World Heritage List." The Grotto is adjacent to the Liujiaxia Reservoir. Most tourists will take a boat across the reservoir to reach Bingling Temple. They can enjoy the scenery of the reservoir along the way. We drove on the newly built road and admired the red peaks of the Danxia landform along the way. This grotto is the only grotto that can be photographed in this row of grottoes in the Hexi Corridor.
Bingling Temple is located in the upper reaches of Liujiaxia Reservoir. It is on the north bank of the Yellow River in the southwest Sigou Gorge of Yongjing County, Linxia Hui Autonomous County, Gansu Province. People often visit Liujiaxia by boat and visit Bingling Temple to admire the grottoes. On the steep red sandstone cliff about two kilometers long here, there are many grottoes and shrines lined up, majestic, and it is also one of the five largest grottoes in China. Bingling Tibetan means "stupid man", which means "one hundred thousand Buddhas". The Bingling Temple Grottoes were built in the first year of Jianhong in the Western Qin Dynasty (420 AD). Bingling Temple Grottoes attract everyone with vivid sculpture images and painting art. There is also an amazing Danxia landform near Bingling Temple, which is very worthy of appreciation.
Preston_Dominguez: 35 kilometers south of Yongjing County, Linxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture
Jeremy_Dodson: I recommended Bingling Temple,Bingling Temple