Bingling Temple

Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves, Lanzhou
Bingling Temple, Lanzhou
 Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves Pictures
Bingling Temple is located on the Small Jishi Hill, about 35 kilometers (about 22 miles) west of Yongjing County in Lanzhou City. The Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves inside the temple is one of the very noted four caves in China, which is the second to Mogao Caves in respect of artistic value and was added to the World Heritage List on June 22, 2014.

Bingling means 'ten thousand Buddhas' in the Tibetan language. The starting construction time of Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves dates back to the Western Jin Dynasty (265-316). In the following dynasties, the caves had been excavated many times. There are now 183 niches, 694 stone statues, 82 clay sculptures and some 900 square meters' (about 1,076 square yards') of murals, which are all well preserved. Famous for its stone sculptures, Bingling Thousand Temple Caves stretches about 200 meters (about 600 feet) on the west cliff in Dasi Gully. Among the caves, the main characters are Sakyamuni, Kwan-yin, Amitayus Buddha, Maitreya Buddha, and other Buddhas. With elegant postures, flying robes and ribbons, the statues are life-like. Among the caves, Cave No.169 is worthy of a particular mention. Made in the Northern Dynasties (386-581), it is the most imposing and delicate one which holds the clay sculptures of Kwan-yin, Dali Buddha (Dali means powerful strength in Chinese), etc. Dali Buddha has a round face, sitting with legs crossed. When we see this sculpture we will feel its expression as being very solemn. On its two sides stands Bodhisattvas with their hair bound, waving bare arms. The colors present us vivid Bodhisattvas and Buddhas. Cave No.125, which holds the stone sculpture of Sakyamuni, is also one not to be missed.
Colorful fresco and buddha statues
Colorful fresco and buddha statues
A sleeping Buddha in Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves
A sleeping Buddha statue
The stone sculptures in Bingling Temple represent the social situations and customs during ancient times. In the vicinity of the caves are green hills, crystal water, grotesque stones and precipitous cliffs, which adds more beauty to this artistic site.

After the founding of People's Republic of China, the State Council designated the site as a key cultural relic, and placed it under state protection.

Tips: From Lanzhou to Yongjing County, you can go there by expressway (around one hour). Then you can get to Bingling Temple by yacht (the only way to go there and back).
Buddha Statues, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves Buddha Niche, Bingling Thousand Buddha Caves

How to get to Bingling Temple

Take a bus from Lanzhou West Bus Station to Liujiaxia; upon arrival, take a boat to the caves. The bus takes about 1.5 - 2h; the normal boat takes 2-3h and the fast boat takes 1h.
Entrance Fee CNY 50; extra CNY 300 for caves No. 169 and No. 172
Opening Hours 8:30-16:00
Time for a Visit Visitors are usually only left 1.5 hours to visit in order to catch the returning boat.
- Last modified on Nov. 05, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Bingling Temple
Asked by GIACHINO | Nov. 02, 2018 09:08Reply
What are the months, and days, of opening for the visit of the BINGLING Temple near LANZHOU ?
I also read that it was only open from July to September
Answers (2)
Answered by Sansaui from USA | Nov. 05, 2018 00:50

It is said that the temple is opened all year round.
Answered by GIACHINO from FRANCE | Nov. 05, 2018 02:22

Thanks a lot
Asked by vipaporn from THAILAND | Sep. 21, 2018 21:29Reply
is bingling thousand buddha caves open during Jan to Jun?
Answers (1)
Answered by Dana from USA | Sep. 24, 2018 23:52

Yes, it is opened.
Asked by Leti from NL | Sep. 15, 2018 05:43Reply
If we have to choose between bingling or maijishan which would you do with two kids 8-10 years old
Answers (1)
Answered by Tomson from USA | Sep. 16, 2018 20:38

Maijishan is a better choice! Nice trip!
Asked by Alyson Jackson from SWITZERLAND | Aug. 25, 2018 04:48Reply
Is Bingling temple currently closed?
We've heard that the temple is currently closed due to heavy rains. Is this correct, and, if so, when will it reopen?
Answers (2)
Answered by Nancy from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 27, 2018 19:04

My friend went there at the beginning of August, it was still open but I’m not clear how about it now.
Answered by Alyson from SWITZERLAND | Aug. 28, 2018 00:13

Thanks Nancy. Our information (20th August) is that it has been closed since 6th August due to constant rains and that some of the caves were damaged and are now under repair.
Asked by Yen from THAILAND | Jun. 29, 2018 22:22Reply
Does Lanzhou Bingling temple open on October 29, 2018 (Monday)
Hi I plan to visit the temple on October 29, which is Monday. Is it open on this day ? It is very late of Autumn and is Monday. Please advise. Thanks.
Answers (4)
Answered by Polly from NETHERLANDS | Jul. 01, 2018 22:11

Yes, generally it will be opened until November.
Answered by Yen from THAILAND | Jul. 02, 2018 01:07

Thanks so much. I just wish to make sure again that it open on Monday ?
I mention this because the website say that it open on Tuesday to Sunday.
So, please kindly confirm does it open on Monday ?
Thanks very much.
Answered by Polly from NETHERLANDS | Jul. 02, 2018 01:38

I confirmed it again and it will be open on Monday.
Answered by Yen from THAILAND | Jul. 02, 2018 21:48

Thank you so much Polly
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