Dragon Gate Guide

-Travel to Dragon Gate

The Dragon Gate Grotto, lying fifteen km west of Kunming City, is in the Western Hills close to the west shore of the Dianchi Lake. The Dragon Gate is a top tourist attraction in Kunming, therefore there's a saying goes like, 'If you do not visit Western Hills, you haven't visited Kunming; if you do not come to Dragon Gate, you haven't been to Western Hills'. It consists of the Sanqing Temple Complex and the Dragon Gate Grotto Complex. The Dragon Grottoe carving lasted for 72 years, from 1781 to1853. The Dragon Gate is renowned for being carved from a single stone, and is made up of an archway, a

platform and a stone room containing numerous sculptures. The complex is one of the highlights of Dragon Gate, including the Ciyun Cave, the Datian Pavilion, and the famous Yunhua Cave. The Chinese Characters for Longmen (Dragon Gate) are inscribed above the arch of the complex. The dragon gate, with an elevation of 2300 meters, is 300 meters above the surface of the Dianchi lake, with dangerous and beguiling scenery below.The Dragon Gate also consists of the Sanqing Temple complex. The Sanqing Temple is a Taoist complex that consists of several tiers. The complex is built

on a cliff, and like the Dragon gate it has been hand carved from natural rock. The scenery outside the two complexes is breathtakingly beautiful, with the glistening waters of the Dianchi Lake below, and the green mountains and cliffs surrounding the area. In a word, the Dragon Gate is a must-see when you travel to Kunming. Some guide information for the Dragon Gate.
Location: 4.5 km southwest of Kunming City         Tickets: CNY 30         Opening hours: 08:00-19:00

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