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Where to stay in Luoyang

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
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Plan your Luoyang tour? A little dark about where to stay in Luoyang? A glimpse of Luoyang city layout is necessary before you decide in which part of the city of Luoyang you are going to stay and book your Luoyang hotels accordingly. The choice of a final hotel in Luoyang is also largely contingent on your budget and taste.

The city core of Luoyang is administratively composed of four districts – Old Town District, Xigong District, Jianxi District and Economic Development District (New District). The four districts are popularly divided into three parts – Old Town Area, City Commercial Area and New district.

The city center of Luoyang is bisected into the north part and south part by the Luo River passing through from west to east. “Luoyang” literally means “the north of Luo River”.

So traditionally the city core of Luoyang lies to the north of Luo River which now mainly comprises three administrative districts – Old Town District, Xigong District and Jianxi District. The New District is located to the south bank of Luo River.

In Luoyang, generally you have three areas to choose to locate your final hotel for your short stay – Old Town Area, Commercial Area and New District.

Old Town Area

To the north of Luo River and in the northeast of the city center lies the old town area. The old town area also includes some west part of Xigong district.

This is the earliest area for the city construction of Luoyang. Traditionally the old town had “9 streets, 18 alleys and 72 hutongs” which were strewn with densely populated private houses and prosperous with trade and commerce. Now this area has been revamped with upgraded infrastructure.

The six major roads run through the old town with 10 unique commercial streets. The fantastical night food street is located in the old town area. The famous White Horse Temple is just 12km to the east of the old town.  Luoyang Railway Station is located between the old town area and the city commercial area.

Suggested hotels in the old town area:

Joysion International Luoyang: No.300 Jiudu East Road, Luoyang
Yuntian Hotel :450 Zhongzhou East Road, Old Town, Luoyang
Luoyang Shendu Hotel :No.168 Huangmei Road,East of Jiudu Road Bridge, Luoyang
New Jianlong Hotel: 3 Kaixuan East Road, Xigong District, Luoyang

City Center and Commercial Area

To the north of Luo River and in the middle and west part of Luoyang City core is defined as the City Center Commercial Area.

This area mainly comprises the two districts – Xigong District and Jianxi District. Xigong District is in the middle of Luoyang City core and Jianxi is in the west of Luoyang City core. Tianzi Jialiu Museum is located in this area.

Suggested hotels in the city center area:

Christian’s Hotel: No.56 Jiefang Road, Xigong District, Luoyang
Luoyang Grand Hotel:No 1,Zhoushan Road, Luoyang
7 Days Inn Luoyang Peony Square: No.5 Xiyuan Road, Jianxi District, Luoyang
Jinjiang Inn Luoyang Xigong Stadium: No.17 Jiudu Road, Xigong District, Luoyang
Junkai Boutique Hotel:No.81 Daonan Road, Xigong District, Luoyang
Jinjiang Inn Luoyang Railway Station: No.20 Shachang North Road, Xigong District, Luoyang
Hua Yang Plaza Hotel:No.88 Kaixuan West Road, Jianxi District, Luoyang
Home Inn (Luoyang Tanggong Middle Road): No.16 Tanggong Middle Road, Xigong District, Luoyang
Zhongzhou Shangwu Hotel Luoyang Xiyuan Road: No.39 Xiyuan Road, Jianxi District, Luoyang
viation Hotel Luoyang: No.8 Tiyuchang Road, Xigong District, Luoyang
New Friendship Hotel:Fu No.6 Xiyuan Road, Jianxi District, Luoyang
Jing’an Peony Plaza: No.2 Nanchang Road, Luoyang
Maple International Hotel:No.329 Zhongzhou Middle Road, Xigong District, Luoyang

New District

The New District is situated to the south bank of Luo River. This new district was established in 1992 under the grand city economic development blueprint. The local city administration has been also moved here.

It has attracted numerous companies home and abroad for investment in Luoyang. The major tourist attractions in this area include Luoyang Museum, Guanlin Temple and Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Railway Station for high speed trains is located in the south of the new district.

Suggested hotels in the new district:

Dongshan Hotel:Dongshan, Longmen, Luoyang 471023
Mudu Lee Royal International Hotel: No.238 Kaiyuan Avenue, Luonan Development Zone, Luoyang
Yaxiang Jinling Hotel Luoyang: Wangcheng Avenue and Taikang Road, Luoyang
Dikuang Holiday Hotel: at the Junction of Kaiyuan Avenue and Changxing Street,Luoyang
Longmen Hotel: 150 Meters North of Longmen Grottos Terminal, Luoyang
Luoyang Zhuogengyuan Hotel :Front Building, No.71 Longmen Avenue, Luolong District, Luoyang
Zhuogengyuan Youth Hotel: 71 Longmen Avenue, Luoyang
Luoyang Dawei Jiuchao Hotel : 20 Exhibition Road, Luoyang
Zhonghe Hotel:6 Xuezijie, New District, Luoyang
Yaxiang Jinling Hotel: Taikang Road, New District, luoyang

Tip:  Hassle-free Luoyang Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Luoyang Guided Tours:

Luoyang One Day Private Tour  Starting US$ 60 per person
Luoyang- Shaolin One Day Private Tour  Starting US$ 60 per person
Luoyang – Shaolin 2 Day Private Tour Packages  Starting US$ 150 per person
Beijing Luoyang 2 Day Round Trip Tour       Starting US$ 280 per person

Beijing Luoyang Shaolin Temple 2 Day Round Trip Tour  Starting US$ 290
Beijing Luoyang ( Shaolin ) 3 Day Tour – Round Trip by Flight Starting US$ 610 per person

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Luoyang
Where to Stay in Luoyang
Luoyang Museum Guide
Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits
How to visit White Horse Temple
How to Visit Shaolin Temple
Longmen Grottoes Travel Tips
Kung Fu Show at Shaolin Temple

Guanlin Temple Guide

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
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Plan your Luoyang Tour? Guanlin Temple is not to be missed. Different from White Horse Temple, it is not a buddhist temple. Instead it is a temple dedicated to Guanyu (160AD-219AD), a famous general in later Eastern Han Dynasty (25AD- 220AD) and early Three Kingdoms period (220AD-280AD).

“Guan” refers to Guanyu himself; “Lin” here means “tomb”. “Guanyu Temple” means Guanyu’s tomb and temple, the only combined place of tomb and temple in China. Guanyu was a great general in Shu State of the Three Kingdoms period. The other two kingdoms were Wei State and Wu State.

Guanyu was loyal to his ruler, the king of Shu State, Liubei and fought bravely for his state of Shu against the State of Wu and the State of Wei. In a fierce battle at Jingzhou, he was captured and executed by Sunquan, the head of Wu State. He had Guanyu’s head cut off and sent it to Caocao, the ruler of Wei State. Caocao admired Guanyu for his integrity, loyalty, bravery and wisdom. In Jan, 220, He ordered to built a tomb to commemorate Guanyu’s head placed on a wooden body. The burial site of Guanyu’s head is in the tomb behind temple area in Guanlin Temple.

The present temple structures before the tomb were built in 1512AD in Ming Dynasty (1368AD-1644AD) and further expanded in Qing Dynasty (1644AD-1911AD). So most of the halls and pavilions in the temple were built in Ming and Qing dynasties.

In history Guanyu had been favored bot by common people and emperors alike. Now today Guanyu enjoys even greater popularity and fame both at home and abroad. Guanyu is also respected and included by Buddhism and Taoism. So Guanyu has been deified and worshippped by people all over China and abroad. His deification is manifestied by the numerous Guandi Temple ( temple for Guanyu) around China, also could be found in the Chinese communities globally.

Why Guanyu? He embodys integrity, loyalty, bravery and wisdom, which are lacked in the modern people today! Next time don’t confuse a Guandi temple with a buddhist temple.

Guanlin Temple is located in the south of Luoyang city, about 7km from the city center. You take bus 55,58,69,15,39,71 and 81. The entrance fee is RMB 40. Opening time: 08:00 – 17:00.

The entrance to Guanlin Temple

The entrance to Guanlin Temple

The second second gate to the second yard which is dedicated to Guanyu

The second second gate to the second yard which is dedicated to Guanyu

The holy way leading to the temple housing the statue of Guanyu

The holy way leading to the temple housing the statue of Guanyu

Burning incense and pray before the Guanlin Temple

Burning incense and pray before the Guanlin Temple

Guanyu is also respected as a God of Wealth depicted by Taoism. This is a temple named “Wealth God Temple”.

The Tomb of Guanyu

The Tomb of Guanyu

Any questions, just drop a line.

Luoyang Museum Guide

Monday, March 12th, 2012
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Plan your Luoyang Tour? Visiting Luoyang Museum is highly recommended. The location of Luoyang Museum has changed three times, originally built inside Guanlin Temple in 1958, and in 1970s moved to the city center of Luoyang and now located south of Luohe River in the southern Luoyang.

The new Luoyang Museum was open to the public on April 1, 2011. Hope this museum guide will assist you making your short trip to Luoyang Museum.

You may take bus no 15, 37 or 62 to Luoyang Museum, or you may take a taxi. The museum lies just south of Luohe River which spans the city of Luoyang from east to west.

The area surrounding the museum is quite clean and green. You don’t find anything commercial except a few mobile food stalls, selling bottled water, boiled corns, baked eggs and potatoes.

Add: Nietai Road, New District, Luoyang
Enquiry Phone: 0378 – 65791173

You don’t find anything commercial except a few mobile snack stalls

You don’t find much commercial except a few mobile snack stalls.

The museum building covers a construction area of 6,2000 square meters with 230m long, 140m wide. Its outlook resembles to a huge bronze vessel standing on the ground, implying the historical Accumulation of Chinese civilization.

Its outlook resembles to a huge bronze vessel

Luoyang Museum is free of charge. But you still need a ticket to enter the museum. So how? Go to a ticket office on the right side of the museum. Just ask for a ticket which is only available for a particular day.

After taking your ticket, go back to the entrance at the middle of the building. Please remember the opening dates are from Tuesday to Sunday with Monday closed. Its opening time is from 9:00 to 17:00 and ticket selling stops at 16:30.

The main entrance to Luoyang Museum

The main entrance to Luoyang Museum

The first floor is dedicated to the basic exhibition depicting the Heluo Civilization (Luoyang’s history and culture). The second floor is mainly designed for 7 exhibition rooms for 7 themed exhibitions – Exhibition of Calligraphy and Painting, Exhibition of Ancient Treaure of Luoyang, Exhibition of pottery figurines of Han and Tang dynasties, Exhibition of tri-colored earthen wares of Tang Dynasty, Exhibition of Qing Imperial cultural relics and Exhibition of ancient fresco Art.

One Basic Exhibition (first floor) and 7 themed Exhibitions (second floor)

One Basic Exhibition (first floor) and 7 themed Exhibitions (second floor)

The spaciou lobby of Luoyang Museum

The spaciou lobby of Luoyang Museum

The first floor for Heluo Civilization (Luoyang’s hisory) is a must for fist time visitors. If you have enough time visiting Luoyang Museum, you are encouraged to go to the second floor to visit other 7 themed exhibitions afer your have visited the first floor dedicated to the splendid history,  the important history in China. The first and basic exhibition on the first is classified into several rooms telling the different stages of the Luoyang’s history from Pre-historical period to modern Luoyang today.

The city of Luoyang went through thirteen dynasties with 105 emperors starting Xia Dynasty (2070BC-1600BC), Shang Dynasty (1600BC-1046BC), Eastern Zhou Dynasty(770BC-256BC), Beiwei Dynasty (493AD-534AD), Sui Dynasty (605AD-619AD) and more with a history of over 4,000 years!

Below are some snaps I took on my recent tour of Luoyang Museum:

Palaeolithic (300,000BC – 10,000BC)

Palaeolithic 1

Xia Dynasty 2

Shang Dynasty (1600BC-1046BC)

Shang Dynasty 1

Shang Dynasty 2

Zhou Dynasty (1046BC-249BC)

Zhou Dynasty 1

Zhou Dynasty 2

 

Zhou Dynasty 3

Wei and Jin Dynasties (265AD-420AD)

Wei and Jin Dynasties 1

Sui And Tang Dynasties 2

Northern Song Dynasty (960AD-117AD)

Northern Song Dynasty 1Northern Song Dynasty 2

Tip:  Hassle-free Luoyang Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Luoyang Guided Tours:

Luoyang One Day Private Tour  Starting US$ 60 per person
Luoyang- Shaolin One Day Private Tour  Starting US$ 60 per person
Luoyang – Shaolin 2 Day Private Tour Packages  Starting US$ 150 per person

Beijing Luoyang 2 Day Round Trip Tour       Starting US$ 280 per person
Beijing Luoyang Shaolin Temple 2 Day Round Trip Tour  Starting US$ 290
Beijing Luoyang ( Shaolin ) 3 Day Tour – Round Trip by Flight Starting US$ 610 per person

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Luoyang
Where to Stay in Luoyang
Luoyang Museum Guide
Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits
How to visit White Horse Temple
How to Visit Shaolin Temple
Longmen Grottoes Travel Tips
Kung Fu Show at Shaolin Temple