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Top 10 Attractions in Chongqing (Tips, Photos & Map)

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021
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Plan your Chongqing tour? As a major city in southwestern mainland China, Chongqing is a port city with a large municipal area and big population in China. Nowadays, Chongqing is a modern city, China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin.

Chongqing is a city of hills, with many old lanes and buildings worth exploring, cruises up the Yangtze, and a walk around to the Port all worth a half day trip. Picturesque landscapes are so enchanting as to make tourists forget to return.

Location of Chongqing (Google Map)

Here we’ve rounded up a list of the top 10 attractions in Chongqing.

No. 01: People Liberation Monument

Chongqing People’s Liberation Monument is regarded as the commercial center of the Yuzhong District in Chongqing.

Formerly a wooden structure, the monument was first built up on March 12th, 1940. This day is the anniversary of Dr. Sun Yatsen’s death, so the monument is called “Spirit Fort”.

The monument is located in the crossing of the Mingzhu, Mingquan and Zourong Road in the Yuzhong district. It’s 27.5 meters high. There is a revolving ladder, through which travelers can get to the top of the monument.Entrance Fee: free

Opening Hours: 24 hours a day
How to get there: There are many buses can take you to People Liberation Monument, including Buses No. 413, 418, 481, 301, 303, 215, 103, 104, 111, 112, 122, Tram No. 401, 402 or 405.

No. 02: Ciqikou Old Town

Located in the suburb of Chongqing City, covering an area of 1.18 square kilometers, Ciqikou Old Town is a historic Chinese old town with traditional style buildings and local flavor food.

The old town was built in 998 during the Song Dynasty. The town’s name, Ciqikou, means porcelain harbor, and the community prospered from the porcelain trade. Today it offers a glimpse of the peaceful laid-back life in the Sichuan countryside and is somewhere to take a break from the busy commercial world of Chongqing.

For more information,  check out the link: Ciqikou Old Town.

The main street packed with visitors

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 215 and get off at Tongjiaqiao Station

No. 03: Dazu Rock Carvings

Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings, dating back as far as the 7th century AD, depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.

Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs, 160km west of Chongqing.

The sites are located in Chongqing Municipality within the steep hillsides throughout Dazu County (located about 60 kilometers west of the city of Chongqing, China). The highlights of the rock grotto are found on Mount Baoding and Mount Beishan.

Dazu Rock Carvings
Dazu Rock Carvings

Entrance Fee: CNY 130
Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00
How to get there: There are long-distance buses to the Dazu Rock Carvings both from Chongqing and Chengdu.

No. 04: Stilwell Museum (aka Flying Tigers Musuem)

Stilwell Museum lies on No.63 Jialing New Road, 15 kilometers to the urban area. It was founded in memory of Joseph W. Stilwell, an American general who contributed a great deal to the Chinese people.

Covering an area of 5,000 square meters, the structure is a two-storey building with a basement. The main building is the former residence of General Stilwell.

A bust of General Joseph Warren Stilwell

It includes an office, an adjutant room, two meeting rooms, bedrooms and a basement. Simple furniture is shown as it was during the time that he lived there, and more than one hundred articles such as household goods, manuscripts and the uniform which was used by the general are displayed.

A part of the former residence of General Joseph Warren Stilwell has turned into the Flying Tigers Museum in Chongqing. For more information, please check out the link: Flying Tiger Museum Chongqing.

Entrance Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take the Light Rail and get off at Lizibei Station, Chongqing

No. 05: Wulong Karst Geological Park

The Wulong Karst, a UNESCO world heritage site, is located at Wujiang River downriver of Southeastern Chongqing. It covers three karst systems of Sanqiao Natural Bridges which are dotted in mid-north, southeast and northeast of Wulong County.

The park includes three natural bridges, the gorge valley, the Tianmen Cave Bridge, Furong caves, 45 degree Pingange Cableway, and Fairy Mt with the Mist Pavilion.

Wulong Karst Geological Park

Wulong Karst Geological Park is located about 180km to the east of Chongqing city. You may take the long-distance bus or slow train to reach the park.

No. 06: Chongqing Zoo

Located at the western suburb of the main urban area, Chongqing zoo is surrounded by beautiful mountains.

The panda house, the highlight of the zoo, will offer you wonderful experience.
Chongqing Zoo was established in 1955.

Covering an area of more than 45 hectares., the zoo owns more than 230 species of animals, with a total amount of more than 6000 animals that ranks Chongqing Zoo as one of the biggest national urban Zoos. The nature scene is a great treasure.

Chongqing Zoo
Panda at Chongqing Zoo

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 412, 413,

No. 07: Three Gorges Museum

Three Gorges Museum is situated at the west part of the People’s Square of Chongqing. Occupying an area of 30,000 square meters, the museum was completed and opened to the public on Jun 18 , 2005.

China Three Gorges Museum has another name – Chongqing Museum. It’s not only a specified museum of Three Gorges but also a comprehensive museum of history and art, a collection of over 170,000 pieces of cultural relics. The museum also equips an International Academic Hall, an Audience Activities Center and 3 temporary Exhibition Halls.|

A closer glimpse of the Museum’s front

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 145 and get off at the Great Hall of the People Station

No. 08: Great Hall of the People

Chongqing People’s Great Hall is situated at Xuetian Wan, Renmin Road, Chongqing and covers an area of 66,000 square meters with a 4,000-seat auditorium. The Great Hall of the People is considered the emblem of Chongqing.

The whole building was designed based on traditional Chinese architecture that was in fashion in Ming and Qing Dynasty.

The round roof with its green glazed tiles makes the building looks like the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the porch in front of the hall with its red columns and white marble rails reminds people of the Tian’an Men gate in Beijing.

Chongqing People’s Hall

Entrance Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

How to get there: take Buses No. 103, 104, 105, 111, 112, 122, 215, 181 or 503 to get to the Great Hall of the People

No. 09: Fishing City

The old town was built in 1242, or the 2nd year of the Chunyou reign of the Southern Song (about 1100-1279). In 1258, the Mongols launched a total attack on the Song and the Fishing Town was besieged.

The Song army mounted a valiant counterattack that lasted 36 years. Some European historians to laud Fishing Town as the “Mecca of the East” and “Where God broke his whip”. The ruins of the ancient battlefield of Fishing Town are well kept there. 

No. 10: Three Gorges at Yangtze River

The Yangtze River ( or called “Changjiang” in Chinese ) is over 6,300 kilometers long, the largest and longest river in China, also the third longest in the world, next just to the Nile in northeast Africa and the Amazon in South America.

The source of the Yangtze River is linked to the Tanggula Mountain chain in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, southwest of China.The Yangtze River flows from west to east through provinces of Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu as well as the city of Chongqing, Wuhan and Shanghai, finally entering the East China Sea.

For more information, please check out: Cruise on Yangtze River.

Passing through the Qutang Gorge on the Yangzte River Cruise

With much rainfall all year round, the Yangtze River is regarded as the golden watercourse.The most impressive part of the river is the three Yangtze River gorges, namely Qutang Gorge, WuGorge and Xiling Gorge, known as Sanxia in Chinese, or the Three Gorges. Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge are within the administrative area of Chongqing.

Tip:  Hassle-free Chongqing Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Chongqing:

Chongqing Tour
Chongqing 3 Day Classic Tour
Chongqing Car Rental
Chongqing One Day Highlight Tour
Chongqing Dazu Grottoes Day Tour
Chongqing Yangtze River Yichang Classic 4 Day Tour

Further Readings

Top 10 Attractions in Chongqing
Best Time to Visit Chongqing
Ciqikou Old Town
Flying Tigers Museum
Yangtze River Cruise Daily Schedule – Victoria Cruises
Zhazidong prison, the site of Zhazidong Prison
Three Gorges Museum
Chongqing People’ Hall

Any questions, just drop a line.

10 Most Scenic Roads in China (Tips & Photos)

Monday, September 20th, 2021
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With the rapid development of the expressways and highways, road tripping has become one of the most favorite ways of traveling across China. The car represents mobility, freedom with a feel of controlling your destinations.

China is a vast country, very drivable since now the roads are excellent. It has countless scenic drives with most of the stellar standouts in the northwest, west and southwest China.

In the past 20 years I have been road-tripping China on and off. But I’m still far from covering all the incredible sightseeing drives across China. Today I’d like to present our version of the 10 most scenic drives in China, an attempt to be helpful in planning your on China road trip. My 10 list will inevitably leave out some of the best.

First of all, I’d like to round up some travel tips for planning your road trip in China.

Trips for Planning a China Road Trip

1) Hire a Vehicle with driver
Hiring a vehicle with driver (or just take a taxi for a short road trip ) is the easiest way to hit on the open road. Self-driving in China is still very much difficult for short-time international visitors.

The driving rules and regulations are quite different from those in your home country. Penalty for traffic violation is high. Almost all the expressways and highways are covered under surveillance cameras.

2) Prepare for the food on the way
Scenic drive cannot guarantee the food quality and very often you don’t find any restaurants on route. It is a good idea to prepare in advance some high protein and vitamin snacks, nuts and fruits.

3) Book your hotels on your road trip
Download a hotel booking app on your smart phone and prebook your hotel before you get to the next destination for overnight. In the remote areas or during off tourist season, you may just book your hotel on the spot when you get there. Getting ready for sleeping bags in case you are in the middle of nowhere.

4) Toilets on route
Gas stations are often the only places for you to use toilets. But the toilet general condition is not good, dirty and without any toilet paper. You should always bring your rolls of toilet paper on your China road trip.

5) Plan your road trip
You should plan your China road trip in advance. China is huge and you may do just a section for one time. Even for this section, you need to split your road trip across several days. It is a good idea to keep a loose plan because you never know when fun and interesting opportunities will arise.

 10 of my previous most scenic drives in China

1. Awe-inspiring drive to Guoliang Village

Guoliang Village is located 82km to the northwest of Xinxiang, 90km north of Zhangzhou, easily accessible by highspeed trains from Beijing, Shijianzhang, Wuhan and Guangzhou since Xixiang is on the Beijing – Guangzhou Railway Line.

From Xinxiang, you hire a taxi for a few hours’ return road trip to Guoliang Village. In 1972, 13 strong villagers from Guoliang Village wanted to change the situation of inaccessibility to the outside world and started carving a road off the east side of the cliff.  The carved tunnel is 12 or 13 feet across, about 15 or 16 feet high and  a mile long. The road was opened in 1977.

Check out my another article Guoliang Village Travel Tips for more information.

Awe-inspiring drive to Guoliang Village

Praised as one of the 8 road wonders in the world, the tunneled road is now well known as “Long Corridor in the Cliff” or “Precipice Gallery”.  The east side of the carved road is the picturesque Grand Canyon with Red Steep Cliff. The Grand Canyon is more than 200 meters in height, 500 meters in width and 20km in length. The red rocks are scarlet and upright like knifed and axed. The scenic Grand Canyon is one of the highlights on your road trip to Guoliang Village.

2. Yaxi Expressway: Ya’an to Xichang Highway

Yaxi Expressway is lauded as the most beautiful “Sky Road” in China. Yaxi Expressway starts from Ya’an and ends at Xichang,  a section of Beijing-Kunming highway, 240km long and a ladder like road “leading to the sky”.

Check out my another article Most Beautiful Sky Road in China for more information.

Most Beautiful Sky Road in China
Most Beautiful Sky Road in China

The “leading to the sky” here has two meanings – 1) The 240km expressway is made of 270 viaducts,  an elevated roadway that stretches 240 kilometers, designed to minimize impact on the environment and driving on the numerous viaducts makes people feel like driving in the air; 2) For driving each kilometer, we ascends by 7.5 meters along the expressway. There are also 25 spiral tunnels used to reduce the effect on mountains.

3. S313 Highway: Scenic Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba

It is an incredible 150 km drive along Highway S 313 from Xinduqiao to Danba, morphing from Muya Tibeten area  to Jiarong Tibetan area.

From Xinduqiao to Taigong, you need to slow down – this region wants to be savored, not gulped. The road is lined with golden meadows, crystal-clear streams, yellow poplar trees and Tibetan stone houses against the meandering mountains under the canopy of the blue sky and white clouds.

Check out my another articleDrive from Xinduqiao to Danba for more information.

Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba
Drive from Xinduqiao to Danba

Tagong Town is well known for the same name Tagong Monastery and its surrounding Tagong Grassland that offers great views against the sacred Yala Mountain at 5820m.

For the 87km Bamei Town- Danba  road trip, there are two impressive sights – Huiyuan Monastery in Xie De Town ( formerly the ancient Tai Ning City ) of Dawu County in Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture and the majestic Yala Snow Mountain at the elevation of 5820m.

4. S217 and S216 Highways: Eye-Popping Drive from Litang to Yading

The Highway S217 runs from Litang to Daocheng (148km), and further stretched to Yading along S216  (115km). The 148km drive from Litang to Doacheng is one of the jaw-dropping drives, going over Rabbit Mountain at the altitude of 4696 meters and passing by the vermilion Buddhist Monastery, the undulating mountains, Tibetan houses and yellow poplar trees and dry riverbeds.

The highway S216 from Daocheng to Yading is surprisingly in good condition, a wide and flat asphalt road with clean iron handrails and clear road signs. The road meanders on the wide and flat valley flanked with fields, meadows, Tibetan houses and undulating hills, all coated with autumn golden hues ( best to drive in autumn ).

Check out my two following articles for more information:
Drive from Litang to Daocheng
Drive from Daocheng to Yading.

Bowa Lake
Bowa Lake on the way from Daocheng to Yading

5. National Highway 214:  Drive from Mangkang to Shangri-la 400km

The National Highway G214 (Yunnan-Tibet Highway) is a hidden gem,  3256 km long starting from Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province to Jinghong, Yunnan Province.

The 400km drive from Mangkang to Shangri-la has stunning views. You need to split the drive across two days. On the first day you drive from Mangkang to Deqin (219km ) and second day from Deqin to Shangri-la (181 km).

Unlike the hyped G318, G214 is quite unknown to the public though it has heart-stopping views with its varied landscapses. G214 connects the headwaters of Yangtze River, Yellow River, Lancang River and Honghe River.

Check out my following two articles for more information:
Drive from Mangkang to Deqin
Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la

Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la.
Drive from Deqin to Shangri-la.

The G214 (Yunnan-Tibet Highway ) from Deqin to Shangri-la is de facto a sightseeing avenue, which cuts through the intoxicating Baimang Snow Mountain ( also known as Baima Snow Mountain). Lying in the mid-section of Hengduan Mountain, Baima Snow Mountain runs from north to south with 20 peaks over 5000 meters and its highest peak at 5430 meters.

6. Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp Road Trip 100km

The road trip branching off the main National Highway 318 going to the Mt. Everest Base Camp takes 3 or 4 hours for a 100km mountain road mainly due to the poor and bumpy dirt road.

The road trip is every much challenging. People have to endure endless twists and turns, and hairpin bends. But you will see heart-stopping views – dotted Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across the wide arid plains, yaks, wild rabbits, wild sheep, dzopkyos (yak-cow hybrids),  and awe-inspiring mountain peaks – a paradise on earth!

Check out my another article Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp for more information.

Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp
Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp

Tingri to Mt.Everest Base Camp Travel Tips:
1) Better for a small group using a land cruiser instead of bus tour
2) Ready for Bottled oxygen if you are not confident about your health
3) Water and snacks
4) Sunglass, sunscreen, altitude sickness medicine
5) Good sleep the day before
6) Suggested to stay in Tingri for overnight
7) Alien Travel Permit for Mt.Everest Base Camp

7. Head-spinning drive from Xining to Qinghai Lake 151 km

Qinghai Lake has long been one of the biggest draws in Xining, the capital of Qinghai Province which lies on the northeast of Tibetan Plateau. At the altitude of 3200 meters, Qinghai Lake boasts great charms – Blue sky and water, white clouds and green grassland, and amazing rape flowers, a wonderful summer resort and mesmerizing landscape.

Check out my another article How to Visit Qinghai Lake from Xining for more information.

On the way
On the way

The 151 km road trip is a scenic drive, passing by massive valleys, alpine meadows, limpid rivers, historical sites and remote towns. There are quite a  few scenic attractions and historical sites on route. You can ask your driver to stop at the sites you are interested in.

8. Urumqi to Kanas Lake Loop Road Trip 2000 km

As you know, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region occupies an area of 1.6 million square km with a population 20.95 million, one sixth of China in size, equivalent of 160 “Beijings”, an area the size of France, Germany, Spain and the UK combined. Xinjiang has a huge number of unique natural and cultural resources and no one can digest them all.

Check out my following articles for more information:
For more information, check out:
Drive from Urumqi to Burjin
Burjin – Kanas Lake – Jiadengyu
Drive from Jiadengyu to Kelamayi
Drive from Kelamayi to Urumqi

Kanas Lake
Kanas Lake

Kanas Lake Natural Reserve is the big draw in the  Northern Xinjiang Route. Kanas Lake is classified by UNESCO as “mankind’s last piece of pure land. Not just Kanas Lake, you have more to see, to feel, to touch along the semicircle Northern Xinjiang route around the Junggar Basin touring Fuyun, Altay, Burjin, Kelamayi…

9. Lanzhou to Langmusi Road Trip 488 km

For the road trip from Lanzhou to Langmusi 488 km, you may split it into two sections for 2 days – Lanzhou to Xiahe 258 km and Xiahe to Langmusi 230km.

The whole drive distance from Lanzhou to Xiahe County, and on to Labrang Monastery is about 258 km. In between, you pass by Hezheng County and Lingxia Hui Autonomous Prefecture. The 258 km road trip will give you deep impression in terms of both different landforms and cultures unfolded on the road.

Check out my following two articles for more information:
Drive from Lanzhou to Xiahe
Drive from Xiahe to Langmusi

Drive from Xiahe to Langmusi

For the 230km road trip, you will drive along the National Highway No.213 passing by Hezuo City, Luqu County, experiencing mesmerizing views of alpine meadows, grasslands, grazing yaks and sheep, and Tibetan living houses, unfolding a “water colour” picture of the pristine life in Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.

10. Hohhot to Ejina Qi Return Road Trip 2080 km

The West Inner Mongolia, or Alashan (Alxa) League specifically, is a mysterious place admired by all travelers. With its capital at Bayanhot(Bayanhaote), Alashan (Alxa) League is the largest league prefecture -level region in Inner Mongolia with an area of 270,000 Square km.

It comprises three counties – Alashan Zuoqi (Alxa Left Banner), Alashan Youqi (Alxa Right Banner) and Ejina Qi (Ejina Banner), which are also the largest oasises in Alashan. Numerous striking sights are dotted around these three green lands.

Check out my following articles for more information:
A Glimpse of Badain Jaran Desert
Euphrates Poplar Forests at Ejina Banner
Sunset over Guaishulin
Heicheng Ruins in Ejina Qi

Badain Jaran Desert
Run into a group of grazing camles

The Hohhot to Ejina Qi ( Ejina Banner), an over-2000 km crazy drive will allow you to pass by Yinshan Mountains and Kubuqi Desert, through Ulan Buh Desert and Badain Jaran Desert.

Badain Jaran Desert is definitely the highlight of the adventurous drive. Badain Jaran Desert boasts the highest stationary dunes in the world (the tallest dune over 450 meters, extending over 5 km in length) and the third the largest desert in China with an area of over 49,000 sq.kilometers.

Tip:  Hassle-free China Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for China guided tours:

Top China Private Tours
Top China Small Group Tours
Top China Train Tour
Top China Yangtze Cruise Tour
Top China Silk Road Tour

Further Readings

Top 10 Places to Visit in China
10 Fascinating Facts about China
How to Pack for your China Trip
Plugs and Sockets in China
China Tour Packages
Learning Useful Chinese Phrases for Travellers 
How to Recognise Chinese Currency

Top 10 Travel Experiences in China
10 Most Scenic Roads in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Mountains in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Lakes in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Grasslands in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Rivers in China
Top 10 most beautiful waterfalls in China
Top 10 Places to See Autumn Leaves in China
Top 10 Most Beautiful Villages in China
Top 10 Old Towns in China
The 10 Most Beautiful Museums in China
Top 10 China Tourist Scams
Top 10 Souvenirs in China

Any questions, just drop a  line.

Top 10 Attractions in Luoyang (Maps,Tips and Photos)

Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
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Plan your Luoyang tour? Situated on the central plain of China, one of the cradles of the Chinese civilization, Luoyang was one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Luoyang is endowed with countless historical sites and cultural treasures.

For travelling to Shaolin Temple, read my another article How to Visit Luoyang Temple for more information.

Luoyang located about 800km southwest of Beijing (Google)

With its historic background, you can always find many glorious palaces, temples and caves in Luoyang. Here, you can visit the famous White Horse Temple, the Guanlin Temple, the Longmen Caves and the Wancheng Park. In every April, you can appreciate the beautiful and elegant peony flowers.

Luoyang Tourist Map

No. 01: Longmen Grottoes 龙门石窟

The Longmen Grottoes, which are a treasure house of ancient Buddhist cave art, are located sixteen kilometers south of Luoyang in Henan province, on the banks of the Yi River.

The grottoes and niches of Longmen contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties.

These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the high point of Chinese stone carving. On November 30, 2000, the Longmen Grottoes were approved by the 24th UN Heritage Commission to be put on the List of World Cultural Heritage.

Check out my another article How to Visit Longmen Grottoes for more information.

Entrance Fee: CNY 120 (Bai Garden and Xiangshan Temple are also included)
Opening Hours: 7:00-18:30 (spring, summer and autumn); 7:30-17:30 (winter)
Address: Longmen Avenue, Longmen Town, Luolong District, Luoyang 洛阳市洛龙区龙门镇龙门大道
How to get there: take Bus No. 81 at Luoyang Train Station, or take a taxi to the Longmen Grottoes; you can also take Bus No. 53 and No. 60 from the downtown area.

No. 02: White Horse Temple 白马寺

White Horse Templeis, according to tradition, the first Buddhist temple in China, established in 68 AD under the patronage of Emperor Ming in the Eastern Han capital Luoyang.

The White Horse Temple is located 12 kilometers away from the east of Luoyang City. The main temple buildings, a large complex, were reconstructed during the Ming and Qing dynastie.

It has numerous halls divided by several courtyards and manicured gardens, covering an area extending to about 13 hectares. Now the White Horse has become an attraction to domestic and foreign tourists.

Read my another article How to Visit White Horse Temple for more information.

White Horse Temple

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 7:30-17:30
Address:6 Luobai Road, Baimasi Town, Luolong District, Luoyang 洛阳市洛龙区白马寺镇洛白路6号
How to get there: take Bus No.56 at Luoyang Train Station to the terminal; or take Bus No.58 at Guanlin Temple to the terminal.

No. 03: Guanlin Temple 关林

Guanlin Temple, the temple and mausoleum of Guan Yu, was built to commemorate the great general Guan Yu who is the blood brother of Liubei in the Three Kingdoms Period.

Guanlin Temple is about 7 kilometers south of Luoyang City. Covering an area of 100 mu, the temple contains halls, tablets, small stone lions and cypress.

Despite its military theme, this temple is strikingly beautiful; the elegant Ming buildings are highly carved and richly decorated. It is the divine district for palmers to pilgrimage, attracting more and more person from home and abroad.

Read my anothe article How to Visit Guanlin Temple for more information.

Guanlin Temple

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
Address:2 Guanlin South Road, Luolong District, Luoyang 洛阳市洛龙区关林南路2号
How to get there: you can take many buses to get Guanlin Temple from the downtown area, including Buses No. 15, 42, 55, 58, 69, etc.

No. 04:  Tianzi Jialiu Museum 周王城天子驾六博物馆

The official name of the museum is called Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits, quite long, while it is colloquially called “Tianzi Jialiu Museum”. “Tianzi” means emperors while “Jialiu” means their chariots driven by 6 horses.

Read my another articlet How to visit Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits for more infformation.

Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits

Tianzi Jialiu Museum covers an area of 1,700 square meters. It is located underground centrally in the Dongzhou Wangcheng Square 王城广场 (Eastern Zhou Emperor City Square).

The museum has three sections – One for the brief introduction of Eastern Zhou Dynasty; second for Eastern Dynasty Mausoleum the third for the pit itself. So the Tianzi Jialiu Museum is located centrally in the city of Luoyang.

It is walkable along the axis down south from Luoyang Railway Station. Many buses take you there including buses 6, 41, 50, 52, 56, and 86 and get off at Wangcheng Square (王城广场).

Entrance fees: RMB 30
Opening time: 9:00 – 17:00 Enquiry: 0379 – 6391399 – 8000
Address: 226 Zhongzhou Middle Road, Xigong District, Luoyang 洛阳市西工区中州中路226号
Luoyang Tourism Hotline: 0379 – 12301

No. 05: Wangcheng Park 王城公园

Covering an area of 67 hectares, Wangcheng Park is the largest public park in Luoyang. Wangcheng Park is located on the main road of Luoyang. Each April, during the Luoyang Peony Festival, hundreds of thousands of peonies bloom together in a majestic display of natural beauty.

Besides the Peony Garden, another two major attractions in the park are the Historic Area and the Peony Culture Area. The prime time to enjoy the peony flowers is from April 5 to 20.

Wangcheng Park (Photo Credit: 爱洛阳)

Entrance Fee: free of charge (CNY 10 in chrysanthemum exhibition, CNY 50 in Luoyang Peony Festival)
Opening Hours: 05:00-20:30
Addess:312 Zhongzhou Zhong Road, Xigong District, Luoyang 洛阳市西工区中州中路312号
How to get there: you can take many buses to get Wangcheng Park from the downtown area, including Buses No. 9, 11, 15, 40, 101, 102, etc.

No. 06: Luoyang Museum 洛阳博物馆

Luoyang Museum is a local historical museum of China which was first built in Guanlin, the south of Luoyang City, in 1958, and then moved to the north side of Zhongzhou Road in 1973.

The Museum displays 1,700 cultural relics in five exhibition rooms, which is a reflection of five different social development stages such as the Primitive Society, the Slavery Society, and the Feudal Society. Besides the basic displays, the Museum also holds exhibitions of calligraphy and paintings and so on every year.

Read my another article How to Visit Luoyang Museum for more information.

Entrance Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: Nitai Road, Luolong District, Luoyang City 洛阳市洛龙区聂泰路
How to get there: take Bus No. 2 in the downtown area of Luoyang

No. 07: The National Peony Garden 洛阳牡丹园

Luoyang National Peony Garden is the home to more than 1,000 varieties of peony and main gene of peony in the world. It is a major sightseeing zone during the peony festival in Luoyang.

Luoyang National Peony Garden covers an area of 700 mu and is divided into North Garden and South Garden. The peony is highly reputed for its big flower, flamboyant color, full-bodied aroma and lasting florescence.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 5:30-21:30
Address: Luoyang Peony Garden is located at the intersection of East Wangcheng Avenue east, Old 310 National Road and Guohua Road.
How to get there: take Bus No.51 from the Train Station to the National Peony Garden

The National Peony Garden
The National Peony Garden

No. 8: Cockscomb Limestone Cave 栾川鸡冠洞风景区

Cockscomb Limestone Cave, which is located at the small Shuangtang Gouge, was discovered during the reign of Qianlong Emperor in the Qing Dynasty.

The Cockscomb Limestone Cave is 1,800 meters long and the area for sight-seeing is about 23,000 square meters. It is divided into 8 sections respectively named Yuzhu Pond, Yicai Palace, Diewei Palace, Shilin Lane, Cangxiu Pavilion, Dongtian River, Yaochi Palace and Juxian Palace.

Cockscomb Limestone Cave

Entrance Fee: CNY 70 (CNY 80 during Apr.10 to May.10)
Opening Hours: the whole day
Address: Shuangtang Village, uanchuan County, Luoyang 洛阳市栾川县双塘村
How to get there: take the shuttle bus from bus station to the Cockscomb Limestone Cave; or take a bus to Luanchuan County from Luoyang city, then change the Tourist Bus to Cockscomb Limestone Cave.

No. 9: Baiyunshan National Forest Park 洛阳嵩县白云山景区

Baiyunshan National Forest Park, which covers an area of 168 kilometers, is located at the Funiu Mountain Ridge, Southern Song County, Luoyang.

The national forest park is made up by several parts, including Primitive Forest, Baiyunshan Peak, Yuhuangding Peak, Little Huangshan Mountain ad Jiulong Waterfall Scenic Area. Baiyunshan National Forest Park is regarded as “the most beautiful place” in China. It is also called the “natural museum”.

Entrance Fee: CNY 80
Opening Hours: the whole day
Address: Tonghe Village, Kacun Town, Song County, Luoyang 洛阳市嵩县车村镇铜河村
How to get there: There are shuttle buses between Luoyang and Baiyun Mountain. Take the shuttle bus at Luoyang Yiyun Bus Station to the Baiyunshan National Forest Park.

Baiyunshan National Forest Park
Baiyunshan National Forest Park

No. 10: Bai Garden 白园

Bai Garden, situated on the Pipa Peak, refers to the mausoleum of Bai Juyi who a well-known Chinese poet lived during the Tang Dynasty.

Covering an area of 44 mu, Bai Garden consists of four parts: the Green Valley District, the Tomb District, Poem Corridor District, and Administration Region. Bai Garden not only offers us beautiful landscape garden, but also serenades the unusual lifetime of Bai Juyi.

Entrance Fee: Part of the through ticket with the Longmen Grottoes
Opening Hours: 7:30-18:00
Address: Longmen Avenue, Longmen Town, Luolong District, Luoyang 洛阳市洛龙区龙门镇龙门大道
How to get there: take Buses No.53, 60, 81 and get off at the terminal Luoyang

Bai Garden
Bai Garden

Tip:  Hassle-free Luoyang Guided Tours

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 Tour
Luoyang Car Rental
Luoyang One Day Private Tour
Luoyang- Shaolin One Day Private Tour
Beijing Luoyang 2 Day Round Trip Tour
Xian Luoyang Day Tour by Bullet Train

Further Readings

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


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