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Top 10 Attractions in Luoyang, Top 10 Things to Do in Luoyang

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
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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.

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.

No. 01: Longmen Grottoes
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.

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)
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.

Longmen Grottoes

Longmen Grottoes

No. 02: White Horse Temple
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.

Entrance Fee: CNY 50
Opening Hours: 7:30-17:30
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
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.

Entrance Fee: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
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.

Guanlin Temple

Guanlin Temple

No. 04: Bai Garden
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
How to get there: take Buses No.53, 60, 81 and get off at the terminal Luoyang

Bai Garden

Bai Garden

No. 05: Baiyunshan National Forest Park
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
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. 06: Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits
The museum’s former English name is quite long while it is colloquially called “Tianzi Jialiu Museum”. “Tianzi” means emperors while “Jialiu” means their chariots driven by 6 horses.

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
Luoyang Tourism Hotline: 0379 – 12301

Entrance Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: 08:30-17:30
How to get there: take Bus No. 15, 55, 58, 68, 81 and get off at Guanlin Miao Station

Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits

Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits

No. 07: Luoyang Museum
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.

Entrance Fee: free of charge
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
How to get there: take Bus No. 2 in the downtown area of Luoyang

No. 08: Wangcheng Park
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.

Entrance Fee: free of charge (CNY 10 in chrysanthemum exhibition, CNY 50 in Luoyang Peony Festival)
Opening Hours: 05:00-20:30
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.

Wangcheng Park

Wangcheng Park

No. 09: The National Peony Garden
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
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. 10: Cockscomb Limestone Cave
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.

Entrance Fee: CNY 70 (CNY 80 during Apr.10 to May.10)
Opening Hours: the whole day
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.

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

Any questions,  just drop a line.

 

 

 

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.