Luoyang, home to Longmen Grottoes and only 55 km away from legendary Shaolin Temple, attracts many visitors from all over the world to feel the charm of thousand-year capital and see the authentic Chinese Kungfu. When visiting Luoyang with family, it can be an educational trip with much fun. There are some recommended things to do for you and your family in a Luoyang family tour.
Vairocana Buddha in Fengxian Temple
Longmen Grottoes Seen from the East Hill
Location: on the Yi River bank, 15 kilometers from Luoyang downtown
Opening Hours: 8:00-18:00 (February - March, October 8 - October 31); 8:00-18:30 (April 1 - October 7); 8:00-17:00 (November - January)
Ticket: CNY 90
Longmen Grottoes with a history of over 1500 years is a must-see in Luoyang just like the Terracotta Warriors in Xian and Forbidden City in Beijing. It can always amaze tourists by the graceful eye-catching Vairocana Buddha. Some people say its smile is the eastern version of Mona Lisa, but actually, the Vairocana Buddha stone statue is carved about 800 years earlier than the creation of Mona Lisa. Apart from that, there are over 2300 caves and 100,000 Buddha statues in different postures. Most of them are in the west hill of the scenic spot. You can spend a fruitful half day there.
Kung Fu Training
Shaolin Temple Location: Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng, about 55km, 1.5 hours' drive from Luoyang
Opening Hours: March ~ November: 07:30 ~ 18:00; December ~ February: 08:00 ~ 17:30
Ticket: CNY 80
You must have heard of the legendary Chinese Kung Fu in many movies such as the famous Kung Fu Panda. Now in Luoyang, you will have a chance to watch a Kung Fu show performed by the Shaolin martial monks, or better, learn authentic Chinese Kung Fu from the professionals.
There are some Kung Fu schools with legal license near Shaolin Temple such as Shaolin Tagou Martial Art School and YunTai Mountain International Culture and Martial Arts School. You can take short-term (for example, a week or a month) or long-term (half a year or longer) Kung Fu training courses according to your itinerary. It must be an unforgettable experience.
White Horse Temple
Thai Style Temple
Location: Baimasi Town, Luolong District, 23 kilometers from Luoyang downtown
Opening Hours: 07:30-18:00
Ticket: CNY 50
White Horse Temple was firstly built in AD 68. It is the first Buddhist temple in China and enjoys a high reputation in Buddhism. It spread Buddhism to Korea, Japan and Southeast Asia and became a holy land for Buddhist believers all over the world.
It not only has many traditional Chinese pavilions and pagodas like other temples do, but also owns an international zone where you will have an opportunity to see some foreign Buddhist buildings. The governments of Thailand, India and Myanmar have successively invested in the construction of Buddhist temples in White Horse Temple, making it the only international temple with Chinese, Indian, Burmese and Thai style temples. This contrast of color and style is really a please to eye and a special experience to both adults and kids.
Tianzi Jialiu Museum
Luoyang Museum Location: Nietai Road, Luolong District, 6 kilometers from Luoyang downtown
Opening Hours: 09:00 - 16:30 (Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday); 09:00 - 20:30 (Friday & Saturday); closed on Monday
There are about 70 museums in Luoyang. They are in different themes and many of them are suitable for a family visit. Among them, Luoyang museum is no doubt the first choice. It is the largest comprehensive museum in Luoyang. Here you can know Luoyang in every aspect and encounter some of the representatives of superb Chinese ancient handcraft.
Luoyang Tianzi Jialiu Museum (天子驾六博物馆 Ticket: CNY 30; Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00) is in Luoyang center at Zhouwangcheng Square. The museum is built right on the original site, so you will get an immersive experience seeing the horses and chariots buried over 2000 years ago. Luoyang Folk Custom Museum (洛阳民俗博物馆 Ticket: free; Opening Hours: 8:30-12:00, 13:00-17:30, closed on Monday) is another good option as it displays many items that show the wedding customs, burial custom, folk art, etc. in Luoyang.
South China Tiger in Wangcheng Zoo
Location: in downtown Wangcheng Park, No. 312 Zhongzhou Middle Road, Jianxi District
Opening Hours: 07:00-17:30
Ticket: CNY 15
Luoyang Wangcheng Zoo (王城动物园) is the only zoo in western Henan Province. There are over 100 kinds of wild animals, including giant panda, South China tiger, northeast tiger, leopard, black bear, brown bear, Red Crowned Crane, and other rare foreign animals, such as African elephant, white rhinoceros, chimpanzee and kangaroo.
South China tiger is a unique species of tiger that is only distributed in China. So it is also known as "Chinese Tiger". This rare animal has been extinct in the wild. Wangcheng Zoo has put tremendous efforts in protecting and breeding this endangered species. At present in 2020, the total number of South China tigers in Wangcheng zoo has increased to 45 (it is the most in China), while the number of South China tigers in the world is only about 200. Apart from the Wangcheng Zoo, as the largest park in Luoyang, Wangcheng Park itself is a good place for tourists to take a walk.
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