Luoyang in Henan Province, central China is a city with profound past and charming present. If you are planning a Luoyang tour, you won’t miss Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple in Luoyang and Shaolin Kung Fu experience in Dengfeng. And the annual Luoyang Peony Festival will surely attract you to come in spring. Here we have selected the top 7 things to do in Luoyang for you to better explore this ancient capital.
Vairocana Buddha in Fengxian Temple
Our Customers in Longmen Grottoes Scenic Area
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 is always on the top of Luoyang attractions. It is the largest stone carving art treasure house with the largest number of statues in the world and is rated as "the peak of Chinese stone carving art" by the UNESCO. It is now a world cultural heritage site, a national key cultural protection unit, and a national AAAAA tourist attraction.
The carving of Longmen Grottoes started in the reign of Emperor Xiaowen in the Northern Wei Dynasty (AD 386-534) and lasted more than 10 dynasties for over 1400 years. The caves are densely distributed on the cliffs of the West Hill and East Hill along the Yi River, stretching about 1 km from north to south. At present, there are 2345 niches and more than 110,000 statues. Among them, you can not miss Vairocana Buddha in Fengxian Temple, Binyang Cave, Wanfo Cave, Guyang Cave, etc.
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
Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng City is another hot destination that attracts millions of tourists every year by its mysterious Shaolin Kung Fu. With only 1.5 hours’ drive away, it is much recommended to extend your Luoyang trip to Shaolin Temple.
Shaolin Temple is firstly built in AD 495 and has a history of over 1500 years. It has always been a holy land for Kung Fu enthusiasts and Buddhism followers. Here you can watch Shaolin Kung Fu performance presented by real Shaolin martial monks, learn Buddhist culture and attend Buddhist festival, worship ancient Buddhist masters in Pagoda Forest, and appreciate stone carving art. If you are keen to Shaolin Kung Fu, you can take some Kung Fu training courses according to your itinerary. If you are interested in hiking, you can hike to Sanhuang Village Scenic Resort to appreciate the beautiful scenery of Mount Song.
White Horse Temple
Indian Style Temple
Location: Baimasi Town, Luolong District, 23 kilometers from Luoyang downtown
Opening Hours: 07:30-18:00
Ticket: CNY 50
White Horse Temple enjoys a high reputation in Buddhism as it is the first officially built temple after Buddhism was introduced in China. The original White Horse Temple was built in AD 68 in grand scale. Since then, it has spread Buddhism to Japan, North Korea, southeastern Asian countries like Burma and Thailand, and European and American countries.
After several destruction and restorations, White Horse Temple now preserves the main temple, Qiyun Pagoda and an international zone with Indian temple, Burmese temple, and Thai temple. The two stone horses in front of White Horse Temple, which are about the same size as real horses, are carved in the Song Dynasty (AD 960-1279) and become a symbol of this temple.
Treasures in Luoyang Museum
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
As a city with a long history and splendid culture, Luoyang has over 60 museums in different themes. If you want to get a comprehensive understanding of Luoyang, Luoyang Museum, the largest museum in Luoyang, is most recommended. There are over 11000 collections telling the glorious history and remarkable achievements of this thousand-year ancient capital. If you are looking for some special museums, Tianzi Jialiu Museum (天子驾六博物馆) built in the original site in Luoyang downtown will show you the horses and chariots buried over 2000 years ago. Other museums such as Luoyang Folk Custom Museum (洛阳民俗博物馆) and Luoyang Horizontal Inscribed Board Museum (洛阳匾额博物馆) are also worth a visit if time permits.
Luoyang Water Banquet
Speaking of Luoyang food, Luoyang Water Banquet (Luoyang Shuixi) dating back to the Tang Dynasty with a history of over 1000 years is the most famous one. It is composed of 8 cold and 16 hot dishes that are served to the guests one by one. It covers both meat and vegetable, providing diverse tastes such as sour, spicy, sweet, and salty. It is a true feast that you can eat to your heart’s content.
The first hot course - Swallow Dish (燕菜) is the highlight. Legend has it that this name is given by Wu Zetian - the only female emperor in China’s history. The main ingredients are white radish, sea cucumber, squid, and chicken. But when it’s done, the ingredients are in a peony shape floating on the soup. The dish is beautiful and fragrant, which wins the favor of many guests.
Recommended Luoyang Food Street: Luoyang Old City Shizi Street 洛阳老城十字街
Xinduhui Shopping Plaza
Though boasting a history of several thousand years, Luoyang is also a modern city with a colorful nightlife.
Luoyang Old City (Lijing Gate) is one of the busiest places in Luoyang at night. When it is getting dark and the golden lights are on, it is like you are entering a splendid palace through Lijing Gate. Behind the gate, there are numerous stores and stalls that sell various souvenirs and local snacks that appeal the tourists to linger on with no thought of leaving. If you are more into shopping malls, you can go to Xinduhui Shopping Plaza in Xigong district where many international brands and fancy restaurants gather.
Peony in Wangcheng Park
Peony in Sui and Tang Dynasties Town Botanical Garden
Wangcheng Park Location: in Luoyang downtown, No. 312 Zhongzhou Middle Road, Jianxi District
Opening Hours: 6:00-21:00
Ticket: Free on ordinary days, CNY 30 during peony festival
Luoyang has a reputation of “the city of peony flowers”. Every year from April to early May, Luoyang is flooded with tourists who are here to see the graceful peonies.
There are a dozen of peony gardens in Luoyang. Wangcheng Park is the main venue of Luoyang Peony Festival and there will be some peony-themed performances. China National Flower Garden is the largest specified peony garden in China. Sui and Tang Dynasties Town Botanical Garden is one of the gardens that have the most peony varieties. Luoyang International Peony Garden is where you will still have a chance to see the blooming peonies in May.
Usually, it takes 2 ~ 3 days to have a Luoyang tour. The highlights of Luoyang include Longmen Grottoes which is known as the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art, 1900-year-old White Horse Temple (also China's first Buddhist temple), 2000-year-old burial site - Tianzi Jialiu Museum and beautiful Luoyang Museum with a lot of history to tell. Of course, you can't miss a Kung Fu exploration in Shaolin Temple (in Dengfeng city) if you visit Luoyang. It is only 55 km (about 1.5 hours' drive) away from Luoyang City.
It's strongly recommended to extend your Luoyang tour to its attractive neighbors. After Shaolin Temple visit, you can spend 1 day exploring Zhengzhou or Kaifeng. If you are fond of nature, Mount Yuntai, Guoliang Village and Xiaolangdi Reservoir on Yellow River are recommended.
However, the best way to extend your Luoyang trip is starting a Xian Tour. Owning world-class treasures, Xian offers a lot to see and do. Taking a 1.5~2 hours high speed train, you can unveil an incredible experience of two old capital cities. It is quite popular to travel Beijing and Xian with Luoyang, because Luoyang is just located between them. Get inspired from our Xian Luoyang Tours now!
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