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Luoyang Travel Guide

Luoyang city in itself is not particularly special, except perhaps for the efficiency of its buses and the beautiful Peony Garden, but it is surrounded by fantastic sites that are worth making the trip for.

One such site is the Longmen Grottoes, one of China’s famous Buddhist cave carving complexes. Another of China’s countless UNESCO World Heritage sites, the stone sculptures were carved into the walls of the cave for a period of six hundred years beginning over a millennium and a half ago. There are around 100,000 statues, ranging from less than a centimetre to 17 meters in height.

Also on the outskirts of the city is the White Horse Temple, said to be the first Buddhist temple in China. Although the original temple is thought to have been established in 68 AD, today it is split into a number of courtyards with temples reflecting the architecture of other Buddhist cultures. Aside from the Chinese temple, there are also Thai and Indian style structures.

Other notable temples include the Zhongyue Taoist Temple, the Guanlin Temple, and the world famous Shaolin Temple, home to arguably the most famous form of Kung Fu. Located to the east of the city and surrounded by parks and scenic areas, this really is a spectacular place to visit. Kung fu lessons can be organized for those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of this peaceful yet martial religion.


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Luòyáng tours
1 day
This day trip is packed full of historical and religious significance. Your first stop, the Longmen Grottoes, are a sight to behold, both from the outside and within! Despite the ‘long men’ (huge statues of Buddha and his disciples) who welcome you on your arrival, ‘Long Men’ is actually Chinese, not English! The name translates as ‘Dragon’s Gate’. The White Horse Buddhist...

Luòyáng tours
2 days
Don’t miss out of a single Luoyang attraction with this two-day tour. Your first day will be all about places of historical and religious significance. You’ll start at the awe-inspiring Longmen Grottoes, and wrap up your day at the fascinating White Horse Buddhist Temple. The second day of your trip will be action-packed – literally! Your visit to the Shaolin Temple will be...

Luòyáng tours
3 days
This three day Luoyang tour takes in all the sights of the area. We can customize it, add hotels and train tickets as you might require. Special features include a Kungfu lesson at the Shaolin Temple. Optionally we can arrange a night at the hotel inside the Shaolin Temple, which gives Kungfu enthusiasts maximum opportunity to observe and participate.

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