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Top 5 things to do in Luoyang

By Zhiyu Wang

December 12

Luoyang, a city with a 5000-year history, will impress you with its unique scenery and time-honored food.

Luoyang, a city with a 5000-year history, will impress you with its unique scenery and time-honored food.

Luoyang, situated along the northern side of the Luo River, was the capital of several dynasties in Chinese history, most notably the Eastern Han Dynasty and the State of Wei during the Three Kingdoms period. Here are five things you have to  experience there.

1. Visit Longmen Grottoes

Longmen Grottoes
Longmen Grottoes [Image Credit: VCG]
As one of the most famous Buddhist rock sculpture sites in China, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is surely worth visiting. The numerous stone inscriptions and Buddhist statues vary in size and occupy 2,100 cave-temples. The 17m-high statue of Lushena (卢舍那) in Fengxian Temple (奉先寺) is the most frequently visited of the group.
Entry: 120 yuan/person
Opening hours: 07:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

2. Visit Baima Temple

Baima Temple
Baima Temple [Image Credit: VCG]
Baima Temple was the first officially sanctioned Buddhist temple in China and one of the oldest in the world. It was established almost 2000 years ago but rebuilt many times since then. You can also see buildings with Indian, Burmese, and Thai architectural styles — testimony to Buddhist exchanges between Ancient China and its neighbours.

Best time to visit: April-May, September – November

Entry: 50 yuan/person

Opening hours: 07:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

3. See Peonies

Peonies during 2013 Luoyang Peony Festival
Peonies during 2013 Luoyang Peony Festival [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Zhang Kuixing]
There is a Chinese saying: Among all the flowers in the country, the peony is the most beautiful. Peonies symbolize happiness and prosperity in China, and Luoyang is nicknamed the City of Peonies because its flowers are large, colorful and diverse. China National Flower Park is an ideal place to see peonies in the spring.

Best time to visit: April

Entry: 50 yuan/person from April to May, free for the rest of year.

Opening hours: 07:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

4. Try a Water Banquet

Water Banquet
Water Banquet [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/ Sun Jihu]
Luoyang is famed for its water banquets, which consist of 8 cold and 16 warm dishes all cooked in different kinds of soup. It originated during the Tang Dynasty. You can try it at Zhen Bu Tong Restaurant (真不同大酒店) , which is famous for the feast.

5. Visit Baiyun Mountain National Forest Park

Baiyun Mountain
Baiyun Mountain [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Niu Yuan]
Baiyun Mountain National Forest Park, covering 168 square kilometers, is situated in the hinterland of the Funiu Mountain forest area. Waterfalls, caves, temples and jagged peaks make it a popular tourist spot. There are five tourist attractions including Mount Yuhuang (玉皇顶).

Best time to visit: April – October

Entry: 75 yuan/person

Opening hours: all day

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