The Dentist Show
This is something that struck me when we were walking on the street in Luoyang. I thought it was funny. You could actually see the dentist working on the patient's teeth here. I had never seen a dentist's office with a window on the street before. I definitely wouldn't like it if people were watching while I'm having work done on my teeth.
Luoyang - The Peony City
Luoyang was one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China (along with Beijing, Nanjing and Xi'an), and is situated in China's central plain. It is probably most famous for the Longmen Caves, grottoes filled with Buddhist sculptures, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On to Xi'an.
More Than 1000 Years Old Carvings
Longmen Grottoes is one of the three great grottoes treasure houses in China which is located 13km south of Luoyang. There are two hills located on the east and west bank of the Yi River. From a distance view, it seems to be a natural gate, historically called "Yique" and later in Tang and Sui Dynasty it was known as "Longmen" (Dragon Gate). The carving works around Longmen Grottoes are dated back to the Northern Wei dynasty and lasted for more than 400 years . At present there are over 2300 caves and niches, about 80 buddhist pagodas, more and one hundred and ten thousand buddhist images and over 2800 pieces of inscriptions.
"China Buddhist Treasure"
Longmen Grottoes ranks first in among all the grottoes in China which are located in Dunhuang and Datong. It is so grand, that Longmen Grottoes can be considered as a treasure for art carving in the world.
Longmen is also China's national key cultural relic unit for special protection, the scenery zone at the national lever, the national AAAA cenery zone and the example of the national civilised scenery zone.
"A Unesco World Heritage Site"
Then in November 2000, Longmen Grottoes was added into Unesco World Heritage List.