Luoyang itself has little to offer
A big city but still, perhaps off the beaten path.
While I was planning to Luoyang, I was in the dilemma whether to visit Shaolin because I was not a big fan to Shaolin Kung Fu or Chinese Martial Art. I thought I was going to visit Temple after Temples and see a lot of monks. In fact, my experience with Shaolin is beyond my imagination.When I arrived, I felt so peaceful and exciting as the main...more
Zhou Zhou Road the the main street at Luoyang City. It connects between east and west. During my visit, the road is still under massive constructions, but I managed to see many places walking along this street during morning or evening. - Shopping mall- Xunduhai Outdoor shopping Mall, Wangfujing Department store, IT Mall- Luoyang Center hospital --...more
Earliest Cave or Guyang Cave is the earliest cave in Longmen Grottoes. It is a small cave with a statue of Sakyamuni , 7.82 meters height, surrounded by three tiers of niches on the northern and southern wall.In 493 AD, Northern Wei moved from Pingcheng (today Datong) to Luoyang. A new capital was formed by a non-Chinese Emperor Xiaowen (471-499)....more
This place must be the strangest hotel in China. Think Brigadoon. Twilight Zone. Do not (under any...more
It is a confortable and nice hotel. Take a look of the web site attached!!!more
The stay was o.k. about what I would expect for a 3 star china hotel that thinks it is a 4 star...more
I do not like karaoke. Unless I’m in the company of a group of (drunk) friends, and when it’s in a big hall with a stage. This karaoke has the individual system. You just rent a small room for maximum ten persons with a karaoke machine, and you start singing. I do not see the fun in that, and when the quality of the equipment is bad, as it was in...more
There are two long-distant bus stations next to the Luoyang Railway Station, Jinyuan Bus-Stop Station and Luoyang Long-distant Bus Station. I went to Luoyang Railway Station to buy a bus ticket at the ticket counter, Y17. I told them I wanted to go to Shaolin, they sold me the ticket without telling me where to take the bus. I had to find the bus...more
Longmen Grottoes is a huge park, it requires you to walk from the ticket counter to main gate (Terminus) approximately 1km. Once you enter the park through main gate, you will start exploring those caves on the West Hill until the Longmen bridge, where you can walk to the East Hill. On East Hill, you will start walking up the east hill enjoying...more
Longmen Railway Station was officially opened to the public on Feb 6 2011. It is one of the 10 railway stations for the Zhengzhou - Xi'an High Speed Railway. 1) Yingyang South2) New Gongyi3) Luoyang Longmen 4) Mianchi South5) Sanmenxia South6) Lingbao West7) Huashan North (Not MISS) 8) Weinan North9) Lintong East10) Xian NorthI took a speed rail...more
Xinduhui is an outdoor shopping mall with many indoor or outdoor shops, restaurants, Carrefour Hypermarket on the basement, street booths markets, a cinema, a food court on the top floor. You basically can buy almost anything in here for your personal travel needs, including soap bar, bottle waters from carrefour, cloths, breads, cookies, candies,...more
Located in Wanda Plaza and opened long hours, the ultimate place to keep your kids busy. There are tons of jumping games, moving rides, educational stuff. There are people watching the kids and you can pay for one time or subscribe with packages or monthly pass. I went there 2-3 times a week with my son. The best place to go when its raining or...more
" Pottery figurine is the result of Chinese funeral cultural developed to the historical period. It mainly refers to the pottery funerary objects in the shape of human beings or animals, however, in ancient documents Yong (literally figurine) refers to those of human beings only. The pottery funerary objects in tombs of ancient China have close...more
I read an article from the China National Geography Magazine regard this sort of art work being famous not only in this region, but the entire China. The quality production of this art work has been made in this region since Tang Dynasties. The families that continues to work and sell these art works make a huge profits from their business. " Tang...more
After seing hords of parents waiting for their little ones dressed in colorful outfits every day, I joined the club in 2011 and sent my son to a public daycare. It was the first time that school of 300 pupils had seen a non-Chinese so daddy was standing out quite a bit in the crowd. After a week, my son had made tons of friends and the parents...more
Signage is a problem for the independent traveler in China. This is perhaps best illustrated by the fine large map near where the local bus stops for visitors to the Longmen caves. It was placed so the east side is to the west and the west to the east. It was placed on the wrong side of the pedestrian walkway. When in doubt, trust your compass...more
I've been in quite a few train stations by now, and the one in Luoyang is one of the worst. It's extremely chaotic, especially around the entrance, and dark and not really clean. My wife also hates it to go there. The first time I was there I felt really uncomfortable, and only the last couple of times I felt more at ease. A couple of times I saw...more
You don't really have to bus ticket from the counter in the station as most of the conducter would do it for you. But you have to really ask them what time is the bus leaving as I had to wait for 55mins before the bus left. After that it took him about 20mins to cover I think 10km, still trying to pick up passenger along the way.
Unique Suggestions: Just have to make sure that the bus is leaving. There are 2 buses, one slow and one express, just see which one is leaving first as there is not much different I think since the slow bus leave on time and take about 30mins more to get to Shoalin.
Bring half-full suitcases to account for what you will by there. Comfy shoes as you will walk a lot. Umbrella for summer or Autumn The minimum, you can buy everything once there With digital camera, you will be all equipped In the winter, bring warm clothes, its not Shanghai !!LINK TO LUOYANG WEATHER BELOW:more
I had notices those statues on my way back to the airport 5 years earlier so in 2011, I took my bike and just ventured north trying to find them with my GPS. Found them ! There are 2 giant statues of Mao in front of 2 factories that were created to build tractors and trucks (I think). Luoyang has an impressive array of manufactures ranging from...more
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If you are not shy, there is dancing almost every night in the central park. Music range from rock, to traditional, to techno ! People from all ages dance there when the temperature is nice.
Everywhere you go in Luoyang (and in China), there is bustling constructions. One day your favorite restaurant might be rubble making place for a new condo tower. Watch for the construction trucks when you walk and notice how each one try to outdo the others in making their building sound like the Taj Mahal of China.more
The Longmen Caves are quite interesting. Apparantly there were 100,000 images and statues of Buddha here at one time but there aren't that many now. Alot of the statues had their heads lopped off too! But it is still worth a visit. There are quite a few different caves in and around Luoyang. Some are just boring small empty holes in the cliff and...more
The Longmen Caves are pretty impressive. They are about 16 KM South of Louyang. I met a local guy that wanted walked around with me so that he could practice his English. Hmmmmm I've ran into these scams before so I asked him 2 times if he was going to ask me for a tip when he was done practicing his English...He said no!! So I got a free guide for...more