Luoyang Attractions - Things to Do

Longmen Grottoes
Longmen Grottoes

The city of Luoyang enjoys a pre-eminent reputation as a cradle of Chinese civilization. For over 4,000 years, it served as the capital city of thirteen different Chinese kingdoms including the first, the Xia Dynasty (21st-16th century B.C.). The city is thus endowed with countless historical sites and cultural treasures.

Top Things to Do in Luoyang

 Longmen Grottoes
 Shaolin Temple
 White Horse Temple

Longmen Grottoes is situated in the southern outskirts of the city. Having survived for about 1,400 years, the over 2,100 grottoes have tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and more than forty Buddhist pagodas as well as a large number of stone stables. These grottoes, together with the Yungang Grottoes in Datong and the Mogao Caves in Dunhuang, are the three major cave clusters in China. Bai Garden is nearby the grottes, separated by the Yi River in front of the grottoes.

White Horse Temple is a Buddhist temple in the eastern portion of the city. This temple, which is over 2,000 years old, is honored as the 'Founder's Home' and the 'Cradle of Buddhism'.

Shaolin Temple , on the slopes of Songshan Mountain between Luoyang and Zhengzhou, is renowned for its Shaolin martial arts that are so popular in China and the rest of the world. Built in the year 495, the temple preserves its original palaces, mural paintings and stone inscriptions. Not far from the temple, there is the Shaolin Zen Music Ritual performanced at night, known as the world's largest-scale outdoor performance in mountains and mainly showing the Zen Buddhism concepts.  

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Guanlin Temple  is named after a famous hero in Chinese history who is the best representation of loyalty, Guan Yu. The temple is also the General Guan's Tomb where Guan Yu's head is buried.

Luoyang Ancient Art Museum is located in a village in the northern part of the city. Here we find 25 restored ancient tombs of several dynasties ranging from the Western Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-24 A.D.) to the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). There are elaborate murals in the tombs reflecting the daily life of the nobility in ancient times. Luoyang Museum is the only comprehensive museum in the city. It is located in the prosperous district in the downtown, neighboring the Wangcheng Park in the west. This reputed museum well exhibits the rich history of the city.
Related Attraction: Luoyang Museum

Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple
The Hall of Mahavira
The Hall of Mahavira

The city's natural beauties are as equally attractive as its historical sites. White Cloud Mountain National Forest Park (Baiyunshan) spans the Yangtze, YellowRiver and Huai River. White Cloud Mountain National Forest Park built on the mountain is praised as the 'Natural Museum' because of the manyspecies of animals and plants in its primitive forests. Its seven peaks are wreathedby white clouds all year round giving the mountain an aura of mystery and charm. 

China National Flower Garden, sizing 255 acres, is located at the southern bank of Luo River of Luoyang. This garden cultivates 500,000 peonies in 9 colors and other 2,000,000 plants of 1,000 kinds. It is advised to go there from April to early May to apprecite the scene of peony blossom. 

Longyuwan National Forest is called 'Luoyang's Backyard Garden.' The rolling hills, narrow valleys andgrand waterfalls provide visitors ample contact with nature. Mt. Qingyao isfamous for the emerald green trees on its mountainsides. It is said to be the'Mysterious Capital' of Huangdi -the ancestor of Chinese civilization. Another 'must see' place is the Cockscomb Limestone Cave (Jiguan Cave) designated as the 'Top Cave in Northern China.'The limestone formations take on various appearances looking at different timeslike shields, flags, pillars or waterfalls. Well known as the home of Monkey King, the Flower and Fruit Mountain National Forest Park is also one of the seventy-two BlissfulLands in Taoism. Bai Garden is a famous resort in the city. It is based on the tomb of Bai Juyi, a reputedpoet of the Tang Dynasty.

The city is particularly famous for its numerous types of peony, a traditional Chinese flower that symbolizes magnificence, abundance and thriving. Its peonies rank as the best in the country due to their long growing period and wide varieties. Wangcheng Park, Xiyuan Park and Peony Park are the best places to see and appreciate these beautiful flowers.

Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits is located under the Eastern Zhou Imperial City Square, right on the original site of the ancient capital of Eastern Zhou Dynasty. It has the only site of this kind of chariot drawn by six horses in the world. It also shows the profiles of the imperial city and cultural relics of Eastern Zhou Dynasty.

Situated in the northern suburbs of Luoyang, the Yellow River Xiaolangdi Scenic Area is home to the Xiaolangdi Water ConservancyProject. The project plays an essential role in irrigation, flood preventionand electricity generation for people in the lower reaches of the Yellow River.The reservoir divides the river into thousands of sections making the area looklike a 'Thousand Island Lake.

Statues of Ethnic Hu People and Camels
Statues of Ethnic Hu People and Camels
Site of six horse-drawn vehicle
Site of six horse-drawn vehicle
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Questions & Answers on Luoyang Attractions
Asked by Chris from S'PORR | Sep. 23, 2018 03:00Reply
Hi, is it advisable to stay a nite in luoyang as I'm coming frm Beijing? Any hotel recimmendations?
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Answered by Sandy from FRANCE | Sep. 25, 2018 01:35

Yes, it is. You can stay in Zhongzhou Yazhi Hotel in No. 6, Jichang Rd near the airport.
Asked by Georgia from CHINA | May. 23, 2017 00:04Reply
I am staying Luoyang and I want to get to Laojun mountain in Lunchuan County.
Would you be able to recommend which bus/train I could take and what the expected travel time would be?
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Answered by Susan from CANADA | May. 25, 2017 03:51

As I know, you can take a coach at Jinyuan Long-distance Bus Satation to Luanchuan County. This coach will stop by the crossing of Laojun Mountain. This coach departs at 04:30, 04:50, 05:10, 05:30, 05:50 and 06:25 with the duration of 2-3 hours. The ticket fare is CNY50/person. Upon arrival, you can take a local vehicle to the destination.
Asked by Rahma ayya from INDONESIA | Dec. 18, 2016 08:42Reply
Hi , how to get to Luoyang from Pingyao? By train / bus ? May i know the schedule? How many hours?
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Answered by David from USA | Dec. 19, 2016 02:21

You may take a train to LY from Pingyao Railway Station. The train departs at 00:36 daily. The trip takes about 10.5 hours. A hard sleeper costs CNY 163; a soft sleeper costs CNY 251.

Or, you may take a bullet train to Weinan North from Pingyao Gucheng Railway Station. The trains depart at 8:40, 11:02, 13:58, and 16:58. The trip takes about 2.5 hours. A second class seat costs CNY 130.5; a first class seat costs CNY 156.5. Then, take a bullet train from Weinan North to LY. There are 26 departures daily, so you can easily catch one. It takes about 1.5 hours. A second class seat costs CNY 144.5; a first class seat costs CNY 234.5.

You can choose the way you like! :)
Asked by SL Lau from MALAYSIA | Aug. 14, 2016 05:46Reply
Hotels near Shanghai Market in Luoyang and Huashan
I heard Shanghai Market Pedestrian Street is famous for shopping and eating. Can anyone recommend some hotels (about 300-400 CNY) at or near this place? Is there any other night market and street vendors or downtown besides Shanghai Market?
Lingbao and Huashan. Which is more ideal to spend a night? Any recommended hotels at downtown?
Is day trip from Xi'an to Hukou tiring or recommended to spend a night there?

SL Lau
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Answered by Cheryl from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 15, 2016 03:03

You can consider New Luoyang Hotel at No. 115, West Zhongzhou Road, Jianxi District. It is about 800 yards to the north of Shanghai Market Pedestrian Street. You can book a room by dialing 86-0379-65087999.

Apart from Shanghai Market, you can go to Shizijie Night Market at the crossroad of North Street and East Zhongzhou Road.

Lingbao may be a better choice. You can stay at Zijingong International Hotel on the middle section of Chang'an Road. You can dial 86-0398-8866888 to book a room.

It is too tiring to do a day trip. You are advised to spend one night there.
Answered by SL Lau from MALAYSIA | Aug. 15, 2016 22:43

If day trip from Xi'an to Hukou is too tiring, which city/town recommended to spend a night? Any recommended hotels at downtown or pedestrian walk?

Answered by Cheryl | Aug. 16, 2016 04:59

You are advised to stay at Yichuan County. The De Lin Hotel at the northern section of Weiqing Road is recommended to you. It costs CNY 200-350 per night in usual time. Hope you like.
Asked by Mickey Sim from SINGAPORE | Jun. 20, 2016 09:12Reply
How can we reach spring temple buddha from luoyang?
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Answered by Susan from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 20, 2016 21:38

You can take a coach from LY Bus Station, and get off at Lushan County first. The bus schedules are 05:30, 08:30, 11:00, 12:00, 12:50, 13:45, 15:10 and 16:00. It costs CNY 45 per person. Then take a taxi to Lushan County Old Bus Station which located at west side of intersectino of Zhanqian Street and Renmin Road. After arriving, you can find many tourist buses that can take you to the scenic area. Have fun!
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