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Luoyang Travel Guide

Luoyang, once the capital of 13 dynasties, does not offer many historical reminders that it's more than 5,000 years old. Once the center of Chinese power and culture Luoyang is now best used as a base to explore the Longmen Caves, 12km from the city.

The peony is Luoyang's city flower, which naturally means there's an annual Peony Festival. According to legend, Empress Wu of the Tang dynasty once made a bet with an official that, on her orders, flowers would bloom during the winter. Acting upon her divine orders, all the flowers did, except for the peony. She became so enraged that she banished all peonies from Xi'an to Luoyang, which is why the city is synonymous with peonies. If you're not in Luoyang during the Peony Festival held in from April 10 to 25, the White Horse Temple, China's first Buddhist temple, makes for an interesting visit. Han dynasty Emperor Mingdi dreamt of a golden man flying towards the west, taking this as a sign, he sent two envoys to the west in search of Buddhist scriptures. His envoys met two eminent Indian monks who were invited to return with them to Luoyang. In AD 68, the emperor issued an edict to build a monastery to house the scriptures. The temple was renamed the White Horse Temple because the Buddhist scriptures were, according to legend, carried back by the monks on two white horses.


Top Luoyang Tours

7 Days Ancient Cities Tour

  • Tour Code: XA-0108
  • Days: 7
  • Destination: Shanghai-Xian-Luoyang-Zhengzhou-Yuntaishan

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$1548

Summary: Ancient cities tour will offer you a chance to experience the various aspects of the traditional China..

Luoyang Peony and Xian Terracotta Tour

  • Tour Code: BJ69
  • Days: 4
  • Destination: Beijing-Luoyang-Xian

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$627

Summary: Take a 2 days break to enjoy the gorgeous Longmen Grottoes and amazing Shanglin Temple and Martial Art in Luoyang and Xi’an..

8 Days Indepth Henan Tour

  • Tour Code: PT137
  • Days: 8
  • Destination: Zhengzhou-Kaifeng-Anyang-Jiaozuo-Luoyang-Zhengzhou

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Summary: 8 days Henan tour to explore Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Yuntaishan, Anyang. All-around trip to discover the ancient Henan culture..

Luoyang Cultural Tour

  • Tour Code: BJ71
  • Days: 2
  • Destination: Beijing-Luoyang-Xian

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$156

Summary: Take a 2 days break to enjoy the gorgeous Longmen Grottoes and amazing Shanglin Temple and Martial Art in Luoyang and Xi’an..

Silk Road Tour by China Oriental Express Route B

  • Tour Code: OE06
  • Days: 13
  • Destination: Urumqi-Turpan-Dunhuang-Jiayuaguan-Lanzhou-Xian-Luoyang-Beijing

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Summary: The Silk Road is a historically important international trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Because silk comprised a large proportion of trade along this road..