Peoples' Square, Zhongzhou Middle Road, International Plaza. West Gate Square, West Gate (Xiguan) and its adjoining Traditionally Styled Commercial Street, Luoyang Night Market Street.
The No. 1 Luoyang Tractor Factory may be a fun site to pay a short visit.
Others Forest Park and the Shangqinggong Temple complex inside along the north rim of its boundaries, the Luoyang Martyrs Monument, Zhougong Temple, Luoyang Ducheng Museum.
Mangshanling Ancient Tombs, Gudu Cemetary Ancient Tombs, Mengjin Martyrs Cemetary.
The Luolong District is situated exclusively along the southern bank of the Lo River and is home to two of the Main Historic attractions of the City. The first and foremost of these are the Longmen Caves World Cultural Heritage Site and Park situated in the extreme south of the District and the second is the acclaimed Guanlin Temple of Luoyang.
The Jili District is situated exclusively along the north bank of the Yellow River (Huang He) and is not too far travel north from the Old City of LuoYang and the Lo River. There are several interesting historical sites to visit in Jili District, the two main attractions are Xiansheng Wangmiao a spacious Monastery and the other is the Jingshan Temple.
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Luoyang has been known as "an ancient capital of nine dynasties ". It is among the first cities to be declared by the State Council as the ancient capitals and famous historical and cultural cities.
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This page was last updated on: May 26, 2015
Hotels in Luoyang - Luoyang City Hotels
Luoyang is a City in Henan Province of Central China (P.R.C.). The City is situated in the north-west corner of the Province on the lower edge of the fertile Yellow River valley and is thus situated in an historically important and strategic location between the City of Xi'An in Shaanxi Province and Zhengzhou, the Capital City of Henan Province.
Although situated along a smooth river valley, the city itself is surrounded by hills and mountains in all directions, making it a natural gateway to southern regions of the Province. In history, the rivers, in particular the great Yellow River served as the natural highway that linked the City of Luoyang to other nearby Civilization centers, up- and down-stream.
The City Prefecture of Luoyang borders on the provincial Capital of Zhengzhou to the east, Pingdingshan to the south-east, Nanyang to the south, Sanmenxia to the west, Jiyuan to the north, and finally Jiaozuo to the north-east.
Luoyang City is located but a short distance south of the Yellow River along the flow of one of its tributaries, the Luo River (Luo He). Hence the name Luoyang.
As mentioned the city and its regions have a remarkable history, even in a country as rich in historical sites and
As a destination in central China, Luoyang lies in the temperate zone and has a continental climate. The average temperature is about 15 Celcius (59F) and the yearly rainfall is 578 millimeters.
This generally means that Spring is cold and dry, whereas most of the rainfall comes during the rainy season in summer time.
Summer in Luoyang is hot, often blisteringly hot, and most of all humid. In Autumn temperatures come down to the plesant and comfortable with usually fair weather. Winters in Henan are as cold as up in the North, and often (though less) bring snow.
Therefor, Spring and mostly Autumn is generally regarded as the most auspicious for a tourist visit to the City.
Autumn knows the most comfortable weather conditions and is the best time to visit but also the most crowded time. High season prices do apply however, and ithe city is transformed by the flocks of tourist that descend on the city and its historic sites.
Another great time to visit Luoyang City is in advance of and during the annual Peony Festival which is held yearly in the month of April. At this time the city abounds in flowers.
Introduction to LuoYang (洛阳)
Short how to Use of the LuoYang transport system including Train-station, small airport, Taxi and Bus, useful in getting you on your way. Digital photograps to go with each story and explanation. Do's and Don'ts of LuoYang Taxi hiring.
Short Introductionaries and Extensive digital photographic Tours + researched backgrounds or history of All major LuoYang City Monuments , Landmarks, Museums and other places of interests. Hot-spots of Culture, Art and history. A Small selection of especially recommended Hotels.
White Horse Temple (Bai Ma Si), Divine Land Peony Gardens, Hanwei Guchenggong Chengchang Hemen relics site, Guxin Ancient Relics Site and the Shaolin Temple and Monastery.
A growing number of Short Introductionaries and Extensive digital photographic Tours of Monuments from China's history and other Excursions outside the City of LuoYang (proper).
Text and historical backgrounds to the worldfamous LongMen Caves, China's oldest Buddhist Temple - Bai Ma Si, the Shaolin Monastery and ofcourse the beautiful Yellow River not too far from at LuoYang and the Luo River.
A Map depicting the Entire City , All Districts as well as the outlying distircts and counties of Luoyang City Prefecture.
A Further short Introduction to the History of LuoYang City from its earliest Past until Today's Day.
Short Introduction to Huimengzhen, a village due North of the main City of Luoyang, situated between Luoyang and the great Yellow River (Huang He). Among things this is the burial location of Han Wudi, the first Emperor of the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 221 AD). Other minor sites include the Longma Futu Temple, the nearby Fuxi Temple and the stunning Hometown of Wangduo, a landowners estate dating to the Feudal Era.
Gongyi is situated some distance due East of Luoyang City proper and is home to the Ganbai Wan's Mansions, a sprawling Qing Dynasty Era Estate of a renowned Merchant Family. Yiyang County is an outlying rural region of Luoyang City Prefecture. Its hidden Gem is the Fugong Hougou, a collection of ancient buildings and architecture located just west of Hangcheng Village. Bei Wei Cave Relics Site in Xin'An County.
Gongyi Train Station
Tiemen(zhen) Train Station
Schematic Map of the Longmen Caves World Cultural Heritage Site in Luolong District.
Location: 34° 40′ 11″ North, 112° 26′ 32″ East
Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 08:00 hour East
Elevation : 144 m (472 ft).
Surface Area: The Prefecture-level city of Luoyang has a total surface are of 15,492 km2 (5,981.5 square mi) of which the urban districts encompass some 4,304 km2 (1,661.8 sq miles).
Airport : Luoyang National Airport
Population: Luoyang City counted 6,549,486 inhabitants at the 2010 census whom 1,500,000 live in the 6 urban districts and the rest in rural counties of Luoyang City. In size Luoyang is the third largest urban zone in the otherwise rural Province of Henan.
The prefecture-level city of Luoyang administers 6 districts, 1 county-level city and 8 counties.
Technically these are: Jianxi District (涧西区), Xigong District (西工区), Laocheng District - Old City (老城区), Chanhe District (瀍河区), Luolong District (洛龙区), Jili District (吉利区), Yanshi City (偃师市), and the outlying rural regions of Mengjin County (孟津县), Xin'an County (新安县), Luoning County (洛宁县), Yiyang County (宜阳县), Yichuan County (伊川县), Song County (嵩县), Luanchuan County (栾川县), Ruyang County (汝阳县).
Districts of LuoYang: Central City District of Luoyang which stretches out along the North Bank of the River Lo
has its western district of Jianxi and its Eastern Districts of Xigong and Laocheng. These three combine more or less into one elongated urban zone with the old walled city in the West end.
The Luolong District however is situated on the South Bank of the Lo River.
Outlying Districts are Jili District situated up North across the Yellow River on its Northern Bank.
Outlying Counties and rural districts: Yiyang County in the south-west, Xin'An county due West of Luoyang.
Dining in Luoyang is quite an enjoyable experience. Various kinds of local dishes, including Water Feast, Yan Cai and others which use the famous Yellow River carps as an ingredient, together with the uniquely flavored soups, will greatly satisfy your taste buds. Luoyang's local specialties such as Palace Lanterns, bronze vessels and Tri-colored glazed potteries will no doubt delight your eyes and offer you ideal souvenirs. Being a modern city as well, Luoyang has hotels of all standards which provide you quite a broad choice for your stay. Most of the hotels have reasonable room prices and perfect services.
LUOYANG CITY FESTIVALS:
Overview of the Central and Southern Regions of the Peoples Republic of China showing the location of Luoyang City and other important population centers.
allure as the Peoples Republic of China. Its valley set within the slow flowing middle reaches of the great Yellow River, a wider area known as "the cradle of Chinese Civilization, the location of Luoyang has been inhabited since the dawn of Man. It thus witnessed the entire process of the rising of human organization and civilization in these Eastern Regions and in fact, saw the entire development of China as a whole and Nation.
As archeologists can proof today the earliest known settlement at Luoyang lay well within the territories of the Xia Dynasty (21st Century BC - 1600 BC). Eversince the City has been the Capital of China an unmatched 13 times in total, seeing glory during the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220 AD) and later during the Sui Dynasty and Tang Dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD) Era's in particular. As one may imagine, there are quite a few historical sites to find in Luoyang and surrounding regions. There certainly are more than the average travel guide would have you believe.
Although at the center of Chinese Civilization nearly continuously for more than 3 millenia, after the advent of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949, the city of Luoyang fell off the central stage for a while. During the second half of the 20Th century it was nothing more than a sleepy provincial city with a lot of heavy industry, not really recognized for any beauties except perhaps the local peonies. The thing the City was most famous for during the height of Maoism in China was not a historic landmark but the Luoyang Tractor Factory, a factory which supplied a lot of (communal) farms throughout the nation with machinery and thus featured in well-known State Propaganda films and reports. Luoyang was a Provincial backwater in one of the poor agricultural Provinces, not a city associated with or endowed with much Imperial Grandeur.
Reliefs and a Bronze Statue of a horse-drawn carriage commemorate the rich history of the City of Luoyang at People's Square.
Schematic Map of the Yellow River Flow Path 01A
A Full Schematic Map of the entire flow path of the Yellow River. Map overviews Qinghai Province, Parts of Sichuan Province, Gansu Province, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, parts of the Republic of Mongolia, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Shaanxi Province, Shanxi Province, Henan Province and finally Shandong Province, giving a Full Overview of the length of the Yellow River. Clearly visible details of geographical features such as mountain ranges, rivers, valleys and lakes. The Map includes main cities along the River, popular and famous scenic spots, the dams and water reservoirs on the Huang He and other relevant informations.
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This situation still more or less applies today, if it were not for the development of a modern facade for the city, as well as a recent influx of tourists allowing for further developments. Currently tourism in China is experiencing a boom along with economic development of the Nation. As a result the modern City of is a fairly popular tourist destination.
The City of Luoyang itself is modernizing but compared to other Chinese cities still is a fairly bleak industrial type sprawl along the river, surrounded by rural countryside and farmlands. Today the city still is most notable for its provincial athmosphere and wide tree lined boulevards that keep visits fairly comfortable even in the hot summers. However, having been the Capital City of China for no less than 13 times in history, there are plenty of worthwhile historical monuments, landmarks, temples and other sites of interest to visit in the City and the regions beyond. Many of them are well developed and have been transformed into large and spacious parks up to standards for today's tourist.
On top of the impressive choice of monuments dating from various feudal era's, Luoyang is the City located the closest to the world renowned and acclaimed Songshan Shaolin Monastery, bringing many more visitors to the city.
notable attractions of Luoyang City itself are the West Gate (XiGuan) and Old City District, the White Horse Temple (Bai Ma Si) and of course the World Cultural Heritage Site of the Longmen Buddhist Caves. Other sites, including the Mausoleum and Burial Tomb of Han Wudi, 1st ruler of the Han Dynasty (206 B.C. - 220 A.D.), often go overlooked. There is much more to find for those who take time to get to know the city and its outlying counties.
A nightime view of modern highrises in the Laocheng District of Luoyang City (Photo: May 2005).
View of the Divine Land Peony Gardens, a fantastic Buddhist Themed Peony Garden neighboring the White Horse Temple (Photo: May 2005).
Leisure seekers stroll inside the restored Old City District in view of the Western Gate (Xi Guan) (Photo: May 2005).
The main group of statues at the World Cultural Heritage Longmen Caves site (Photo: May 2005).
When visiting Luoyang, dress appropriately. The springs are comfortable but rather windy. For the rest of the tourist season summer clothing is enough most of the times. As summers are searing hot, with temperatures over 35 Degrees Celcius, keep well hydrated, bring your shades and perhaps count on some rainfall.
In the end of October temperatures fall to the chilly range and warmer clothing is needed.
Starting from the first (proven) dynasty of China - the ancient Xia, there was a walled city at Luoyang. The City subsequently served as Capital for 13 Dynasties - the Shang (1766 BC - 1121 BC), the Western Zhou, the Eastern Zhou (Zhou Dynasty and Sping and Autumn Period there of), the Eastern Han, Cao Wei, the Western Jin, the Northern Wei, the Sui (581 AD - 618 AD), and finally the Tang Dynasty (618 AD - 907 AD). It can thus be argued that the City of Luoyang served asThe Capital of China for 1,529 years.
All of China agrees to this which is why Luoyang is ranked high among the 7 great ancient capitals in China. Among all the Feudal Capitals it is Luoyang City that was the first Capital in the long list and it is alos the city to have served as the capital for the largest number of dynasties and for the longest time in total.
Luoyang is one of the important birthplaces of the Chinese civilization. Culture in the Yellow River and the Luo River symbolized by the Pattern of the Yellow River and the Writing of Luoyang is regarded as a key origin of the ancient Chinese civilization. It was here that Taoism initiated, Confucianism originated. Buddhism first introduced and Li School - a Confucian school of idealist philosophy of the Song and Ming Dynasties born. Many Chinese descendants found their roots here and cherished a deep love for the homeland.
Capital of the Nation. Having usurped the throne and reconquered lost (Han) Chinese territories in a brief 8 years, Yang Chien, the first Sui emperor, went on to re-establish the centralized administrative system developed under the Han Dynasty and reinstated the competitive tests that were once taken to measure a bureaucrat's competency.
In addition to the re-establishment of a central government, there was an open recognition of religion and the role religion and phylosophy played in creating harmony within society. Even though Confucianism was officially endorsed, Taoism and Buddhism were also acknowledged in formulating a new ideology for the empire. Furthermore, The Great Wall of China was repaired and the Sui layed the foundations for an unprecedented canal system, which was later formed into the Grand Canal of China (which reached its greatest length during the Ming Dynasty (1368 A.D. - 1644 A.D.), was constructed to carry water and thus ships and cargo through out the length of China.
As a result, during the short 80 years of rule of the Sui Dynasty, Chinese civilization blossomed in all aspects. Among the many turn abouts made, Buddhism flourished, leaving a lasting impression in Luoyang in particular as can be witnessed at the nearby Longmen Caves.
To find out more information on the history of Luoyang City & Prefecture, please refer to:
′History of Henan Province′.
Tourist flock through the main Temple Complex of the Shaolin Monastery near Luoyang (Photo: May 2005).
Luoyang is a well connected City. Among things, one of Central China's most important railway lines, the Long Hai Railway traverses the city. Thus one can connect from Luoyang Train Station to most other cities in east, west and central regions of China such as Xi'An, Zhengzhou, Kaifeng and Taiyuan.
Within the City, buses and taxies are the main mode of transport. A special tourist bus Station can be found adjacent the railway station, providing easy and cheap transport to the most popular tourist spots in the suburban areas of the city.
Traffic at Zhongzhou Middle Road, one of the main boulevards running the length of Luoyang City parallel to the Luo River.
The restored Western Gate of the Old Ming Dynasty Era walled City.