Luoyang is an ancient city that once ruled as the capital of the mighty Tang dynasty. It sits in Henan province, considered the birthplace of Chinese civilization. Visit this enchanting city to discover ancient temples, Buddhist grottoes and the characterful Old Town.
Things to do in Luoyang
Baima Si, also known as White Horse Temple, is Luoyang's most famous landmark. It was founded in the 1st century and is one of China’s first Buddhist temples. The active monastery sits just outside the city centre and is home to hundreds of saffron robed monks.
Explore the mysterious Longmen Grottoes to see more than 100,000 Buddhist rock carvings that date back to the 5th century. They're carved into limestone cliffs hugging the banks of the Yi River. The enormous Losana Buddha Statue Grotto is dominated by a 17-metre-high statue.
Luoyang is anchored by an atmospheric Old Town filled with historic shopfronts housing tea houses, noodle restaurants and herb shops. The district is dotted with historic monuments, including the Drum Tower and Wenfeng Pagoda, which dates back to the Song dynasty.
The Luoyang Museum offers a glimpse at the city's rich cultural heritage. It's filled with fascinating collections, including Tang-dynasty porcelain, gleaming bronze weaponry and intricate Chinese calligraphy. To explore ancient Chinese tombs, visit the subterranean Luoyang Ancient Tombs Museum located on an old burial ground.
Getting around Luoyang
The Luoyang Old Town is best explored on foot, while buses and taxis travel to nearby sights and attractions. Luoyang Beijiao Airport is 12 kilometres north of the city.