Luoyang the ancient city, located along the southern banks of the middle reaches of the Yellow River, is one of the seven ancient capitals of China.  More than 70 rulers of nine different dynasties kept their capitals here; hence the name “Captial of Nine Dynasties”.  In addition to many places of interest, Luoyang takes pride in its peonies.  Every April, the city’s Peony Show attracts numerous visitors from home and abroad.  Luoyang is also famous for its three-colored glazed pottery, bronze ware, and palace lanterns.

White Horse Temple

Temple of the White Horse was founded in the year 68, the eleventh year of the reign of Emperor Yongping of the Eastern Han Dynasty.  The Temple of the White Horse has been known as China’s first temple since the introduction of Buddhism.  the current temple was rebuilt during the Ming and Qing dynasties.  the temple has some 100 halls and chambers and is located 7.4 miles east of Luoyang with its back against Mt. Mang and its front facing the Luoshui River.

Longmen Grottoes

The Longmen Grottoes were built in the year 494 during the Northern Wei Dynasty.  The Longmen Grottoes are one of China’s three leading treasure houses of grotto art, with over 2,100 grottoes.  The grottoes are located on the southern outskirts of Luoyang, situated on both banks of Yi river about 13km from the downtown.  The two hills face each other with the Yi River flowing in between.  The largest of grottoes Buddhist sculptures stands 56 feet tall.

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