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Revision as of 23:44, 22 April 2012

Luoyang (洛阳; Luòyáng) is a city in Henan province.

Understand

Luoyang is situated along the northern side of the Luo River. The train station is located to the north of the town centre, and Jinguyuan Lu (金谷园路) goes from the station to Wangcheng Square. To the east is the Old Town and to the west the Wangcheng Park. Tourists come here primarily to see the Longmen Caves, The White Horse Temple and Guanlin Temple which all lie in proximity to the town, rather than the town itself.

Get in

By plane

Luoyang Airport (IATA: LYA) is located about 10 km north of the city center. Flights are available from Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

By train

There are two train stations in Luoyang: Luoyang Station (northern end of Jinguyuan Road) and Luoyang Longmen (south of Luoyang).

From Luoyang Station:

  • Beijing - takes about 11 hours
  • Guangzhou - takes about 24 hours
  • Shanghai - takes about 17 hours
  • Wuhan - takes about 8 hours

From Luoyang Longmen:

  • Xi'an - takes about 1.5–2 hours by high-speed train at Luoyang's Longmen Station
  • Zhengzhou - takes about 40 min by high-speed train at Luoyang's Longmen Station, 2 hours by regular train.

Buses that go to this station are: 28, 33, 49, 67, 71, 75, 76 (updated September 2011).

By bus

The bus station is across the plaza from train station, at the corner of Jinguyuan Road and Daonan Road.

  • Anyang - takes about 4 hours
  • Guangzhou - takes about 27 hours
  • Jinan - takes about 9 hours
  • Kaifeng - takes about 4 hours
  • Taiyuan - takes about 8 hours
  • Xian - takes about 4 hours
  • Zhengzhou - takes about 2 hours


Get around

Transportation inside the city of Luoyang is very convenient. There are two kinds of city buses which cost 1 or 2 rmb per ride. The buses offer beautiful scenery all around the city. This is the convenient and affordable way to travel in Luoyang.


The taxi start price is 5 rmb (includes 3 kilometers), +1.5 rmb per kilometer.

See

Longmen Grottoes
  • Ancient Han Tombs Museum. Fascinating museum with reconstructed and unearthed tombs from the Western Han dynasty to the Northern Song Dynasty.
  • Baima Temple (白马寺; Báimǎsì; lit. White Horse Temple), (12km east of the city centre, take bus 56). 7:30AM-5:30PM. This is the first officially sanctioned Buddhist temple in China and one of the oldest in the world. It was established almost 2000 years ago but rebuilt many times since. ¥50.
  • Guanlin Temple. Commemorating Guan Yu, great warrior of the Kingdom of Shu.
  • Longmen National Park (Longmen Shiku (Dragon Gate Grottoes)), (On the banks of Yi River). Considered to be one of the the great sculptural treasure sites in China and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See individual article here.
  • Luoyang Museum, 298 中州中路 (Zhongzhou Zhonglu) (across the street from Wangcheng Park). Very well done museum.
  • Wangcheng Park. Site of the Luoyang Peony Festival in April, something not to be missed.

Do

  • Ancient Store Street. Luoyang has a long, beautiful with fully functioning stores, a lot like Pingyao, another incredible visit.

Buy

  • Shanghai Market. A long street where you can find a lot of stuff such shoes (some very cheap), clothes, sports, dvds... All along the street there are mini malls at both sides of the street where you can find an endless stuff, electronic devices, mobiles, clothes, accessories, packages and many other things you may need.
  • Walmart, (In front of Shanghai Market). Many western products.
  • Wanfuqin. A big mall like any you can find in Europe.

Eat

  • Qianjude Peking Duck Restaurant. Famous for duck of course, but has many other delicious entrees.
  • Dirty Street, Guangzhou Shichuang. 24/7. This is not so much a restaurant as it is a dirty street where they sell barbecue and other foods 24 hours a day. In daylight hours it doubles as a spice market, at night there are more food options, and after midnight it is the best option for late-night meals in all of Luoyang (though the city does have a few all-night McDonalds [Shanghai Shichuang], a 24 hour KFC [Wangfujing], and a steak restaurant that never closes [xinduhui] as well as various street vendors). The barbecue here is not the best in Luoyang, but it is better than what you'd find in many other cities. Adventurous eating is recommended: local favorites are sheep eyes, kidneys, and testicles. Throughout the day a large number of people eat here so the meat is generally very fresh, and the meat is cooked over an open flame so don't worry about food poisoning, but it's essentially a dirty street where drunk people go to eat spicy, greasy, salty food before they go home. Awesome food. Nobody speaks English here, but the vendors are accustomed to foreigners so just point at what you want and they will cook it for you. cheap.

Drink

In Luoyang you can find a huge selection of restaurants, but there are not so many bars and clubs. If you want to drink baijiu (strong liquor based on rice) you should go to a restaurant, because clubs do not carry it.

  • Aipai, (Third floor of Xinduhui Commercial Center). Close about 2AM. They also have private rooms and it is quite big. They have live music, dancing, gogo girls and the cocktail guys' show is really nice. Full bar with a nice cocktail selection.
  • Art Bar, Zhujiang South Road. This is not for dance but for drink. They have many tables and a second floor with private rooms and a pool. They have many artists that sing and play live music from 9:30PM. Full bar plus popcorn or fruit. On the same street there are a few bars, all of them with live music and a variety of drinks.
  • Come Bar, (Near Shanghai Market). Private minirooms popular with couples. Romantic or slow music. You can drink, have an ice-cream or eat something.
  • Lanmei, Nan Chang Road. Close about 1:30AM. Disco where you can drink beer, vodka, rum or many other spirits seated at a table. They also have private rooms with karaoke. At 10PM they start to play music for dance. It has a bouncing floor so you can follow the rhythm easily. They have gogo girls that dance 5 minutes every hour more or less.
  • Mirage Bar, (Near Shanghai Market, on the same street as Walmart). A quiet bar where you can talk and drink. Full bar.
  • New Paradise, (3rd floor of Xindouhui). Taiwanese owned bar. Good mix of expats and Chinese. Extremely cute and intelligent staff, good food and cheap beer. Say "hi" to the beautiful Rebecca!

Sleep

Budget

  • Luoyangmingyuan Youth Hostel, 20 Jiefang North Road (About 5 minutes walk from the railway station), +86 379 63191269 (). checkout: Noon. A nice hostel that looks very much like a hotel. Clean rooms with air conditioning and breakfast included. Dorms ¥50.
  • Luoyang Jujia Hostel, Qiaonan D Section, Longlin Road, Jianxi District, +86 158 37906577 (). checkout: noon. Not a hostel per se but more a homestay in a clean, well organised private apartment. The neighbourhood is a real, non-touristy and friendly area with a lot of atmosphere to explore in the day and in the evening (local restaurants abound, including franchises such as Mr. Lee 10mins walk north on Xiyuan Rd). Rooms with shared facilities (hot water shower) and free Internet/WiFi. Guest kitchen, washing machine, safety box and café available. The owner is a very nice person with generous coffee but his English is very basic. It is located somewhat from the train station (40min by bus 1RMB, 15mins by taxi 19RMB) but do not try to find it alone, the owner or his son will kindly pick you up. If visiting during the winter be prepare for the cold night because there is not an ambient heater. However the owner will provide you with a comfortable heated blanket which will be more than enough for a nice evening sleep. Twin rooms from ¥70. (34.655742127534886,"112.36880779266357"")
  • Renhe Hotell, Xiyuan Road, beside the Oriental Hospital (About 10 mins by taxi from the railway station), +86 379 64278936. checkout: Noon. Simple 2 star i a great real non-touristy location in west Luoyang. Clean rooms with air conditioning. Easy acess to old town by bus 8 Room ¥78-108. (34.66244030802589,112.37608850708008)
  • Luoyang International Hostel, Binjiang office Building, 72 Jinguyuan.
  • Nanyuan Express Hotel (洛阳南苑快捷酒店; Luòyáng Nányuàn Kuàijiéjiǔdiàn), South end of Nanchang Road, Jianxi District (涧西区南昌路南段231号; Jiàn​xī​qū​ Nán​chāng​lù​nán​duàn​). Rooms with free internet and electric kettle. Ticket office, fitness and massage available. Listed rates for doubles from ¥198, discounted from ¥130, including breakfast.
  • Kaifute Hotel (Bolichang Road Branch) (凯芙特酒店 (洛阳玻璃厂路店); Kǎi Jiǔdiàn (Luòyánglichǎngdiàn)), Intersection of Bolichang North Road, Xigong District (西工区玻璃厂北路口; Xī​gōng​qū​ Bō​li​chǎng​běi​lù​kǒu​), +86 379 63291111 (fax: +86 379 63291113), [1]. Rooms with free internet. Meeting facilities, beauty salon and ticket office available. Chinese restaurant, coffee shop and room service. Does not accept foreigners. (Aug 2010) Listed rates for doubles from ¥178, discounted from ¥150, including breakfast.

Mid-range

  • Luoyang Xiaolangdi Hotel (洛阳小浪底宾馆; Luòyáng xiǎolàng Bīnguǎn), South end of Nanchang Road, Jianxi District (涧西区南昌路南段; Jiàn​xī​qū Nán​chāng​lù​nán​duàn)​​, +86 379 64946688 (fax: +86 379 64946288). Three star hotel with rooms with free internet. Business center, gift shop, ticket office, billards and fitness available. Chinese restaurant. Listed rates for doubles from ¥380, discounted ¥218, breakfast ¥15.
  • Luoyang Shendu Hotel (洛阳神都大厦; Luòyáng Shénshà), 168 Huangmei Road, Xigong District (西工区黄梅路168号; Xī​gōng​qū​ Huángméilù), +86 379 63485088 (fax: +86 37962560866). Three star hotel with large rooms with free internet. Business center, ticket office, table tennis, fitness and massage available. Chinese restaurant and room service. Listed rates for doubles from ¥480, discounted from ¥228, including breakfast.

Splurge

  • Lee Royal Hotel Mudu (洛阳钼都利豪国际饭店; Luòyáng dūlìháoguó Fàndiàn​​), Middle section of Kaiyuan Avenue, Luonanxin District (洛南新区开元大道中段; Luò​nán​xīn​qū​ Kāi​yuán​dà​dào​zhōng​duàn​), +86 379 65979999 (, fax: +86 379 65923393), [2]. Five star hotel with rooms with free internet. Business center, currency exchange, gift shop, beauty salon, ticket office, table tennis, fitness, tennis and indoor swimming pool available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as coffee shop and bar. Listed rates ¥1,088-1,980, including breakfast.
  • Luoyang Dongshan Hotel (洛阳东山宾馆; Luòyáng Dōngshān Bīnguǎn), Dongshan, Luolong District (洛龙区东山; Luò​lóng​qū​ Dōng​shān)​, +86 379 64686000 (fax: +86 379 64686001), [3]. Rooms with free internet. Business center, currency exchange, gift shop, ticket office, billards, table tennis, fitness, tennis, basketball, indoor swimming pool, massage and water sports available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as coffee shop and bar. Listed rates ¥880-1,580, including breakfast.

Get out

Routes through Luoyang
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