Luoyang (洛阳; Luòyáng) is a city in Henan province.
Luoyang is one of the oldest imperial capital cities in China with many impressive culture heritages which are dated back to the Song Dynasty.
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.
Luoyang Airport (IATA: LYA) is located about 10 km north of the city center. Flights are available from Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Guangzhou, Kunming, Hohhot and Shenzhen.
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:
- Beijing - takes about 4 hours by high-speed train
- 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).
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
Transportation inside the city of Luoyang is very convenient. There are two kinds of city buses which cost 1 or 1.5 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.
- 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. (关林庙， bus 81 from the train station stops here and then continues on to the Longmen Caves) Commemorating Guan Yu, great warrior of the Kingdom of Shu and main character from, "The Romance of the Three Kingdoms". The temple is built over the mausoleum which houses the general god's head, and contains several halls dedicated to the deified man. The side halls are all under construction. The ticket price is a pretty stiff 50 kuai.
- 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, Nietai Street. Very well done museum featuring an extensive collection of ancient Zhou Dynasty bronzes as well as Han and Tang Dynasty porcelains, nearly all of which were made and found in the area, giving a sense of the former grandeur of the ancient capital. The museum itself a sparkling new building, having just opened in 2011 and featuring broad, uncrowded exhibit rooms as well as efficient air conditioning, making it a good way to beat the summer heat after the Longmen Caves. Even those with only a passing interest in porcelain will be satisfied. At time of writing the museum is free, though a ticket price may already have been re-instated.
- Wangcheng Park (王城公园). Located on the northern side of Zhongzhou Road, Wangcheng Park cover an area of about 40 hectares (99 acres).It called Wangcheng Park for being built on the site of the king's city in the Eastern Zhou Dynasty.Built in 1955, Wangcheng Park is the largest comprehensive park Henan Province.During the Luoyang peony Festival,it is one of the best places to enjoy the beauty of the peony.
- Du Fu's tomb In Luoyang city about 23 kilometers east of Yanshi Du Village north.The tomb was octagonal, around build with brick. The tombstone is inscribed with" Tang ministry gleaning Shaoling Du Wenzhen Tomb of the public ." a few words. The original Du Fu's grandfather, the North Tomb tomb, now destroyed, only have the ancestors of Du Fu, Jin Hou Duyu tombstone.
- Shangqing Gong. Located 4 kilometers northwest of Luoyang City Mangshan Mountain emerald Yunfeng, was built in the Tang Dynasty, said early laojunmiao. Qian Feng the first year (AD 666), made me as too Xuan Yuan emperor, it is also known as the temple of Emperor Xuan yuan. After avoiding Xuanzong taboo, renamed the Yuan emperor temple, finally changed to the palace.
- Zhougong Temple, 21 Dingdingnalu (cross-street: Wixian). For China history buffs. An under-visited temple dedicated to the Duke of Zhou (circa 11th century B.C.), founder of Luoyang. Originally dates to the Sui Dynasty. Current buildings are from the Ming and Qing. If you go to the information center right of the main hall, you might luck out and get a free guided tour in English. Friendly staff. free.
- China National Flower Garden, (Stretches 2500 meters from Luoyang Bridge in the east to Mudan Bridge in the west, with Luoyi Road to its south and Luopu Park to its north.). Large, pleasant, well-kept garden / park.
- Antique Street (古董街). Luoyang has a long, beautiful with fully functioning stores, a lot like Pingyao, another incredible visit.
- Shanghai Market (上海市场). 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 (沃尔玛), (In front of Shanghai Market). Many western products.
- Wanfuqin. A big mall like any you can find in Europe.
- 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.
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.(Closed)
- 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!(Closed)
- Luoyang Yijia International Youth Hostel, No.329 zhongzhoudong Road, in the opposite of Qingnianggong square, next to the church, ☎ +86-0379-63512311 ([email protected]). checkout: before 12 a.m. Luoyang Yijia, located in the center part of China’s ancient capital Luoyang, is a special and well-equipped hostel with its own cultural background features and art taste. There you will get the chance to meet people from all over the world and make friends with various travellers. There are five kinds of available rooms: Private Twin Room, Double Bed Room, Triple Room, Family Room, and Dorm. All of them equipped with air conditioners and the former four type rooms also enjoy its own bathroom and TV. For the Dorm, the hostel provide guests with public bathroom. ¥40-180.
- Jiu Ba (Little Bar), Xiyuan Road. Located in Peony Square, Jiu Ba (or Little Bar) is a favorite among Luoyang expats and locals. It has a Bob Marley theme, yet the music ranges very well. Great selection of imported beers (Newcastle, Hoegaarten, Paulaner,few more, as best as you can find in Henan), Carlesberg on tap, a full bar, and a ton of single malt scotch. Has a few hookahs and seating outside during the summer. The owner, Xiao Kan decent English, and is an all around great guy. Little Bar has another bar on the roof that you enter through the restaurant next door (just ask). Awesome views of the square and the best place to hang out during summer nights.
- Luoyangmingyuan Youth Hostel, 20 Jiefang North Road (About 5 minutes walk from the railway station), ☎ +86 379 63191269 ([email protected]). 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 ([email protected]). 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 (100 m down Jinguyuyuan Road from the train station, right hand side). Perfect location, very close to central train- and bus station. It's more like a Chinese hotel, though, without any common areas and extra services. Tends to be very empty even in high season, so it's comfortable to sleep. Not sure, if the YHA advert is real or fake. Dorm 50 RMB.
- 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; Jiànxīqū Nánchānglùnánduàn). 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); Kǎifútè Jiǔdiàn (Luòyáng Bōlichǎnglùdiàn)), Intersection of Bolichang North Road, Xigong District (西工区玻璃厂北路口; Xīgōngqū Bōlichǎngběilùkǒu), ☎ +86 379 63291111 (fax: +86 379 63291113), . 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.
- Luoyang Xiaolangdi Hotel (洛阳小浪底宾馆; Luòyáng xiǎolàngdǐ Bīnguǎn), South end of Nanchang Road, Jianxi District (涧西区南昌路南段; Jiànxīqū Nánchānglùnánduàn), ☎ +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 Shéndū Dàshà), 168 Huangmei Road, Xigong District (西工区黄梅路168号; Xīgōngqū 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.
- Lee Royal Hotel Mudu (洛阳钼都利豪国际饭店; Luòyáng Mùdūlìháoguójì Fàndiàn), Middle section of Kaiyuan Avenue, Luonanxin District (洛南新区开元大道中段; Luònánxīnqū Kāiyuándàdàozhōngduàn), ☎ +86 379 65979999 ([email protected], fax: +86 379 65923393), . 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; Luòlóngqū Dōngshān), ☎ +86 379 64686000 (fax: +86 379 64686001), . 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.