Holidays to Luoyang, China

All roads in China lead to Luoyang. This once-great city of Henan Province is the cradle of Chinese civilisation as we know it today. It was the capital of thirteen dynasties. It was the beginning of the ancient Silk Road to Europe. It was the birthplace of Buddhism in China. It is where kung fu originated. It’s the city that gave the world gunpowder, printing, and papermaking. You’ve got to admit, that’s quite a CV.

Visit Luoyang today and you’ll find an unassuming city in central China. Take to the streets and you’ll see some superb attractions in this most historic of cities, particularly in Luoyang Old Town, where you’ll find ancient architecture and tasty street food.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the White Horse Temple. It was built in 68 AD as the first Buddhist monastery in all of China. The name comes from the white horses of the Indian monks who brought Buddhist scriptures and teachings to ancient China. At its peak, Luoyang had 1,300 temples. However, all paled in significance to the original, Baima Si.

Another temple popular with travellers is the Shaolin Temple. It is the birthplace of kung fu and Zen Buddhism – quite a claim to fame. Pay a visit and you’ll see monks practising Kung Fu in the complex’s grounds. You can also watch a performance in the temple’s theatre.

No visit to Luoyang is complete without a visit to the Longmen Grottoes. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, they are quite simply one of the greatest things you can see in China. In total, there are 2,345 grottoes carved into the rock face. Among them, you will find tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples. It is the finest example of sculpture in China, arguably the world. Dating back to the 5th century, it is a wonder they are here for you to explore today.

If you’re in China in April, follow your feet to Luoyang for one of the most beautiful flower displays on the planet. The peony, as well as being the national flower of China, is the city flower of Luoyang. It is a symbol of grace, and each year when it’s in full bloom in April the city’s Peony Festival attracts visitors from all around the world. Be sure to visit the National Peony Garden, home to more than a million peonies of over 1,200 different species.


  • Go back to where it all began – the birthplace of China as we know it

  • Pay a visit to the Longmen Grottoes, UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Explore Luoyang Old Town for its architecture and street food

  • Visit in April and be dazzled by the world-famous peony festival

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