Top ChoiceBuddhist Site in Luoyang

Longmen Grottoes

The ravaged grottoes at Longmen constitute one of China’s handful of surviving masterpieces of Buddhist rock carving. A sutra in stone, the epic achievement of the Longmen Grottoes was commenced by chisellers...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Luoyang

Ancient Tombs Museum

This superb but little-visited museum has three main exhibits: 20 reconstructed tombs (spanning five main dynasties, or over 1000 years), re-created using original building materials; original tomb murals; and a...

Buddhist Monastery in Luoyang

White Horse Temple

Although its original structures have all been replaced and older Buddhist shrines may have vanished, this vast, active monastery outside Luoyang is regarded as China’s first surviving Buddhist temple, originally...

Museum in Luoyang

Luoyang Museum

This huge museum, situated out of the action south of the river, has fascinating displays across two huge floors and is one of the few places where you can get any kind of perspective on ancient Luoyang. There’s...

Area in Luoyang

Luoyang Old Town

Any Chinese city worth its rice has an Old Town. Within Luoyang’s is this scenic area comprising a plethora of water-banquet restaurants, costume shops and the occasional creaking monument, namely the lovely...

Square in Luoyang

Wangcheng Square

This square is the cacophonous meeting place for locals who come to play chess and cards, practise calligraphy, stroll with grandchildren, play instruments and work on their dance moves. Catch the square at its...

Museum in Luoyang

Eastern Zhou Royal Horse & Chariot Pits

A huge statue of six rearing horses marks this two-hall underground museum, where the principal draw is the in-situ remains of a Zhou emperor’s royal horses – that were buried alive when the emperor passed on.

Historic Building in Luoyang

Lijing Gate

Originally built in the Sui dynasty, this gate separated the palace area from the city's residential quarters. It was reconstructed in 2002 and renovated in 2014. Up top you'll find the Town God's Temple, the...

Pagoda in Luoyang

Mingtang Tiantang Scenic Area

It's difficult to miss this enormous pagoda and hall, recreated on the original site of the Ming and Tang palace complex. The most impressive element of each is the sheer scale of the structures, which you can...

Park in Luoyang

Wangcheng Park

One of Luoyang’s indispensable green lungs, this park is the site of the annual Peony Festival. Unfortunately, the park is also home to a decrepit zoo. There’s also a small amusement park (rides ¥20), complete...

Tower in Luoyang

Drum Tower

This weathered old tower marks the more authentic (although still heavily touristed) Old Town area.