Top Choice Buddhist Site in Luòyáng

Lóngmén Grottoes

The ravaged grottoes at Lóngmén constitute one of China’s handful of surviving masterpieces of Buddhist rock carving. A sutra in stone, the epic achievement of the Lóngmén Grottoes was commenced by chisellers from t…
Top Choice Museum in Luòyáng

Luòyáng Museum

This huge museum, situated out of the action south of the river, has exhilarating displays across two huge floors and is one of the few places to get ancient Luòyáng in any kind of perspective. There’s an absorbing …
Park in Luòyáng

Wángchéng Park

One of Luòyáng’s indispensable green lungs, this park is the site of the annual Peony Festival. Unfortunately, the park is home to a decrepit zoo. There’s also an amusement park (rides ¥15 to ¥20).
Museum in Luòyáng

Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Carriage Museum

A huge statue of six rearing horses marks this two-room underground museum, where the principal draw is the unearthed remains of a Zhou emperor’s royal horses – who were buried alive when the emperor passed on.
Buddhist Monastery in Luòyáng

White Horse Temple

Although its original structures have all been replaced and older Buddhist shrines may have vanished, this vast, active monastery outside Luòyáng is regarded as China’s first surviving Buddhist temple, originally da…
Historic Building in Luòyáng

Lìjǐng Gate

Originally built in the Sui dynasty and renovated in 2014, this structure once served as one of the city's western gates. You can climb up for views over the Old Town.
Museum in Luòyáng

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 Nor…
Area in Luòyáng

Luòyáng Old Town

Any Chinese city worth its rice has an Old Town. Luòyáng’s is east of the rebuilt Lìjǐng Gate, where the narrow Xi Dajie yields up a plethora of shops, grey-brick houses and the occasional creaking monument, includi…
Square in Luòyáng

Wángchéng Square

This square is the meeting place for locals who come to play chess and cards under fluttering China flags; it's also busy at night. Across Zhongzhou Zhonglu, a huge statue of six rearing horses marks the underground…