Top things to do in Luoyang

Top Choice Buddhist 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 from t…
Top Choice Museum in Luoyang

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 …
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 Luòyáng is regarded as China’s first surviving Buddhist temple, originally da…
Museum 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 Nor…
Street Food in Luoyang

Old Town Night Market

Festooned with brightly lit red lanterns, this lively night market has a cornucopia of snacks from lamb kebabs (羊肉串; yángròu chuàn) and fermented soup noodles (浆面; jiāng miàn) to roasted garlic-stuffed eggplant (蒜香茄…
Area in Luoyang

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…
Henan in Luoyang

Zhēn Bù Tóng Fàndiàn Chinese

Huge place behind a colourful green, red, blue and gold traditional facade. If you can rustle up a large group, this is the place to come for a water banquet experience. But if 24 courses and ¥688 seems a little exc…
Xinjiang in Luoyang

Niūniū Dàpánjī

A Xīnjiāng speciality, dàpánjī (大盘鸡; big-plate chicken) is a spicy chicken, potato and pepper stew; halfway through the meal, handmade noodles and greens are added to the mix – the ensemble is absolutely delicious. …
Cultural in Luoyang

Peony Festival

The annual peony festival floods Wángchéng Park with colour, floral aficionados, photographers, young girls with garlands on their heads and hawkers selling huge bouquets of flowers.
Peking Duck in Luoyang

Qiánmén Kǎoyā Dàjiǔdiàn

This efficient and smart choice serves up rich and tasty roast duck, cooked by an army of white-clad chefs. There are other vegetable and meat dishes on the menu, but why bother?