Located in the western part of Henan province on the banks of the Yellow River, Luoyang City played an important role in the history of China. The city was one of the four ancient historical capitals along with Xi’an, Nanjing, and Beijing. It was a center of politics, economy, and culture in China for over 1,500 years, and 105 emperors from 13 dynasties established their capitals here during Chinese history. Luoyang is nicknamed the “city of peonies” and hosts the peony festival every year, and the city has made its emblem since the 7th century.
The city is on a plain surrounded by mountains, raising natural barriers against invasions. Besides its favorable geographical location, Luoyang has an agricultural advantage as several rivers cross it.
Luoyang White Horse Temple was the first Buddhist temple in China, and the famous Buddhist Shaoling Temple receives lots of people interested in martial arts. From these temples, we can know Buddhism has developed greatly in China. You will be surprised by the majestic Longmen Grottoes, which are filled with huge Buddhas decorated with intricate designs.
Area: 15,230 km²
Average annual temperature: 15 degrees
Geography: Northern China, Mountains, and predominant hills.
Population: 99,370,000 inhabitants. (2020)
Economy: Industry, tourism
Location: 820 km from Beijing, 1100 km from Shanghai, 380 km from Xi’an.
What to Visit in Luoyang?
As the ancient capital of seven dynasties from the 1st to the 6th century in China, Luoyang offers many attractions. In terms of culture, there are the formidable Buddhist Grottoes of Longmen, the first Buddhist temple in Chine: and White Horse Temple, the birthplace of martial arts or Kungfu: Shaoling Temple. Of course, the beautiful natural scenery will also make you linger, such as the White Clouds Mountain, the Peony International Park, etc.
How Go To Luoyang?
Luoyang has convenient transportation. The city is accessible by trains and flights from the main cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, and Xi’an. By High-Speed train, it takes 1½ hours from Xi’an to Luoyang and 4 hours from Beijing. If you want faster transportation, Beijiao Airport has many domestic flights to many large cities in other provinces. At present, it has 17 airlines connecting 24 cities in China such as Beijing (2hrs), Shanghai (2-2.5hrs), Guangzhou (2.5hrs), Chengdu (2hrs), Hangzhou (2hrs), Chongqing (1.5hrs), and Kunming (2.5hrs).
When Go To Luoyang?
Luoyang is in a temperate zone and has a continental climate, and the four seasons are distinct. The best times to visit Luoyang are from April to November, but the summer is very hot and rainy. If you are interested in flowers, April is considered the best time to visit the famous Peony Festival.
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