Luoyang – Discover the Birthplace of Chinese Civilization

The reason I came here was to see the city that is said to have cradled the birth of Chinese civilization. Today you can easily reach the modern city from Shanghai or Beijing by train. An old friend, Mark with http://www.ujsinc.com has mentioned Luoyang in the past & had highly recommended I check it out.  This interior city has a rich history and there are several historic sites to see that you and your family would find educational.

I came here during springtime. Luoyang is known to have mild weather and even summer days are not too hot. It has been the place of religious studies and Taoism has originated here.

You can check out the historic sites here which is a long list. That is also because it has been the birthplace of over 13 different kingdoms including the first which was the Xia dynasty. I had a short stay here so I focused on the main places for sightseeing.

First Stop – Longmen Grottoes

This was my first stop. It lies by the southern outskirts and is a site that has survived over 1400 years; here you can see about 2100 grottoes where tens and thousands of Buddha statues can be found. The grottoes here are comparable to Mogao caves and Yungang Grottoes in other parts of China to form one of the main cave clusters of the country.

Explore the White Horse Temple

This was my next stop. It is a Buddhist temple that is worth visiting when you are here. Located in the eastern part of the city, it is over 2000 years of age and also honored as the cradle or the birthplace of Buddhism in the country.

Stop by the Shaolin Temple

This temple needs no introduction. If you wish to come here you would be climbing the slopes of Songshan Mountain which is in between Zhengzhou and Luoyang. It is famous for the martial arts that it originated and that spread across the world.

I stayed back to witness the Zen Music Ritual that is performed at night and is an outdoor performance against the mountains that is worth witnessing.

I did not have more than a day here but I would advise you to spend a few days here as the different relics have extensive history behind them that you would need time to hear about and explore.