Luoyang

  • Luoyang is situated to the southeast of Beijing. The town, chosen as capital by some ten dynasties, does not have a great deal of architectural interest, but is the departure point for at least two interesting visits. The first is the White Horse Temple (8 miles to the east), the first Buddhist temple founded in China in the 1st century; the monastery is still active and the place exudes tranquility. ...
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  • You can also plan to visit the Shaolin monastery (50 miles south-east), the birthplace of Chinese martial arts known around the world.
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  • Shaolin monks often demonstrate the art of Shaolin for visiting tourists.
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  • Impressive passageways stand out against the mountain of Luoyang.
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  • The Indian priests who brought Buddha back were buried in the oldest part of the temple around 1000 years ago.
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  • The Shaolin style of combat is at the origin of all the Chinese martial arts.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination China

Luoyang is situated to the southeast of Beijing. The town, chosen as capital by some ten dynasties, does not have a great deal of architectural interest, but is the departure point for at least two interesting visits. The first is the White Horse Temple (8 miles to the east), the first Buddhist temple founded in China in the 1st century; the monastery is still active and the place exudes tranquility. Second is the Longmen Buddhist grottoes, the ?Gate of the Dragon' (10 miles to the south). More than 100,000 images of Buddha, some monumental, were carved into the cliffs dominating the Yi River between the 5th and 7th centuries. Degradation by the weather, looters, and vandalism by the Red Guards have made the site deteriorate considerably, however, it retains a magical aspect. In this region, numerous homes have been directly carved into the loess. You can also plan to visit the Shaolin monastery (50 miles to the southeast), the birthplace of Chinese martial arts known worldwide. However, some people consider it as a tourist trap that is overrun in summer.

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