Luoyang is well known as the cradle of Chinese civilisation. Once the capital of 13 ancient dynasties, it has many popular historical attractions, including the world heritage site Longmen Grotto. You can also visit the famous Shaolin Temple, a popular destination for travellers from all over the world.
Tours and activities in Luoyang
With so many sites to take in when visiting Luoyang, you should think about arranging some organized tours to get the most from your experience. If you are in the city for a limited time, having the experienced hand of a local guide will help you discover more and fit the maximum amount of enjoyment into your trip.
A local guide will provide you with significant historical and cultural background and can help you to book tickets for popular attractions like the Shaolin Temple too. Check out our offers here, or get in touch to find out more.
Best time to visit
Luoyang has a temperate continental climate with four distinct seasons. In April there are sandstorms, although these aren’t severe enough to be concerned. April is actually the best time of year to visit as the weather is pleasant and you can visit the Peony Festival, a flower show that fills the city up with color. October is also a good time to visit as the climate is humid and pleasant then.
Top Attractions in Luoyang
Roaming around the city is really fun, the bars, coffee shop, and local restaurants are lucrative and serve amazing food. The city is clean, well-organized, somehow nicely decorated and has everything a tourist like to visit and see.
Getting here and getting around
Just 10km north of downtown Luoyang is Luoyang Beijiao Airport, meaning the city is very accessible, with international and domestic flights from the likes of Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Bangkok. Further away destinations will require a connection via a major international airport such as Beijing.
Long distance trains run to Beijing, Shanghai, Wuhan, and more destinations, with Beijing about 11 hours away and Shanghai around 17. There are also high-speed train services, taking just four hours to Beijing and two hours to Xi’an. Check up to date timetables for connections and services.
City buses run from both the airport and the two train stations into the city center, making it easy to arrive at your hotel without a private transfer arranged. There are intercity buses too, although these are the slowest and most unreliable form of transport, with most locals and tourists preferring the train.
The subway system in the city is currently under construction, with the first lines due to open in 2019, but in the meantime, there are plenty of tourist buses available that can take you to the many wonderful attractions Luoyang has to offer.
There are more than 4,000 taxis in the city, and this is a very cost-effective way to travel. Fares start at ¥5 for the first 2km during the day and ¥6.5 at night. You can also ask for flat fares to some of the most popular tourist destinations.
Eating and drinking
Luoyang has a rich culinary history dating back thousands of years. Local specialties include Luoyang Shui Xi (Water Feast) which is a banquet involving 24 different dishes accompanied by soups and Liyu Yue Long Men (Carp Jumping over Dragon Gate) which is tender carp presented as pointing its head towards the dragon gate made of vegetables.
There are also plenty of local appetizers and snacks to choose from, including noodle paste, Pan Jinhe roast chicken and Zhang Family wontons. Your best bet for the full range of Luoyang cuisine is Luoyang Zhen Bu Tong Restaurant, located on East Zhong Zhou Road in the Lao Cheng District.
Nightlife thrives here in Luoyang, with karaoke bars, bathing houses and pubs, and restaurants across the city. Sit outside if you can so you can enjoy the street lamps designed to look like peony flowers, the symbol of the city.
Getting a good night's sleep
Luoyang has over 100 great hotels to choose from and for luxury, opt for the Hyatt Place in the busy Xigong District. With air condition, stunning rooms and views over the city, this hotel has every you need to enjoy your stay.
A great mid-priced hotel is the Yijia Youth Hostel located 5 minutes from Old Town Street where you’ll find a variety of food and drink sellers. Charmingly appointed and with a great restaurant and bar, this hotel is consistent reviews as being great value for money.
If you’re traveling on a budget, Luoyang As Home Youth Hostel is your best bet. This dormitory-style accommodation has a shared lounge and library making it a great place to relax and meet other travelers.