Luoyang China Longmen Grottoes

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So we landed at Luoyang airport and took a taxi to our hotel. Of course this time there was no mob of taxi cheats, but 1 taxi.  This guy had no meter in his care and said 100. Period - that was what we had to pay or we didn’t go to the hotel. What were we going to do?  We got in and took the 30 minute ride.

We checked into the New Friendship hotel. It should have been called the Old Friendship…  It was kind of a dump.  Oh and did I mention the beds in all but the 5 star hotels are basically hard boards (at least that is what they feel like).  This was no exception. You expect when you sit on a bed there is a little give. Not so here. I have sat on softer steal plates. Okay, enough about those…

We went to the ticket office to buy our train tickets for the next day. Boy! We were lucky that someone visiting the office spoke English. We had to move our train time up from the afternoon to 9:15 AM since that was the only time we could get a sleeper for the 5 hour train ride. 

Based on that, we decided to go see the Longmen Grottoes on the banks of the Yihe River that day, instead of on Day 6. We grabbed a taxi and took the 45 minute ride to the caves.

These are very impressive caves and carvings. Started in 493 AD through 10 Chinese dynasties. There are over 2,300 caves and over 100,000 Buddhist images.

We had to walk another mile or so to see all the caves. Luckily for us there were little motor bikes that charged us 10 yuan to drive us back to our taxi.

On the way back to the hotel, MH wanted to check out a Brazilian restaurant she read about in Fodors. Amazingly enough the restaurant was 3 doors down in a brand new hotel called the New Companion. MH thought we should see if they had rooms. They did and we checked out of the New Friendship and checked into the New Companion. The beds were still hard, but this hotel had air conditioning. By the way, the Brazilian BBQ was good.
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