Seeing the sights

Luoyang Travel Blog

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First on our iteniery is the Longmen Grottoes, located in the south of Luoyang City, the grottoes can be found between Mount Xiang and Mount Longmen facing the Yi River.  Regarded as one of the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscription in China, the Grottoes were started around the year  493 by Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty and were continuously built for the next 400 years.  Today, over 100,000 statues are left standing and the grottoes contain numerous historical matierls pertaining to art, music, religion and medicine. 

White Horse Temple, located just outside the City, it was first established by the Han Dynasty in 68 AD when Buddhism first started to spread.  This temple is believed to have been the first Buddhist temple built by government in China.

Guanlin Temple, also known as General Guan's Tomb, is hwere the head of Guan Yu is buried.  Guan Yu became a legendary hero in Chinese folktales because of his bravery and faithfulness.  Throughout China, temples have been built in his honor, and to this day portraits of Guan Yu adorn the doors of Chinese homes during the Lunar New Year in belief that he will protect their homes. 

Museum of Ancient Temples.  In China's long history, thirteen dynasties had their capital established in Luoyant.  This museum houses numerous artifacts and relics from the imperial tombs found in the area.

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