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Located in the western part of China's central Henan Province, Luoyang is one of China's seven ancient capitals. Comprised of six city districts and eight counties, Luoyang occupies an area of 15,492 square kilometers, with a total population of 6.16 million, 1.4 million urban. Luoyang city proper covers an area of 544 square kilometers.

Luoyang served as the capital for nine dynasties over a period of more than 1,500 years. 96 emperors from the prehistoric Xia Dynasties, through Shang, Western and Eastern Zhous,  Cao Wei, Sui, Later Liang, Later Tang and Later Jin Eastern Han established their seat of power there. Luoyang's importance in history means that it has significant influence in China's cultural heritage and has many historical sites.

Although the political upheavals in the last century destroyed some of its grand historical heritage, Luoyang still retains many of its significant ancient landmarks which are the main tourist draw cards. 

In and around Luoyang, visitors will find the White Horse Temple, the first Buddhism temple in China, Longmen Grottoes, a place renowned as a treasure house of Buddhist culture and art. The natural scenery around this area is also fascinating.

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Museum of Chariot and Horse Pits of Eastern Zhou Dynasty Located on the Eastern Zhou Dynasty Square of downtown Luoyang, the Museum of Chariot and Horse Pits of Eastern Zhou Dynasty is built on the base of the ruins of the Eastern Dynasty (770 BC - 256 BC). ...Read More
At the end of the Qin Dynasty, one of the rebel leaders, Liu Bang, arose to seize control of the government and establish a new dynasty called Han (206 BC-220 AD). The Han Dynasty is divided into two periods: the Western Han Dynasty, whose capital was Ch'ang...Read More
Museum of Luoyang Eastern Zhou Royal Horse and Chariot Pits is located northeast of the Emperor City of the Easten Zhou Relic on the newly constructed Wangcheng Square in downtown district. It is a special museum which mainly displays the giant horse and ...Read More

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by Brandee 2011-05-23
The peony of Luoyang is the most beautiful under heaven", as the saying goes. The Peony, the emblem flower of Luoyang, is lauded as "Queen of flowers, with ethereal colour and celestial fragrance". Since the Tang Dynasty no Chinese city has been able to rival Luoyang in growing peonies boasting nearly 10 million peony trees with more than 700 species - all ...
by Serenity 2011-05-23
Located 12.5 km east of Luoyang, White Horse Temple was built in 68 A.D. It is the first Buddhist temple in China since the religion spread to the country. Therefore it is regarded as the ancestral temple and respectfully called "No.1 Ancient Temple in China". The story of its founding is that one night, the emperor was said to have dreamed of a deity flying ...
by April 2011-05-23
The Baiyun Mountain Forest Park is a natural virgin forest located at the place 88 km away from the southwest of Luoyang City. It covers an area of 168 square kilometers. It is in the transient area from temperate zone to semitropical zone, going through Yangtze River, the Yellow River and the Huaihe River Drainage Basins. The highest temperature here in ...