Located in the west of Henan Province in central China, Luoyang occupies quite an important geographic location. It is in the middle reaches of the Yellow River and is encircled by mountains and plains. To its east and west are the Hu Lao Pass and Han Gu Pass which were essential domestic transportation junctions in ancient times. To its north, Mengjin County was an important ferry crossing of the Yellow River.

Thus, Luoyang was selected as the capital city by 13 dynasties starting from the Xia Dynasty (21st-16th century BC) in the 21st century BC. In the period following the Han Dynasty (206BC-220), and particularly during the Sui (581-618) and Tang (618-907) dynasties, the city experienced a period of growth and prosperity and ranked as one of the international metropolitans of the time.

The city is also famed as the 'Poets Capital' as poets and literates of ancient China often gathered there and left grand works, including 'Book of Wisdom' ('Daode Jing'), 'Han History' ('Han Shu') and 'Administrative Theory of Admonishing Official' ('Zi Zhi Tong Jian'). 

Religious culture once thrived here. Taoism originated there and the first Buddhist temple set up by the government was located there. Luoyang is also the hometown of many of the scientific inventions of ancient China, such as the seismograph, armillary sphere, paper making, printing and the compass.

Luoyang has rich historical and cultural Buddhist sites. Among them are:

- The Longmen Grottoes are one of China's three most precious treasure houses of stone sculptures and inscriptions. 
- The White Horse Temple is the first Buddhist temple and is honored as the 'Cradle of Buddhism in China'. 
- Shaolin Temple is the place of origin for Chinese Zen Buddhism and the cradle of Chinese Martial Art.

Recommended Restaurants Special in Local Dishes

Luoyang Zhen Bu Tong Restaurant
No.359, East Zhong Zhou Road, Lao Cheng District
Quan Fu Restaurant: north section of Wang Cheng Street

Moslem Food Restaurant
Dong Lai Shun Restaurant: No.11, middle Zhong Zhou Road

Western Restaurants

Hai Jing Westerin Restaurant
2nd floor, No.1 Building, Tong Yuan Garden, West Kai Xuan Road

Bi Sheng De Pizza
middle section of Shanghai Market Pedestrian Street, Jian Xi District

Toronto Western Restaurant
Shen Tai Mansion (A), Nan Chang Road, Xian Xi District


Ming Tian Coffee Language
No.19, Tang Gong Road, Xi Gong District

Dio Coffee
where South Sha Chang Road and Kai Xuan Road meet in Xi Gong District
Shanghai Market, Xi Yuan Road

By Air
Located about 10 kilometers (about six miles) north of Luoyang City, Luoyang Beijiao Airport (LYA) is one of the most important transportation facilities of the province. The airport attracts many airline agencies to operate more than 20 flights to other large cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chongqing and Urumqi.

Charter flights to Hong Kong and Okayama connect the city with more international cities. Our China Flights offers more information about specific flights including departure and arrival cities, schedules and ticket prices.

On arrival at the airport, you can take a taxi to the city for about CNY100. Alternatively, you can take an airport shuttle bus that leaves from the airport every 45 minutes to one hour. Price is approximately CNY 15 for an ordinary bus and CNY20 for an air-conditioned one. No.83 city bus stops at the airport and returns to the city for only CNY1.

Free Tickets Sending Inquiry: 0379-62310121 & 0379-62311564
24 Hours Inquiry: 0379-63935301-510

By Train
Two main national railways, the Longhai and the Jiaozhi, meet in Luoyang, providing easy access to the city. Longhai Railway winds across the whole nation from east to west, and Jiaozhi Railway connects most cities of Henan Province and Hubei Province. Meanwhile, Luoyang is an important stop station of the Eurasia Land Bridge from Lianyungang, China to Rotterdam, Holland, making goods transit more convenient from Middle Asia and from Eastern and Middle Europe to China.

Luoyang has two main railway stations. Luoyang Railway Station is located on Dao Nan Road in the northern part of the city. Luoyang East Railway Station is situated on the Da Tong Road in Chanhe District. Trains operating along the Longhai and Jiaozhi Railways pass these two stations, extending to many other cities in China including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Zhengzhou, Yinchuan, Lanzhou and Urumqi. For detailed information, check our China Trains.

Luoyang Railway Station Telephone Inquiry: 0379-63934200-61222

Luoyang Railway Station Ticket Selling Offices:
Longquan Mansion, Luoyang Railway Bureau, No.1, Long Hai Street,
East of Luoyang Restaurant, West Zhong Zhou Road,
Kou An Mansion, Dao Nan Road.

Luoyang East Railway Station Telephone Inquiry: 0379-63935391-22222

Luoyang East Railway Ticket Selling Offices:
No.5, Chang An Road.
No.96, North Huan Cheng Road.
No.33, East Zhong Zhou Road.

By Long-Distance Bus
Luoyang is a junction point of many national and provincial highways. Two long-distance transit corporations operate luxury and standard buses to nearby cities in Henan Province as well as to cities in other inland provinces. Both corporations have affiliated bus stations. Luoyang Long-distance Bus Station is situated opposite the Luoyang Railway Station on Jin Gu Yuan Road. It is operated by the First Bus Transit Corporation and plays an important role in the city's long distance transportation.

Information about the First Bus Transit Corporation

Schedule of Buses to Some Important Provincial Cities
City Departure Interval Time
Zhengzhou 7:30-18:30 30 minutes
Sanmen Xia 7:00-18:30 30 minutes
Jiaozuo 7:00-18:00 30 minutes
Kaifeng 6:45-19:00 40 minutes
Nanyang 7:45-17:45 One hour
Anyang 8:30-10:30 One hour
Xinyang 8:30-10:30 One hour
Xuchang 7:00-18:00 One hour

Schedule of Buses to Some Important Inland Cities
City Departure Interval Time
Beijing 9:00/11:00/17:30  
Tianjin 17:00  
Xian 7:00-18:00 30 minutes
Taiyuan 8:30-10:30 One hour
Yuncheng 8:00-17:00 One hour
Guangzhou 12:30  
Wenzhou 11:30  
Shijiazhuang 13:30  
Jinan 18:00  
Shenzhen 12:30  
Yiwu 14:00  
Hefei 8:30  
Xuzhou 18:00  
Weihai 14:30  
Nantong 17:00  

Telephone Inquiry: 0379- 63233186, 0379-63239453
Luoyang Long-distance Bus Station Telephone Inquiry:

The Second Bus Transit Corporation also has buses to many large cities including Xian, Zhengzhou, Fuzhou, Quanzhou and Yantai. There are six bus stations operating those buses, among which the Chief Bus Station and Jinyuan Long-distance Bus Station are important.
Telephone Inquiry: 0379-63491170

Address of Chief Bus Station: 200 meters east of Luoyang Railway Station
Address of Jinyuan Long-distance Bus Station: 100 meters west of Luoyang Railway Station

By Public Bus
Luoyang has many public buses running across the city everyday. The buses usually start as early as 5:30 in the morning and stop at 21:00. Remember to check out the specific time of the bus you will take before you begin your travel in Luoyang. Tickets for most buses range from CNY1 to CNY1.5. Below is information about several bus routes.

Bus Number Earliest Bus
Last Bus

No.51 6:30 19:00 Luoyang Railway Station, Luoyang Peony Garden, Luoyang National Peony Garden
No.59 6:00 19:00 Wancheng Park, Xiyuan Park
No.60 5:55 18:50 Shanghai Market, Xiyuan Park, Longmen, Baiyuan Garden
No.69 5:30 19:00 Peony Park, Xiyuan Park, Guanlin Temple
No.81 6:00 19:00 Luoyang Railway Station, Guanlin Temple, Longmen, Baiyuan Garden
No.83 6:20 
Luoyang Railway Station, Ancient Tombs Museum, Luoyang Beijiao Airport

By Tourist Bus
In Luoyang Long-distance Bus Station opposite the Luoyang Railway Station, there are regular buses carrying tourists to spots in the suburban areas. First go to the railway station by public city bus then take a bus listed below to your destination.

City Buses to Luoyang Railway Station: No.2, 5, 6, 10, 11, 48, 50, 51, 66, 81, 83, 102, 103.

Schedule of the Tourist Bus Routes

Tourism Spots Departure Time Interval Time Ticket Price
White Clouds Mountain (Mt.Baiyun)  6:00-9:00 Every 30 minutes CNY26.50
Zhongyue Temple 5:00-16:00 Every 20 minutes  CNY11.00
Heavenly Pond Mountain (Mt. Tianchi) 6:00-9:00  Every one hour CNY17.00
Xiaolangdi Scenic Area 6:00-18:00 Every20 minutes CNY8.00
Longyuwan National Forest 6:00-9:00 Every one hour CNY27.00
Shaolin Temple 5:30-18:00 Every 30 minutes CNY8.00
Flower and Fruit Mountain (Mt. Huaguo) 7:00   CNY15.00
Cockscomb Limestone Cave (Jiguan Cave)  6:00-9:00 Every one hour CNY26.50
Mt. Qingyao 6:00-9:00 Every one hour CNY15.00

Bus departure time varies a little in different seasons. For specific information, call 0379-63233186 or 0379-63239453

By Taxi
Luoyang has a large number of taxis which are more convenient and comfortable than buses. Taxis charge CNY5 for the first two kilometers (about one mile), then CNY1 to CNY1.5 per kilometer afterwards. Waiting for five minutes costs an extra fee equal to the distance surcharge of one kilometer (about 0.6 mile). If you want to take a taxi to suburban areas of the city, you can bargain with the driver before you get in the taxi.