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Sep 1, 2017 - Luoyang, Henin province

Luoyang is situated 90 minutes by high-speed train and though today an industrial city was the capital of China for over 4,000 years covering 13 different dynasties. Like Dunhuang Luoyang attracted early adopters of Buddhism, monks and wealthy followers who wanted to express their faith by filling over 2,000 niches in what is known today as the Longmen grottoes dug out of a range of limestone ridges along the picturesque Li river, today adorned with picturesque willow trees. Buddha images from a few centimetres high to 100 feet are either...

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May 26, 2013 - Stage 4, Wuhan to Luoyang

The trip from Wuhan to Luoyang was uneventful. No issues with getting to the station, getting on the train or getting to the hotel at the other end. This time we actually had seats with a decent view. Just a shame that the ever present smog greatly limits the view. It is probably no more than 1.5 - 2 km in any direction. It is a shame as you can see the outline of mountains in the distance but there is no definition. Even the close up images are shrouded in grey leaving everything dull and lifeless. This was a decent leg distance wise, 3...

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May 15, 2011 - Grottoes

I don’t know why, and I’m not one to ask questions when given something good, but for some reason May 1st is a holiday. That meant that there was not school on Saturday through Monday. This apparently was the perfect time for one of my student's parents to invite me on a trip to LouYang. During the last weeks of April and the first few weeks of May the peony flowers are in bloom and this city is famous for them. I asked if my friend Christina could come and of course they said yes. Sunday morning at 7:30 am Christina and I made our way...

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Memoirs of Alicia

Apr 1, 2011 - Comida Chinesa - Um Assunto A Parte

A comida chinesa eh um assunto a parte... Nadas a ver com o que temos no Brasil.NADA MESMO!!!! Aqui em Chenjiagou, entao, nem se fala!!! Beijing, apesar da diferenca, foi um paraiso de novas delicias! Mesmo com os insetinhos da feirinha de Wangfujing [escorpiao, cobra, casulo de bicho da seda e etc]. Ate a cerveja deles eh muito gostosa... bem levinha e nao tem gosto residual de cevada!! Mas, oh... soh para contextualizar agora estamos em Chenjiagou, na vila onde nasceu o estilo CHEN de taijiquan ha seculos atras. Hj a cidade - ainda com...

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DIÁRIO DE BORDO

Mar 26, 2011 - Chegando em Luoyang

CHEGAMOS em Luoyang. A viagem de trem, apesar de um cadinho confusa, foi otima! O Vagao era todo nosso, com cabines de 4 camasDormi como um anjo! Agora estamos num cafe com cara de Starbucks (to no tablet da Tuca), mas confuso como so os Chineses sabem ser. Rssrs Eh que na preocupacao de controlar tudo eles complicam demais a logistica. . . Por exemplo, estamos esperando ha 30, e nosso cafe com torradas nao chagou ate agora. . . Kakaka. . . Agora seguiremos de onibus para Chenjiagou. Serao 7 dias de treino,8h/dia. Assim q der mando...

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Apr 8, 2010 - Shaolin Temple - a near to heart attack experience

Since tomorrow we are going to Xi’an we started early in the morning to go to the ticket desk at the train station. Fortunately, on our way to the Longmen Grottoes the day before we had met a Chinese girl named Katharina who spoke German and who offered us to call her anytime when we should end up “lost in translation”. Thus I arranged to call her and hand over the phone to the clerk so that she could talk to her. Of course, when I finally managed to squeeze my mobile through the tiny slit by which the clerk is connected to the outer world,...

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Peter's World Tour

Apr 7, 2010 - Longmen Grottoes - deformed World Heritage or Yoga Video

The “Longmen Grottoes”, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site, are one of few still existing masterpieces of Buddhist sculpturing art. Beginning in 494 AD for over 200 years 100.000 Buddha images have been hewn into stone. Basically what they did was, to dig caves in the hills situated on the east and west shore of the Yi He river sparing enough substance in order to model the different Buddha statues. Spread on over one kilometer of karststone walls these grottoes present a really impressive view. However, this fine piece of art today...

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Peter's World Tour

Apr 6, 2010 - Luoyang - the cradle of Chinese Buddhism

We had to get up at 5:00 am this morning in order to catch the train to Luoyang. Thus we spent the morning gazing sleepily through the train window, looking at the scenery passing by. While on the way to Kaifeng we used an overnight train, we hadn’t had much opportunity to watch at the countryside of China – which we did now – and by the magic of the internet you can do too, if you are interested: . What caught my eye were the results of the contemporary drought. All the watering holes/ponds have really low water levels or have no water at...

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Peter's World Tour

Jun 11, 2008 - moving on to Luoyang ..a short train ride...5 hours!

Hi all, Well, this morning the city turned the power off in our quadrant of the city to test the lines. Each room was given a small flashlight to help reduce the impact. We were forewarned not to take it away with us or we would be charged for it! Actually the hotel had a generator so the elevators and hall lights worked - no room lights or air conditioning. Luckily we had mainly packed up. We checked out at eleven and went off for another feast! During lunch Nick left us and went off to the airport heading to Australia via Shanghai. After...

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Oct 18, 2007 - Luoyang

Today we went to the Dragon Gate Grottoes near Luoyang. It was really amazing, the figures carved into the cliffs along a river. We took a 9 seater golf cart from the parking lot to the entrance, since it was almost a mile away. The only Empress from this area used her cosmetics budget to do some of this art. Many of the figures are female, which is unusual. The most stunning is the Ancestor Worshipping Temple. It's very large and looks even more impressive from farther away. We were able to witness this, because we took a boat from the end...

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Reef Asia trip 2007

Aug 20, 2006 - Drive to Luoyang via Song Tombs

Wake up call this morning at 6:30 and off the Luoyang at 8:am. First to the Song Grottoes which date back to 492 (the same year Vesuvius erupted at Pompei). Caves with Buddhas carved - most heads and arms broken off. Some stolen for other country's museums but alot have been lost because five different times in Chinese history, Emperors have declared "Buddha killing" when they felt people were becoming too religious and honoring Buddha instead of Emperor. In one of the temples Judy saw a Chinese man with a tee shirt that said "ARKANSAS"...

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Aug 9, 2006 - Shaolin Temple, Henan Province

I'd heard of the Shaolin Temples ever since I began listening to Wu Tang Clan back in high school. I had no idea where it was. When I talked with a few other travelers who mentioned it, I decided to check it out. I knew going into it I was in for a crowded Chinese tourist attraction. That was confirmed when I jumped on to my bus to go to the temples and I found myself the only westerner along for the ride...another day of simple conversation and practicing English as a lot of the people on the bus were just fascinated that I was on the same...

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