Louyang, China

Louyang's history is one of greatness followed by decline.
As a capital of 13 dynasties it was the most important location in China, and is dotted with over 1300 buddhist temples in various states of repair. In 1920 the communist government started rebuilding Louyang and the city once again started to prosper.
The main highlight of Louyang is the Dragon's Gate Grottos outside of the city.
However the city still offers many remnants of itís great past and is a fascinating place to explore on foot.

Location: situated in the west of Henan province, the start point of "the Silk Road"
Neighboring Areas: Shandong, Anhui, Hubei, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Hebei provinces
Physical Features: maily features with plain, hill and mountains
Population: 6.10 million
Urban Population: 1.38 million
Area: 15,208 sq km
Nationalities: Han
History: one of the seven ancient capital cities in China's history, served sooner or later as the capital city with a history of 1592 years and for 13 different dynasties (the Xia, the Shang, the Eastern Zhou, the Eastern Han, the Cao Wei, the Western Jin, the Northern Wei, the Sui and the Tang, etc.); considered the miniature of the ancient Chinese history
Climatic Features: the continental monsoon climate in the temperate zone
Average Temperature: 14.7 C annually
Rainfall: mainly concentrated on June, July and August with annual average amount of 45.83 mm
Mountains: Mt. Song, Mt. Baiyunshan, and Mt. Huaguoshan
Rivers: Yellow River, Luohe River, Yihe River, Lihe River and Jianhe River
Local Highlights: Luoyang Peony - the national flower of China, Shaolin Martial Arts

Sightseeing List :
-- City Sights --
Guanlin Temple
Longmen Grottoes
Luoyang Ancient Tombs
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