China 2: Xi’an and Luoyang

XI’AN AND THE TERRACOTTA WARRIORS

We arrived at our scheduled time (that’s a big deal for Chinese airlines) at Xi’an airport, and took the airport bus to North Xi’an, where our hotel was located. The next day, we discovered Xi’an, starting with the central square where the Great Wild Goose Pagoda is located.

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LUOYANG GROTTOES

Between Xi’an and Beijing runs a high-speed rail network. We decided to take (our first!) bullet train from Xi’an to Luoyang, and then continue onwards to Beijing with a night train. Luoyang is a smaller city 400 kilometers from Xi’an. We were there in 2 hours with the bullettrain:) From there, it’s only a short bus ride to the Luoyang grottoes, which are one of the best Buddhist grottoes in China.

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View on the Grottoes from the other side of the river.
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As you can see, there were hundreds of Buddha’s carved in the hills.
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View from the old Buddhist monastery on the Grottoes.

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