Luoyang, a city of Henan Province, was once the capital city of the Eastern Han Empire (25 AD- 220 AD). After Eastern Han, it was still regarded as an important city of other dynasties in the old times. Luoyang Old Town indicates the area of northeast Luoyang. The main part of the Luoyang Old Town is two miles east of the Luoyang Bus Station and the Luoyang Train Station, extending over twenty square miles.
Why the Luoyang Old Town is special
Luoyang Old Town features well-preserved ancient ruins, old architecture and old narrow streets. The streets and residential community vividly presents the old life style of Luoyang people.
Luoyang Old Town highlights
Luoyang Old Town is where the best place to find remaining ancient architecture. An example is the very large city gate which could be dated back to 600 AD. You could also visit the Temple of Guan Yu, Old City Hall, Confucius Temple, the Bell Tower and Drum Tower, and other ancient Chinese architectures.
There are a lot of old streets which are lined with shops selling local food and souvenirs. Some of the streets are residential community with small stalls and old apartments lining both sides. The streets are still looks old. Taking a stroll along the streets you can see many locals chatting on the street or playing table games like Mahjong. It is for sure a great chance to experience the common and peaceful life of locals. Another special feature of the area is a Muslim community. Many of Luoyang’s Muslims live there. You could find a big Mosque and many Muslim restaurants.
Luoyang Folk Art Museum
Luoyang Old Town also features a folk art museum which presents paper cuttings art, local clothing, and other local artwork. If you are interested in Luoyang folk art, it is a good place to go.