Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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We headed out to the Longmen Grottoes (or caves as the guidebook calls them). We knew we needed the #81 bus to take us the 12km out of Luoyang to the caves, what we didn't know was where to catch it from. It took us a good half hour to work this out, all the while we were being hassled by touts who thought we were looking for transport to the Shaolin Monastery nearby. The bus was cheap as is gets 1 yuan or 8 pence for an hour drive!
The Longmen Grottoes are a collection of buddhas all carved into two riverside cliff faces
In the evening we met up with Malin and Kasja, who had caught the train from Xi'an. We told them on the phone to forfeit their reservation and deposit and the Mingyuan hostel and join us at the Luoyang Hostel. They had trouble finding it, and seemed more stressed by the relentless Luoyang touts, but a friendly local couple came to their rescue and I met them all in the street outside the hostel. It was good to meet up with them again and we went out for food. At the restaurant Steve needed the loo but couldn't get the waitresses to show him where the toilets were. Steve had to resort to amateur dramatics and did the only action a man can do to show that he needed a wee! All the waitresses burst out laughing and one ran off in hysterics - Steve's indignity didn't stop there as he was led outside and told to go in the alley.