Taking a Rest

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Yijia Youth Hostel

Flag of China  , Henan,
Thursday, July 7, 2011

So I finally found a blog that is adequately fast and not blocked in China. I might try at times to make up for some of the things I should have blogged about while travelling around China. After all I have already spent a month travelling all over the country. Luoyang is now the 12th city in China I have been to this year.
I was so tired when I got here that I decided I was going to spend this week resting and hanging out with my friend, which was the original reason for coming to Luoyang. The city is not very big (by Chinese standards). It is around 1.5 million in the urban area. I am currently staying in the old part of the city, in fact a famous old style Chinese road runs behind my hotel. It is quite unbearable to walk down, due to the odor the number of people, and the salespeople.
Luoyang is one of the old capitals of China, so it has quite a few historic sites. The most famous
one is actually in a city called Dengfeng, an hour and a half bus ride to the south. It is called the
Shaolin Temple, I'm sure you have heard of it. I actually went there from another city called Zhengzhou, which is the capital of Henan province.
The temple is filled with tourists, but the Kung Fu is pretty amazing. It is sort of one of those must see sights when travelling around in China. If you are in the tourist kind of mood then it will be a great experience. For me, it was just another tourist experience, not something that I will remember for years to come, but something I can say that I did.
Inside Luoyang I haven't seen much, but I decided to go to a temple called the White Horse Temple. It is one of the first Buddhist temples in China. Supposedly the emperor sent some men to the west to learn about Buddhism and they returned with an Indian monk and a white horse covered in Buddhist Sutras. It was the same as most of the Chinese temples I have seen and I knew it would be, so I was only there because of the history. The part that made the 50 RMB entry fee worthwhile was the recently built Indian style Buddhist temple within the walls of the Chinese Temple. The completely different architecture looked nice amongst the Chinese buildings.
The best part of Luoyang is definitely the noodles. Right next door to my hostel is a noodle shop that sells the best food I have eaten in China. I don't know the name of the noodles, but I was told that they are a specialty in Luoyang. In addition to the great food the owner is really nice to me. The first time I ate there I was the only customer so the owner sat with me asking questions about America in his Henan accent, which I struggled to understand.
The day after tomorrow I will leave for Xi'an, another ancient capital and the home of the Terracotta warriors.
Here is the list of cities I have been to so far. I may add some posts about those locations as I go along.
Xiamen, Quanzhou, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Beijing, Shenyang, Dandong, Anshan, Dalian, Zhengzhou, Luoyang  
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