April 14th: A train ride and the peony flower festival
Train ride number 2 from Guilin, Guangxi, to Luoyang, Henan.
April 15th: A morning at the Longmen Grottoes
Although it was quite rainy and cold the day we went to the Longmen Grottoes, it was definitely worth seeing a part of Chinese history that has lasted so long. Pictures can’t do the carvings justice in their detail and size. The amount of work put into the site is astounding, especially considering the kind of technology that was used when they were carved. Here is more information about the caves with descriptions and stats of how big they are. The UNESCO site gives a brief history of the different phases and dynasties involved in carving the grottoes.
Luoyang was the smallest city we visited with less than 2 million people.