Top 10 Chinese tourist cities in foreigners' eyes

By Lu Na
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Ranking as the world's fourth largest destination for inbound tourism, China is a hot destination for people all over the world who want to experience its vast and varied territories, long history, multi-ethnic culture and world renowned food. The ten destinations listed below reflect all of these excellent characteristics and why so many foreigners' eyes are drawn towards China. China Tour Packages


    Luoyang- 洛阳


Luoyang [Photo / Xinhua]

Luoyang, located along the southern banks of the middle reaches of the Yellow River, is one of the seven ancient capitals of China over a stretch of about 1,600 years. Considered a microcosm of ancient Chinese history, Luoyang is one of the cradles of the Chinese civilization.

Luoyang is home to many historically interesting points due to its long history. For example, the Longmen Caves, about eight miles south of Luoyang on the Yi River, were a work in progress over the span of seven dynasties. During that period, more than 1,300 caves were created to host 40 small pagodas and 100,000 Buddha statues that range in size from just a mere inch to a towering 57 feet.

If you're interested in Kungfu, you can visit the Shaolin Temple. Located about twenty kilometers west of Luoyang with a history of 1,900 years, this temple was the first Buddhist monastery ever built in China and it is still inhabited by monks.

In addition to many places of interest, Luoyang takes pride in its peonies. Every April, the city's Peony Show attracts numerous visitors from home and abroad. Luoyang is also famous for its three-colored glazed pottery, bronze ware, and palace lanterns.

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