Temperature: 6 degreesC
We head East to Luòyáng, another of the four great ancient capitals of China. We arrive to find that our hostel is in fact someone’s flat in a dodgypart of town 10km away from the city centre where we find out how many Chinese people really live! It is run by a father and son, who usually spend all day internet gaming. Because we stayed over for two nights they had to share a bed.
It is worth noting however that the first night was a historic one, when Chloé was given a Chinese name by the father, "uncle" and "nephew" after dinner! As below…
We go to visit the incredible UNESCO World Heritage listed Longmen Grottoes, which are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples, were carved into caves excavated from the limestone cliffs.