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Luoyang city
Luoyang, located in the mountainous western part of Henan boasts of rich natural tour resources ranging from famous mountains and beautiful lakes, pleasant hot springs and virgin forests. Luoyang has a great diversity of landforms and physiognomy. 25 kilometers to the north of Luoyang runs the Yellow River, the torrential ˇ°mother riverˇ± of Chinese people, on which the world famous Xiaolangdi Multipurpose Water Project is set up. The vast lake covering 270 square kilometers with hills rising here and there forms a splendid view of a sea of islands, just like the Qiandao Lake in south China. 80 kilometers to the east stands the world famous Shaolin Temple among the flourishing trees on the grand Songshan Mountain. Besides the majestic temples, many Kung fu schools scatter here. Lots of scenic spots can be found 50 to 160 kilometers to the south and the east, including the Baiyun Mountain National Forest Park, Huaguo Mountain, Chongdu Valley Scenic Area, Longyu Wan National Forest Park, the Jiguan Cave ¨C the ˇ°No.1 dissolved cavern of the North Chinaˇ± as well as provincial forest parks and reservation parks like the Tianchi Mountain of Songxian County and the Qingyao Mountain. Characterized by landscape features of both the north China and the south China, those charming scenic spots on this land are natural integration of grandness and elegance, majesty and beauty.

The Heluo Area centered by Luoyang, a city among the earliest approved Historical Cities of Culture by the State Department, is a significant birthplace of Chinese civilization. Luoyang has become an international metropolis since the Han and Wei Dynasties. With foreign ambassadors bringing tributes from all over the world in an endless stream, Luoyang reached its peak of prosperity in the Sui and Tang Dynasties with a population of one million. A number of human landscapes can display the glorious history of this ancient city, among which are the Longmen Grottoes, the Baima Temple, the Guanlin (the mausoleum of Guan Yu, a well-known general during the Period of Three Kingdoms), the Luoyang Museum, the Han Emperor Guangwu Mausoleum, the House of Thousand Epitaphs of the Tang Dynasty, the Longmafutu Temple (the Map-carrying Dragon-Horse Temple), the Former Residence of Wang Duo (a famous poet, calligrapher and painter during the period ranging from the end of the Ming Dynasty and the beginning of the Qing Dynasty), etc.  

Lying in the North Temperate Zone with a continental climate, Luoyang has distinct four seasons of a rainless spring, a pluvial summer, a mild autumn and a cold winter. The average annual temperature here is 14.86ˇć and the average annual precipitation is 578.2mm. The best season for touring in Luoyang is definitely the autumn, when visitors may find great pleasure in climbing high in cool weathers and appreciating the blooming chrysanthemums. April, the month with splendid view of competing peonies, is another good choice.

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