Day 37: Luoyang City Centre

Luoyang, a city located at the meeting point of the Yellow and Luo River, has a very rich history, having been a capital of many Chinese dynasties and considered to be one of the Four Ancient Capitals of China. However, it was largely destroyed from bombing during the Sino-Japanese War.

Today, much of the city has been rebuilt in the typical post war housing boom style. A small fragment of the old city has been rebuilt, interestingly keeping quite a historical charm and is extremely isolated from the rest of the city. It has been largely reduced to a tourist site with mostly shops lining the streets. Interestingly, Luoyang which is long famed for being a place for intellectuals, making paper extremely expensive in the past, keeps to its traditions of selling calligraphy and traditional Chinese papers, with several shops still lining the streets.

To end the day, it was interesting to walk through the new city, drawing a sharp contrast from the much smaller scale, intimate street market of the rebuilt old city.

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