China Peony Festival Tour 2015
April 10th - 23rd, 2015


April 16

Longmen Grottos - started around the year 493 after the Northern Wei Dynasty moved the capital to Luoyang. Thousands of Buddhas were carved into the rock slopes and cliffs aside the Yi River, and were carved for 400 years until The Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). Stretching 1094 meters along the river, there are over 2,300 small caves and niches, with 100,000 statues of all sizes. A UNESCO site.

We end this delightful day with Shui Xi, or water banquet, a Chinese meal comprised of eight cold and 16 warm dishes cooked in various broths, gravies or juices. They are brought to the table one after the other like flowing water and this custom dates back over 1000 years!

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