China – Flower Blossoms & Peony Festival Tour
April 8th to April 22nd, 2008

April 14: Luoyang
This morning a very special visit to Longmen Grottoes, started around the year 493 after the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) 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. Ancient writings and displays in the caves contain a wealth of historical materials concerning art, music, religion, calligraphy, medicine, period dress, and architecture. In November 2000, Longmen Grottoes was inscribed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO...

We also visited a paper factory where the group got to try their hand at some paper cutting. Then it was off to dinner – can you see the picture here of our late Prime Minster P. Trudeau?



  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row