While at Luoyang, after dinner one night, we decided to go to their old street which is one of Luoyang’s tourist attractions. I went there twice, two nights in a row! LOL!! Well… It’s not that I like to go but I promised to bring another group of people to visit the place as they didn’t go on the first night. First night, I just tagged along. Second time, I lost my way when I wanted to go to the South street, oppsss… The blind leading the blinds. I have no sense of direction. HAHAHAH!!
Lijing Gate, the entrance to the old street. Such architecture, impressive and the structure/building dated centuries back. The crowd is massive just like any other attractions in China.
Before liberation, north, south, east, and west four streets constitute the old basic pattern in Luoyang. Old market also called Luoyang old street, old street starts at Lijing Gate in the west up to Drum Tower in the east, and the central part is called the cross street. The center of the old city is basically the cross street. Old street culture formed in the AD 1214, Old Street was built in the east old site of Sui dynasty and Tang dynasty, it has a history of more than 3050 years. Old Street is the epitome of the history and culture of Luoyang city, Lijing Gate, Octagon House, Writing Brush Peak, Drum Tower, such buildings stand tall, recording the glory days of the ancient city of Luoyang. The cross street is a center for Luoyang snacks.
There are so many shops greeting you once you are in there from selling souvenirs to food. New style, old style, all blend in very comfortably. You can find people busking too. Business looks pretty good. The visitors there made up of domestic tourists the most.
Left: Honeycomb and ginger sweets are everywhere along the street. A packet cost RMB100(if I recall it correctly).
Right: Local artists setting up stalls drawing and making handicrafts for sale.
You’ll never miss exotic food here. Insects and worms, BBQ or deep fried, are available for you to savour. Don’t worry, there are also proper/normal food for those of you who are not adventurous enough.
The buildings along the street are very fascinating. At the same time, it looks eerie too. Walking through it, it’s like whatever you’ve seen in the olden Chinese movie except you’re surrounded by modern people and with a mix of old and new things around you.
We continue walking until the end of the street, I couldn’t remember which turning we took. I was lost the second night hahaha! Ended up had to ask people for direction on the second night but still couldn’t find South street where the whole street is screaming food, food, food, and food. We simply walked around and saw all the red lanterns, there it was!!
Had our dinner here on the second night. So many food and it was a hard decision to make. We just ordered whatever we felt safe to eat *LOL*
By the way, it’s not easy to hail a taxi back to the hotel or your nest destination. I practically had to fight for a taxi as most taxis were already booked via hailing app. Those not booked were hard to come by. You have to try your luck stopping one after another to find one that is available to give you a ride. Best is to use the hailing app like how the Chinese is doing.
Finally completed my Luoyang trip post. Half year later hahaha… Sure took me a long time to get it done.
Next will be somewhere local.