7.10 - 13.10.2016
Well, i'd forgotten exactly why when we arrived in Luoyang. I was only wishing to be back in Xian. But after 6 nights in Luoyang, we were glad to have spent time there.
Luoyang is not far from Xian and is part of a region near the Yellow River known as the 'Cradle of ancient China'. It would be good to learn some history there. Plus, it was on my auntie's recommended China list.
Our Airbnb host, Mr Wong Wei took exceptional care of us. He made the effort of cooking us a hot meal at least once a day. He says he doesn't do this often but he felt a deep need to take care of us as a family. Because he does not speak English, he called me by my Chinese name - in mandarin + very sternly - which makes me feel like a daughter being summoned. For a few days after we left Luoyang, i kept hearing my name being called....
The only tickets available for us from Xian to Luoyang on the 7th was on the Hard Sleeper train. We were distributed throughout 2 carriages. I was close to Emma and Eli on one and Alvin was close to Myka and Lucy on the other. It was a very 'local' experience, budget friendly and very scenic. Our train ride was only 5 hrs but the train actually began in Chengdu and ended in Shanghai. For some, like Herbert, a fellow traveler, he would spend 30 hrs on that same train just to visit his family. If we chose to travel high speed, it would have only taken 90 mins for $10cad more. Since we have time, we could save $60! We will go on the Hard Sleeper train again when we leave for Nanjing. That one will be 12 hrs.
It was actually a surprise that we were received by Mr. Wong Wei. It had been his daughter that i've been in communication with. No where had she mentioned about her father, who is the actual host and does not speak any English. I guess if i read the reviews carefully, i would have noted. Mr. Wong Wei is kind-hearted. His meals are quite generous, and we end up spending very little on food here.
Our days in Luoyang were simple. In the morning, we did schoolwork. Later in the afternoon, we walked about and explored the neighbourhood (usually, for food!).
Good food was found here :). The one kind that stood out at the various street vendors we've tried has been Chinese flatbreads/pancakes called 餅 . Our favourite kinds are usually savory - lightly salted, sesame. Some with green onions and/or chili sauce. It can be baked or fried. Always freshly made. We also came across one family that bakes it sweet. We bought 6 and she offered us a free one!
Back home to get ready for bed.