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In the western territories of Chinas Henan Province lies the city of Loyal. In former times it was one of the capitals of the country. The territory of the present city has been popular since ancient times. It was founded by Chew Gung, the first representative of the Chew Gung dynasty. In the 11th century, the first structures were built in this area. From 770 A.D. onward, the city was the capital of Chezhou, which became the seat of the reigning emperor. Despite the fact that the city was quickly rebuilt by decree of the emperor as a result of international conflicts, the citys streets and buildings suffered considerable damage. Over time, the city enjoyed the status of capital under the Hei and Jinyin dynasties. In 68, the first Buddhist temple in the country was established in Loyala. The religious structure was called the Temple of the White Lady. In 1500, it was rebuilt. Its first monk was Ani Shikai, who taught Buddhism in Loyaltyan. The Church of the White Horse is now the citys main attraction.

In the aftermath of international conflicts, in 190, the military units of the Duen Choi attacked the city and took possession of it for a short period of time. The ruling king was forced to flee to Hunan, where he planned to rally an army against the commander. The city suffered its next destruction in 311. As a result, the capital was moved to Yingyangkang.

In the course of time the city was abandoned, and in 493 the emperor of the Northern Kingdom, Vuy, founded his capital at Loyalty. That period was marked by the construction of the Lünminhung Towers, which housed an enormous number of statues of the Buddha. Over the years, the number of sculptures has reached more than 30.

In spite of frequent war conflicts in Loyalty, which were accompanied by massive destruction, the city has preserved its historic architectural monuments. In late fall 2000, the famous Lunmin Caves were included in the famous World Heritage List. The ancient shrine of the White Horse is located 12 kilometers from the central part of Loyal and is the most revered site for Buddhists. The famous Museum of Historic Marquees in Loyalty has rare artifacts.

The Museum of the Marquees in Loyalty.

100 USD = 712.25 CNY

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  • Air quality: 133 US AQI Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups. Members of sensitive groups may experience health effects. The general public is less likely to be affected.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 1,500,000 people
  • GDP: $8,126 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 2 Mbps Internet in Luoyang is fast averaging 16 Mbps but the Great Firewall slows down speeds to foreign websites by 8x to 2 Mbps.
  • Best wireless: China Mobile
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because WeChat is very hard to set up
  • Tipping: Tipping in China is generally uncommon and can even be considered rude or embarrassing in some circumstances. Seriously. Leaving money on a table in an authentic restaurant may confuse a staff member or cause them stress. … Even worse, gratuity is illegal in airports and some establishments.
  • Apartment listings: Ganji
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best taxi: Didi
  • Best short-haul air carrier: Hainan
  • Best intl air carrier: China Southern Airlines
  • Monthly costs for expat: $1100
  • Monthly costs for family: $2800
  • Monthly costs for local: $800
  • Meal: $3.5
  • Small Cola: $0.6
  • Beer 1 Pint: $3.5
  • Coffee: $4

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