The reason for visiting Luoyang in Henan Province seemed simple. Lonely Planet claimed Chinese people would look at me with pity for picking such an impoverished backwater province to visit.
Luoyang’s history amazed me.
It proudly announces itself to be a capital for China for multiple dynasties.
Somewhere around 5 or more. Plus a brief stint as the Western Capital.
This region richly, proudly traces its lineage back thousands of years.
And if that’s not enough, it is also the departure point or terminus point of the fabled Silk Road.
Once I saw this hallowed gate, it hooked me. Always an adventurer at heart, my mind raced thinking of the people who passed through here, heading westward with silk or returning with profit and more exotic goods.
Thank you Luoyang, for rekindling my imagination of long ago, far away treks.