Ninjas and Buddhas in Luoyang

I was skeptical to visit these after such a wonderful day exploring the Yungang Grottoes, but I had nothing to worry about. In fact, if I had to recommend just one, it would be the Longmen Grottoes! Although the caves themselves don't have the colour or detail of Yungang, the scale of the complex will blow your mind.

Finding Shangri-La and climbing Shika Snow Mountain

So, in case you haven't realised by my sarcastic ranting throughout the blog, China is expensive and it's almost impossible to have a free adventure anywhere. You can't even go for a hike without paying an entry fee. Until now. I found a free one! FREE! It's not for the faint hearted... but if you …