Up and out early for my 08:10 train to Luoyang Longmen to see the Grottoes. Already had my train tickets so breezed right in to the waiting area. The train trip took about an hour and a half. It was the same train that goes to Huashan Mountain.
From the train station, took a taxi for 25 CNY. The grottoes were okay. The area with the huge figures is definitely the highlight. If it wasn't for those then this would be a bust. Compared to hiking to the peaks in Huashan Mountain, the steps here were nothing.
I walked the big loop and took tons of photos, the best ones being from the far side of the river. This was a nice outing but my favorite grottoes are the first ones I went to, Yungang Grottoes. The huge Buddhas there captivated me.
Got back to the train station early enough to buy my tickets to Lanzhou for the next day. I wanted to buy them here to avoid the massive lines at the train station in Xi'an. Booked them on Ctrip first just to avoid the confusion at the ticket counter. Ctrip is great but they charge way too much commission. The commissions seem to be fixed amounts and not percentages.
Got back to Xi'an in the evening. Luckily there weren't huge lines at the subway ticket machines.