We specifically went to Luoyang to visit the Longmen Grottoes, arriving by train in the morning from Xian and then travelling on an overnight train to Pingyao to continue our China trip. Travelling with 2 small children we didn't want to take the chance that our backpacks would fit into the luggage lockers at the Grottoes so instead rang Longmen Youth Hostel before our arrival to see if we could store our luggage there for the day. The lady (unfortunately I did not ask her name) was amazing. She offered to store our luggage at no cost and gave us directions / cost to her hostel. On arrival we were met with a smile, able to use the clean toilets and sort out our day pack without feeling pressured that we were clogging up the front foyer. Again, no money would be accepted to store our luggage. She was very helpful with bus routes / taxi options to get to the Grottoes. On return from the Grottoes, feeling indebted to repay her kind hospitality, we asked to see the menu so we could contribute a little. The lady explained that as she was the only one working she would not be able to cook us a meal but suggested a restaurant around the corner. She rang ahead to let them know we were coming. She asked us what we would like to eat and then wrote our requests in Chinese so we could hand it to the chef to avoid any language barriers. The meal was authentic, cheap and fantastic. When we left the hostel it was peak hour so she assisted by flagging down a taxi. What might appear as little gestures to most, was greatly appreciated by us. The lady's generosity in assisting us with no expectation of anything in return, especially since we were not paying guests at the hostel was exceptional. Thank you for your kind heartedness. Without even seeing the rooms, I would recommend this hostel just on the basis of the genuine hospitality shown. If we ever return to Luoyang then we will definitely be staying here.
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