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3 Days Essence of Luoyang Tour

Travel Luoyang at Leisure Pace

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"If you ask about the rise and fall of ancient and present, you just need to see what Luoyang looks like." Sima Guang - a high-ranking scholar-official and historian in Song Dynasty (960 ~ 1127) once evaluated Luoyang like that. Yes. As an old capital city of 13 dynasties, Luoyang truly has a lot of history to tell.

This 3 days classic Luoyang tour including all the essences gives you a great chance to take an exploration of this ancient capital. Apart from the surviving signature sight - Longmen Grottoes, you will also learn more about Luoyang by visiting its local museums in the city and experience the authentic Shaolin Kung Fu in nearby Dengfeng.

Highlights of this tour

  • Admire the magnificent ancient Buddhist arts in the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Longmen Grottoes;
  • Get close to the ancient capital of China and dig into the history and culture of China in local museums of Luoyang;
  • Discover the origin of Chinese Buddhism while walking in the holy shrines of 1900-year-old White Horse Temple;
  • Visit legendary Shaolin Temple to learn about dazzling Kung Fu & Zen Buddhism as well as enjoy an unbelievably wonderful Kung Fu show performed by real Shaolin monks.

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Luoyang / Dengfeng / Zhengzhou
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-LCT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
CulturePhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Luoyang Arrival

Welcome to Luoyang, one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China! Your local guide and driver will meet you at Luoyang train station or the airport and escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free for you to explore this ancient city on your own.

How to Get to Luoyang? It is available to take a flight to Luoyang from Beijing (2hrs), Shanghai (2hrs), Chengdu (2hrs), Chongqing (2hrs), Guangzhou (2.5hrs), etc., or take a high speed train to Luoyang from Xian (1.5hrs), Zhengzhou (40mins), Beijing (3.5hrs), Shanghai (5.5hrs), Nanjing (3.5 ~ 4 hours), Hangzhou (about 5.5 hours), etc.

Luoyang Longmen Railway Station
Day 2 Luoyang (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will take you to visit Longmen Grottoes, which contains the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). The UNESCO World Heritage site is densely scattered on the cliffs of Mount Longmen (West Hill) and Mount Xiangshan (East Mountain) – on two banks of Yi River. West Hill houses the major caves with notable displays of Buddhist sculptures and calligraphic inscriptions. You won’t miss Bingyang Cave which tells a wealth of history and artistic value, including Guyang Vave with over 1,000 Buddha statues and 800 calligraphy inscriptions, and Fengxian Temple – the largest cave with a 17.14-meter-tall sculpture of Vairocana Buddha.

After the great sightseeing in Longmen Grottoes, drive to Luoyang Museum which shows ancient Luoyang from all perspectives. There are more than 1,000 exhibits dating back to the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 618 ~ 907) and even to the earliest prehistoric times (before the 21st century B.C.) in the informative display halls, such as exquisite tri-colored glazed potteries, various bronzeware, ancient clay sculpture, treasured calligraphy and paintings, etc.

Then head to the center of Luoyang to visit Tianzi Jialiu Museum. The burial of the royal horses and chariots that were sacrificed during Eastern Zhou Dynasty is earlier than that of Terracotta Warriors in Xian. Lastly, go to take a leisure walk on the ancient streets of Luoyang Old City. It is a lively place with many old residential buildings, food streets, and delicate shops. Just freely appreciate the splendor of old Luoyang, taste some local snacks or purchase some interesting souvenirs freely.

After the trip, drive back to your hotel.

Fengxian Temple in Longmen Grottoes Tri-colored Black Glazed Pottery Horse (AD 618 - 907) in Luoyang Museum Luoyang Ancient City
Day 3 Luoyang - Dengfeng (B, L)

After breakfast, start today's trip with a visit to White Horse Temple, about 50 minutes' driving from central downtown. Established in AD 68 of Eastern Han dynasty, White Horse Temple is the first Buddhist temple in China with over 1900 years history. Since then, it spreads the Buddhism throughout China and is regarded as the cradle of Chinese Buddhism. Visiting White Horse Temple permits you not only to appreciate the old architectures in the main temple, but also to enjoy different other temples with exotic styles in the International Zone, including Indian Temple, Burmese Temple, and Thai Temple.

After sightseeing in White Horse Temple, keep driving about 1.5hrs to Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the cradle of Kung Fu. You will visit the grandiose temples and halls, admire stone carving art, learn about Buddhism culture, and observe the daily living and meditation of monks in the temple. Don't miss the famous Pagoda Forest, the existing largest pagoda forest in China. When an important monk passed away, their cremains or skeleton would be put into the underground palace, and a pagoda will be built on it. The pagoda's height, size and number of layers will be decided according to the monk's Buddhism knowledge, reputation and merits and virtues during his lifetime. You will also enjoy a magnificent Kung Fu Show in Shaolin Wushu Hall which is performed by martial monks of Shaolin Temple daily, and usually lasts for about half an hour.

After the Kung Fu experience, drive back to Luoyang or Zhengzhou to catch your train or flight to your next destination.

White Horse Temple in Suny Days Pagoda Forest

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