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5 Days Hidden Guoliangcun Village Tour from Luoyang from

Vist the Hidden Land That Time Forgot

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Guoliangcun, situating high up on the clifftop in northern Henan, is a delightful stone hamlet which used be unconnected to the outside world due to inaccessibility and anonymity. The laborious villagers spent 5 years cutting out cliffs and constructed a 1300-meter-long tunnel which is now one of the ten most dangerous roads in the world known as Precipice Long Corridor! To visit Guoliangcun, travelers are suggested to start from Luoyang, then drive about 4 hours to get to Guoliangcun. You can travel the village with Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple in Luoyang and Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng.

Highlights of this tour

  • Capture the unreal mountain scenery on paper, canvas or your camera;
  • Travel one of the most dangerous road in the world - Guoliang Tunnel;
  • Get UNESCO World Heritage Sites Longmen Grottoes and Shaolin Temple.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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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 a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Luoyang / Shaolin Temple / Guoliangcun / Zhengzhou
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-LSGZ-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureEcologicalPhotographReligious
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 - Shaolin Temple - Luoyang (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 for Accommodation.

Shaolin Temple Our dear guest Walkers visited the Pgoda Forest in Shaolin Temple
Day 3 Luoyang City Tour (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.

Longmen: A Treasure House of Ancient Buddhist Cave Art Exquisite tri-colored glazed potteries in Luoyang Museum
Day 4 Luoyang - Guoliangcun Village (B, L)

In the early morning, your tour guide will pick you up in your hotel. Today you will drive 240 km(about 4hrs) to the hidden village hanging on cliffs - Guoliangcun Village

Guoliangcun (or Guoliang Village) is named after a fugitive riser called Guoliang. In the late Han Dynasty, the people suffered from a destitute life due to the natural disaster added with the exploitation of the landlord and feudal official. In order to resist the oppression and pursue a better life, Guoliang, the son of a farmer, led a group of famine victims to rise in revolt. He had fought an overwhelming imperial force to a standstill utilizing the extreme terrain. Then, they transferred to a tiny village which is named as Guoliangcun by the later generations to memorize Guoliang.

Nowadays, Guoliangcun attracted large amounts of tourists with its arresting mountain ridges, featured stone houses, dangerous cliffs etc. The world-famous Guoliang Tunnel is praised as the Ninth Man-made Wonders by a film studio in Japan. The tourist also referred Guoliangcun as the Pearl Inlaid in Taihang Mountain. Attracted by awe-inspiring scenery, astonishing road and characteristic landform and quaint local customs, over 40 films and teleplays have been shot in Guoliangcun. Therefore, Guoliangcun is also nicknamed as the No.1 Chinese Movies & TV Village. Many art academies and photographic associations also select Guoliangcun as a painting and photographing site.

Accommodate in Guoliangcun Village.

Guoliangcun Village Guoliangcun Tunnel
Day 5 Guoliangcun - Zhengzhou Departure (B,L)

Wake up in the peaceful morning. If you like, you can climb up the Sky Ladder to the top to enjoy the magnificent sunrise. The Sky Ladder is one long stone ladder with a long history of more than 600 years, made up of scruffy rocks and the stone pit on the cliffs. It acted as the only road to leave Guo Liang Cun until Guoliang Tunnel was constructed.

After breakfast, you will leave Guoliangcun for Zhengzhou to catch your flight/train to next destination, which is a driving distance of about 178km(about 3hrs). After arrival at Zhengzhou, it depends on you to depart by train or flight. Currently, Zhengzhou operates flights to most major cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou, etc. High Speed Bullet Trains are also recommended, you can transfer to Luoyang (41 mins), Xian (2 hrs and 23 mins), Beijing (2.5 hrs), Taiyuan (4 hrs), Wuhan (4 hrs), and more cities.

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Guoliangcun Village Morning

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