5 Days Hidden Guoliangcun Village Tour 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 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 / Guoliangcun / Zhengzhou
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-LSGZ-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulture
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Luoyang Arrival

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Welcome to Luoyang, one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China. Your local guide will meet you at the airport / railway station, and escort you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

The rest of today is yours to explore the ancient capital city on your own.

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Day 2 Luoyang - Dengfeng - Luoyang (B, L)

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After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive about 55km to the dream land for Kung Fu fans and Buddhist pilgrims - Shaolin Temple.

Shaolin Templethe 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, 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 when during his lifetime. The pagodas here were built in different dynasties, including 2 Tang Dynasty pagodas, 2 Song Dynasty Pagodas, 10 Jin Dynasty pagodas, 46 Yuan Dynasty pagodas, 148 Ming Dynasty pagodas, etc. 

Then continue your visit to enjoy a magnificent free Kung Fu Performance in the Shaolin Wushu Hall, lasting for half hour each day. Shaolin Kungfu was first created by Bodhidharma to exercise his body when he faced the wall and meditated. After that, in Tang Dynasty, most monks in Shaolin Temple would practice Shaolin Kungfu, and this phenomenon reached to its peak in Ming Dynasty, and the Shaolin Kungfu was spread to the outer world after that. You can enter the performance hall 20 minutes in advance, so it's better to get ther early to get a good seat.

After that, drive back to Luoyang City for accommodation.

Shaolin TemplePagoda Forest
Day 3 Luoyang (B, L)

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After breakfast, start today's trip with a visit to White Horse Temple, about 30 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 spread the Buddhism throughout of China and regard as the cradle of Chinese BuddhismAccording to historical legend, Emperor Mingdi of the Eastern Han Dynasty dreamed of a golden man flying above the courtyard. He then sent envoys to Western Regions to invite Buddha and learn Buddhism. Two years later, the Indian dignitaries- She Moteng (摄摩腾) and Zhu Falan(竺法兰) came to China at Mingdi's invitation with a white horse carrying the sutras together. Then the White Horse Temple was built to place and translate the sutras brought by the Indian dignitaries. 

Later, proceed to visit Longmen Grottoes. Densely scattered along the cliffs on both banks of Yi River, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Longmen Grottoes contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). You’ll appreciate the Chinese Buddhist art by visiting the major caves (Fengxian Temple, Guyang Cave, Three Bingyang Caves etc.) with notable displays of Buddhist sculptures and calligraphic inscriptions.

Accommodate in Luoyang City.

Longmen GrottoesWhite Horse Temple
Day 4 Luoyang - Guoliangcun Village (B, L)

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

Guo Liang Cun 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 famer, 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 Guo Liang Cun by the later generations to memorize Guoliang. 

Nowadays, Guo Liang Cun 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 Manmade Wonders by a film studio in Japan. The tourist also referred Guo Liang Cun 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 Guo Liang Cun. Therefore, Guo Liang Cun is also nicknamed as the No.1 Chinese Movies & TV Village. Many art academies and photographic associations also select Guo Liang Cun as a painting and photographing site.

Accommdate in Guoliangcun Village.

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

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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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