5 Days Luoyang Xian Tour by Train from

Two Great Ancient Capitals

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Both Xian and Luoyang had played important roles in the ancient China history. Both used to be the capital for 13 ancient dynasties, such as Qin, Han, Tang, etc. During this tour, you will firstly explore Luoyang which is famous for Buddhist culture, then take a high speed train(less 2 hours) to Xian to see the world famous Terracotta Warriors and other interesting sites.

Highlights of this tour

  • Admire the brilliant Buddhist sites in Luoyang - World Heritage Site Longmen Grottoes and ancient legendary White Horse Temple;
  • Witness splendid man-made wonders of ancient China in Xian - eye-shocking Terracotta Warriors, grand Ancient Great Wall;
  • Take convenient bullet train as transfer between Luoyang and Xian.

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 / Luoyang / Xian
Travel Length:
5 Days and 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-PDCT-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCulture
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

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 you to Dengfeng, where your lifetime Shaolin Kungfu tour begins. You’ll first visit Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the cradle of Kung Fu. “All martial arts under heaven arose out Shaolin”. In Shaolin Monastery, you could explore the authentic Shaolin Kung Fu. Then continue your visit to the Pagoda Forest, where hundreds of stone pagodas, memorials to past monks, are tightly grouped together in a forest.

Catch the chance to watch the exciting Shaolin Kung Fu performance at Martial Arts Hall. You could choose to watch the show for free in the time of 10:30-11:00; 11:30-12:00; 14:00-14:30; 15:00-15:30; 16:00-16:30. In the show, the typical Shaolin Kung Fu “Shaolin Boxing”, “Shaolin Stick” and “Tongzigong” etc. are performed. After the tour, drive back to Luoyang city. 

Shaolin TemplePagoda Forest
Day 3 Luoyang & High Speed Train to Xian (B, L)

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Today, your tour starts from White Horse Temple, built in Western Han Dynasty. With a history of 1900 years, the temple is regarded as the “No.1 Ancient Temple under Heaven”.

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.

After the tour, you will be escorted to the Luoyang Longmen Railway Station and take a high speed train to Xian. Stay overnight in Xian.

Longmen Grottoes
Day 4 Xian (B, L)

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After breakfast, drive about 40km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world - the Terracotta Warriors and Horses, built by the first emperor of China Qin Shihuang to protect him in his afterlife. Over 8,000 life-size warriors, horses and chariots, buried in 3 pits for more than 2,000 years until uncovered by a local farmer in 1974, form an ancient military army with complete battle units of infantry, cavalry, etc. Standing in front of these figures, one can’t help being amazed not only by the ambition of Emperor Qin Shihuang but also by the fabulous artistic skills of ancient Chinese artisans.

After lunch, return back to Xian take a wonderful stroll on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers. This visit is followed by a relaxing wander around bustling and lively Muslim Quarter, a place where you can try different local snacks and explore Muslim culture.

Optional activities: 1) Take a relaxing cycling on the Ancient City Wall; 2) Enjoy a wonderful Tang Palace Dance Show (usually from 8pm to 9pm) after a hearty dumpling dinner at a local restaurant.

Xian City Wall
Day 5 Xian & Xian Departure (B)

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After breakfast, head to Da Cien Temple, a famous Buddhist sutra translation site during the Tang Dynasty. Big Wild Goose Pagoda is the most famous building in the temple. The pagoda, rising to a height of 64.5 meters, was built by the famous Buddhist master Xuanzang to preserve classic scriptures he bought back from India during the early Tang Dynasty. Xuanzang was the prototype character for Tang Seng in the famous Chinese novel “Journey to the West”. (Note: It costs an extra 30 RMB if you want to climb up the Big Wild Goose Pagoda)

Next is an educational visit to the Shaanxi History Museum where you can ramble in the modern exhibition halls to appreciate historic relics such as porcelains, paintings, and currencies dating from the Zhou to the Tang dynastic periods (1100BC to 907 AD). (Note: Shaanxi History Museum may be replaced with other activity or attraction because of crowding tourists during July ~ early September and China’s National Day during Oct.1-Oct.7. You may check details with your travel consultant.)

The rest of the day is free for you until be escorted to catch the flight/train to leave Xian. Service End.

Xian Shaanxi History Museum

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