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3 Days Luoyang Culture & Nature Appreciation Tour

Xiaolangdi Dam Visit


Beyond all doubt, the cultural glamour of Luoyang is a big lodestone for most travelers. But is it possible to get some natural views during your Luoyang tour.? The answer is YES.

This 3 days tour offers you not only the culture fun in Luoyang, but also the majesty of Yellow River. All historic and cultural essences of Luoyang will be covered, including Buddhist grottoes, time-honored temples, informative museums, etc. After that, you spend half a day witnessing the magnificent scenes of water gushing out from Xiaolangdi Dam on Yellow River.

Highlights of this tour

  • Meet the variously-shaped Buddha statues in UNESECO-recognized Longmen Grottoes and learn about China’s ancient Buddhist art;
  • Visit two significant Chinese Buddhist Temples – White Horse Temple and Shaolin Temple to learn about the origin of Chinese Buddhism and discover real Shaolin Kung Fu;
  • Visit Xiaolangdi Dam on Yellow River for an awe-inspiring view of flood discharging during rainy season.

Basic Trip Information

  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 / Dengfeng / Luoyang
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
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 will meet you at the train station or the airport and pick you up to your hotel in a private vehicle.

After a break in your hotel, 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. The highlights include Bingyang Cave which tells a wealth of history and artistic value, Guyang Cave 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.

Then, transfer to your hotel in Luoyang.

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 ~ 4hrs), Hangzhou (about 5.5hrs), Chengdu (5.5 ~ 6.5hrs).

Our customer from Italy visit Longmen Grottoes Binyang Cave in Luoyang Longmen Grottoes
Day 2 Dengfeng - 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.

White Horse Temple Excellent Kungfu Training at Dengfeng Shaolin Temple
Day 3 Luoyang Departure (B, L)

In the morning, you will start today with a visit 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.

After cultural suck in Luoyang, you will drive about 1 hour 20 minutes to Xiaolangdi Scenic Area for quite a different view of Luoyang. Xiaolangdi Hydroelectric Power Station, main attraction of the whole scenic area, plays a significant role in discharging the flood water of Yellow River. It is praised as a monument in the history of governing Yellow River and a masterpiece of water conservancy projects in the world. In every rainy summer, a flood peak adjustment operation will take place there. While seeing the powerful sediment-laden water pour out from Xiaolangdi Dam on the Yellow River, travelers always can't help admiring the power of the nature and wisdom of the human beings. In addition to watching the marvellous scenes of discharging flood water, it is worthwhile to take a leisure walk and enjoy the beautiful surrounding landscape, combining lakes, peninsulas, isolated islands, mountains, trees, etc.

Please Note: Flood discharge only takes place in rainy season, usually from mid-June to early-July.

 Luoyang Museum Scenes of Discharging Flood Water in Xiaolangdi

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