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2 Days Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Tour from

Signature Sight of Luoyang

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Which attraction of Luoyang attracts travelers most? Longmen Grottoes absolutely.

Carrying over 1500 years of history, Longmen Grottoes is the carving masterpiece, which went through over 400 years to complete, tracing back to AD 493 of Northern Wei dynasty. Now it is a famous tourist site showing the bright period of Buddhist culture of ancient China. This 2 days tour allows you to walk close to the thousands of Buddha statues and appreciate the fine example of Chinese Buddhism art in Longmen Grottoes. Besides, you will also visit China's first Buddhist temple - White Horse Temple and the birthplace of Kung Fu - Shaolin Temple.

Highlights of this tour

  • Take an exploration of Buddhist nirvana alongside the awe-inspiring Buddhist artistry at Longmen Grottoes, one of the three greatest grottoes in China;
  • 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 actual 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 / Luoyang
Travel Length:
2 Days and 1 Night
Tour Code:
CD-LDLT-02
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 will meet you at the train station or the airport and pick you up to your hotel in a private vehicle. The rest of today is free for you to explore Luoyang City.

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.

Next, drive to Luoyang Museum which shows each kind of perspective on ancient Luoyang. 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 sightseeing, 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 ~ 4 hours), Hangzhou (about 5.5 hours), Chengdu (5.5 ~ 6.5 hours)

Longmen Grottoes - Art of Chinese Buddhism Luoyang Museum
Day 2 Luoyang - 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.

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, and usually lasts for half hour each day.

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

White Horse Temple Excellent Kunfu Training at Dengfeng Shaolin Temple

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