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3 Days Luoyang Shaolin Temple Mount Song Hiking Tour from

Shaolin Temple Unique Experience


Visiting temples and experiencing Kung Fu culture is the classic but not the only way to explore Shaolin Temple. You can do something else that is off-the-beaten-path. Mount Song, the beautiful mountain where Shaolin Temple sits on, offers an amazing hiking which is suitable for all kinds of travelers, combining both landscape joy and cultural experience. This tour starts from Luoyang (Zhengzhou also available), transfers about 1.5 hours to visit Shaolin Temple and hike Mount Song, then return to Luoyang to visit famous Longmen Grottoes and other Longyang popular attractions. It is a trip of diverse experiences.

Highlights of this tour

  • Worry-free tour package including private tour guide, driver, hotel, meals and train/flight pick up;
  • Marvel at stunning landscape of Mount Song while hiking the off-the-beaten-track stone steps near Sanhuang Village;
  • Enjoy a spectacular performance of authentic Shaolin Kung Fu which is played by real martial monks of Shaolin Temple;
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site - Longmen Grottoes to witness brilliant Buddhist arts;
  • Appreciate exquisite Tang Tri-color Glazed Potteries in spacious and less-crowded Luogyang Museum.

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 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 - Sholin Temple - Mount Song - Luoyang (B, L)

After breakfast, you will be picked up by your tour guide at your hotel, and be driven 55km (1.5hrs) to Shaolin Temple. Spending about 2 hours exploring this 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 daily performed by martial monks of Shaolin Temple, and usually lasts for half hour.

Leaving the temples complex, you will take a cable car to reach the starting point of Sanhuang Village trail which is the most beautiful part of Mount Song. There are stone stairs like amazing skyroad over 3 kilometers constructed on the mountain cliff. It is peaceful, mystical, surprising and unique to walk on the stairs, get amazed by vertical rock surfaces in layers that were formed 2 billion years ago, and enjoy panoramic scenery of Mount Song. Without many ups-and-downs, Sanhuang Village hiking is very enjoyable and can be done by most travelers even seniors and kids.

After the hiking, take cable car to descend the mountain and transfer back to Luoyang City.

Shaolin Kung Fu Show in Shaolin Temple Hiking to Sanhuang Village
Day 3 Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Tour & Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, start today's trip with a visit to Luoyang Museum which is nicely designed, new, spacious and less crowded, with a good collection of Chinese artefacts dating from the Neolithic period onwards, such as historical relics, calligraphy, pottery, paintings etc. The best pieces are located in a room called "special treasures" where you find the Tang Tri-color Glazed Potteries and other bronze-copper relics.

After visiting Longyang Museum, drive about 20 minutes' driving to the iconic site of Luoyang - Longmen Grottoes. Densely scattered along the cliffs on both banks of Yi River, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Longmen Grottoes contains 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.

Lastly, you will be transferred to train station to catch your train to next destination. Your memorable Shaolin Temple Luomen Grottoes heritage tour ends.

Our customer from Italy visit Longmen Grottoes Exquisite tri-colored glazed potteries in Luoyang Museum

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