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3 Days Luoyang & Yuntai Mountain Tour

From Old City to Picturesque Forest

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Henan Province, where Chinese civilization begins, is a perfect place to explore the old history of China. However, it is endowed with picturesque nature as well. Visiting Yuntai Mountain, you will be treated with an enjoyable natural view, including tree-covered peaks, fascinating gorges with red rocks, various bubbling waterfall and springs, etc.

This 3 days tour offers you a wonderful experience in Yuntai Mountain from Luoyang. You will firstly discover the cultural heritage sites in Luoyang, then extend your trip to Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng, and end your trip with a visual feast in Yuntai Mountain.

Highlights of this tour

  • Admire the magnificent ancient Buddhist arts in Longmen Grottoes - onee of China's Three Greatest Buddhist Grottoes;
  • 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;
  • Spend one eyes-treating day in Yuntai Mountain, a UNESCO geopark with featured landform and fantastic natural beauty.

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 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 / Yuntai Mountain / Zhengzhou
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-LYT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureEcological
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.

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 Fengxian Temple in Longmen Grottoes
Day 2 Luoyang - Dengfeng (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 120km (about 2 hours and 20 minutes) to Jiaozuo for Accommodation.

White Horse Temple Excellent Kungfu Training at Dengfeng Shaolin Temple
Day 3 Yuntai Mountain & Zhengzhou Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, your travel guide will meet you in the hotel and then drive about 50 minutes to Yuntai Mountain, a world Geologic Park recognized by UNESCO in 2004. The unique landscape makes Yuntai Mountain A Long Art Gallery. Entering the charming mountain, you will get enough natural beauty to see. You will firstly take a tourist bus to visit Red Rock Gorge, Yuntai Mountain's biggest highlight hidden 68 meters underground. The whole gorge is made of dramatic reddish rocks and great waterscape. Walking on the red plank road, you can enjoy springs, waterfalls, streams and lakes. Then, travel to Tanpu Gorge, which is known as Little Jiuzhaigou Village because of its spectacular waterscape. In addition, there are many interesting oddly-shaped stones. After that, visit 3,000-meter-long Quanpu Gorge where famous Yuntai Waterfall (with a sharp drop of 314 meters) is located. Looking up the waterfall from the bottom, you may wonder if it comes from the sky. Your last stop of Yuntai Mountain is Macaque Gorge, the habitat of a large number of wild macaques. These active animals always haunt the mountains, rivers and jungles for joy. Sometimes, they will play with the tourists.

After Yuntai Mountain sightseeing, you will drive to Zhengzhou to catch your flight or high speed train for you next destination.

Attractive Red Stone Gorge in Yuntai Mountain Macaque Gorge in Yuntai Mountain

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