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3 Days Shaolin Temple Longmen Grottoes Tour from Zhengzhou

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With convenient arrivals by both frequent flights and high speed trains, Zhangzhou is the best place to start your Shaolin Kung Fu dream tour or Zen Buddhism Pilgrimage tour. Driving about 1 hour 45mins, you will get to the cradle of Chinese Kung Fu - Shaolin Temple to not only experience real authentic Shaolin Kung Fu played by martial monks, but also get inspired by sacred Zen Buddhism existence. After Shaolin Kung Fu exploration, you will extend your tour to nearby Longmen Grottoes which is a popular World Heritage Site with magnificent Buddhist arts and wonderful landscape.

Highlights of this tour

  • Being picked up at the airport/train station by your private tour guide and driver upon arrival;
  • Spending a full day exploring Kung Fu culture and Buddhist sites in Shaolin Temple, also enjoying a magnificent Shaolin Kung Fu show during your visit;
  • A valuable visit to UNESCO World Heritage Site - Longmen Grottoes to witness brilliant Buddhist arts.

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:
Zhengzhou / Shaolin Temple / Luoyang
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
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Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Zhengzhou Arrival

Welcome to Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. You will be picked up by local tour guide in Zhengzhou airport or train stations, and escorted to check in to your hotel in Zhengzhou downtown. The rest time is free for you to relax and explore this city of Yellow River.

Where to go if you have some free time? 1) go to Henan Museum to learn about the history of the region and appreciate ancient bronze ware; 2) view how the mighty Yellow River run through the plain of Zhengzhou city in Yellow River Scenic Area; 3) hunt for local snacks at Erqi Square.

How to Get to Zhengzhou? Arrival Ideals: At present, you can get to Zhengzhou by high speed trains from Beijing (about 3hrs), Xian (about 2.5hrs), Luoyang (40mins), etc., or direct flights from Beijing (about 2hrs), Shanghai (about 2hrs), Chengdu (about 2hrs), Hangzhou (about 2hrs), Guangzhou (about 2.5hrs), etc.

Welcome to Zhengzhou
Day 2 Zhengzhou - Shaolin Temple - Luoyang (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to visit the Henan Museum home to an impressive collection of 130,000 cultural relics. This museum offers the perfect opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of Henan's history and achievements over thousands of years. It also provides insight into half of China's history, showcasing artifacts ranging from Central Plains Chu Bronze Art to Ming and Qing Treasures and Henan Ancient Jades. Among the recommended treasures not to be missed are The Jiahu Bone Flute (6000-2000 B.C.), the "Fuhao" Owl-shaped bronze Zun (1600-1046 B.C.), the "Prince Wu" Ding (770-476 B.C.), and the White Jade Dancer-shaped Pei-pendant (206 B.C. - 25 A.D.), among others.

After sightseeing, drive about 1.5 hrs to Shaolin Temple, renowned as the birthplace of Zen Buddhism and the birthplace of Kung Fu. Here, you'll have the chance to tour grand temples and halls, marvel at stone carving art, immerse yourself in Buddhist culture, and perhaps witness the daily lives and meditation practices of the temple's monks. Be sure not to overlook the famous Pagoda Forest, the largest of its kind in China. When a revered monk passes away, their remains or skeleton are interred in an underground palace, and a pagoda is erected atop it. The pagoda's height, size, and number of layers are determined by the monk's knowledge of Buddhism, reputation, and merits and virtues accumulated during their lifetime.

Later, you'll be treated to a spectacular Kung Fu Show at the Shaolin Wushu Hall, typically lasting around half an hour. On occasion, several audience members may even be invited to learn a few Shaolin Kungfu techniques.

After the Kung Fu experience, drive about 1.5 hour to Luoyang, one of the greatest ancient capitals of China. Check in to your hotel in downtown. The rest time is free for you to relax.

David's family visited Henan Museum with China Discovery in 10 2020 Shaolin Kung Fu Show in Shaolin Temple Roger visited the Pagoda Forest in Shaolin Temple
Day 3 Longmen Grottoes Visit & Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, start today's trip with a visit to Luoyang Museum, which offers a comprehensive insight into ancient Luoyang from various perspectives. With over 1,000 exhibits spanning different dynasties that once established their capitals in Luoyang, a stroll through the exhibition halls on the first floor will transport you through 13 dynasties of history. The Ancient Treasures of Luoyang exhibition on the second floor features prized artifacts, including the Black Glazed Pottery Horse (AD 618-907), Facial Part of the Clay Buddha Figurine (AD 386-557), White Jade Cup (AD 220-225), Gilt Bronze Figurine of A Winged Man (AD 25-220), Bronze Ding Intertwined with Gold and Silver Patterns (BC 475-221), and more.

After visiting Longyang Museum, drive about 20 minutes' driving to the iconic site of Luoyang - Longmen Grottoes., a UNESCO World Heritage site boasting the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art from the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). Take an electric car to the West Tourist Center to begin your exploration from there. You'll marvel at the remarkable Buddhist caves scattered across the West Hill from north to south. The Bingyang Middle Cave, the first royal cave, was excavated to immortalize Emperor Xiaowen's historical achievements in moving the capital to Luoyang and initiating Chineseization reforms. In the Wanfo Cave, adorned with 15,000 small seated Buddhas, you'll witness a harmonious depiction of the Western Pure Land. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the Longmen Grottoes awaits you at the Fengxian Temple, where the majestic Vairocana Buddha stands 17.14-meter tall, showcasing unparalleled carving skills through its diverse statues. After immersing yourself in the beauty of the grottoes, take a leisurely stroll to the opposite side of the river for a panoramic view, particularly of the magnificent Vairocana Buddha. Conclude your visit by exiting the scenic area aboard an electric car.

Tips for Today: Comfortable footwear is essential for your visit to the Longmen Grottoes, as exploring the scattered grottoes across the hill involves walking several steps up and down.

Lastly, you will be transferred to train station to catch your train to next destination.

Longmen Grottoes - Art of Chinese Buddhism Wanfo Cave in Luoyang Longmen Grottoes Our guests enjoyed a panoramic view of West Hill Grottoes Exquisite tri-colored glazed potteries in Luoyang Museum

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