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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 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:
Zhengzhou / Shaolin Temple / Luoyang
Travel Length:
3 Days and 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-SKFT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureReligious
Departure:
Any day you want

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 Astronomical Observatory near Dengfeng City. It was built by astronomer Guoshoujin in Yuan Dynasty (1271~1368) to observe the shadow of the sun and locations of stars. Based on this Astronomical Observatory, Guoshoujin invented Shoushi Calendar and regulated that each year has 365.2425 days, which is more than 300 years earlier than the universal Gregorian Calendar.

Keep driving about 25km 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 when 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 about 1.5 hour to Luoyang, one of the greatest ancient capitals of China. Before checking in to your hotel in downtown, you will go to take a leisure walking on the old streets of Luoyang Ancient City to experience local folk culture and hunt for local snacks.

Our dear guest Roger visited Pagoda Forest of Shaolin Temple Shaolin Kung Fu Show in Shaolin Temple
Day 3 Longmen Grottoes Visit & 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.

Longmen Grottoes - Art of Chinese Buddhism Exquisite tri-colored glazed potteries in Luoyang Museum

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