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Luoyang Longmen Grottoes White Horse Temple Shaolin Temple Henan Tour - 3 Days

Destination: Luoyang
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Luoyang is a city in western Henan province of Central China.Situated on the central plain of China, Luoyang is one of the cradles of Chinese civilization, and is one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China.The Longmen Grottoes south of the city were listed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in November 2000. Guanlin¡ªa series of temples built in honor of Guan Yu, a hero of the Three Kingdoms period¡ªis nearby. The White Horse Temple is located 12 km (7.5 mi) east of the modern town.Luoyang is also celebrated for the cultivation of peonies, its city flower.
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US$600/persons 600USD/Person

Day 01 Luoyang Arrival
Meet you at Luoyang railway station or airport, local guide and driver will transfer you to the hotel on your arrival. After refresh in the fixed hotel, go to visit the Luoyang Museum.

- Luoyang Museum: The museum is located in the center of the ancient capital - Luoyang and close to the Wangcheng Park in the west. It is the only comprehensive history museum in Luoyang. Many unearthed cultural relics are on display in the museum, such as elephant fossils of prehistoric times, painted potteries of the Neolithic Period, bronze sacrificial vessels of the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties, painted singing and dancing figures of the Sui Dynasty and tri-colored glazed potteries of the Tang Dynasty.

Day 02 Luoyang (B, L)
Awake up naturally and have a good breakfast, guide will meet you at hotel lobby and drive to visit the Chariot and Horse Pits first, then Longmen Grottoes and the White Horse Temple.

- Chariot and Horse Pits: From July, 2002 to March, 2003, a large group of chariot and horse pits of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty were successively unearthed when the city central square were building. One pit is 42 meters long and 7.2 meters wide, where six horses and one chariot were discovered, confirming that the king sat in a chariot drawn by six horses in the Xia, Shang and Zhou Dynasties.

- White Horse Temple: Known as the first temple of Chinese Buddhism, its history can be dated back to 1900 years ago. In 64 AD, the Emperor Mingdi of the Eastern Han Dynasty dispatched envoys to the Western Regions to make a courtesy call for Buddhism. Three years later, the envoys and two great Indian monks returned to Luoyang with scriptures and Buddha statues which were carried back by white horses. In the next year, the emperor ordered to build a temple in Luoyang and named White Horse Temple to enshrine the services of the white horses.

- Longmen Grottoes: Densely scattered along the cliffs on both banks of the Yi River, the Longmen Caves are one of the four great grottoes in China. The construction of the caves starts in 493 AD of the Northern Wei Dynasty when Emperor Xiaowendi moved the capital to Luoyang. The caves reached a peak in the Tang Dynasty and went into gradual decadency after An Lushan-Shi Siming Rebellion. Now the Longmen Caves contain 2,345 grottoes with 2,680 statues, over 70 stupas and 2680 inscribed stone tablets. The Buddha statues in the styles of the Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties are carved skillfully.


Day 03 Luoyang Departure (B)
Visit the Shaolin Temple. Then drive you to the airport for your homeward flight or railway station.

- Shaolin Temple: Situated in the Song Mountain, about 12 kilometers from the west of Dengfeng City, it is the most reputable and longest standing temple in China. The temple is the ancestor court of Zen and the birthplace of the Shaolin Kung Fu that has become the treasures of Chinese martial arts after perfecting from generation to generation. Now the Shaolin Temple has become the only tourist destination for Zen and Martial Arts training. The main scenic spots in the temple are the Hall of Heavenly Kings, the Grand Hall, the Sutra Depository, Hall of Thousands of Buddha and the Pagoda Forest.

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