Explore the ancient Chinese capital of Luoyang, birthplace of Kung Fu and Chinese Buddhism. Visit Shaolin Temple and experience the real Kung Fu before getting lost in the Pagoda Forest, the resting place of nearly 300 famous monks. You’ll also visit the White Horse Temple, birthplace of Chinese Buddhism, and the UNESCO protected Grottoes, which have more than 100,000 images of the Buddha.
Start your journey on a soft sleeper train from Beijing to Luoyang, where you’ll be picked up by your driver and guide. After breakfast, you’ll head to Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu, which was founded in the year 495 AD in honor of an Indian Monk called Bodhidharma. Also known as Da Mo in Chinese, he was the founder of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism, also known as Chinese Zen.
After visiting the temple, you’ll wander through a beautiful Pagoda Forest, made up of the tombs of eminent monks from the temple. There are more than 240 stupas of various sizes and architectural styles from several eras of Chinese history.
After a small hike, you’ll visit the Damo Cave, where the Buddha meditated for three years, and watch an authentic Kung Fu performance and enjoy a Buddhist meal (optional).
You’ll then head back to Luoyang where you’ll visit the White Horse Temple, a tranquil temple covered with ancient green trees, which is considered the originating court of Chinese Buddhism. After dinner, you’ll be free to take a casual walk around the Peony Square and enjoy Luoyang’s stunning night view.
The next morning you’ll head to the UNESCO Heritage Grottoes,which span over 1,000 meters along the Yi River. Today there are still more than 2,345 caves housing more than 100,000 images of the Buddha, ranging from 2cm to more than 17 meters.
After the grottoes, you’ll head to the Luoyang City Museum, where you’ll explore it’s crucial role in Chinese history, serving as the capital to Xia, China’s first dynasty, and Tang, China’s most prolific dynasty, famous worldwide for the Silk Route.
Later you’ll drive to a small village where you’ll witness the local underground homes, also known as Dikeng Yuan, where you’ll meet a very old lady with bound feet who has many stories to tell. After dinner, you’ll transfer back to the train station and take the overnight train back to Beijing.
Ancient Luoyang – Birthplace of Chinese Buddhism and Kung Fu
|Explore the ancient Chinese capital of Luoyang, birthplace of Kung Fu and Chinese Buddhism. Visit Shaolin Temple and experience the real Kung Fu before getting lost in the Pagoda Forest, the resting place of nearly 300 famous monks. You’ll also visit the White Horse Temple, birthplace of Chinese Buddhism, and the UNESCO protected Grottoes, which have more than 100,000 images of the Buddha.|
|Itinerary and Sights||Luoyang, the ancient capital, Shaolin Temple, the Pagoda Forest, White Horse Temple – birthplace of Kung Fu, UNESCO Heritage Grottoes, Luoyang City Museum, and Dikeng Yuan underground village.|
|Length||2 days (plus two nights on a train)|
|Includes||Train tickets and transportation, accommodation in a 3-star hotel, all entrance fees, and a knowledgeable, English-speaking tour guide.|
|Remember to bring||Comfortable shoes, your camera, sun screen (in summer), and cash for meals, drinks, private activities, and a tip to your tour guide and driver.|
|Pricing||RMB 2,500 per person based on 2 personsRMB 2,200 per person based on 3 personsRMB 2,000 per person based on 4 personsRMB 1,800 per person based on 5+ persons|