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Arrive in Zhengzhou
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Welcome to Zhengzhou the capital of Henan province.
(Optional activities) After check in the hotel, you can hang out for local some interesting attractions, such as: Henan museum or the Erqi Memorial Tower (February 7 Monument).
Zhengzhou to Dengfeng Shaolin monastery Chinese kungfu tour
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After breakfast, your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to visit the Astronomical Observatory near Dengfeng City. Built by astronomer Guoshoujin in Yuan Dynasty, it has a history over 700 years till today, and it's the existing oldest astronomical observatory in China.
Keep driving about 25km to the final destination of today - 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, 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. The pagodas here were built in different dynasties, including 2 Tang Dynasty pagodas, 2 Song Dynasty Pagodas, 10 Jin Dynasty pagodas, 46 Yuan Dynasty pagodas, 148 Ming Dynasty pagodas, etc.
Then continue your visit to enjoy a magnificent free Kung Fu Show in the Shaolin Wushu Hall, lasting for half hour each day. In order to enjoy more about Kung Fu, you have about 2 hours Kung Fu training experience in Shaolin Temple. After that, drive back to Dengfeng City for accommodation.
Zhongyue Temple and Songyang academy drive to Luoyang
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After breakfast, drive to visit Zhongyue Temple and Songyang Academy whith both sit on the Mount Song as the neighbors of Shaolin Temple.
Zhongyue Temple, which is sitting at the foot of Taishi Mountain, is the core part of Zhongyue Scenic Area. First built in Qin Dynasty (221 BC ~ 207BC), Zhongyue Temple is the holy land for Quanzhen Taoism in China, and it's the largest and best preserved ancient architectural complex among the Five Famous Mountains in China.
Songyang Academy, together with Yingtian Academy, Yuelu Academy and Bailudong Academy, are called as the Four Greatest Academies in ancient China. It's one of the earliest academies in China. First built in Northern Wei Dynasty (386 ~ 534), many famous Confucian scholars had given lectures in here, including Sima Guang, Fan Zhongyan, Cheng Yi, Cheng Hao, etc. The academy has a total different architectural style from the temples in China. It's more simple and elegant. After the tour, drive to Luoyang, our next destination Longmen Grottoes.
The Longmen Grottoes are located in the south of Luoyang City. UNESCO World Heritage. They are between Mount Xiang and Mount Longmen and face Yi River. Longmen Grottoes, Yungang Caves and Mogao Caves are regarded as the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscriptions in China.
The grottoes were started around the year 493 when Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534) moved the capital to Luoyang and were continuously built during the 400 years until the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The scenery measures 1,000 metres (about 1,094 yards) from north to south where there are over 2,300 holes and niches, 2,800 steles, 40 dagobas, 1,300 caves and 100,000 statues. Most of them are the works of the Northern Wei Dynasty and the flourishing age of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Lots of historical materials concerning art, music, religion, calligraphy, medicine, costume and architecture are kept here.
Visit the white horse temple, then drive back to Zhengzhou.
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White Horse Temple, or Bai Ma Temple is reputed as the first Buddhist temple in China and considered to be the place where Chinese Buddhism originated. Not only is it magnificent but it is steeped in history.
Legend has it that in the year of 64, Emperor Ming of Han (28-75) dreamed about an immortal that was having a halo flying from afar and landing onto the hall. The next morning, Emperor Ming of Han was so overjoyed at the dream that he told it to his courters and asked them whether they knew who the immortal was. One of his subjects replied that it might be the Buddha. Hence, Emperor Ming of Han sent two of the subjects for Buddhism by way of the Western Regions, Three years later, they returned Luoyang together with two Indian monks Kasyapa Matanga and Dharmaranya who brought myriads of scriptures and statues with them. And Emperor Ming of Han, therefore, had the first Buddhism temple built to install the monks. With respect to the name, it is after the white horse that carried things along the way.
After visiting, back to Zhengzhou. End of trip.
VIEW SOPTS: All entrance ticket fees red marked.
MEALS: Complimentary breakfast.
TRANSPORT: Local tourism vehicle.
TOUR GUIDE: A professional english-speaking local guide.
ACCOMMODATION: Four stars hotel or same level. (normally standard room, if you travel individually need to share a room with other guest, or you can pay a single room supplement for stay by yourself)
INSURANCE: Tourist accident/casualty insurance.
International flight to and out of China. Domestic flight or train.
Dinners are not included.
Tips to tour guide and driver, you are suggested to tip them 7 USD/day in total.
Personal expenses, like laundry, phone call, snacks, soft drinks (please do the best to avoid the alcoholic beverages during your trip), optional tour activities, etc.
There are three kinds of cancellations:
|Cancellation Time||Cancellation Fee|
|Within 24 hours||Free, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).|
|30 days in advance||20% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).|
|7 to 29 days in advance||30% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).|
|Less than 7 days in advance||50% of total trip cost, excludes the other lost (Air or Train tickets).|
|No show up||100% of total trip cost.|
Cancellation 10 days before departure due to political reason or natural force, no cancellation charge on local tour, but the lost caused by refunding flight tickets and train tickets is on travelers.
Airfare: Travelers can get refund of airfare according to the policy of Airline Company. Local Tour Fee: Travelers can get refund of 60% of unused local tour fee, including admission fee of tourist sites, accommodation fee, tour guide fee, private vehicle fee, etc which are included in tour contract.
Train Fare: Travelers can get 60-80% refund of unused train fare according to the policy.