Day 1/Arrival in Zhengzhou
Arrive by air or train from Beijing or Shanghai. Transfer to the hotel on arrival and have the balance of the day at leisure. With a history dating back to Shang Dynasty (1600 BC – 1100 BC), Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan Province and boasts a population of close to 4.5 million.
Day 2: Zhengzhou
Our schedule today includes Henan Museum, Yelllow River Scenic Area and the Shang Dynasty Ruins. Zhengzhou’s most notable cultural institution is the Henan Museum, one of China’s most important museums. The huge quantity of impressive exhibits ranges from prehistoric times, including dinosaur bones, up through the Qing Dynasty.
Day 3: Zhengzhou – Shaolin Temple – Luoyang
After breakfast we drive 80km to legendary Shaolin Temple. Shaolin is a Chan (Zen in Japanese) Buddhist monastery at Song Hill (Song Shan). It was built by Emperor Xiao Wen in 477 AD and the first abbot was an Indian dhyana master who came to China in 464 AD to spread Buddhist teachings. Long famous for its association with Chinese martial arts and particularly with Shaolin Kung Fu, it is perhaps China’s best known Mahayana Buddhist monastery to the Western world. Later this afternoon we continue on to Luoyang (60km).
Day 4: Luoyang
Morning visit to the magnificent Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dating as far back as 493 A.D., the grottoes house a huge collection of ancient Buddhist sculptures carved out of cliffs on both sides of the Yi River. Afternoon sightseeing takes in Luoyang Folklore Museum and 20-century-old White Horse Monastery.
Day 5: Departing Luoyang
After breakfast transfer to the train station or airport to continue on to your next destination.
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