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[1-Day Tour] Longmen Grottoes & Shaolin Temple (Private, no-shopping, depart Xi'an)

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Xi'an

Longmen Grottoes | Shaolin Temple

Longmen Grottoes (龙门石窟)

Luoyang's most revered Buddhist site and popular tourist attraction, the Longmen Grottoes or "Dragon's Gate Grottoes", lie twelve kilometers (7.5 mi) to the south of the city center. Separated by the Yi River are Xiang Shan (eastern bank) and Longmen Shan (western bank), two mountains riddled with thousands of caves and niches featuring some of China's most spectacular rock carvings and inscriptions. Work on the carvings began in the Northern Wei Dynasty (471-499 AD) and continued over the Sui Dynasty (581–619 AD) well into the Tang Dynasty (618-690 AD). There are plenty of nooks and crannies to poke your head/camera into, but there are five spots that shouldn't be missed: Guyang Cave, Binyang Cave, Wanfo Cave, Lotus Cave and Fengxian Temple.

Shaolin Temple (少林寺)

Henan's Shaolin Temple is located approximately 85 km (53 mi) southwest of Zhengzhou's downtown area. Established in 520 AD by Indian monk, Tamo, the temple is dedicated to the study of Chan (sometimes called Zen or Ch'an) Buddhism and the mastery of martial arts-the variety of which has inspired the making of more than 170 movies, including a number of Hollywood flops. The reputation of the Shaolin Temple precedes it through the many films depicting the famous marital art born within its walls from Zen Buddhism. Nested at the foot of Shao Shan, from which it derives its name, the Shaolin Temple opens its doors and invites you to attend an impressive Kung Fu performance, after which you will head to the nearby Pagoda Forest, home to 232 magnificent pagodas and tomb to many eminent Shaolin monks and abbots.

Details

7:00 a.m. Xi'an downtown hotel pickup and drive to Xi'an North train station.

Once there, you will take the 8:30 a.m. high-speed train to Luoyang. (Train tickets are delivered to your hotel in advance).

10:20 a.m. Your driver will pick you up at Luoyang Longmen train station and drive you to your first destination.

11:00 p.m. Longmen Grottoes (about 2 hours)

1:30 p.m. Lunch at a local restaurant

3:00 p.m. Shaolin Temple (about 2.5 hours)

5:30 p.m. Drive back to the train station to catch the 7:50 p.m. high-speed train back to Xi'an.

9:35 p.m. Your driver will pick you up at the train station and take you to your Xi'an hotel.

Price Includes and Excludes

What is included?

1) English-speaking guide service

2) Admission fees, meals and transportation as listed in details

3) Train ticket: Xi'an-Luoyang-Xi'an

What is excluded?

1) Personal expenses, optional items or anything else not specifically mentioned

Important Notes

Cancellation policies:
Please call or email Ctrip if you need to cancel your booking. Free cancellation for bookings cancelled at least 72 hours in advance. No refund will be granted for cancellations made after this time.

Pickup information:
You will be contacted before 11:00 p.m. the day before your scheduled activity to confirm pickup information regarding your driver and/or tour guide.

Emergency contact:
Please call Susan @(+86)13891966219 for any urgent matters.

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- Children: 2-12 years old and shorter than 1.2m (3 ft 11 in)

- Each child must be accompanied by at least 1 adult.

- Prices for group products are fixed. For private products, the bigger the group the lower the price per person.