Join this private day tour to Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes from Zhengzhou. You will watch a kung-fu performance that displays amazing martial arts moves; Discover the history and culture of the Shaolin Temple with your knowledgable tour guide; Admire the biggest pagoda forest in China; Experience the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site - Longmen Grottoes to view thousands of Buddhist statues carved into the steep limestone cliffs. This private tour includes tasty local lunch, all entrance fee, an English-speaking guide and transport by private vehicle. The tour contains no factory and shopping stops which keeps the focus on the main sites.
Following a morning pickup from your accommodation in Zhengzhou city center at 8:00am, meet your private guide and hop aboard your air-conditioned vehicle. Heading directly to Shaolin Temple, which will takes about 1.5 hours. Your tour guide will explain the relate histories and stories along the way, feel free to ask any questions if you have! Shaolin Temple is famous for Chinese Kungfu, first you will have a chance to witness the real Kungfu performed by Shaolin monks. As a UNESCO Site, the Shaolin Temple was first constructed in 495 A.D. Later, Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-557) had the temple built to accommodate the Indian master Batuo. As Chinese Kungfu also originated from Shaolin Temple, it has been recognized as the origin of Chan Buddhism and the cradle of Kungfu. Accompanied by your knowledgable tour guide, you will get you know the histories and related stories about Shaolin Temple - culture, people and soul. Afterwards, you will explore the Pagoda Forest which is a concentration of tomb pagodas for eminent monks and abbots of the temple. There are more than 240 tomb pagodas of various sizes from the Tang, Song, Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties (618-1911), making it the biggest pagoda forest in China. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the local restaurant, then heading to Longmen Grottoes (Approx. 1.5 hours drive). As the UNESCO Site, The Longmen Grottoes comprise more than 2,300 caves and niches carved into the steep limestone cliffs over a 1km long stretch. It is the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). Accompanied by your knowledgable tour guide, you will also visit the Fengxian Temple and the Wanfo Cave. After your Longmen Grottoes tour finished, you can choose to end your tour in Luoyang, or be transferred back to your hotel in Zhengzhou.