Luoyang is located in the center of China and considered as the most important cradle of the Chinese civilization. As one of the six ancient capitals, the world famous attractions in Luoyang are the Shaolin Temple and Longmen Grottoes. The Longmen Grottoes contains the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art from the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907) entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion. Don't miss Shaolin Temple! It is famous for Shaolin Kung Fu that linked martial arts to Zen Buddhism. This full-day tour will take you to visit all the amazing places in Luoyang.
Following pickup at your hotel in Luoyang at 9am, start your tour at Longmen Grottoes, which are considered a treasure house of ancient stone-carving art with more than 100,000 stone statues varying from 2 cm to 17.14 m high. Longmen Grottoes extends for about 1,094 yards along both banks of Yi River and approx. 12 km far away from Luoyang city. It is one of the three most valuable Buddhist Cave and rock carvings in China. After lunch at a local restaurant, drive to Shaolin Temple that is famous for Shaolin Kung Fu. You will have a chance to witness the real Kung Fu performed by Shaolin monks. Shaolin Temple is famous not only as one of China's most important Buddhist temples but also as the center of Chinese Kung Fu. First constructed in 495, the temple was mainly designed to accommodate Batuo, a famous Indian monk. Now Shaolin Temple is reputed as "the Number One Temple Under Heaven" and also listed as UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage in 2010. The temple is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin martial arts.After the tour is concluded, you will be escorted back to your hotel in Luoyang.