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Thursday, February 24th, 2011
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Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang

Plan your Luoyang Tour? Served as the ancient capitals of nine dynasties, Luoyang is a famous tourist city in Henan province. Located in the west of Hennan province, Luoyang occupies an area of 15,492 square kilometers, with a total population of 6.16 million, 1.4 million urban. Luoyang’s importance in history means that it has significant influence in China’s cultural heritage and has many historical sites. Luoyang still retains many of its significant ancient landmarks which are the main tourist draw cards.

 
Features & Attractions
Luoyang Longmen Grottoes
Shaolin Temple, Luoyang
Luoyang Baima Si (White Horse Temple)
Luoyang Guanlin Temple
Luoyang National Peony Garden
•Luoyang Museum
•Wangcheng Park
 
Longmen Grottoes
The Longmen Grottoes are located sixteen kilometers south of Luoyang, on the banks of the Yi River. They constitute a world-renowned artistic treasure, now protected as a National Key Cultural Relics Protected Unit and listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site in 2000. Altogether there are more than 2,100 grottoes at Longmen, with more than 100,000 statues, some 3,600 inscriptions and stelaes, and forty Buddha’s stupas. 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 in Longmen Grottoes.
Location: South Suburb, Luoyang city
Ticket Price: 120Yuan (Bai Garden and Xiangshan Temple are also included)
Opening Time:
07:00-19:50 (1st Mar.-31st Oct.)
07:30-18:50 (1st Nov.-28th Feb.)
How to get there:
Bus No. 81 at Luoyang Train Station; Bus No. 53 and No. 60 from the downtown area
 
Shaolin Temple
Located 80km southeast of Luoyang, Shaolin Temple is established among flourished forests in Mountain Song, so it attained the name “Shaolin”. The Shaolin Temple has many legends and mysteries surround it. The origin of martial arts and the origin of Kung Fu surround the vague mysteries of the Shaolin Temple and the Shaolin Monks. There are many noted relics at Shaolin. There are over 300 ancient stone inscriptions, some of them by famous calligraphers. The Shaolin martial arts are an important part of the relics.
Location: 12km west of Dengfeng City, Henan Province
Ticket Price: 110Yuan (including 10 for electric bus)
Opening Time: 08:10-17:30
 
White Horse Temple
Located about 12km away from Luoyang City, Baima Si (White Horse Temple) established by the Han Dynasty in 68 AD when Buddhism started to spread. Baima Si (White Horse Temple) was the first Buddhist temple in China, and the first translations of the Holy scripts from Sanskrit into Chinese were completed here. Although it is not the largest nor the most beautiful Buddhism monument in China, this temple with its large number of Buddhism items housed there, is well worth a trip. The temple boasts great antique architecture which has remained intact for over 1,900 years. The Hall of Heavenly Kings, Hall of the Great Buddha, Hall of Mahavira, Hall of Guidance and the Cool and Clear Terrace appear in proper order in the temple, as they were when it was first built.
Ticket Price: 80Yuan
Opening Time: 07:30-17:30
How to get there: Bus No.56 at Luoyang Train Station to the terminal; Bus No.58 at Guanlin Temple to terminal.
 
Guanlin Temple
8 kilometers south of Luoyang, the quiet and pretty temple, Guanlin Temple (General Guan’s Tomb) is dedicated to Guan Yu, a hero of the Three Kingdoms’ period and loyal general of Liu Bei, King of Shu. Besides, it is strikingly beautiful; the elegant Ming buildings are highly carved and richly decorated. Especially fine are the carved stone lionesses lining the path to the First Hall. At present, the Guanlin Temple is considered to be the museum of the ancient arts in the city of Luoyang. Inside the temple, the length of the covered corridor on both sides exceeds 90 meters.
Ticket Price: CNY 40
Opening Hours: 8:00-17:00
How to get there: Buses No. 15, 42, 55, 58, 69
 
The National Peony Garden
The city has long been famous for its beautiful peony flowers. Peony, has been called the King of Flowers for its gorgeous charm and unbelievably beauty. Luoyang National Peony Garden is the home to more than 1000 varieties of peony and main gene of peony in the world. It’s a major sightseeing zone during the peony festival in Luoyang.
Ticket Price: CNY 30
Opening Hours: 5:30-21:30
How to get there: Bus No.51 from the Train Station to the National Peony Garden
 
Luoyang Museum
Luoyang Museum is a comprehensive history museum combined with collection, preservation, scientific research and exhibition. Almost one thousand pieces of rare cultural relics exhibited fall into five categories, many of them are from over 500,000 years ago to the Sui and Tang period. The museum serves as a window for spread of the culture of the ancient capital city of Luoyang, as well as an ideal spot for patriotic education.
Ticket Price: free
Opening Hours: 09:00 – 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
How to get there: Bus No. 2 in the downtown area of Luoyang
 
Wangcheng Park
Wangcheng Park, located on the main road of Luoyang, is one of the best places to enjoy the peony flowers every April. The park’s name, Wangcheng, literally means ‘the city of the king’, as it was built in 1955 on the site of the capital city of the Zhou Dynasty (11BC – 22BC). Each April, during the Luoyang Peony Festival, hundreds of thousands of peonies bloom together in a majestic display of natural beauty. The prime time to enjoy the peony flowers is from April 5 to 20, according to Mrs. Wang, who’s in charge of the peony planting in the park.
Ticket Price: free (CNY 10 in chrysanthemum exhibition, CNY 50 in Luoyang Peony Festival)
Opening Hours: 05:00-20:30
How to get there: Buses No. 9, 11, 15, 40, 101, 102, etc
 
Beijing Luoyang ( Shaolin ) 3 Day Tour – Round Trip by Train from US$ 205 per person 
Beijing Luoyang ( Shaolin ) 4 Day Tour – Round Trip by Train  from US$ 280 per person
Beijing Luoyang ( Shaolin ) 3 Day Tour – Round Trip by Flight  from US$ 550 per person

Reviews on Beijing Xian Luoyang Tour

Friday, September 24th, 2010
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Today I receive a travel review by Mr. Dave from California , USA, forwarded by Ms Linda He, one of my co-workers. With his wife and 11-year-old son, Dave’s family visited Beijing, Xian and Luoyang  in June, 2010 by using our travel service. They booked a group tour in Beijing and Xian. While in Luoyang, they had a private tour. In his review, he objectively wrote his travel experience – good and downsides. I find his travel experience is useful for potential travelers who may make similar trips to Beijing, Xian and Luoyang. After the travel review, I also attach the original travel program arranged by Ms Linda He from our tour company.  

 OK, Linda,  here are my reviews:

Beijing: First, it was a little scary booking our tours.  Here I was, sending money to a company in China I wasn’t sure existed.  But everything turned out  fine.

We did 2 small Beijing Bus Tours, and they were enjoyable for us and our 11  year old son.  The small bus (large van?) was perfect for the groups of 11 or so people each day.  We enjoyed the international mix of tourists in our groups.  Our guide was excellent.  The lunches were very good, also.

Downsides:  These are LONG days – especially if your body clock has not adjusted to China Time.  Each day, when we returned to our hotel at 6pm or so, some member of our family fell right to sleep, making going out to dinner an impossibility.  I had to go get take-out food and bring it back to our hotel each night.

Private Beijing Hutong Tour:  Our guide was great, and accomodated our wishes. (Like when I needed to buy a new backpack!)

Take a rickshaw to visit the old residential area in Beijing

Xi’an: Our night train was fine except that there was no dining car as advertised.  A snack cart came around, but other than candy & chips there wasn’t much to eat.  Only his beer was cold; all other drinks were warm.  If you do this trip, I advise bringing some food along – it was a long night with only potato chips to munch on.  In the morning, again, no food on board.  Our guide greeted us at Xian Railway Station (it turned out to be a private tour!) and she was great.  Our hotel was great, and just a block from the modern downtown.  The dinner show was excellent, as was the dumpling dinner.  We asked our guide about getting a massage; she made a call and said 2 massage therapists would come to our room at 9pm for y100 each.  An incredible deal, and well worth it!

Terra-cotta Army though…that is a long drive from town (an hour?) plus a stop at a “terra cotta warrior factory”.  Lunch was OK.  But the whole event was a let down for me.  The place is just an excavation, and you get maybe 15 feet (5 mtrs) from the statues.  As much as I was looking forward to this, the excursion to Xi’an and Luoyang came to $1000 usd for our family of 3, including the sleeper car train from Beijing and our flight to Shanghai afterward, and I don’t feel that was a good use of our money…

Terra Cotta Army in Xian

Luoyang:  The high speed train from Xi’an to Luoyang was fun, but it was followed by a one-hour van trip to the “Kung Fu City”.  The show was good, but frankly, all the Bhuddist stuff got repetitive.  Unfortunately, the van driver took a rural route home and we almost got stuck in the soft dirt road, out in the middle of nowhere.  We did get to see a very poor community (accidentally) and we were dying for a bathroom, but it became a highlight of our trip.   Luoyang Longmen Grottoes is fantastic and worth visiting!

Longmen Grottos in Luoyang

All in all, I recommend Tour-Beijing.com, everything was as advertised (well, except for no dining car on the night train), prices were reasonable for what we received, and they were reliable.    Dave California, USA

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 Below is the original travel program (Xian and Luoyang Part ) Dave and his family took:  

 Jun 27th: Beijing – Xian by overnight train Transfer to Beijing West Rail Station by yourselve. Take overnight train for Xian. Z19 (21:18 – 08:19).  

June 28th: Xian

Arrive in Xian. Met by our local tour guide and transferred to your hotel in Xian – Citadines Xi’an Central.

 After lunch, first visit Shaanxi Provincial History Museum. If you love Chinese history, Shaanxi Provincial Museum is a must on your Xian trip. It is one of the four largest museums in China ( the other three are Forbidden City Museum, Shanghai Museum and Henan Provincial Museum. It focuses on the highlights of the Shaanxi culture and depicts the development of the Chinese civilization.

 Then move on to Xian Big Goose Pagoda for a visit. Big Goose Pagoda is one of the oldest structures in China. It is one of the city’s most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xian today. 

After the day tour, get to  around 6:00pm and our tour guide will help you find your seat for Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show  Dumpling, or Jiaozi in Chinese, is one of the most representative Chinese food. The food can be dated back two thousands years ago. It is quite popular in China, and also loved by most of foreign tourists. Enjoy the jiaozi dinner before and over the Tang Dynasty Show. The Tang Dynasty Show showcases the costumes, music, and dancing of China’s golden age: the Tang dynasty (618 – 907). Return to your downtown hotel in Xian.

End of service. Transferred to your hotel in Xian. ( L D )

 June 29th: Xian

Pick up from your hotel in Xian. First visit Army of Terra-Cotta Warriors. To visit Army of Terra Cotta Warriors is the main reason why you are here in Xian. . It is located about 50km east of the Xian City. The museum includes Pit 1, Pit 2 and Pit 3 as well the exhibition hall of the chariots and horses. The Pit 1 is the largest of the three. The museum and the mausoleum are listed the world’s cultural legacies as the UNESCO.

Typical Xian local flavor lunch will be arranged in a nice restaurant in Lintong County on your way back to the downtown Xian. You will see how chefs make noodles. 

After lunch, drive back to the city center of Xian and visit Xian City Wall. The main magnet of Xian is the city wall, which is the most complete city wall that has survived in China as well being one of the largest ancient military defensive systems in the world. It was enlarged in Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) from the city wall initially built in Tang Dynasty (618 -907). Now it is 12 meters tall, 12-14 meters wide overing 14 kilometers in length with a deep moat surrounding it. You can walk, even cycle on the wall. Its south gate is the most largest with a suspension bridge. Most of the tourists choose the south gate for sightseeing.  

 Afterwards, visit the famous Xian Muslim Quarters and the Great Mosque  is located in the Muslim Area. For the tourists coming here, the bazaar in the Muslim area is most attractive with a wide area of stalls selling everything. The streets and walkways are full of life. The shopping is great, very cheap and some unusual items we will seldom see anywhere else in China. The Great Mosque in Xian is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved Islamic mosques in China. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xian is completely Chinese in its construction and architectural style, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations. ( B L )  

June 30th: Xian – Luoyang by high-speed train G2002 0830-1021

After breakfast, transferred to Xian Railway Station and take high-speed train for Luoyang Longmen. Firstly, visit the Longmen Grottoes. It is situated on the Yihe River bank, about 12 kilometers from Luoyang city. It is one of the three most valuable Buddhist cave and rock carvings in China. The grottos were first carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534), when the rulers relocated their capital from Datong to Luoyang at the end of the 5th century.

Have a late lunch at a nice restaurant, continue to visit Luoyang Baima Si (White Horse Temple), the first Buddhist Temple ever built in China!  (B L D) Stay at Longyang Marple International Hotel  (one queen bed room + one extra bed) 

July 01st: Luoyang – Shanghai by air MU5390 1510-1640 (there is only one afternoon flight from Luoyang to Shanghai).

And then excursion tour to Luoyang Shaolin Temple  . 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. 

After many years of preaching Buddhism, he was later respected as Fo Tuo, or Grand Monk. In 537, another respected Indian monk, Boddhidharma, came and stayed in the temple. As the as legend goes, he created a kind of primitive bare-hand fight routine described “xingyi boxing” after he had sat meditating in a cave for the duration of nine years. That began the tradition of kung-fu at the temple. At the early seventh century, a small team of 13 Shaolin monks were said to have saved Tang Dynasty emperor Li Shimin by beating a whole division of the ruling Sui Dynasty’s army and assisting him run out of prison. When he took power, Li offered land and wealth to the temple. Shaolin then grew into a center of kung-fu masters from all over the country. At its prime time, it held as many as 3,000 solider-monks. 

After lunch in Luoyang and transfer to airport. Take flight for Shanghai. (B L)