Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple

Luoyang
White Horse Buddhist TempleWhite Horse Buddhist Temple in Luoyang Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a quotation 1 day As you request TCG-990 This day trip is packed full of historical and religious significance. Your first stop, the Longmen Grottoes, are a sight to behold, both from the outside and within! Despite the ‘long men’ (huge statues of Buddha and his disciples) who welcome you on your arrival, ‘Long Men’ is actually Chinese, not English! The name translates as ‘Dragon’s Gate’.

The White Horse Buddhist Temple is considered the birthplace of Chinese Buddhism, as it is the site where treasured Buddhists scriptures were first translated into Chinese.

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In just one day, you can learn so much about China – its history, culture and religious practices. Luoyang is the perfect place to do just that.
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Longmen Grottoes
Longmen Grottoes
White Horse Buddhist Temple
White Horse Buddhist Temple
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Tour code: TCG-990
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Longmen Grottoes   龙门石窟

The Longmen Grottoes are an amazing sight, with many surviving pieces of unrivaled beauty stretching from the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 AD) into the Tang period (618-907 AD). Over the centuries, many of the statues were seriously damaged in anti-Buddhism campaigns. In modern times (1907 to 1938), the caves suffered another wave of destruction together with massive looting by Chinese and foreigners alike. Many pieces are still at museums in Germany, France, England, America, and Japan. The Chinese government continues to petition these nations and their museums for the return of these artifacts, but to no avail.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm

White Horse Buddhist Temple   白马寺

The White Horse Buddhist Temple was built in 68AD and its name was inspired by a white horse brought to China by two Indian Buddhist Monks, part of a delegation to educate the Eastern Han about the religion of Buddhism. It was here that precious Buddhists scriptures were first translated into Chinese, and the foundations for Buddhism in China were laid out. This temple’s history has had a profound effect not only religion, but also philosophy, ethics and culture. The temple also boasts stunning ancient architecture and a thriving Buddhist community, making it one of the most authentic religious sites in all of China.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm

Luoyang 洛阳

Luoyang city in itself is not particularly special, except perhaps for the efficiency of its buses and the beautiful Peony Garden, but it is surrounded by fantastic sites that are worth making the trip for.

One such site is the Longmen Grottoes, one of China’s famous Buddhist cave carving complexes. Another of China’s countless UNESCO World Heritage sites, the stone sculptures were carved into the walls of the cave for a period of six hundred years beginning over a millennium and a half ago. There are around 100,000 statues, ranging from less than a centimetre to 17 meters in height.

Also on the outskirts of the city is the White Horse Temple, said to be the first Buddhist temple in China. Although the original temple is thought to have been established in 68 AD, today it is split into a number of courtyards with temples reflecting the architecture of other Buddhist cultures. Aside from the Chinese...   Read more

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.
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