Shaolin


Destinations: Shaolin

Destination Services: 2 nights accommodation, Meals as specified in the itinerary (excluding beverages), Land transportation as specified, Excursions as specified, Local English speaking guide, Service fees for local guide(s) and driver(s)

Stars: 5 Stars

Days: 3 days

RMB:From 2,410


D1ARRIVE LUOYANG

Arrive at Luoyang by train or flight – we can also arrange these for you.

Meet your English speaking local guide

Private transfer to your hotel for check in

Meal:Breakfast/ Own arrangement   Lunch/ Own arrangement  Dinner/ Own arrangement   

Hotel:Hyatt Place Luoyang

D2LUOYANG

In the morning, transfer to Dengfeng to visit Shaolin Temple.

Shaolin Temple was established in AD 495 in the Song Mountain by Emperor Xiaowen who was a fervent Buddhist. He decided to build it in order to host Batuo, an Indian monk who lived there with over 100 followers and translated several Buddhist documents during that time. Shaolin Temple became a location of martial arts practice and training. At its peak Shaolin Temple held over 2,000 monks. As martial arts were later forbidden, the temple was damaged by fire several times. The largest fire set by the army of Shi Yousan in 1928 destroyed most of the buildings of Shaolin Temple. Today, the temple contains various relics: over 300 ancient stone inscriptions, a large mural and 232 pagodas from different dynasties, known as the forest of pagodas.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will discover the White Horse Temple.  

During the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), Emperor Ming sent a delegation of his men to study Buddhism. After three years, two eminent Indian monks, She Moteng and Zhu Falan, returned. They brought with them a white horse carrying Buddhist sutras and figures on its back. This was the first time Buddhism appeared in China. To express his gratitude to the two monks and their white horse, the emperor ordered the building of a monastery which he named the White Horse Temple. This is where the two monks translated the sutras to Chinese. These texts attracted many other monks to visit the temple and meant that it became a centre for Buddhist activity in China. Today, the temple is covered with ancient green trees and appears solemn and tranquil. Its great ancient architecture has remained intact for over 1,900 years.

After the visit, you will be transferred back to your hotel for some free time at your leisure.

Meal:Breakfast/ Hotel  Lunch/ Local restaurant  Dinner/ Own arrangement  

Hotel:Hyatt Place Luoyang

D3DEPARTURE LUOYANG

In the morning, you will explore the Longmen Grottoes.

Luoyang Longmen Grottoes, located on the banks of the Yu river contain the largest and most impressive collection of Chinese art of the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties (316-907). These works, entirely devoted to the Buddhist religion, represent the golden age of Chinese stone carving. Altogether there are more than 2,100 grottoes at Longmen, with more than 100,000 statues, some 3,600 inscriptions and steles, and 40 stupas.

After lunch at a local restaurant, private transfer for your return by train or flight – we can also arrange these for you.

MealBreakfast/ Hotel   Lunch/ Local restaurant  Dinner/ Own arrangement  

Includes:

  • Accommodation including breakfast in for 2 nights in Luoyang (check in time: 02:00pm, check out time: 12:00noon)
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (excluding beverages): 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Land transportation as specified
  • Excursions as specified
  • Local English speaking guide – for other languages please contact us!
  • Service fees for local guide(s) and driver(s)

 

Excludes :

  • Domestic flight or train tickets – we can arrange your transportation from any city in China by plane, high-speed train, train or car, please contact us!
  • Early check in/Late checkout and chargeable activities at hotel
  • Optional Tours
  • Tips for local guide(s) and driver(s) are at your discretion
  • Travel insurance
  • Other expenses not previously mentioned as included

 

Black-out Date:

National Day: 30 Sep – 7 Oct, 2017

 

Terms and Conditions:

Payment

Full payment is due 14 days prior to departure. Thomas Cook China reserves the right to release all services in case of payment default.

 

Cancellation Policy

If any cancellation is received following a booking, the following general cancellation policy will apply:

  • Between 30 and 21 days prior to arrival : 20% of total amount is due
  • Between 20 and 7 days prior to arrival : 50% of total amount is due
  • Between 6 days and 2 day prior to arrival: 75% of total amount is due
  • 1 day or No-show: 100% of total amount is due

 

Force Majeure

Thomas Cook China will not be liable for performance delays or for non-performance, due to causes beyond its reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, actions by any government authority (whether valid or invalid), fires, floods, windstorms, riots, explosions, natural disasters, wars, sabotage, labor problems (including lockouts, strikes and slowdowns), or court injunction or order.

 

Tips & Advice:

  • Please make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your departure date and has a minimum of 2 blank pages available for visa and stamps.
  • Please check in advance if you require a visa for the country you are visiting. You may contact your local embassy for assistance.