5 days Xi'an Luoyang ancient Chinese capital tour
Covering two most famed ancient capital cities of Xian and Luoyang, this tour will showcase ancient Chinese civilization. Xian, known as the cradle of China'a birth offers you the most original ancient buildings, paintings, music and more. Compared with Luoyang which has a more gentler climate and cozy atmosphere. Experience unstrained Xian and elegant Luoyang these two historical cities of different style perfectly paired together.
When you arrive in Xian, you will be greeted by your local guide. Your guide will assist yo to checking in at the hotel. After you can rest and explore on your own.
Today your Xian tour begins with an hour's drive to the suburb to visit the Terracotta Warriors, this imposing funeral art buried in the tomb of China's first emperor. Embrace this more than 2,000 years lost history with what is now called the eighth wonder of world. See the more than 10,000 clay warriors and their chariots. The most amazing thing is that there are no two identical terracotta soldiers, you will have plenty of time to take photos and try to find a pair that matches!
Afterwards, drive back to Xian downtown, where in the afternoon, you will visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the landmarks of Xian. It's said the pagoda was built to house Buddhist sutras brought back from India by a famous monk, Xuanzang. Here you can enjoy the fabulous traditional Chinese architecture and take a bird's-eye view of the city. A quick drive will take you to the final stop of the day.
Xian Muslim Quarters and the Great Mosque. These two place get mixed in together with many small shops and rich ethnic atmosphere. Enjoy strolling the narrow lanes and the rich smells to enhance your sences. In the evening , you can enjoy delicious Dumpling buffet, and an impressive Tang Dynasty Dinner Show. Overnight at Xian.
Today your tour will begin with visit to Huanxian Farmer Paintings. Half an hour's drive is all it takes to arrive. In the Peasant Painting Exhibition Hall, observe thousands of paintings, depicting the daily life of people living here, including harvest, children playing, eating etc.
For many the highlight is a stop to visit with a local farmer and see his country side house. Watch the way the farmers draw their paintings. If you like, you may draw one yourself. After enjoying some delicious local foods in Huxian, you will be driven back to Xian.
The first stop upon your return to the city is the famous Xian City wall, one of the oldest and best preserved city walls in all of China. If you have time, visit Shuyuan Men with your guide to see an ancient Tang dynasty street. Taste some delicious snacks or buy some souvenirs.
Take the morning bullet train to Luoyang, where a local guide will meet you at the train station. Together travel to Longmen Caves which took an impressive 500 years to complete the massive carvings. The Longmen Grottoes are a massive example of the surviving Buddhist rock carving. A great show of religion, history and art.
After lunch, you will arrive in White Horse Temple, which is reputed as the first Chinese Buddhist temple. The legend says that the emperor had a dream about Buddha. So he sent two ministers to India to study Buddhism. Three years later, two prominent Indian monk came back along with the envoys and sutras on the back of white horse. The emperor decided to build a temple to house these artifacts and gave it name of White Horse Temple.
After visiting the ancient temple, you will return back to Luoyang. Time permitting explore the ancient city and overnight at Luoyang.
Today your tour will begin with a trip to the world famous Shaolin Temple which will take you one and half an hour to arrive. The temple is against Mount Songshan. One of the five great mountains in China, with beautiful natural sightseeing.
The birthplace of popular martial arts and Zen Buddhism. One of the famous attractions here is pagoda forest, the largest pagoda complexes in China. Each pagoda is in fact a tomb of a famous and prestigous monk.
Enjoy a memorable lunch before returning to Luoyang and departing for your next destination. WindhorseTour is experts in China travel and can assist in extensions to Tibet, Beijing, Shanghai or any place you wish to go within China!