* A traveler said: "Our guide and driver were excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited and she was able to tell us many interesting facts about the sites. The Luoyang Grottos was well worth the walk. My only caveat is that you need to be able to walk for a couple of kilometres and climb quite a few stairs. The White Horse Monastey is beautiful. There is a lot of interesting buildings to see and the landscaping is beautiful. The lunch we were served was very tasty and filling. Altogether a good day."
* A traveler said: "We had our tour on July 29, 2019. We were late and missed our original bullet train. Luckily, we exchanged tickets and got on the next bullet train. They waited for us at the station and picked us up. We had Priscilla as our tour guide and Mr. Gong as our driver. The car had air conditioning and Mr. Gong offered us bottles of water. Priscilla was very knowledgable and spoke very good English. At the Longmen Grottoes, she told us about the history of the grottoes, how different dynasties came and built/carved their own buddhist statues into the mountain wall. She explained the different styles of each dynasty. She mentioned Wu Zetian and how she commissioned the Fengxian cave buddha. At the Shaolin Temple, she talked about the history of the temple, the founder of the temple, how monks live in the temple, etc. We walked through the temple grounds, saw the pagoda forest, and caught the last Shaolin kung fu performance of the day! My partner and I walked at a fairly fast pace on that hot day, and she was good enough to keep up with us. She was also kind enough to search up information for my climb on Mount Huashan the next day while they were driving us back to the train station! I highly recommend getting this tour. It will make things so much easier. I had originally tried to plan this trip by relying on buses and taxis, it would have been too stressful. This was the best tour we had during our trip in China."
* A traveler said: "Loved the KungFu show at the temple... lots and lots of walking but very interesting at both the temple and the grottoes. Definitely pay the extra for battery cart at both sites.... it's worth the small expense and even so I did 14K steps. Guide had excellent English skills and was good at her job."
* A traveler said: "We broke our train journey from Beijing to Xi'An at Luoyang to visit the Longmen Caves. It is a UNESCO world heritage site and well worth seeing. Our guide Joe was excellent and took us at our own pace."
* A traveler said: "Wonderful experience! My guide Shane (pronounced Xian), was terrific. She really new her history about both the Longmen Grottoes, Buddhism and Shaolin temple. I learned so much from her like how Shaolin temple became truly famous after the first Tang emperor, Lee Shi Min, was rescued by the Shaolin monks at that time (this is the story in the original Shaolin movie with Jet Li). Also, most of the temple was rebuilt after a warlord destroyed most of it in the early 1900s (similar to the stort in Andy Lau's Shaolin film from 2011). Although it is not part of this tour, I highly recommend people to hike up Song Mountain and Damo cave near the temple. The views are stunning and absolutely worth the blisters on your feet haha. The kungfu experience was cool too. You get a glimpse into the lives of some of the boys living in the nearby Kung Fu schools and see how hard they train everyday. Overall, a great experience especially if you love wushu/kung fu."
Frequently Asked Questions
- Things to do in Northwest China
- Things to do in Tai'an
- Things to do in Zhengzhou
- Things to do in Taiyuan
- Things to do in Pingyao
- Things to do in Xian
- Things to do in Jinan
- Things to do in Qufu
- Things to do in Beijing
- Things to do in Hangzhou
- Things to do in Chengdu
- Things to do in Shanghai
- Things to do in Eastern China
- Things to do in Okinawa
- Things to do in Northern China