China. Mysterious. Intriguing. Yet beautiful and haunting in its own way. Home to many kingdoms, philosophies, ancient wisdom and a history since time immemorial. A cuisine that has conquered the world… And… Kung Fu…
Have you been fascinated by the world that opened out for us with the famous Kung Fu movies of yester-year? I have. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin was an eye-opener for me… As was Bruce Lee and his brand of Kung Fu… This is my tribute to those films and their memories. Come and relive that childhood where you yearned to see Shaolin and its famous Kung Fu school… Come Beyonder…
Of course, this tour also covers Beijing, the Great Wall, the Forest of Peonies and the Longmen’s Grotto… But for me this is all about Shaolin… 😉
(Per person for a group of 2 people on a twin sharing basis.
*During the peak times of Chinese national holidays, Spring festival, Peonie festival and Christmas, there may be a premium. Do check with us.)
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Arrival / Beijing / Zhengzhou (B)
Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be met and escorted to Beijing station for your tain to Zhengzhou. Upon your arrival at Zhengzhou, Henan Province which is the home town of Chinese Kung Fu, you will be greeted and escorted to your hotel.
Zhengzhou / Dengfeng (B)
Visit Henan Provincial Museum with it rich collection of antiques, to learn the history of the Henan province and its significance in ancient China and enjoy a performance of the ancient China songs. After lunch, head for Gongyi county for a visit of the 17th century fortress-like residence of Kang family – Kangbaiwan Manor, to explore this massive manor and learn the story of this famous family.
At the end of a culturally-intensive day, get transferred to Dengfeng for overnight stay.
A Kung Fu school, 1-hour simple Kung Fu lesson, Shaolin Temple and The Forest of Dagobas, Shaolin Kung Fu Performance, Drive to Luoyang
Visit is a Kung Fu school, where you will see how the students learn Chinese Kung Fu and enjoy a wonderful show performed by the students. You can even take 1-hour Kung Fu lesson with a teacher. After lunch, proceed to the 5th century Shaolin Temple, which is regarded as the cradle of Chinese Zen Buddhism and Shaolin Martial art.
(Note – The Shaolin Kung Fu Performance cannot be 100% guaranteed during the Peony Festival (every April & May) & other national holidays in China. During the period mentioned above, you may need to wait in long queues for the performance. A nominal extra charge in cash may be requested for a priority entrance)
Today you will be at leisure to explore the famous Shaolin Temple on your own. In the late afternoon, you will drive to one of the ancient capitals of China Luoyang, which is also known as the city of peonies.
Dengfeng / Luoyang (B)
Visit the 5th century Longmen Grottoes (Dragon gate), one of the finest examples of Buddhist carvings in China, where you will be impressed by the vivid Buddha statues of different periods. In the afternoon, continue to visit the 1st century White Horse Temple, China’s oldest Buddhist temple that once housed the ancient Buddhist texts brought in from India (with statues of the 2 legendary white horses that brought the texts) and the Luoyang Folklore Museum.
Luoyang / Kaifeng (B)
Transfer to Kaifeng, which used to be the capital of ancient China and is home to the oldest Jewish community in China. Visit the scenic Dragon Pavilion Park, with its well-preserved royal halls and gardens before visiting a friendly local family, whose ancestors are Jewish people (but please note that the family visit might not be available every day).
Kaifeng / Zhengzhou / Beijing (B)
This morning you will be transferred to Zhengzhou for your high-speed train to Beijing. Upon your arrival in Beijing, you will be met and escorted to the hotel.
Visit Tiananmen Square followed by the magnificent Forbidden City with a history of around 600 years. In the afternoon you will marvel at the incredible Temple of Heaven where intricate rituals were conducted by the emperors in ancient times.
Visit the magnificent 2000 year old Great Wall (Mutianyu section) in a Mutianyu round way cable car is included. Afterwards, you will also visit the Sacred Road with the path lined with stone statues of animals, mystical beasts and officials who serve the emperor in his afterlife, through which the sitting emperors would go to perform memorial rituals for the ancestors once a year. The Jade Gallery is next, where you will experience how to turn a raw material into the masterpiece by Chinese traditional skill and technique.
Beijing / Departure (B)
Day at leisure until your local guide escorts you to the airport for your flight to your next destination.